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Sports Coaching and Development Level 3

This two-year course will provide learners with the knowledge, skills and experience to pursue a career within sport and the health and leisure industry, with direct progression to Higher Education upon successful completion.


Highly regarded by many top universities, this qualification is equivalent to 3 A-Levels and includes units such as Developing Coaching Skills, Self-employment in Sport and Physical Activity, Functional Sports Massage, Sporting Injuries, Fitness Training and Applied Coaching Skills.


The course also offers learners the opportunity to access employment in a variety of areas including coaching, education, therapy and conditioning.


All students (16-18 year olds and 19+) on level 3 vocational and technical programmes will study two qualifications over the duration of their two-year course. An example of this is BTEC students will study for a 90 credit qualification in the 1st year. Upon successful completion, they will be able to progress to the 2nd year and study a diploma/extended diploma qualification.


 Exam Board: Pearson



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  • What will I study and learn?

    This course is made up of a variety of units and carries the same UCAS points as 3 A Levels.

    Units will include:

    • Developing Coaching Skills
    • Self-employment in Sport and Physical Activity
    • Functional Sports Massage
    • Sporting Injuries
    • Fitness Training
    • Applied Coaching Skills
  • How is the course assessed?

    Each unit consists of between 2-4 assignments which have to be completed throughout the course. Evidence for your portfolio is gathered from written assignments, video evidence of practical ability, investigation work, practical experiments, role play and work experience.


    For example, in Sports Psychology, you will be asked to examine different psychological theories to analyse athlete’s behaviour, identify strengths and weaknesses and the effect of different coaching strategies/approaches on athletic performance.


    In addition to this, observing and leading sessions will be assessed to meet professional standards in preparation for employment.

  • What skills will I need for the course?

    You will need to have an interest in both Sport and Science along with good English and Mathematical skills. You must also possess good organisational and communication skills, a proven record of good attendance and punctuality, and participate regularly in sport or physical activity.

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    Minimum requirements - 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C/9-4 including English, Maths and Science at grade 4


    Level 2 Diploma at Distinction/Merit plus GCSE English, Maths and Science at grade 4.

  • What are my progression options?

    This qualification has been developed in consultation with employers and professional bodies so that its content is relevant to and consistent with current industry practice and allows learners to enter employment as a sports coach or sports development officer in the sport and fitness sector.


    Higher-education institutions have also been consulted to ensure that the qualification allows appropriate progression for those aspiring to go on to higher-level study.

  • Are there any costs involved?

    No, but there may be costs for trips.

  • Are you aged over 19?

    Students aged 19 or over on 31st August directly preceding their academic year may be required to pay tuition fees for that year of study. Advanced Learner Loans may be available for students studying at Level 3. If you are aged 19-23 as at 31 August and this is your first full Level 2 or 3 you may not have to pay fees, provided the qualification meets the legal entitlement at that level – Please enquire for further details.

    Students who are 19-24 years old with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) issued by the Local Authority are not required to pay course fees (ie tuition fees are free). Students will be required to provide a final copy of their EHCP provided by the LA as evidence.

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