The Foundation Diploma is Year 1 of the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science, it is aimed at leraners who want academic experience and who may aspire to apply to university. There is a good balance between coursework and practical work so this course will test your knowledge and skills. This qualification is equivalent to 1 1/2 A Levels, which means that when you have finished the course you may choose to go into full time employment. However, the natural progression is onto the Year 2 Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science Programme (with a maximum of 112+ UCAS points being available).
If topping up into year two, most students progress to university to study a range of Sport Science subjects. Recent graduates have secured places in Physical Education, Sports & Exercise Science, Sports Therapy and Physiotherapy at Russell Group universities (Bath, Exeter, Manchester Met, Durham, Nottingham, Southampton, Bristol, Cardiff & Kings).
Limited Places, so early application is advised.
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Course ContentThe foundation diploma is year one year programme that is equivalent to 1 1/2 A Levels. (It replaces the existing QCF 90 Credit Diploma). The course deals with the scientific themes and concepts of sport and exercise science and aims to provide studies in sport which are directly related to the changing needs of employers in specific areas of the sport science industry.
Year 1 - Functional anatomy, Applied sport and exercise psychology, Specialised fitness testing, Coaching for performance and fitness, Applied research methods for sport & exercise Science and an optional unit of the students choice from a range of sport and exercise science topics.
Year 2 - Student will progress onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science and choose subjects to suit their chosen career or university pathway.
Entry RequirementsFive GCSEs at grade C (or 4) or above which must include English, Mathematics and a Science. Level 2 Extended Certificate/Diploma in a sport or science related subject - Merit grade. Successful interview and satisfactory reference.
Duration and Delivery
ProgressionIf 90% attendance and a high grade profile in year 1 most students progress onto year 2 of the NQF Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science. Alternative routes Level 4 HNC in Sport and Exercise Science or straight into Higher Education courses such as Physical Education, Sports Science, Sports Therapy or Sports Management, employment in teaching, sports coaching and gym instructing in the leisure and fitness industry.
Information regarding specific course charges, equipment, kit and materials, day of attendance and enrolment date will be given at advice and guidance sessions. Early application is advisable as this course is popular
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