Sport Coaching, Development & Fitness (BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Sport Coaching, Development & Fitness (BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Subject Area: Sports


Course Information

  • Start Date: Sep, 2022
  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course Code: 153806
  • Entry Requirements

    5 GCSEs at grade 4(C) or above including English


    Level 2 in a related subject including English and/or maths at grade 4(C) or above (or equivalent).

    Course Overview

    This course is based at our Ipswich campus.

    The stimulating and employer-appealing Level 3 Sports Coaching course explores a number of areas, which enable you to gain a wider insight into areas such as Sports Psychology, Fitness Testing, Anatomy and Physiology, Coaching, and more. This course is ideal for those looking to gain employment in the Sports Industry in fields such as Coaching, Sports Development, PE Teaching, Fitness Instructing, and Personal Training, and for progression to University.

    You will will study topics including Sports Leadership, Coaching and Leading for Participation, Sports Psychology, Physical Education and the Care of Young People, Anatomy and Physiology, Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being, and Development and Provision of Sport and Physical Activity. The study programme is assessed using a variety of vocationally relevant methods which reflect industry, including presentations, observations, written reports, and discussions.

    You will be in College for at least three days a week. Students are also required to take part in relevant work experience in a sport setting, for example within our exclusive link with Ipswich Town FC, and may also have the opportunity to take part in Sport in the Community.

    Students may also have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications in Fitness Instructing, Coaching, and Sports Leaders.

    All students who have not achieved a grade 4 (C) or above in GCSE English will need to study these subjects alongside their chosen qualification.

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    Course Highlights

    The study programme offers an extensive study of all sporting areas, including Coaching, Nutrition, Leadership, Fitness Testing and Training, and Anatomy and Physiology. You will have the opportunity to learn in the classroom and through practical sessions utilising the College’s fantastic facilities, and pursue work experience opportunities with our wide range of top employers such as Ipswich Town FC, and many more. Educational trips are arranged each year to widen the student experience through attendance at sports conventions and alternative sporting venues.

    Representing the college Sports Teams

    Whilst studying on any of the sports courses at the college, students are given the opportunity to represent the successful college Sports teams such as Basketball, Football, Rugby, Badminton, Athletics, Golf, Trampolining and many more. Students representing the college will often travel to venues around the country to participate in high level sporting events.

    Core Skills Covered: Confidence | Hands-on | Evaluating | Mentoring | Planning and Organising | Resilience

    Next Steps

    Students who complete this course may progress onto University, studying subjects to include Sports Coaching, Sports Development, PE Teaching, and Strength and Conditioning, or make the transition into the workforce in areas such as Leisure Centre Operations and Management, gaining an apprenticeship, Fitness, and many more.

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    Tuition Costs

    No tuition fees are payable for students aged 16 – 18 on 31 August 2022.

    For all students aged 19+ please contact Student Support.

    For details regarding fee remission, please visit our Tuition Fees page.

    Additional Costs

    There is a mandatory college sports kit which can be purchased at

    Trips vary to meet the interests of student groups with information on costs available upon enrolment.

    Will - Level 3 Sport

    Upon achievement of his Level 3 in Sport, Will progressed onto an Apprenticeship in Sport and Leisure Management with Suffolk New College Sports Centre. Will is now on a pathway towards running his own leisure centre.