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Level 3 Sports Science
What career opportunities can this programme lead to?

-Year on year, the sport and active leisure sector outperforms the rest of the UK economy. The annual contribution of the sport sector to the UK is over 8 billion. The sector has more than 36,000 employers creating work for more than 600,000 full-time and part-time employees, and 5 million plus volunteers. Sport and exercise scientists continue to be a growing presence in the world of sport, and as we look to the future all the signs suggest that their influence in sport will increase. Sport science seeks to develop and improve sports performance. Sports science is multi-disciplinary and learners will cover areas such as anatomy, physiology, psychology, biomechanics, nutrition and fitness. When working in sport science you will be seeking to develop athletes and maximise their potential.
-On successful completion of Year 1 students will have the opportunity to apply for Year 2 to gain the full qualification or seek advice of other course options and employment.
-On completion of the second year of this course students may progress directly into their chosen area of the sports industry or progress onto Higher Education. Students from this course have progressed directly into the industry and are now to be found employed in related health and fitness roles, including sports coaching, sport and leisure management and development. Those progressing to university have gone on to join the teaching and sports development professions, sports coaching and instructing as well as sports therapy and teaching at primary and secondary level.
-Many students are taking the opportunity to progress into degree courses Sport, Coaching and Fitness, Sports Science and Foundation Degree Sports Therapy, all at local universities including Chichester, Winchester, Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Southampton Solent University, as well as further afield to Bedfordshire, Leeds, Bath and Worcester. On completion of this course up to 360 UCAS points can be gained for entrance into Higher Education
-Salary Earnings can range from 16000 per year working in a Leisure Centre to in the excess of 100,000 per year working at Sport England or similar organisations.

What are the entry requirements?

You should have English and Maths at Grade A*-C / 9-4 and a minimum of 2 other GCSEs at grade A*-C / 9-4. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications such as BTEC Diplomas at Merit/Distinction levels will be considered. A proven record of good attendance and attainment reports from your previous school or college and successful college interview are also required.

This two year programme offers progression from the Subsidiary Diploma through to the Extended Diploma, dependent on your entry grades and achievement in Year One.

You must have a genuine interest in Sport Science, be prepared to work both independently and in team situations and have the self- discipline to study in your own time both on research projects and course work.

What does this programme involve?

What does this programme involve?
-During this Sports Science Course you can progress through the qualification framework from the Subsidiary Diploma to the 90 Credit Diploma on to the Extended Diploma. This will depend on your entry grades and to how hard you work during the first year of the course.
-This course is ideally suited for those with a genuine interest in sport science and fitness, but who also have the ability and determination to succeed on this academic course. We ideally ask that applicants are actively involved with a sports team or health and fitness club as this will enhance their research. There is an expectation for all sport students to take part in college sports teams and enrichment activities, before lessons and on Wednesday afternoons, throughout the year.
-This course provides students with an opportunity to gain an insight into the wide and diverse nature of this growing sector. The course retains a strong academic base, whilst including practical units and modules. You will need to be confident, self- motivated and a good communicator as this will stand you in good stead for your research work as well as your work placement.
-You will complete projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. You will also learn about the employment area you have chosen, and you develop the skills you need to start a career.
-Students will develop both knowledge and understanding of the sports and fitness industry as well as develop important practical and organisational skills to support their progression.
-The course is made up of a variety of practical and theoretical units from the wide nature of this growing sector. Each unit is worth a number of credits which will make up your final grade. The course is made up of 18 units. The following are a sample of the units, (may vary each year).

- Anatomy for Sport and ExerciseSport Nutrition
- Sport and Exercise Physiology Instructing Physical Activity & Exercise
- Research Methods for Sport and ExerciseSports Injuries
- Research Project for Sport and ExerciseExercise for Specific Groups
- Sports Biomechanics in Action Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology
- Fitness training and programmingWork Experience in Sport
- Sports coachingExercise Health and Lifestyle
- Sport and Exercise MassagePractical Team Sport
- Fitness testing for sport and exercisePractical Individual Sport

-The qualification is equivalent to three A Levels, which means that on completion of the course you can either choose to go into employment or into Higher Education. However the qualification will be split over two years and students may gain a lesser qualification in Year 1 and progress onto Year 2.
-Students who have progressed to this course and have not gaind A*-C / 9-4 grades in GCSE English or Maths will be given the opportunity to upgrade.
-All students are expected to organise with our help a relevant work placement each year, in addition to this they are expected to help voluntarily at college enrichment, sporting events around the college and with the local primary schools.
-All students without a A*-C / 9-4 grade in English or Maths will be required as a condition of the programme to undertake either a GCSE or Functional Skills programme.

How is the programme taught and assessed?

How will I learn and be assessed?
-Assessment is throughout the year for both practical and theory units using a variety of assessment methods and styles. Each assignment will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction level and contributes to the unit and overall course grades, which could be PPP MMM, DDD for each A Level equivalent, or a mixed profile, e.g.. PMM etc.
-Each of the units will have between 3 to 5 assignments. These assignments may be reports, presentations, practical assessments or research projects.
-Attendance in the College is an average of 16 hours per week of contact time, in addition to this it is expected for students to complete a further 8-12 hours of independent study both in college and at home.
-To progress from year 1 onto year 2 students will be interviewed to determine their suitability

What else do I need to know?

What else do I need to know?
-The course offers the dedicated student a wealth of opportunities and experiences. Additional qualifications may be taken alongside this course, such as a range of coaching and industry related awards.
Students must be prepared to apply academic as well as practical sports skills. Students are encouraged to take a full and active part in college life.

Dates for the diary

Our School Leaver open events are held each October, November, March and June. For specific dates and times please see the events section of our website or telephone 023 8091 1299.

How do I apply?

Apply by clicking on the APPLY NOW link on this page. Alternatively, you can apply by completing an application form from our printed prospectus or through our Information, Advice and Guidance team by telephone 023 8091 1299 or via email at

*Fees will apply if you are over 18. You may be eligible for fee support or a loan. To find out an accurate cost, based on your individual circumstances, please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance team.

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BNSE1 Eastleigh College 10/9/2018 Full-Time Full-Time Full-Time   £2,117.00 Apply now

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Need any further advice?

If you require further advice and guidance about any of our courses, the College has a dedicated Careers Advisor who can be contacted on telephone 023 8091 1014

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