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Sport (Development & Fitness) BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at South Cheshire College

Course description

If you're interested in a career in sports management or coaching, this course is for you. You'll study the development of local authority sports and leisure strategies, investigate the breadth of the sporting industry - from health and fitness to sports coaching, in order to make informed choices regarding future employment opportunities. Units of study also include sport and society, sports nutrition, instructing physical activity and exercise, sports development and sports coaching. The course also involves a proportion of practical work and there are a number of trips organised and visits to national centres.

Course content

The course involves the study of the development of local authority sports and leisure strategies, investigating the breadth of the sporting industry, from health and fitness to sports coaching in order that students can make informed choices regarding future employment opportunities.

First year units of study include:

  • Current issues in Sport;
  • Principles of Anatomy and Physiology;
  • Assessing Risks in Sport;
  • Leadership in Sport;
  • Practical Team Sport;
  • Physiology of Fitness;
  • Exercise Health and Lifestyles;
  • Psychology of Sport;
  • Fitness Testing for Sport;
  • Tutorial;
  • Fitness Training and Programming.

Second year units of study will include:

  • Exercise for Specific Groups;
  • Sports Nutrition;
  • Sports Coaching;
  • Practical Individual Sport;
  • Sports in Society;
  • Analysis of Sports Performance;
  • Rules and Regulations;
  • Sports Development;
  • Sport as a Business;
  • Tutorials.

Other:

  • Enrichment/College Sporting Activities.
  • Additional coaching awards in rugby league, athletics, CSLA, Sports Hall activities (these are at additional cost to the student).

The course also involves a proportion of practical work either as an individual or as a team. Such activity provides reference to your work and will encourage you to develop skills of enquiry, analysis, management and creativity, as well as interpersonal skills which will be important in your work when you are on work placement as your career progresses.

Entry requirements

For the Extended Diploma (2 years) you will need a minimum of: i) 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English Language/Literature (or L2 functional literacy), ii) or a Level 2 Diploma (Merit) + 3 GCSEs grade A*-C, iii) or a Level 2 Extended Certificate (Merit) + 4 GCSEs grade A*-C, plus at least a grade D in GCSE Maths (or L1 functional numeracy pass).

For the Subsidiary Diploma (1 year) you will need a minimum of: i) 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English Language/Literature (or L2 functional literacy), ii) or a Level 2 Diploma (Pass) + 2 GCSEs grade A*-C, iii) or a Level 2 Extended Certificate (Pass) + 3 GCSEs grade A*-C, plus at least a grade E in GCSE Maths. A clear CRB check is required.

Future opportunities

Students who are successful have the option of going onto a Foundation Degree in Coaching and Fitness here at South Cheshire College with potential access to year 3 of an MMU degree programme or a degree programme in Sport or Leisure elsewhere. Career paths can include employment in fitness centres, local authority leisure centres or any branch of the forces or emergency services.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 August 2016

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    • South Cheshire College is situated in Dane Bank Avenue, Crewe and is ideally positioned for easy access. It is on major bus routes and is less than a 15 minute walk from the mainline railway station in Crewe. Junctions 16 and 17 of the M6 motorway are both only a 15 minute drive away and Manchester International airport is just 45 minutes away by rail or road.