of graduate employers say relevant experience is essential to getting a job with them
Why choose this college course?
- ENRICHMENT – Boost your employability with a variety of additional qualifications, including Level 2 Gym Instructor and Emergency First Aid
- WORK PLACEMENT – Gain real-life industry experience on placement, supported by our strong links with the industry
- EXPERT TEACHING – Get excellent support from our experienced academic staff and guest lecturers with expertise in a variety of areas
- MOVE UP TO UNIVERSITY – Want to continue your learning journey after college? This course will allow you to progress onto a specific fitness-related degree
Students on our sports college courses at University College Birmingham have use of our on-campus sports facilities as well as state-of-the-art facilities at Avery Fields, a purpose-built 15-acre site which we share with leading Birmingham rugby club Bournville RFC.
Avery Fields features an all-weather pitch situated alongside two grass pitches and an impressive clubhouse
The clubhouse at Avery Fields includes a function room, modern changing facilities and a physiotherapy suite
Open to the public, our sports injury clinics at Summer Row give students the opportunity to develop their massage skills
You will have use of the FE gym at Summer Row, dedicated for use by our college students
You will also have access to the sports facilities at The Maltings, including the gym and sports hall
Topics you will study:
BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science
- Functional Anatomy (exam)
- Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology (exam)
- Applied Research Methods in Sport and Exercise
- Coaching for Performance and Fitness
- Specialised Fitness Training
- Research Project
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science
- Sport and Exercise Physiology (exam)
- Nutrition for Sport and Exercise Performance (exam)
- Field and Laboratory-based Fitness Testing
- Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise Science
- Sports Massage
- Technology in Sport and Exercise Science
- Sports Injury and Assessment
Please note: Units/topics of study are subject to change
You will also have an individual study programme to help you build the skills and experience you need to progress onto higher education or gain employment.
Our sport lecturers are looking for students who are committed, enthusiastic and have a desire to succeed in the sports industry, so please contact Admissions if you do not have the specific requirements outlined below.
If you are unsure if your qualification is equivalent or if you wish to check if you meet the entry requirements for this course, please call 0121 214 2919, email firstname.lastname@example.org or use our live chat.
5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) including English Language, Maths and Science, or equivalent.
English and maths
As applicants are required to achieve English and Maths at grade 4 (grade C) prior to entering this course, University College Birmingham will not offer English or Maths alongside the Sport and Exercise Science course.
Supporting documents required
School applicants will be required to provide a good school report, which must include attendance. This will be assessed in conjunction with your qualifications and application during the confirmation of your place at University College Birmingham.
Students who achieve 128 UCAS points from this qualification will be automatically guaranteed an interview for Physiotherapy BSc (Hons) at University College Birmingham.
Teaching and assessment
You will be required to prepare work independently and as part of a team. You will be assessed through coursework, assignments, projects, practical observations and presentations, some of which will involve industry-related visits.
To pass this course, you will carry out a wide range of assessment activities and coursework (e.g. written reports, formal presentations, poster design and presentation, leading practical sessions etc.)
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.
Additional qualifications and training
Our course offers opportunities to gain additional qualifications alongside your studies, such as:
- Level 2 Gym Instructor
- Emergency First Aid
Uniform and kit costs
This course requires a uniform and kit costing approximately £50, depending on the items you purchase. (Prices are subject to change each year – exact costs and information on how to order required items will be provided to you prior to enrolment.)
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Work placements offer a wealth of benefits alongside your studies, helping you put your learning into practice, develop your skills and understanding of the workplace, boost your CV for your chosen career or enhance your UCAS application for higher education. Our Hired employability team can help find the ideal placement for you.
As part of our sports science Level 3 course, you will undertake a mandatory work placement throughout both years of study. Our strong external partnerships allow you to benefit from coaching sessions, qualifications and training sessions to boost your employability. You will also have opportunities to become involved in assisting at competitions such as the Birmingham School Games and Inclusive Sports Festivals as well as working in local schools.
Work alongside experts in your sector
A snapshot of some of the employers we have worked with:
- Scotland Rugby Team
- Alexander Stadium (British Athletics)
- Aston Villa Football Club
- West Bromwich Albion Ladies FC
- Birmingham Bouldering Centre
- Birmingham Movement Therapy Clinic
- Hampton in Arden Tennis Club
"Sport and exercise is an ever-growing global industry with fitness and participation levels constantly bringing about societal challenges. This course will give students the ability to respond to these challenges by exploring the profession and supporting greater physical activity and elite performance. The students will benefit from a range of modules giving them greater career opportunities within the sector."
The example roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.
Sports therapist (privately/with a professional team)
£17,000 - £35,000
Exercise physiology lecturer
Average Salary: £24,000
Average Salary: £25,000
Strength and conditioning coach
Average Salary: £25,090
Average Salary: £26,500
We are here to support your career goals every step of the way.
After a decade competing as a track and field athlete, lecturer Megan went on to develop her own sports therapy business as well as working with top sports clubs.