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Sport (Development, Coaching & Fitness) BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Luton Sixth Form College

Course description

The wide variety of topic areas studied on this course gives you the opportunity to learn about many different areas of the sports industry. These include coaching, fitness, sports development and anatomy and physiology. This enables you to gain insight and experience in how the industry operates and the skills required to begin the move into any one of these specialised sectors.

Course content

Unit 1 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport - This considers the structures and functions of the body. It will explore the anatomy and physiology of the different body systems.

Unit 2 The Physiology of Fitness - This unit is closely linked to Unit 1 and considers how the different systems respond to exercise in the short and long term, and the changes which occur to the body through exercise.

Unit 3 Assessing Risk in Sport - This considers aspects of health and safety in sport and their relevance in the working environment. It will explore the importance of legislation and its relevance to providing a safe environment.

Unit 4 Fitness Training and Programming - This considers the fitness requirements needed for sports. You will study the fitness requirements of a range of sports and plan and evaluate a fitness testing programme.

Unit 5 Sports Coaching - The structure of coaching has changed dramatically in recent years, and this unit allows you to develop your knowledge of coaching and what skills are required to be a good coach. You will also deliver and evaluate coaching sessions.

Unit 6 Sports Development - The development of sport has a direct impact on athletic performance, healthy living and life skills. You will investigate how different organisations develop sport in various sectors, certain target groups and barriers to participation.

Unit 7 Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise - Fitness testing is of paramount importance in order to improve performance. You will investigate, carry out and analyse the results of a range of fitness tests and understand the process of health screening.

Unit 8 Practical Team Sport - There will be lots of opportunity to demonstrate that you can use a range of skills, techniques and tactics in selected sports and show that you understand the rules and regulations. You are also required to be able to assess your own, and other participants performances.

Specialist Units

You will study a further 5 units:

  • Sports Nutrition
  • Sport as a Business Skills for Land-Based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
  • Psychology for Sports Performance
  • Organising Sports Events

Entry requirements

To start any BTEC Level 3 course you need to meet the general college entry requirements.

In addition you must have GCSE English grade D, GCSE Maths grade D and an interest in the sports environment in general and a desire to work in the sports industry.


Exam Board - Edexcel

Future opportunities

This course is designed to prepare you for employment in the sport and related industries, or for entry to an appropriate university course. As well as learning about this employment area, you will develop important skills for a career in sport. This course is particularly suitable if you are interested in sports development, sports coaching, working in health and fitness, or teaching.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years