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.
- 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
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.
4 days per week
Level 3 Diploma
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.
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.
Lisa Roberts (Course Leader)
Modules may include:
Anatomy and Physiology (exam)
Investigating Business in Sport (case study)
Development and Provision of Sport (case study)
Fitness Training and Programming (case study)
Sports Injury Management
Practical Sports Performance
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
A 2-week work experience placement in each year.
Trips to local universities, sports clubs and businesses.
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.
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.
Following university: teaching, sports therapy, sports development, coaching, analysis, management, sports psychology.
Employment/Apprenticeship: coaching, fitness instructor, leisure attendant.
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.
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 email@example.com 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
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.