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Sport Extended Diploma (Development, Coaching and Fitness) at Sandwell College

Course description

This two-year full-time course provides an introduction to the sector for learners looking to build a career in sport, within one of its occupational areas. These areas include careers in exercise and fitness, coaching and leadership, sports development and the outdoors.

Course content

This programme is equivalent to three A levels. Some of the units you will study include: the principles of anatomy and physiology in sport; the physiology of fitness; assessing risk in sport; fitness training and programming; sports coaching; sports development; fitness testing for sport and exercise and practical team sports. You will also have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications such as Community Sports Leaders Award, Coaching Awards (1st4sport FA Level 1 and Level 2 Coaching) and Functional Skills in Communications and ICT. There are many opportunities for you to assist in coaching sport in primary schools, help officiate at championships and work at other sports events in the area. The course also gives learners the opportunity to develop a range of techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.



Entry requirements

You should have a minimum of four GCSEs at grade C or above, a BTEC Level 2 First Diploma in Sport (ideally at merit standard) or NVQ Level 2 in related area. You will also need to attend an interview. A criminal records check is needed to attend school and community programme placements.


Assessment will take various forms including practical assessment, written coursework and presentations.

Future opportunities

Over half of our students progress to university to study degrees or Higher National Diplomas in a variety of areas such as Sports Therapy, Physical Education, Sports Management, Exercise Science or Sports Coaching. Others move into employment in the sport and active leisure sector, working for private coaching companies in schools, leisure centres and community hubs.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 June 2016

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