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BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport at Canon Slade CofE School

Course description

In Option B only, no other choice to be made

Are you a keen sports player, looking to develop your performance? Would you like to gain a detailed academic knowledge of sport? Would you like to work in the professional sports industry? This course allows you to understand the make-up of elite sporting performance, covering areas from coaching and psychology to nutrition and injuries. Alongside this Extended Diploma you will have the chance to complete your FA Level 1 and Level 2 Certificates in Coaching Football which will allow you to step into the coaching industry either in the UK or abroad.


The ratio of practical involvement to theory based lessons and workshops is equal and the timetable is structured to accommodate your learning and training. You will be able to analyse the performance of top world athletes, while also achieving your own potential. We have had many sports enthusiasts progress through this course and whilst there has been an emphasis on Football there have been boxers, gymnasts, rugby and swimmers who have undertaken the course and benefited hugely from their studies. You will profit from the school’s outstanding sports facilities, enabling you to put into practice what has been learnt in the classroom. Supporting this, you will also be introduced to the facilities within Bolton Wanderers who are in partnership with Canon Slade in the delivery of this unique course.


Course content

Theory and practical sessions will take place at the Reebok Stadium, and you will gain work experience and practical training at the Academy at Lostock and Bolton Arena. Overall, the course will prepare you for a successful career, as well as providing a route into Higher Education.

Students on this course will have the opportunity to compete in either of the Canon Slade and/or Bolton Wanderers Sports teams.

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in English and Mathematics plus 3 A*-C grades at GCSE with a points score of 5.5+ (which equals roughly 4xB/6 and 4xC/5), from the top 8 GCSEs taken in the first sitting.

Additional Subject requirements are as follows:

A considerable involvement in a team sport.


You will need to be a keen performer in one of these sports, and willing to commit to a training programme. Activities are carried out in addition to your academic work, and your timetable will be structured to accommodate this physical, technical and tactical development. Students will find this course useful if they have an interest in all aspects of sport and fitness. The course will cover a wide range of sports, vocational qualifications, work experience and training methods together with a range of underpinning knowledge.

Future opportunities

Previous students have

followed a variety of career routes including Sports Development Officers, Leisure Centre Management, Sports Coaching, Fitness Instructing, Sports Nutrition, Sports Psychology, Physiotherapy, Public Services and Teaching.

Many students progress to higher education.

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: 01 November 2016
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