Course starts: September 2019

Age groups

16-18, 19+

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This course is best suited to those interested in a career in any aspect of sport. 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. Our Sports Level 3 course has been developed in consultation with academics and professional bodies to ensure that it supports progression to higher education as well as cover the latest techniques and trends.

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.

The two year Extended Diploma will cover training, coaching and fitness, and is equivalent to 3 A-levels, or you may choose to leave after one year with a Foundation Diploma worth 1.5 A-levels.

Course objectives

  • Advance your understanding, knowledge 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 – Introductory Diploma
2 years – Extended Diploma

The extended diploma qualification is equivalent to three A Levels, although some students opt to take the one-year subsidiary diploma which is equivalent to one A Level.

Delivered on:

4 days per week


Level 3 Diploma

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.

Additional requirements

Currently playing in a sports team e.g. rugby or training with a sports club e.g. gymnastics

The BTEC Level 3 in Sport is intended to be an Applied General qualification for post-16 learners wanting to continue their education through applied learning, and who aim to progress to higher education or to apprenticeships or to employment, possibly in the sports sector.

Teaching team

Lisa Roberts (Course Leader)


Modules may include:

Anatomy and Physiology (exam)

Professional Development

Investigating Business in Sport (case study)

Sports Leadership

Development and Provision of Sport (case study)

Fitness Testing

Skill Acquisition

Fitness Training and Programming (case study)

Sports Coaching

Research Methods

Sports Psychology

Sports Injury Management

Practical Sports Performance

Work Experience

Assessment and exam information

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.

The Anatomy and Physiology 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.

Career and progression

Work experience

A 2-week work experience placement in each year.

Trips to local universities, sports clubs and businesses.

Enrichment opportunities

Use the gym at Totton Health & Leisure Centre for free between 9am and 4pm.

College football team has 2 training sessions per week and matches every Wednesday.

Learner progression

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

Your career

Following university: teaching, sports therapy, sports development, coaching, analysis, management, sports psychology.

Employment/Apprenticeship: coaching, fitness instructor, leisure attendant.

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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Doing a vocational course in sport at the college was perfect for me. I’m now really enjoying doing a Level 3 Sport BTEC. As well as getting involved in sport and gaining coaching skills, you learn about sports science and the anatomy. The teachers are friendly and go out of their way to help you.