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Sport and Leisure - Level 3 Diploma at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College

Course description

Course Content

Students will study 12 units in total over 2 years.

Year 1
  • 9 hours per week – 4 mandatory units and 2 optional units are studied
  • This leads to a full A Level in year 1
Year 2
  • 6 optional units are studied in the second year
  • This leads to a second A Level in year 2
Mandatory Units in Year 1

Unit 1 –Principles of anatomy and physiology

Understanding the major body systems related to exercise such as the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory and energy systems is a crucial step for anyone aspiring to work in the sports industry. This unit will enable learners to know the structure of each of these systems and understand the role and function they take on as the body starts to exercise.

Unit 2 – Sports Coaching

This unit will show learners how varied the role and responsibilities of a coach can be and how they can impact on an athlete’s performance and even their career. It will also show learners how a variety of methods and techniques need to be used by a coach in order to ensure that they are getting the best out of their athletes.

Unit 3 – Current Issues

This unit will also examine the various factors which either influence or hinder sports participation. Determinants such as ethnicity, gender and socio-economic groupings are also identified as barriers to sports participation.

Optional Units

These may include:

  • Learning and Developing Sport Skills
  • Health and Safety in Sport
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Sport and Exercise
  • Managing and Operating Outdoor Education
  • Technology in Sport
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Career Planning for the Sports Industry
  • Work Experience in the Sports Industry
  • Training and Fitness
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Injury in Sport
  • Analyse and Improve Performance
  • Nutrition for Sport and Exercise
  • Optimising Performance in Sport
  • Sport Development
  • Sport Facility Management
  • Sport and Disability
  • Sport Marketing
  • Advanced Sports Leadership

Entry requirements

The usual entry requirement to QE is 5 GCSE grades at C or above including Maths or English. A good number of students study four AS Levels in their first year and to do this we require at least 3B grades and 3C grades at GCSE including Maths and English Language. Students who do not achieve these GCSE grades take fewer subjects at A Level and will be required to do resits in GCSE Maths and English if they have not already achieved a grade C in these core subjects. The College is large enough to have a very flexible timetable that allows students to take almost any combination of subjects at A Level. The advantage of this system is that we can tailor your programme to suit your needs and abilities. We give lots of advice if you decide to apply to the College.

Subject Specific

Students should have at least a C in Maths or English.


All units are internally assessed by the College, and then externally moderated by a Visiting Moderator. There are no external tests or exams, and ongoing assessments are flexible.

All Cambridge Diplomas help students develop their personal skills in areas applicable to any workplace, such as team working, communication and problem solving. The courses have been designed to accredit learners’ achievements and ability to carry out tasks in a way that is relevant to the workplace. Features include:

  • Practical skills taught in real-life situations.
  • 100% coursework.
  • Skills which are practical and applicable, and favoured by employers.

Future opportunities

Degrees/HNDs in:

  • Leisure Management
  • Business Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Adventure Tourism Management
  • Leisure & Tourism Management


  • Leisure & Club Manager
  • Leisure Assistant
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Marketing
  • Teaching

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 17 April 2015
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