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Sport Development, Coaching and Fitness BTEC Level 3 Diploma at South Downs College

Course description

The BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport provides an introduction to the sector if you are looking to build a career in sport, within one of its occupational areas.

These include careers in exercise and fitness, coaching and leadership, and sports development.

Course content

This is a two year course with seven core units in the first year allowing students to achieve the Subsidiary Diploma, followed by six specialist units in the second year, which must be completed to achieve the full BTEC Level 3 Diploma.

The core units which will be covered include:

  • Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
  • The Physiology of Fitness
  • Assessing Risk in Sport
  • Fitness Training and Programming
  • Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
  • Sports Coaching
  • Practical Team Sports
  • The specialist units which will be covered include:
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Work Experience
  • Psychology for Sports Performance
  • Individual Team Sports
  • Sports Development
  • Organising Events

These units will require students to take part in both theory based and practical sessions on a regular basis as part of the assessment process.

You will also have the opportunity to study a number of additional qualifications such as First Aid, Community Sports Leaders Award, Level 2 award in Community Sports Volunteering.


Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above including English or Mathematics.


Units will be assessed through observation of practical sessions and submission of coursework, of which you will be expected to meet with any deadlines set.

Students will not be required to take any examinations as a part of this course.

Future opportunities

You may progress to university and study various sports-related HNDs or degrees, including teaching degrees.

Career progressions include the leisure industry, public services, health promotion, NVQ Event Security, sports coaching, sports management and sports development.

Contact with a variety of coaching companies within the local area is also facilitated.

Further information

On days you have practical sessions you must bring sports kit, which includes a white t-shirt, navy or black tracksuit bottoms/shorts and trainers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 May 2016

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