Sport & Exercise Science


Sport & Exercise Science

Do you have an interest in sport, exercise and physical activity? Or perhaps you’re curious how science can enhance human performance or its impact on sports teams’ performance on the big screen? Then why not consider sport and exercise science as a career.

Course at a glance

Entry Requirements:

5 GCSEs Grade 4-9 (including English Language, Maths and Grade 4 in GCSE Science)


BTEC Pearson National


2 years

More about this course

What you'll study

You’ll be amazed at the range of outstanding facilities and resources available to our sport science students. You’ll have access to some of the world’s best sporting facilities including; The Manchester Institute of Health and Performance, The National Squash Centre, City of Manchester Gymnastics, The National Cycling Centre, Etihad Campus, and the new East Manchester Leisure Centre. You’ll be exposed to innovative, research-led and applied curriculum in a range of world-class facilities in East Manchester.

Units you’ll study include:
• Research Methods for Sport and Exercise Sciences
• Sports Nutrition
• Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
• Laboratory and experimental methods
• Sports Coaching

Beyond the course

You will gain clinical skills in order to be proficient in the preparation, testing, data handling and critical analysis of applied assessment methods. You will also explore all components of consultation, assessment and sports massage, in order to safely and effectively plan and conduct a treatment plan for sports performers.

You’ll also complete additional Level 3 qualifications that will run in and alongside your BTEC qualification including first aid, massage and coaching.


You will complete 18 units across the two years you study on the course. You will be assessed through a range of methods including practical and theoretical based assessments and presentations.

Future career opportunities

The majority of students go onto Higher Education studying subjects such as Sport Science, Sports Rehabilitation, Sports Therapy and Sports Psychology. However the skills that you will gain during the two years will be transferable to a number of subjects at undergraduate level, as well as a number of different career pathways.

Enhance this course through football

If football is your passion then we have the opportunity for you to develop your skills alongside your studies. Students studying either one of our sport courses can join our specialist football training and development programme which is delivered by our partners City in the Community (CITC).

We all share a “passionate commitment to excellence”. Our aim is to develop good people on the pitch and in the classroom. Students who opt to join this training and development programme will football training or match time as part of their timetable every day.

Our coaches are all qualified to UEFA B level, to improve players’ knowledge, understanding and game management.

Each of the sessions are set at a level to challenge the individual, where there’ll be different themes. These will be split over the session, where you’ll regularly take part in the different themed topics and end the session with a conditioned game.

Over the season you’ll be completing in the AOC and National Youth League. You’ll play a number of established football clubs, where the aim is to raise standards for and aspirations of talented football players in full-time education and outside of the Academy system.

You can indicate your interest in this additional programme on your application form and will have the opportunity to find out more by attending one of our recruitment events or at interview.

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