Sport and Exercise Sciences

Advanced BTEC Extended Diploma , Level 3
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What Our Students Say

“The thing I like most about the course is training in the gym and getting to know about the clients and how to professionally work with them more. When you go out there in the real world it shows you how you need to like evolve around each client, how you need to learn from the clients and how you need to adapt for them.”


Did you know!

  • This is a two year course and will receive a qualification for each year.
  • By 2024, the sports coaching, sports instructing, and sports officials sector in Leeds is predicted to grow by 3.1%. (EMSI, 2019)

Course Information


If you plan on a scientific or medical career in sport our specialist Sport and Exercise Sciences programme is for you. You will develop your knowledge in coaching, fitness training, and research methods. You’ll be assessed in a variety of methods including leading coaching sessions, administering treatments, presentations, reports, and video submissions.


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INTERVIEWEES – ADAM LUNN – Teaching Facilitator – Leeds City College (SPEAKING), DANIELLE – Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral (SPEAKING)

Scenery – A tutor is setting up the gym ready for a lesson with students.

Scenery – A student walks into the gym and takes off their coat, ties their shoelaces and is ready to learn.

Scenery – A student is using an exercise bike under the guidance of a tutor.

Adam Lunn – “My name’s Adam Lunn, I teach at Leeds City College on the Exercise Referral qualification.”

Scenery – A student is using a weights machine.

Scenery – A student hands a medicine ball over to the student.

Adam Lunn – “The modules that we cover on the exercise referral qualification are understanding medical conditions and instructing exercise referral with exercise referred clients.”

Scenery – A tutor and a student are having a discussion in the gym.

Adam Lunn – “One of the key parts to the course is actually understanding those conditions that are going to be referred to us as a personal trainer or as an exercise referral professional and it’s all about understanding how to cope with those clients that have got those long term conditions.”

Danielle – “The thing I like most about the course is training in the gym and getting to know about the clients and how to work professionally with them. When you go out into the real world it shows how you need to evolve around each client, how you need to learn from the clients and how you need to adapt for them.”

Scenery – A student is using dumbbells in the gym.

Scenery – Two students are having a discussion in the gym.

Scenery – A student is being filmed for an exercise referral assessment in the gym.

Adam Lunn – “This course can lead to a number of different opportunities, one which I actually took part in myself which is Level 4 cancer and exercise rehabilitation. So that is a qualification that I’ve got underneath my belt not just working with somebody that might have been referred for perhaps obesity or high blood pressure but also working with clients with those long term conditions such as cancers and rehabilitating clients back up to normal.”

Scenery – A tutor is doing a demonstration for the students on the correct use of the kettlebell.

Adam Lunn – “Other options include going on to Level 4 Strength and Conditioning, that kind of thing, it depends what you’re interested in. If you’re a personal trainer out there with a personal training qualification it’s how you set yourself aside from anyone else. How you can become the specialist, people more and more want to work with the specialist in that area so if you’ve got ambitions of being that specialist on the gym floor or want to be known then this is the right course for you.”

Scenery – A tutor is offering guidance to a student using the gym.

Scenery – A tutor is using dumbbells.

Logo Slide – Leeds City College Logo

End Slide – Leeds City College Logo (School of Sport Science & Exercise) END

Who is this course for?

If you’re in year 11 or 12 and are looking to take the next steps towards your career these courses are for you. Our vast selection of vocational courses span a range of subjects and combine academic study with practical skills. Study in industry standard facilities and use our industry links to prepare for progression.

Benefits and skills

  • Coach for performance and fitness purposes.
  • Develop your understanding of sports and exercise psychology.
  • Deliver physical activity for individual and group-based exercise.
  • Gain an understanding of functional anatomy.
  • Entry requirements

    English and maths GCSEs at grade 4 or above and three other GCSEs including science at grade 4 or above. Level 2 diploma at Merit grade with English, maths and science at grade 4.

    Available Apprenticeships and Progression options

    Progression may include degree level study, an apprenticeship, or relevant employment.

    Course details

    Duration: 1 year
    Start Date: 09/09/2024
    Fees (16-18): No fee
    Study Type: Full time
    Course Code: 74913-01

    Please note that for all courses starting on 9th September, there will be an induction week, WC 2nd September.

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