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Sport (Development, Coaching & Fitness) BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Epping Forest College

Course description

The BTEC level 3 programme gives you the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, essential for successful progression into the sports industry or to sports–related Higher Education (HE) courses. In year one all students will study a core programme and in year two will be able to take on the challenge of level 4 units if these are appropriate.

Course content

You will study units including:

  • Sports coaching
  • Practical sport
  • Talent identification
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Training and fitness
  • Fitness testing
  • Sports psychology

You will be enrolled on a full time study programme that includes your main programme, English, Maths and work related experience. If you do not already hold a Grade C or above in GCSE English and/or Maths, you will be enrolled on an English and/or Maths programme that is appropriate for your ability.

You will have the opportunity to undertake a meaningful programme of work experience. This could be coaching children in our regular after school clubs, school and community events, or in our commercial gym.

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5 GCSEs at C or above, preferably including English Language and Maths. GCSE PE at grade C is preferable. OR, Merit in an appropriate Level 2 Diploma.


Continual assessment of all units with internal and external moderation.

Future opportunities

There are lots of different options to continue your studies after level 3 qualifications. These include specialised vocational degrees , Honours Degrees (usually 3 year courses, although they may include a sandwich year on work placement). It is very important to find out about all of your options after you have completed your course. Some careers will require specific qualifications and training for you to work in the sector, whereas other jobs and careers do not have a set training route.

You may also choose to apply for an Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) or Higher Apprenticeships (Level 4/Foundation Degree). Information about apprenticeships can be found at the National Apprenticeship website - you can search and apply for apprenticeships there. You then complete ONE application form, which you can use to apply for any Apprenticeship. The entry requirements vary a lot, depending on the employer, the college and the Apprenticeship.Notgoingtouni has information about Higher Apprenticeships as well as vacancies.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 April 2016
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    • With the perfect location, a breathtaking campus, and a range of high quality facilities, 
      Epping Forest College is the ideal venue to stage your event.

      The College is easily accessed by less then 10 minutes drive from both the M25 and M11 motorways.

      We’re also a 5 minute walk from the London Underground at Debden Station on the Central Line, 
      and we’re a 10 minute cab ride from Chingford Overground rail station.

      Once you arrive at the College there is a free car park with over 250 spaces, 
      as well as designated areas for coaches and other large vehicles.


      Once on site you can have access to our catering facilities (subject to agreement) and a range of rooms, 
      from our Theatre, with 264 retractable seats, to a standard classroom.

      We also have full IT support, and can offer rooms with either Macs or PCs running the latest industry-standard software.