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Sport Development, Coaching and Fitness – BTEC Level 3 Diploma

The BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport provides an introduction to the sector if you are looking to build a career in sport, within one of its occupational areas. These include careers in exercise and fitness, coaching and leadership, and sports development.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above including English or Mathematics.

Course Content

This is a two year course with seven core units in the first year allowing students to achieve the Subsidiary Diploma, followed by six specialist units in the second year, which must be completed to achieve the full BTEC Level 3 Diploma.

The core units which will be covered include:

Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport

The Physiology of Fitness

Assessing Risk in Sport

Fitness Training and Programming

Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise

Sports Coaching

Practical Team Sports

The specialist units which will be covered include:

Sports Nutrition

Work Experience

Psychology for Sports Performance

Individual Team Sports

Sports Development

Organising Events

These units will require students to take part in both theory based and practical sessions on a regular basis as part of the assessment process.

You will also have the opportunity to study a number of additional qualifications such as First Aid, Community Sports Leaders Award, Level 2 award in Community Sports Volunteering.

How will I be taught?

You will learn through a variety of methods including theory input, classroom activities, realistic work environment workshops, guided self study and practical activities.

How will I be assessed?

Units will be assessed through observation of practical sessions and submission of coursework, of which you will be expected to meet with any deadlines set. Students will not be required to take any examinations as a part of this course.

Will I need any extra equipment?

On days you have practical sessions you must bring sports kit, which includes a white t-shirt, navy or black tracksuit bottoms/shorts and trainers.

What qualifications will I get?

A BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport (Coaching, Development & Fitness) upon completion of both years (Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma upon completion of year 1). You will also gain any additional and specialist qualifications as appropriate, which will form part of the course, including Functional Skills in ICT and Employability and GCSE English or Maths.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

You may progress to university and study various sports-related HNDs or degrees, including teaching degrees. Career progressions include the leisure industry, public services, health promotion, NVQ Event Security, sports coaching, sports management and sports development. Contact with a variety of coaching companies within the local area is also facilitated.

Course Information

Work experience may be a requirement of your course, this could involve a DBS check for which there will be a cost.

Students aged over 19 on the 1 September of the year the course commences will be required to pay tuition and assessment fees. There are a number of grants available for students on low incomes and for those studying on a first time qualification. Details will be given at interview.

If you would like further advice or guidance please contact Reception on freephone 0800 056 0511.

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