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Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness) BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Weymouth College

Course description

This nationally recognised qualification will help you to develop a range of skills, techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for a career development in sport specific employment. The course uses practical application and performance to support and reinforce the knowledge and understanding required to study aspects of instructing, coaching and leadership, fitness and training, physiology and health and safety. This course provides a dynamic, relevant and challenging contribution to the study of sport at this level. This qualification is equivalent to three A Levels, so on completion you can choose employment or higher education.

Course content

Year 1 Core Units: • Principles of Anatomy & Physiology in Sport • The Physiology of Fitness • Assessing Risk in Sport • Fitness Testing for Sport & Exercise • Fitness Training & Programming • Practical Team Sports Specialist Units: • Sports Nutrition • Work Experience in Sport • Exercise, Health & Lifestyle • Leadership in Sport Year 2 Core Units: • Sport Coaching • Sport Development Specialist Units: • Instructing Physical Activity & Exercise • Psychology for Sport Performance • Practical Individual Sports • Sports Injuries • Rules, Regulations, Officiating in Sport In addition to this, if you are a talented individual, aged 16-19 and committed to developing your sports performance while studying, you may also be able to participate in one of our Academies – Football or Tennis. How do the Academies work? Academy players will have a timetable with coaching and playing sessions built in. This enables you to study on a full-time course and play/train for the Academy team without missing key lecture time. The Football Academy is coordinated and run by experienced and qualified coaching staff who deliver a first-class football performance programme. • Professional and FA qualified coaching team • Competitive matches in British Colleges SW regional league • Sports injury staff • Cup competitions • Excellent training and playing facilities (including new 3G artificial pitch) • Academy kit The Tennis Academy has access to four indoor courts so runs all year around. The Academy is coordinated and run by experienced and qualified coaching staff who deliver a first-class tennis performance/coaching development programme. • Professional and LTA qualified coaching team • Competitive matches and British Colleges regional competitions • Sports injury staff • Opportunity to develop coaching skills and gain recognised awards • Excellent training and playing facilities (including access to 4 indoor tennis courts) Academy selection process: To be considered for the Football Academy, you need to attend a formal trial in May where a squad will be selected for the coming year. Players that do not make the Academy squad still have an opportunity to play for the College through the second team. To be considered for the Tennis Academy you need to attend a formal trial in September where a squad will be selected.

Entry requirements

• Selection is by interview. • You should have at least 5 GCSEs at minimum grade C including English Language and Maths or or a Level 2 Diploma with Merit • You should be interested in all aspects of sport and sport performance and be committed to practical sport.


All units are assessed and graded and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded. The course is assignment-based using individual and group work, which will require you to complete investigations, reports and presentations.

Future opportunities

Students who completed this course have gained places on courses such as BSc (Hons) Sport Therapy, BSc (Hons) Sport (Health & Fitness) and BA (Hons) Business Studies at institutions such as University College Plymouth St Mark & St John, Bournemouth University and University of Bath.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 June 2016
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