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Sport Development, Coaching and Fitness – BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

36,000 employers create work for more than 600,000 full time and part time employees, and 5 million plus volunteers in Sport in the UK. If you want to be one of them, this two year course is for you. It will provide you with the opportunity to study various topics, such as sports coaching, training and fitness, sports development, sports nutrition, sports psychology, exercise for specific groups and sport as a business. Plus you will have plenty of opportunities to be involved in sport in the community and have the opportunity to progress to university.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above including English, Science and preferably Mathematics.

Course Content

You will study nineteen units (ten units in year 1 and nine in year 2). Each unit aims to develop specialist sports related knowledge.

The Sports Development related units will examine issues in sport, barriers to participation for specific groups of people and the issues in sports development.

Sport as a Business will allow you to study sport as a multi-billion pound business and examine what makes sport successful and the organisation of sport.

Within the Sports Coaching, Practical Team and Practical individual units you will consider the roles, responsibilities and skills of sports coaches, and plan and deliver sports sessions.

The Training and Fitness aspects of your course will enable you to carry out fitness tests, plan a training programme and analyse the results.

You will also examine the different systems of the body and establish their relationship with sports performance and consider how Sports Psychology and Nutrition play an important role in maximising performance.

You will be able to study factors that contribute towards talent and influence performance and examine exercise for groups such as children, young people and people with disabilities.

How will I be taught?

You will be timetabled over four/five days with time to study independently and to take part in Enrichment based activities that run across College. Plus you will have your Wednesday afternoons free to be involved with one or more of the College teams. The course will include you working with lecturers, receiving different tasks and activities which will go towards assignments. Lecturers will always be available to support your learning and understanding of the assignments set.

You should be very aware that this is mostly a theory-based course and this should be considered before you make your final decision about whether this is the course for you. The course has no exams, which may be a positive aspect for you to consider, however the coursework demands can be quite intense so you’ll need to have good organisational skills. This is not a soft option – so make sure you’re fully committed.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll work through a continuous programme of assignments, class activities, practical tasks, discussions, presentations, written reports, voluntary work, organising events and coaching. Each assessment will be graded against the unit criteria and from there you’ll get an overall grade.

Will I need any extra equipment?

You will need sports kit i.e. t-shirt/ hoodie, shorts/ tracksuit bottoms and trainers. You will also need stationery including lined paper, pens and an A4 folder. A memory stick would also be useful and you will be provided with a College Diary which will help you log your assignment deadlines. Text books will also be provided when required and supported by the Learning Resources Centre.

What qualifications will I get?

At the end of your two years study you will gain an Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness).

What will it allow me to do in the future?

In the future you could pursue a career in sports coaching, sports management, sports development, the leisure industry or the public services. You could go to university to study a foundation degree, HND or degree programme which focuses on a specialist area of work.

Course Information

Work Experience is an essential part of the course; your individual interests will be taken into account and a two week placement will be arranged, this could involve a DBS check,  for which there will be a cost. Various course related residential day visits and trips will be offered throughout the course. There will be some costs involved in these trips. You will have the opportunity to take some additional awards such as: First Aid for Sport, Community Sports Leader (CSL), NCFE Certificate in Volunteering and various Enrichment activities.

If you are aged over 19 on the 1 September of the year the course commences you will be required to pay tuition and examination/assessment fees. There are a number of grants available for those 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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