Sport & Exercise Science at Varndean College


Students can elect to study Level 3 (Advanced) Diplomas in Sport or Sport & Exercise Science. The programmes encompass areas of study from physiology, psychology and social issues, to sports coaching, leadership, health and fitness. As well as practical performance analysis and development. Sessions are a mixture of academic theory with applied vocational practice, aimed to develop your knowledge and performance skills as a great pathway to study at university or step into a career in the sports industry.

Students can study different sizes of the Sports Diploma, running for two years alongside other A Levels or independently.

  • Anatomy & Physiology in Sport
  • Practical Sports & Skill Acquisition
  • Fitness Assessment & Training Programme Design
  • Exercise, Health & Nutrition
  • Psychology of Sports Performance
  • Coaching for Performance
  • Social Issues & Sports Development
  • Health, Safety & Sports Injuries
  • Professional Development & Business

Course Essentials

COURSES AVAILABLE
Single BTEC Level 3 (equivalent to 1 A Level)
Double BTEC Level 3 (equivalent to 2 A Levels)
STANDARD ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
HOW THE COURSE IS ASSESSED
Mixture of coursework and exams, assessed on a modular basis over the year.
CAREER PATHWAYS
If you are passionate about sport, physical activity, health or fitness then this is the subject for you. The course can be used as access to a university sports related degree (Sports & Exercise Science, Coaching, Sports Development. PE teaching), or it can provide a route straight into employment in the sports and fitness sector.
TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

Students will develop academic skills; research, evaluation, analysis & discussion in social and physical sciences, and practical skills; leadership, teamwork, organisation & problem solving as well as enhancing fitness and health.

The economic impact of sport places it within the top 15 sectors in England, and it’s wider economic benefit make it a key part of society today. With over 440,000 jobs in England and a growing focus on health and participation in physical activity, in addition to the teamwork and leadership skills, it will support your success in other careers.
OTHER INFORMATION

We also provide opportunities for students to undertake additional vocational qualifications to support their Level 3 programme, and diversify their CV, these include:

  • Fitness Instructing
  • Sports Leadership
  • Coaching Badges
  • Duke of Edinburgh
Whether you are motivated by developing your sports performance or just interested in getting back into sport, these courses have something for you.
ENQUIRIES TO
Lloyd Hooper: ljh@varndean.ac.uk