Course starts: September 2019

Age groups

16-18, 19+

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This full-time, one-year course is suited to students who are interested in a career in sport, coaching or fitness. Eight different units will be covered covering the fundamentals of sport and physical activity through theory and practical lessons. Students will also have the chance to take part in work experience to gain valuable industry knowledge.

The qualification has been designed in collaboration with industry experts to focus on the requirements that today’s employers demand.

You will be taught by a range of professionals who will ensure that you have all the training you need to progress onto a Level 3 Sport course. You will also have the chance to take part in work experience to gain valuable industry knowledge.

Course objectives

  • Develop students’ knowledge, understanding and skills of the essentials of Sport and Physical Activity
  • Gain an insight into the Sport and Physical Activity industry
  • Become a more confident sports leader

Course details

Course duration


1 year

Delivered on:

4 days per week


Level 2 Diploma

Entry requirements

GCSEs mostly at grade 3. A strong interest in all areas of sport and a desire to work in recreation, leisure, sport or related industries is required.

Students who are looking for a career in the sports and active leisure industries

Teaching team

Lisa Roberts (Course Leader)


The course will develop your experience and understanding of all areas of sport and performance also develop an understanding of job opportunities in the sport and recreation industry. Modules may include:

Participating in sport
Play and officiate team sports and individual sports.

Anatomy and physiology for exercise
Learn how the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems work.

Introduction to healthy exercise and nutrition
Learn the basics of nutrition and activity to make the nation healthier.

Sports coaching
Learn how to be a better sports coach.

Physical fitness and injuries in sport
Learn how to train different components of fitness and treat sports injuries.

Work experience in the sports industry
Carry out a 2-week placement in a sporting environment.

Plan, deliver and evaluate an activity session
Conduct your own activity in a sport of your choice.

Assessment and exam information

There are no examinations for this course.

You will be assessed through written and practical assignments for each unit and can gain Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Career and progression

Work experience

There will be work experience in sports-related placements distributed throughout terms 2 and 3 of the course.

Enrichment opportunities

Use the gym and swimming pool at Totton Health and Leisure Centre for free between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday

Train and play in the College football team.

Learner progression

You may progress to level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma courses if you achieve merit and have grade 4 in English and Maths, or go directly to employment or an apprenticeship in the recreation, leisure, sport or related industries

Your career

Instruction and guidance will be given to extend the experience of the student, worksheets and examples of previous work will be available to help inspire the students for future study or employment. Possible careers include: Leisure attendant, assistant sports coach, and primary school PE assistant.

Fee information

Course costs

If you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you start your course, and a UK or EU resident, you won’t need to pay tuition or examination fees. Depending on your household income, you may also be able to get help towards travel, accommodation, essential equipment or childcare costs.

Additional costs

There is a fee to cover trips and events. The amount will be confirmed prior to enrolment, approximately around £20 – £50.

Funding and bursaries

Students aged over 19, you may be eligible for free tuition depending on the course you want to study, your existing qualifications and your financial circumstances. For more information you can email info@totton.ac.uk or call 023 8087 4874

Advanced Learner Loans are available for students who are aged 19 or over. Repayments do not begin until the course is completed and you are earning £25,000 or over. Eligible learners will be enrolling on a level 3 or above course and are a UK or EU national. For further information, visit gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan

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