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Sport Extended Diploma Level 3 at Gloucestershire College

Course description

Do you aspire to be a sports coach, development officer or a fitness instructor? If a career in sports is what you’re after, prepare yourself with the level 3 sport course offered at Gloucestershire College. With our fantastic sports facilities and links within the sports industry you’re in the right place to gain your qualification, which is equivalent to 3 A-levels so this course is not for the faint-hearted.

The Level 3 Sport course will put you ahead of the game not only due to the course but also with all of the additional qualifications but also the trips and experiences that you will have whilst on the course making your CV or UCAS application even more interesting.

You’ll learn about the three main areas of sport - development, coaching and fitness. Units will include anatomy and physiology, training and fitness, fitness testing, sports development and sports coaching.

There is a range of specialist units you will study too including analysing sports performance where you will have 6 weeks of tuition in golf and tennis where you are videoed, and which you can use to demonstrate how you have improved. You'll also cover sports psychology and organising sports events for local Primary and Secondary Schools.

You’ll be put through your paces both physically and mentally, making you invaluable to your future customers and your employer. You will also be given the chance to go on trips and other activities outside the college which will add value to your course and are compulsory.

Course content

You will study:

  • Talent identification and development
  • Fitness testing
  • Sports coaching and events organisation
  • Sports psychology and performance.

Entry requirements

  • You need to have successfully completed four-five GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and Maths or have successfully completed a Level 2 qualification in a relevant subject with merit and have completed/made significant progress on the previous level of maths and English.
  • Selection is based on a successful interview and initial assessment outcome. You will be committed to taking part in physical activities.

Financial information

You will be provided with a Gloucestershire College Sports kit. The tutors also have great links with the sports industries, enabling opportunities to our students not otherwise available. Full details, including the charges, will be given to you at the beginning of the course.

Future opportunities

Upon completion, you may move on to other higher education courses specialising in sport. You may also seek employment directly in industry

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 April 2016
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