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Sports Coaching and Fitness - Level 3 Diploma at City of Oxford College

Course description

Pursue a sport-related career with the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Fitness. This course gives you a broad base of knowledge and experience to prepare you for working in the sport or leisure industry or for progression to a higher-level course at university.

The qualification awarded is the Edexcel Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science and functional skills qualifications in English maths or ICT. You also gain by improving the wider skills vital for success in further study or employment including self-confidence speaking in front of others working with others taking responsibility and managing your time. By the end of the course you will have benefited from a valuable insight into future careers open to you.

Course content

You study 18 modules over the two years including: 
Principles of anatomy and physiology
Physiology for fitness
Assessing risks
Fitness testing and training exercise
Health and lifestyle
Practical team / individual sport analysis of sport performanceLeadership in sport
Organising sport
Sport as a business
Sports development
Instructing physical activity
Injuries massage
Work experience

Entry requirements

Applicants for a Level 3 programme will normally have:
- At least 4 GCSEs at grade C or above (including one from English or maths one from PE or science or a Level 2 functional skill in maths and English) and/or a completed Level 2 award (Diploma in Sport grade merit or above)
- The willingness to study for an additional Level 2 qualification in English and/or maths 

If you are interested in a Level 3 programme and have alternative qualifications you would like us to consider please contact us with your details.

Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and complete an internal assessment. All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.


Individual learning targets are set each term and you receive regular feedback on your progress in meeting these targets. Formal assessment is through assignments projects presentations and practical assessments which are set at regular intervals throughout the course. The functional skills in English maths or ICT is assessed by an external exam.

Approximately 60% of your time at College is classroom-based with an active approach to the theory subjects. The remainder of the time will be practical activities in the sports hall or gym such as fitness coaching or practical sport. A strong emphasis of the practical sessions is placed on working and learning with others and you are regularly set tasks to complete in partnership with other students. You also need to be able to work independently and take responsibility for your own learning. Throughout the course you have the opportunity to demonstrate your skills by participating in community activities and schools partnerships. You will also have ongoing tutorial support to help you achieve the qualification.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of the course you can progress to university in sport-related courses such as coaching sport development and PE teaching. Alternatively you are well placed to find work in the industry. Recent students have gone straight into employment in leisure centres, gyms and as sports coaches.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Oxford College directly.

Last updated date: 19 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: OXPNDCOACH


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