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Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness) Level 3 Extended Diploma at South Essex College

Course description

This course will help you to prepare for a career in the sport industry or act as a stepping stone to a Higher Education course.

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Course content

In order to achieve the Level 3 Extended Diploma, you will need to pass 180 credits.

The following 8 modules are mandatory:

  • Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport (5 credits)
  • The Physiology of Fitness (5 credits)
  • Assessing Risk in Sport (10 credits)
  • Fitness Training and Programming (10 credits)
  • Sports Coaching (10 credits)
  • Sports Development (10 credits)
  • Practical Team Sports or Practical Individual Sports (10 credits)
  • Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise (10 credits)

You will also need to pass a further 110 credits from a range of optional units (all 10 credits). Examples of units that may be studied are:

  • Leadership in Sport
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Current Issues in Sport
  • Sports Injuries
  • Exercise Health and Lifestyle
  • Psychology for Sports Performance
  • Analysis of Sports Performance
  • Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport
  • Work Experience in Sport

Lessons normally take place in one hour sessions and students will be timetabled for four days a week. Students will also complete Functional Skills qualifications in English and Maths throughout the two years of study.

Entry requirements

  • four GCSEs at grade C or above, including maths and physical education, with English at grade D or above, or
  • Sport Performance Level 2 Diploma (or equivalent) and maths and English at level 1
  • successful attendance at interview event and satisfactory references


The Extended Diploma is assessed by coursework through presentations, reports, essays, exhibitions, discussions, group work and individual assessments. You will earn either a Pass, Merit or Distinction for each unit and the overall grade for the course will be assessed on the level of achievement in all units. If you perform exceptionally throughout the course you will be awarded a Distinction star grade. There are no exams.

Financial information

FREE to UK/EU under 19s not in employment

Future opportunities

After successful completion of the course, you may progress to employment as a sports coach or fitness instructor, or alternatively you may progress to a sports-based Higher Education programme, such as the College’s BSc (Hons) Sports Studies Degree.


Further information

Functional Skills qualifications at Level 2 in both English and Maths

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Essex College directly.

Last updated date: 12 February 2016
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