• LevelLevel 3
  • Age group16-18
  • Duration2 years
  • Awarding bodyEdexcel, BTEC


The course is designed to prepare you for higher education. It consists of a range of practical and theoretical work, covering a holistic approach to sport and exercise sciences.

You will cover massage and nutrition, anatomy, physiology, sports coaching, sports injuries and sports biomechanics.

You will also cover laboratory and experimental methods in a research project related to sports science. You will also complete Fitness Instruction qualifications alongside the main programme. You can study this course for two years to achieve the Extended Diploma.

Course Information

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For more information call Course Information on
01642 333333 or email courseinfo@mbro.ac.uk.

The course consists of eighteen units, both theory and practical, studied over two years including:

  • Anatomy for Sport and Exercise
  • Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Sports Coaching
  • Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
  • Sports Injuries
  • Laboratory and Experimental Methods in Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Research Project in Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Sports Biomechanics in Action
  • Sport and Exercise Massage
  • Sports Nutrition

September - June

Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, with one day per week for work experience and/or independent study.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4/5 or above, which must include English language, maths and science.

You will be assessed through a variety of different methods, including assignments, presentations and practical observations. There are typically 2-3 assessments per unit and students will be awarded a pass, merit, or distinction depending on the quality of work produced.

This qualification will provide you with a range of transferable skills so that you can progress onto a range of our HE courses.

Currently, on completion of the course students can achieve up to 168 UCAS points and progress to a sport related degree at University. Sheffield Hallam, Durham, Northumbria and Leeds Beckett are popular destinations with our learners. In the last three years over 95% of our learners achieved a high grade of DMM or above, with 40% students achieving a D*D*D*, the highest possible grade. This further confirms this course as one of the highest achieving courses at Middlesbrough College and one of the best sports courses in the country.

The College Careers Service is available to all our students. We can help you when deciding which course or option you wish to take. During your course we ensure you develop employability skills and gain relevant experience. We provide information, advice and support when completing your course and progressing to work or going into higher education. When applying for university we can provide support with the UCAS application and Student Finance.

Tuition fees are free if you are a UK or home- fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course.

If you are aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances. 

Many people qualify for free tuition fees, for more information please contact Course Information on 01642 333333. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time students.

Please click the apply now button at the top of this page which will take you to an application form, or you can download a full time course application here and print it out, complete the form and send it to the College. If you have any queries with regards to your application or you would like further information and support, please contact our Admissions Team on (01642) 333601. Or if you have any enquiries about courses, please contact Course Information on (01642) 333333 or e-mail CourseInformation@mbro.ac.uk

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Sport & Leisure

Sports students will learn theoretical based study in the classroom, whilst taking part in a range of sport and fitness activities. Taught by specialist tutors and coaches, many of which are ex professionals in their field, you'll benefit from fantastic facilities including an AstroTurf pitch, a strength and conditioning suite and a physiology lab.

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Additional Information

Learning Support

We understand that students may require a little extra help during their studies, which is why our learning support team are on hand to help learners with a learning difficulty or support need achieve their full potential.

Financial Support

Whatever your age or level of study, we offer a comprehensive financial support service and bursary scheme to help you through your time at Middlesbrough College. From childcare assistance to travel packages, we pride ourselves on giving expert advice and support.

Travel Information

We are situated in a fantastic location, just a stone’s throw from Middlesbrough town centre. As well as being a matter of minutes from both the train and bus stations, eligible students can also benefit from free travel.