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Sport (Development, Coaching & Fitness) BTEC Diploma-Extended Diploma Level 3 at PETROC

Course description

If you have a passion for sport and would like a career in the sport and fitness industry, this could be the study programme for you.

Course content

This valuable qualification combines theoretical research assignments with practical assessment. It includes a wide range of units including, Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport, the Physiology of Fitness, Assessing Risk in Sport, Organising Sports Events, Fitness Testing in Sport and Exercise, Fitness Training and Programming, Exercise Health and Lifestyle, Sports Nutrition, Team Sports, Rules Regulations and Officiating, Sports Coaching, Sports Development and Sports Massage.

You'll learn by completing assignments based on real challenges faced by sports development officers, fitness instructors, sports teachers and other sport and leisure professionals. Furthermore, you'll be able to take an active role in a range of sports events in the local community.

Entry requirements

All entrants must hold GCSE English Language at grade 4/5 or above and preferably GCSE Maths at grade 4/5 or above, amongst the 5 GCSEs at grade C required for entry. 

Entrants not holding a grade 4 in Maths, but who have a grade 2/3, will study GCSE Maths and take the examination at the end of the year. Completing first years will not be able to automatically continue into their second year without achieving GCSE Maths at grade 4.

You will have to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Entry requirements for Two-year Level 3 Extended National Diplomas are outlined on page 19. Alternatively, we accept applicants who hold a Merit or above in a relevant Level 2 Diploma.


All units are assessed via assignments and these are projects that are based on realistic workplace situations. You will be expected to produce approximately 24 of these each year, so time management and organisation are important. As part of these assignments you will be expected to complete practical coaching, attend interviews, give presentations, analyse sporting performance, design fitness training programmes, produce videos, edit audio and take part in practical sports massage. You will also need to produce and monitor training log books, exercise programmes and sports development strategies.

Assignments and units are graded as pass, merit or distinction and from these an overall grade is awarded for the qualification. This grade is then converted to university tariff points if appropriate.

Future opportunities

This Diploma is valued by employers and universities. Following further degree study, students from this study programme have progressed to careers in primary and secondary teaching, sports development, sports therapy and fitness management to name a few. Raising participation in sport at a local level, this course offers a real vocational insight into the genuine challenges.

Further information

Theory sessions take place in a variety of classrooms which are equipped with the latest interactive white board technology. Practical sessions take place in a high quality sports hall, on the practical hard court area, field or in our well equipped fitness room. Throughout their time on the course, students will be introduced to a range of up to date fitness testing and performance analysis equipment.

Q. How much practical sport does the course involve? 
A. Students usually have a minimum of two practical sessions a week which cover a range of different sports and include fitness room sessions. There is an opportunity to do extra sport by joining one of the performance academies or lunchtime sports clubs.

Q. Is this course easier or harder than A Levels?
A. The course content is the same level as AS and A2 Levels. It is much more demanding in terms of its coursework requirements, but it does have the benefit of not having exams. 

Q. Do I get to take part in the practical sessions? 
A. An equal emphasis is based upon theory and practical work, and all sessions on the course are compulsory as they are critical to your success. Students with long term injury or disability that may prevent them from participating will be considered on an individual basis.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact PETROC directly.

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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