Sport (Coaching, Development and Fitness) BTEC Level 3 at Sheffield College
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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:
Books and materials
Uniform and equipment
Essential course trips
- DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university
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.
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 www.sheffcol.ac.uk
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.