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Sport (Coaching, Development and Fitness) BTEC Level 3 at Sheffield College

Course description

This is a two year full time course

About this course

Sport (Coaching, Development and Fitness) Level 3 programmes offer you the opportunity to develop an understanding of the sport and fitness sectors and help prepare you for a career or higher education in a variety of areas including teaching, exercise and fitness, coaching and leadership and sports development.                                   

The Level 3 Extended Diploma is made up of 18 study units and the BTEC Level 3 Diploma is made up of 12 study units. You will learn about anatomy and physiology in sport, fitness testing, training and programming, organising sports events, practical sport, safe and effective sport coaching, sport development, sports injuries and sports nutrition.

You have the opportunity to tailor your sport programme through course enrichment pathway activities. Students choosing the teaching and coaching pathway could study for a CSLA and HSLA award. Students choosing the exercise and fitness pathway could study for a YMCA Gym Instructor Award. Students choosing the physical activity and health pathway may be able to study sports massage.

Other course enrichment activities can include visits to sport organisations, stadiums and venues such as the English Institute for Sport, the Etihad Stadium and Old Trafford.

You will be expected to take part in a two-week full time block work placement. This will be related to a chosen career outcome which could include teaching, coaching, fitness, personal training, gym instructing, sport coaching and development.

You have the opportunity to take part in a range of sports both recreationally and competitively including the chance to compete in our football and basketball teams in the British Colleges leagues.

On your programme you will study for English and Maths qualifications, if you do not already hold a minimum GCSE grade C.

In addition to classroom based lessons, practical activities and supported time to complete assignments you will also be required to study independently to complete course work assignments. 

Although you are not expected to buy specific clothing, you can purchase college sweatshirts and t- shirts if you wish. You will need to bring appropriate kit for indoor and outdoor activities. You will be expected to contribute towards the cost of trips and visits and to pay for your DBS check. You may be entitled to help with this from the college’s Learner Support Fund. 

Staff and Facilities

You will learn from highly qualified, expert staff with a range of academic and sport work related backgrounds. Students also benefit from our strong connections to the city's professional sports clubs including, Sheffield FC, SUFC, SWFC, Sheffield Eagles, Sheffield Sharks and Sheffield Steeldogs. The excellent facilities for our sport students include a fully equipped fitness suite, sports hall, gym and 3G outdoor pitches.

Will the course suit me?

You should have a keen interest in sport and fitness and a reasonable level of fitness and stamina. It is not essential to show a high level of sports performance. You will need good time management skills in order to manage coursework and assignment deadlines.

Qualification Title

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Sport (Coaching, Development and Fitness) which is accepted for entry to university and attracts UCAS tariff points equivalent to 3 A levels.

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma Sport (Coaching, Development and Fitness) which is accepted for entry to higher education courses and attracts UCAS Tariff points equivalent to 2 A levels.

What students say about our sports courses

“I’ve enjoyed the practical sport classes and feel much more confident as a coach.”

“I enjoyed my gym work placement and have been offered some part time work there”

“The other students in my class are great. I didn’t know anyone when I came to college, I have now made some really good friends.”

“I always wanted to be a PE teacher and this course will help me get to University.”

“I’ve enjoyed doing the short courses and have helped to run the college fitness suite”



Entry requirements

 4 GCSEs at grades 4-9 / A*-C  (or acceptable alternatives) inclsuing a minimum grade 4 in English Language

A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check is required and will be carried out at the start of the course



BTEC Level 3 Sport courses are assessed mostly by course work and practical assessments. There will also be some exams.



Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

Your next step could be into employment in the sport, health and fitness industries or to higher education. Successful students may progress to one of our Sport Foundation Degrees or other university/higher education courses such as physical education, teaching, leisure and recreation management, events management, sports development and coaching or nutrition.


Further information

How to apply

School pupils in Sheffield should apply on-line with the help of their school. Other applicants can apply using a paper application form available from any college campus, by phoning 0114 2602600, or downloading one from our website

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Thursday 12th October 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Monday 20th November 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday 7th March 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Thursday 17th May 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm

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: 15 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two year
  • Course code: HFNSP1


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    • Welcome to Hillsborough Campus

      Our Hillsborough campus in the north of the city is our creative hub with Art and Design, Photography, Fashion, and Music all based at the campus alongside more traditional courses such as A-Levels and our strong Sports base.

      The facilities at Hillsborough really have to be seen to be believed (why don’t you check out the tour!) from shiny Mac suites, which there are numerous, to sprung dance studios, a theatre and a TV studio.

      Hillsborough’s not just for those who are confident on the stage or in front of the camera, it also has a stage production workshop for set design and prop making, a wire tension grid which provides a strong, safe and virtually invisible platform for lighting changes to be made.

      Hillsborough also has a gym, a 3G sports pitch and a sports hall which is available for use for all, not just those studying Sport.

      If you need childcare, no problem! The Hillsborough campus has an Ofsted Outstanding rated nursery onsite.


      Hillsborough Campus, Livesey Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S6 2ET

      By Car

      From the M1 take Junction 33 onto the Sheffield Parkway.

      Take a right onto Derek Dooley Way/A61 and follow the A61 for approximately 2 miles.

      When you reach a KFC restaurant on your left and Owlerton Stadium on your right, turn right onto Livesey Street. Hillsborough Campus is located approximately 300 metres down Livesey Street, on the right hand side.


      Unfortunately the only on-site parking available at Hillsborough is for Blue Badge holders (more access information can be found here), however there is pay and display on-street parking and car parks available nearby.

      By Train

      Once you arrive at the station your best bet is to hop on a tram – the train station even has its own tram stop. See the Tram section below for more details.

      By Tram

      Pick up a blue line tram heading towards Malin Bridge and get off at Hillsborough or Hillsborough Park – both of which are around 5 minutes away.

      You can use the Supertram website to plan your journey and get up to date information about fares.

      By Bus

      There are a number of different buses that stop near Hillsborough Campus – too many to list here in fact!

      Check out the Travel South Yorkshire website for further details.

      By Bike

      Hillsborough has secure bike storage on site. Please speak to Student Services to register and gain access to the storage facilities.


      For accessibility information please see the Disabled Go website here.