Awarding Body:EdexcelCourse Duration:2 Years


The Extended Diploma is a two year course equivalent to 3 A levels

Course Content

The Extended Diploma course consists of studying ten core units:

Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport

The Physiology of Fitness

Assessing Risk in Sport

Fitness Training and Programming

Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise

Sports Nutrition

Psychology for Sports Performance

Technical and Tactical Skills in Sport

The Athlete’s Lifestyle.

You will also study units in.

On the Extended Diploma, students will also study; Analysis of Sports Performance, Talent ID and Development in Sport, Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport, Current Issues in Sport, Organising Sports Events, Practical Team Sports, Sports Coaching, Sports Injuries and Sport and Exercise Massage and Exercise, Health and Lifestyle.

Methods of Teaching

The course is structured to have 5 lessons per unit, per week, with additional support sessions (Course Tutorial). Three units will be assessed at any one time, and each typically has three assignments, where students are supported extensively, being guided through the assignments and given tips on information to include. The whole course is supported by an excellent intranet site, containing all of the information students need, as well as additional support sessions during study periods.

Throughout the first year, course tutorial sessions will form part of the timetable. Students will meet with their course tutor weekly, discussing their current progress, gaining feedback on their assignments and receiving support and guidance in their career aspirations. Student progress is also tracked through course tutorial, so students are aware of what grades they have achieved, and what they need to attain to achieve their desired grade. This all forms a vital part of the student success on the course.

You will have the opportunity to undertake additional courses of: HSLA, Extended Project, First Aid and Child Protection in Sport. There will also be an opportunity to complete sport specific leaders awards with related National Governing Bodies. These will provide excellent additional qualifications for prospective employment and unit criteria will be integrated within them. The course may also involve field trips, where certain units will be studied. At the end of year one, you will have the opportunity to complete a one week, sport industry-related work experience placement, aimed at your career development

Methods & Patterns of Assessment

Due to the diverse nature of the course, a wide variety of teaching and learning styles will be utilised by the team, including group work, presentations and individual assignments. Many units will involve practical work, and assessment will be carried out on an individual and group basis, so students will be expected to fully participate.

Financial Implications

A course contribution of £85 gives the students the two core text books, a course polo shirt, a stationery starter pack and payment towards all trips across the course.  Work placements may require students to hold a valid police check (DBS). You will need to pay approximately £44 for this, however we will confirm the cost closer to the start of your course. You can apply for help to meet this cost from our Student Support Fund.

Where Could It Take Me?

This course would be most suitable for students who have a keen interest in sport, who wish to study sport further into higher education or alternatively enter employment in to the sporting industry. Previous students have pursued various sport related degrees (at universities including Bath, Loughborough and Birmingham), as well as employment in personal training, massage therapy or coaching.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including Maths and English.

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