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Sports Development Coaching and Fitness - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma - 2 years at Longley Park Sixth Form College

Course description

You will cover topics like anatomy, sport and exercise psychology, fitness testing, sports leadership and principles of performance and coaching.  Throughout the course you will be involved in both theoretical and practical work.  You will explore sports development and become involved in community sports and organise events such as coaching sessions for school children.  Projects and assignments are designed so that you find out what it is really like to work in the industry.

Course content

You will have access to specialist facilities at Concord Sports Centre along with free access to the College fitness suite. There will be a weekly physical practical session to improve your coaching, fitness, officiating and performance skills.

These are some of the areas you will study:

  • Anatomy and physiology (Exam)
  • Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-Being (Externally assessed task)
  • Professional Development in the Sports Industry
  • Sports leadership
  • Practical Sports Performance
  • Coaching for Performance
  • Research Methods in Sport
  • Application of Fitness Testing
  • Sports Psychology
  • Work Experience in Active Leisure
  • Development and Provision of Sport and Phsyical Activity (Externally assessed task)
  • Investigating Business in Sport and the Active Leisure Industry (Externally assessed task)
  • Skill Acquisition in Sport


A number of specifications will be changing and prospectus entries are based on information we have to date. This means that course content may be subject to change.

Entry requirements

You will need at least 4 GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C).  You will normally need at least a grade 4/C in English Language and Maths.  Non-GCSE qualifications like BTEC Level 2 in a related area can count towards this total, but we will also look at your overall academic profile.  You should be keen to take part in practical sports activities which are compulsory.


You will be regularly assessed through practical projects, assignments and presentations.  There will also be one exam and three externally assessed tasks.

Financial information

Everything you must have to undertake the course will be provided by college.  You may have to pay for extras such as trips/visits.

Future opportunities

Students from this course have gone on to university to study sports coaching, sports science, sport psychology, sport journalism, fitness and wellbeing, PE teaching, sports therapy and leisure management, sport development as well as employment in the sports and leisure industries.  Students have also gone on to study non-sports related courses which we would be happy to discuss with you.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 14 November 2017
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