Free course, excluding materials

This course is best suited to those interested in a career in sport, coaching or fitness. You will be taught by a range of professionals who will ensure that you have all the training you need to progress either onto university or into work. You will also have the chance to take part in work experience to gain valuable industry knowledge.

This is a two year, course studying training, coaching and fitness, and is equivalent to 3 A-levels, or you may choose to leave after one year with a Foundation Diploma work 1.5 A-levels.

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As well as learning about the employment area you have chosen, the course aims to develop the skills you need to start a career. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.

Course content

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Professional Development
  • Sports Leadership
  • Development and Provision of Sport
  • Fitness Testing
  • Fitness Training and Programming
  • Sports Coaching
  • Sports Psychology

How will I be assessed?

There are 14 units over the two years; each unit is graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Most units are assessed and graded through written or practical assignments.

One unit is assessed by a written exam sat in January.

Three units are assessed by case studies done under exam conditions, but you can take in notes you have prepared in advance.

Entry requirements

Minimum of five GCSE passes including Science, English Language and Maths. Merit at Level 2 Sport is accepted if you studied the anatomy and fitness units.

Financial commitments

Just a small cost for some of the trips.

Enrichment opportunities

Work experience placement. Trips to local universities, sports clubs and businesses.

What can I do next?

You may progress to higher education to study for a degree in a sports related subject.

You may go directly to employment in sport, leisure and related areas.

You may find an apprenticeship in sport in an area like coaching or teaching or personal training.

What our students say

“I learnt a lot about the principles of training on my course at Totton College, and I still refer back to that knowledge today. For me the best thing was the Football Academy – training with high quality coaches and getting to know people from outside my course was great.”

Tom Webber, First Team Analyst, AFC Bournemouth

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