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Sport Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma or Extended Certificate at Salisbury 6th Form College

Course description

The diploma is a tech general qualification where learners study 11-12 units, with 30% of the content assessed through external examinations. Whereas the extended certificate is an applied general qualification where learners study 5-6 units, with 40% of the content graded through external examinations.

Both pathways are designed for students who want to study sport where they can learn and be assessed in ways that are practical and relevant to the sport and physical activity sector. It is designed to give learners the transferable knowledge and skills to progress to higher education, further study or direct employment into the sport and physical activity sector.

This qualification is not just about being able to play sport as the core enables the learner to demonstrate their understanding of sport within the wider contexts of coaching, anatomy and physiology, the effects of exercise on the body, the organisation and development of sport, and the opportunity to organise sporting events.

Staff at S6C are experienced external moderators of for the internally assessed coursework units and they played a large part in the development of the course writing units and chapters within the course text.

Being a small centre students will be given the individual attention that this diverse course requires, including 1-1 support on all assessment elements to ensure that every student reaches their full potential.

S6C has new purpose built sporting facilities; fitness suite, dance studio and MUGA (Multi-Use Games Area) area, coupled with outstanding community partnership work, that will allow you to act as a sports professional within the surrounding area to reach your own potential.   

Course content

Modules include

  • Body systems and the effects of physical activity
  • Sports organisation and development
  •  Sports coaching and activity leadership
  • Working safely in sport, exercise, health and leisure

Trips and visits opportunities

Trips and visits include: Local university sport science testing labs, National Sporting arenas, Sporting events and fixtures, local primary schools for sports testing and outdoor adventure activities.

Entry requirements

Studying of PE at GCSE or BTEC Sport is not compulsory. You will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades A*-C including at least 2 Bs. Your practical ability will be reviewed.


Both awards are made up through a mixture of internal and external assessed units,

The Extended certificate has two examination units; Body systems and the effects of physical activity, Sports organisation and development, and a core internally assessed unit; Sports coaching and activity leadership with 2- 3 additional internal units being studied.

The Diploma builds upon the extended certificate and has an additional examination unit; Working safely in sport, exercise, health and leisure, plus six internally assessed units.

Future opportunities

Sport is a subject that opens doors to a number of careers and life options. Sport, nutrition and health are huge topics of discussion in the world today, and as the fight against obesity and sedentary lifestyle issues continues, the knowledge you gain from a course such as this will only grow in importance and relevance.

Sport is an excellent base for a university degree in sports science, sports management, health care, or exercise and health. Sport can open up a range of career opportunities including: sports development, sports coaching, physiotherapy, personal training or becoming one of the next generation of PE teachers. The transferable skills you learn through your study of Sport, such as decision making and independent thinking are also useful in any career path you choose to take.

Further information

What our students think

“Sport is brilliant, I really love the coaching and there’s lots of practical work. For work experience I coached football at Leehurst Swan and Harnham Junior School which allowed me to put the theory into practice.”

Owen, previously Trafalgar School

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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    • S6C will have a brand new purpose built College on Tollgate Road ready for September 2015. For September 2014 we are located in Wiltshire College in a dedicated area which has been refurbished specifically for our students.