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Level 3 Sport Extended Diploma (Development, Coaching and Fitness) at Leeds City College

Course description

After completing the course you will be able to apply for positions in the sporting industry or you may choose to progress onto a Higher Education programme.

This study programme leads 180 credit qualification over two years and could provide you as many as 168 UCAS points. The course will develop a range of practical skills and techniques, theoretical knowledge and understanding, personal skills and attributes that are essential for successful performance in the working life. As part of this course there are opportunities for international work experience in Finland and Slovenia. We also offer enrichment trips and visits to London visiting major sporting venues, the national cycling centre in Manchester to experience where the British Olympic team train on Velodrome and BMX and regular outdoor adventurous activities.

Course content

Units that you may cover are:
Anatomy and physiology
• You will explore how the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems function and the fundamentals of the energy systems.
Fitness training and programming for health, sport and well-being
• You will explore client screening and lifestyle assessment, fitness training methods and fitness programming to support improvements in a client’s health and well-being.
Professional development in the sports industry
• In this unit, you will research the different possible careers and the associated job roles in the sports industry, then action plan your development towards achieving a selected career aim.
Sports leadership
• This unit aims to develop your confidence in a variety of different roles when leading sport. These roles range from coach, to official, to captain or personal trainer.  You will be guided through the requirements of effective leadership and this will develop your knowledge and understanding of the leader’s role, the key skills, qualities and characteristics.
Practical sports performance
• You study the skills, techniques, tactics and rules of selected sports through active participation in individual/team sports.

• The skills to administer a variety of fitness tests and provide training plans for clients
• Study sports coaching, practical team sports and exercise for specific groups and develop coaching skills
• Be given the chance to complete a suitable work experience within the sports industry and gain new skills throughout a variety of units within the sport development, coaching and fitness sector.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English and ideally Maths or a Level 2 Diploma at Merit Grade with GCSE English at Grade 4 or above and ideally Maths.  If you are under 19 and you do not already have English & Maths GCSE grades 4 - 9 or equivalent you will be required to undertake GCSE or Functional Skills alongside your main qualification.


There are no exams; you will be assessed through coursework.
Assessments methods include online quizzes, discussion forums and blogs, case studies and observations of practical exercises. You can design a website, make a film and write reports as a part of the ongoing assessment. Each unit has its own assessment targets and we use Google classroom to help with access to teaching resources and the handing in of assignments

Future opportunities

After completing the course you will be able to apply for positions in the sporting industry or you may choose to progress onto a Higher Education programme.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 09 April 2018
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