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Sport (Development, Coaching, Fitness and Sports Therapy) Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Newbury College

Course description

The Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport is a one year course which on successful completion students can continue onto the Extended Diploma. The Extended Diploma is the equivalent of three A-Levels. Units range from principles of anatomy and physiology in sport to fitness training and programming and from sports injuries to sports massage. On successful completion, students will be able to choose between two pathways for the Extended Diploma, either to further their knowledge in Development, Coaching and Fitness or to follow an alternate programme specialising in Sports Injuries and their treatment.



If you not only enjoy taking part in sport but also have a real interest in the aspects surrounding and supporting performance then this course is for you. It will give you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and investigate a wide range of aspects; from the scientific to the sociological, from the psychological to the nutritional. You will be taught by specialist teachers in classrooms with access to the Sports Hall and Playing Fields.

There are a number of different subjects covered, including but not restricted to Principles of anatomy and physiology The physiology of fitness Assessing risk in sport Fitness training and programming Sport coaching Sports development Fitness testing for sport and exercise Practical team or individual sports Sports psychology

You will also complete a skills project which will build your confidence and your employability skills as well as covering subjects such as equality and safeguarding which are designed to broaden your knowledge of these subjects and help with your employment potential.

Entry requirements

Students will need to have five GCSE passes at grade C or above, preferably including Maths and English. Alternatively, students will be accepted onto the course if they have an equivalent vocational qualification at a merit grade, and Functional Skills Maths and English, preferably at Level 2. All students must have achieved, or show the ability to achieve, Maths and English to GCSE grade C or equivalent. Where a student has not yet fulfilled this requirement, a functional skills qualification is a mandatory part of this course.


The course is continually assessed by assignments which will include reports, projects, presentations, practical work and oral work. Students will be assessed by a combination of assignments, practical work, projects and tests set by the Course Team. Students will produce a portfolio of work which is assessed against the grading criteria for the units. Assignments set will have an agreed hand in date that will need to be met in order to meet the awarding body guidelines. Some units will also need you to complete externally set and marked assessment material in addition to your portfolio work.

Future opportunities

Successful learners will have the opportunity to progress into employment or on to L3 Extended Diploma and from there on to HND, Foundation Degree or University Degree courses or employment.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 May 2016

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