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BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport, Performance and Excellence at Ian Woosnam Golf Academy

Course description

To develop your theoretical and practical knowledge of Sport and Exercise Science in golf through working towards a Level 3 nationally recognised qualification. The course is also designed to prepare you for higher education in a Golf related subject or a career in the area of Golf and Sport.

Course content

You will cover 18 units in total over the two year, full-time course. Some examples of the units you will study are: Year 1 • Anatomy, Physiology of Fitness, Talent ID, Sports Injuries, Fitness Training, Current Issues, Fitness Testing and Practical Sports. Year 2 • Analysis of Sport Performance, Sports as a Business, Nutrition, Coaching, Sports Massage, Work Experience in Sport, Instructing Physical Activity. Alongside your course you will study English and/or Maths to improve your skills in these vital subjects by attending structured classes, as well as having your English and Maths assessed in all of your work throughout your course.

Entry requirements

You will need to have a minimum of four GCSEs at Grade C or above (these must include Mathematics OR English Language AND Science or Physical Education, plus any other relevant subjects. If GCSE PE has not been taken, you will be expected to gain at least a Merit grade in a Level 2 Diploma in Sport, together with three GCSEs at Grade C or above (including English Language OR Mathematics at Grade C or above). If progressing from a Level 2 vocational qualification, we would ideally expect you to have achieved a Level 2 English or Maths qualification or be able to demonstrate competence at this level. An interest in the theories, ideas and strategies within sport is a pre-requisite of the course. You are also required to attend a college interview to establish your suitability for the course.


The course is accredited by BTEC. There is no final written examination as you achieve your qualification though continuous assessment. This involves carrying out assignments, project work, presentations, report writing, class tests and collecting video evidence. All assessments will be graded at Pass, Merit and Distinction. You will also be expected to do independent study at home towards your assessments.

Financial information

Newcastle Maintenance Allowance (NMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationary and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit

Future opportunities

The Ian Woosnam Academy is able to support future carear developent within the golfing industry and support the following exit routs:

  • Undergraduate Study at University
  • A career with the PGA
  • Apprentiships within the golf industry

Further information

Alongside the Extended Diploma course you will be expected to participate in all Golf coaching sessions and related practice sessions such as Nutrition, strength and conditioning, and psychology. As part of your main course programme you will also further develop your functional skills in English or Mathematics. You will also be provided Academy clothing and equipment to support your golfing career. There are online resources to support you on this course and an Additional Learning Support team if required.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ian Woosnam Golf Academy directly.

Last updated date: 06 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years