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Sport BTEC Level 3 Sport Development, Coaching & Fitness at North Kent College

Course description

The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Sport is suited to students who wish to continue their academic studies in a specialised educational area. The course is aimed at 16-19 year olds who have just completed their GCSEs, or are looking to get back into education to study in this expanding and desirable subject area. The course provides a solid grounding for students wishing to enter the world of sports management, coaching, fitness instructing or development and its associated industries, either through progression to university or by entering employment.

Course content

The course consists of 6 units. During your programme the core units will be studied and assessed which will lead to achievement in a Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport. On completion of the Subsidiary Diploma you will discuss with your tutors whether you wish to progress onto the Extended Diploma or to progress to employment or other courses in the area. Units:

  • 1 Principles of Anatomy & Physiology in Sport
  • 2 The Physiology of Fitness
  • 3 Assessing Risk in Sport
  • 4 Fitness Training & Programming
  • 5 Sports Coaching
  • 7 Fitness Testing for Sport & Exercise
  • 8 Practical Team Sports

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grades A*- C; these must include English and Maths; PE is also desirable or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Sport at a Merit grade. Successful applicants must be willing to be involved in all aspects of sport, including practical as well as theoretical.


How will I be assessed?

A wide variety of assessments will be used. The BTEC programme will use continuous assessment rather than examinations and you will be able to track your performance as you work towards the pass, merit and distinction grades. Methods of assessment will include reports, presentations, practical demonstrations, posters, reports, leaflets, experiments, interviews and discussions. To facilitate assessment, you will be expected to devote personal time for your studies.

Financial information

Tuition Fees: 16-18 - free

19+ Advanced Learning Loan - £2800

Exam and Registration Fees (payable by all aged 19 and over): £135

This course may also attract additional costs, for example, kit, uniform or books, that all students will be required to pay. Please contact the College for further details.

Future opportunities

What can I do when I finish my course?

The majority of learners progress onto the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport with a view of entering university. Due to the diverse nature of the course, students are well suited to continuing their studies with degrees in sports science, sports coaching and sports management being amongst the most popular. If you want to progress into employment the following areas in the sports and leisure industry would be suitable; sports coaching, health & fitness, personal training, sports development or leisure centre management.

Further information

Additional Courses? During the course, there will be opportunities to achieve other qualifications in addition to your main BTEC programme. These additional qualifications may include work skills, drug awareness, first-aid, sport-specific coaching badges, gym instructing and other sport-related qualifications. Please note - there may be an additional cost to these courses.

What qualification will I gain? BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport (Development, Coaching & Fitness)

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: 08 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: L2D117P
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  • Number of planned places: 55