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Sports Coaching and Fitness Level 3 Diploma at Banbury and Bicester 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.

Course content

You study 18 modules over the two years including: 
• principles of anatomy and physiology
• physiology for fitness
• psychology
• assessing risks
• fitness testing and training exercise
• health and lifestyle
• nutrition
• coaching
• practical team / individual sport analysis of sport performance leadership in sport
• organising sport
• sport as a business
• sports development
• instructing physical activity
• injuries massage
• work experience

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.

Entry requirements

5 or more GCSEs grades A*-C including English and maths
BTEC level 2 Diploma grade Merit or Distinction plus GCSE grade C or above or Functional Skills at level 2 in English and 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.

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 Banbury and Bicester College directly.

Last updated date: 22 January 2016
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