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Sport Development, Coaching and Fitness BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Warwickshire College Group

Course description

 Year 1 - Candidates will complete a Level 3 90 Credit DIploma

Year 2 - Candidates may continue into the second year of the course to complete a Level 3 Extended Diploma. This is subject to meeting the internal progression policy

The aim of this programme is to develop your knowledge and experience of Sport and enable you to progress your skills in communication, problem solving, information technology and planning. The course focuses heavily on the development of sport (from participation level to elite performance), applied coaching principles and the fitness demands required for sports performance.  This qualification is equivalent to 3 A Levels and prepares students to go on to higher education or into the workplace

Course content

For the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport students must achieve 180 credits.

Year 1

Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport -The aim of this unit is to explore the structure and function of the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems and also to learn the fundamentals of the energy systems.

Assessing Risk in Sport - The aim of this unit is to make the learner explicitly aware of the vital nature of risk assessment and its management within the sports industry.

The Physiology of Fitness - This unit provides an opportunity for learners to explore the body’s response to acute exercise and how the body adapts to long-term exercise participation.

Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise - The aim of this unit is to enable learners to gain an understanding of fitness testing and the importance of health screening and health monitoring tests. 

 Fitness Training and Programming The aim of this unit is for you to be able to plan fitness training sessions and design fitness training programmes.

Practical Team Sports - The aim of this unit is to enable learners to explore the skills, techniques, tactics and rules of team sports through practical participation. 

Sports Coaching - The aim of this unit is to develop a learners understanding and knowledge of the roles, responsibilities, skills and techniques of a sports coach and how to apply them whilst coaching and/or leading sports sessions.

Exercise, Health and Lifestyle - The aim of this unit is for learners to be able to assess the lifestyle of an individual and provide advice on lifestyle improvement.

Current Issues in Sport - This unit enables learners to explore the history of sport, the key issues in modern UK sport and the factors that prevent sport and exercise participation.

Psychology for Sports Performance - The aim of this unit is to develop learners’ understanding of the psychological dimensions of sport and develop techniques to improve sporting performance.

Year 2

Sports Development - The aim of this unit is to provide the learner with an overview of the principles of sports development, the key agencies involved and to provide practical examples of current practice.

Sports Nutrition - The aim of this unit is to provide a broad understanding of the importance of nutrition and hydration to a variety of sports participants.

Organising Sports Events - This unit will enable learners to plan, deliver and review a sports event.

Sports Injuries - The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an overview of injury prevention, identification and basic treatment. The unit also explores differing rehabilitatory interventions for common sports injuries.

Sport as a Business - This unit will enable learners to explore aspects of business in sport and enable them to conduct and use market research.

Analysis of Sports Performance - The aim of this unit is to allow learners to explore the purpose and importance of sports performance analysis, highlighting the multi-dimensional demands and interdependence of the different factors involved

Exercise for Specific Groups - The aim of this unit is for learners to understand exercise provision for specific groups and be able to plan, deliver and review an exercise session for a specific group.

Sport and Exercise Massage - The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an understanding of the theory and practice of sport and exercise massage techniques.

Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport - In this unit learners will examine the rules of a selected sport. The unit requires learners to understand the roles and responsibilities of all the officials who participate in a selected sport. Learners are also required to analyse the performance of officials in a selected sport, as well as officiate a selected sport themselves. 

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 which must include English Language, preferably Grade 4 in Mathematics or minimum of Entry Level 3 in Numeracy

Or, a First Diploma in Sport, with a Merit profile over the range of modules studied (this should include evidence of some distinction level work). Plus Functional Skills in English at Level 2.  Students who have not attained GCSE Maths and English at Grade 4, or above on joining the course will be required to complete FS Maths and English qualifications and then full GCSEs during their time at college. 

A good school/college report containing evidence of attendance, good behaviour and attainment will also be asked for.  A commitment to a sports team in a chosen sport, and/or experience of coaching an activity

 Applications are welcomed from mature students where other qualifications and work experience will be considered.


Written assignments, presentations both poster, oral and synoptic end unit assessments are all techniques used on this programme.  The programme is continuously assessed and equivalent to three A Levels.  Each module carries assessments which contribute to overall module grades at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Future opportunities

Career Opportunities Sports Coaching, Sports Development, Health Related Fitness Appraisal, Sport and Recreation Management, Sports Management, teaching Physical Education, The Armed Services, Sports Nutrition and Psychology are all possibilities. Some of these will require further study at degree level.

Further Study Opportunities Degree or HND at University or College. Warwickshire College offers a Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching and an opportunity to top up to the BSC (Hons) Sports Coaching & Performance.  

NB Students who wish to undertake physiotherapy should consider if this pathway is suitable for the Higher Education Institution of their choice.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 January 2017
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