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Level 3 Foundation Diploma Sport and Exercise

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

Sport and exer­cise sci­en­tists con­tin­ue to be a grow­ing pres­ence in the world of work. This course has a greater empha­sis on sports sci­ence units which are entry require­ments on degrees such as Phys­io­ther­a­py and Sport Sci­ence. You will also gain top tips from guest speak­ers and have the chance to go on trips to real work­places with­in the indus­try such as the Eng­lish Insti­tute of Sport and Sport City Manchester.


Entry Require­ments

5 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above includ­ing Eng­lish and maths or a Mer­it grade in the Sport Diplo­ma Lev­el 2 

We will review each appli­ca­tion on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suit­able for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effec­tive 6 weeks to suc­cess pro­gramme’ that oper­ates from the first day you start your course. This includes sup­port such as (but not lim­it­ed to): 

  • Allow­ing you to change cours­es if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks ‑sub­ject to availability 
  • Mov­ing you between course lev­els if you are find­ing your cur­rent lev­el too easy / too hard — sub­ject to availability 
  • One-to-one reviews with your aca­d­e­m­ic tutor to ensure you are pro­gress­ing and achiev­ing well
Our course enquiries and admis­sions team are avail­able at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any fur­ther questions

Poten­tial Future Career

This course is equiv­a­lent to 3 A Lev­els so, on suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of this course, you can progress to study sport degrees at Uni­ver­si­ty. You could also progress to careers in Sports Coach­ing, PE Teach­ing, Phys­io­ther­a­py, Sports Jour­nal­ism or Sports Therapy.

Course Con­tent

You will study 13 units, 7 of these are manda­to­ry and con­sist of 4 exter­nal­ly assessed/​exam based units:


  • Anato­my and Physiology
  • Sports Psy­chol­o­gy
  • Fit­ness Testing
  • Prac­ti­cal Sport


  • Exer­cise, Health and Lifestyle
  • Work Expe­ri­ence
  • Research Meth­ods
  • Sport and Exer­cise Physiology.


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My tutors encour­aged me to get real expe­ri­ence writ­ing a sports col­umn for the local paper, I now have a place on a Sports Jour­nal­ism Degree at University.

Sarah Drew



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