Course type:

Level 3 Extended Diploma Sport and Exercise Science


The legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has increased sports participation and enthusiasm at all levels, creating a demand in the sports science and sports therapy fields.

If you're looking to pursue a career in these fields then this course is an ideal starting point. It will provide you with a balance of academic and practical learning, however, it is important to note that there is a significant amount of research involved in studying for this qualification.

An on-going multi-million-pound investment programme to build state-of-the-art sports facilities will ensure you have access to some of the best training and teaching resources available. A work placement during your first and second years will allow you to gain first-hand experience of the industry as well as invaluable networking opportunities and contacts.

You’ll also gain applied experience opportunities through the use of our Human Performance Laboratory and Therapy Suite.

What you will study

This course combines both theoretical teaching and practical sessions, enabling you to utilise the extensive range of facilities that are available to you including laboratories, the Sports Academy Centre and the Therapy Suite.

The majority of modules place a significant emphasis on Sports Science.

Structure 1:

  • Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
  • Anatomy for Sport and Exercise
  • Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Research Methods for Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Research Project in Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Exercise, Health and Lifestyle
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Sports Injuries


Structure 2:

  • Sport and Exercise Massage
  • Current Issues in Sport
  • Sports Biomechanics in Action
  • Analysis of Sports Performance
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise for Specific Groups
  • Research Investigation in Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Laboratory and Experimental Methods in Sport and Exercise Sciences

Career opportunities 

You’ll have the opportunity to enter employment in the sport and active leisure sector or to progress to university to study Sports Science or Sports Therapy related programmes.

How to apply for this course

Course Duration

2 Year
2 Year course
Course type:
Full Time

Entry Requirements

A minimum of six GCSEs at grade C (or 4 where numerical grades are being used) or above, including Maths, English and Science

Why study Sport at Hartpury College?

Hartpury is proud to be the number one sports college in the UK, with millions of pounds invested in recent years to ensure our Sport students can access the best learning, playing and teaching resources.


Key information

  • Finance

    There is no charge for tuition if you are coming to Hartpury College to study a full-time course and you are under 19 years of age on 31st August of the academic year your course starts. For the lowdown on everything finance related you can click below. 

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  • Accommodation

    Living in on-site accommodation is a brilliant way of meeting new friends and gaining confidence and independence. With support from 24 hour wardens seven days a week, you can be sure that your time at Hartpury will be a safe and enjoyable experience.

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  • Transport

    If you are not able to live on campus or would prefer to go home every evening, there are different transport options available, from minibuses to coaches to public bus companies. Student transport is based on three zones and charging bands. 

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