Sport and Exercise Science / Sports Coaching and Development

Course level: 3
Course length: 2 years
Eligible student age: 16-18
Entry requirements: No requirements for level 1 and 2. Students studying at level 3 must have previously achieved a grade 4 or above in GCSE Maths and English. Learners who have not already achieved a level 4 or above will study GCSE Maths and English as part of their study programme at MSC.

Course information: This course is specifically designed to deepen your understanding of how a range of components work closely together to ensure and develop optimum sporting performance of athletes. You'll develop technical skills and knowledge through core study units, which focus on coaching skills, sport development, and the links between physical activity and wellbeing. You will carry out a high-quality work placement at an approved sports/leisure facility as part of your course.  

Units covered include Physiology and Anatomy, Sports Psychology, Sports injuries, Personal and professional development and more.

How will it be assessed?

You will be assessed using a variety of methods including coursework, observations, presentations and practical activities. The course is taught within a variety of learning environments including classrooms, gym suits, sports hall and computer suits and outdoor facilities.


On completion of a level 3 qualification you can progress onto a HNC/HND and foundation degree courses in Sports available to study at MSC. Admission into university will also be a viable option for you, as will UK and overseas scholarships and employment in the sports and fitness industry.

Career opportunities 

Playing and coaching in professional sports, Personal Training, Sports Therapy, Teaching in schools/colleges, Physiotherapist and more.


Fully funded for students aged 16-18 as at 31st August in the year their course commences.

Interested in studying a Sports qualification? 

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