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Sport and Physical Activities Level 3 at Isle of Wight College

Course description

English and Mathematic skills are essential to education and employment prospects. UKSA is committed to supporting levels of English and Mathematic development throughout programs. Where necessary, English and Maths sessions will be included in the study programme as a compulsory element. These sessions are in addition to the contextualised English and Maths that is embedded into every vocational programme at UKSA.


This 2 year advanced programme provides in depth knowledge of the sports and outdoor industries. The rules and regulations of sports are studied and students actively participate in leading sessions as a coach or instructor. Anatomy and Physiology and effects of nutrition and activities on the body are analysis through different training programs. The course forms basis for employment within the vast sectors of sport and outdoor industries and/ or entry into higher education to degree level.

Course content

Candidates will be working towards the successful completion of a Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Sport (Coaching in the Outdoor Industries). The awarding body for this qualification is Pearson BTEC. BTEC has been designed to meet the needs of employers, BTECs are work-related qualifications for learners taking their first steps into employment, progressing through their careers or planning to enter university. The units within the qualification follow the QCF (Qualification and Credit Framework). The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) introduces a standard currency for learner achievement across the qualifications system and different awarding bodies through the awarding of credit values.

Qualification Units

  • Practical Sports Performance
  • Fitness for Sport and Exercise
  • Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
  • Physiology of Fitness
  • Organising Sports Events
  • Sports Development
  • Sports Coaching

Entry requirements

  • Minimum of 5 GCSE’s (A*-C) within English, Maths, Science and PE
  • Related Level 2 (Merit or Distinction)
  • Successful Interview
  • Coaching or Leadership Qualifications/ Awards
  • Experience in physical activities and/ or leadership


Study programmes consist of minimum of 3 days a week often made up of 2 to 2 1⁄2 days theory and 1 to 1 1⁄2 days practical. This will extend to maximum of 5 days a week with the compulsory addition of Mathematic and English sessions. Individualised study programmes will be tailored to meet learner’s needs and requirements.

Future opportunities

The Isle of Wight College is fully committed to developing and improving the skills of young people. This includes ensuring that learners work towards achieving GCSE grades A*-C in English and Mathematics if they do not already hold these qualifications. English and maths at GCSE grades A*-C are essential qualifications for progression within further education and to higher education and employment.

If you have a GCSE grade D or below in Maths and/or English you will be placed on an English/maths programme at college to support your skills and progression in these subject areas. These skills are essential for employment and will be an integral part of your vocational programme. The functional skills/GCSE department are here to assist your progress and are happy to discuss your situation with you if you require.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Isle of Wight College directly.

Last updated date: 18 January 2016
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