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Sport Level 3 Applied Diploma - Extended Certificate at Long Road Sixth Form College

Course description

The Level 3 Diploma in Sport at Long Road is a highly successful course that has been running for many years. In 2011 the course won a Good Schools Guide award for the best results on an OCR Level 3 National Diploma in the country.

The course has an excellent record of helping students to achieve their career goals in the industry, whether as a fitness professional, a coach, a teacher or manager, and whether straight from college or following a sports-related degree at university. The college has extensive playing fields and a purpose-built sports hall, fitness suite and sport science ‘lab’. 

The Diploma will develop skills required by employers in the UK today. Through a variety of learning and assessment opportunities you will focus on planning, research and analysis, working with others, and effective communication. The Diploma offers a broad range of units which will increase your knowledge, understanding and skills in several sports-related fields such as coaching, anatomy and physiology, sports psychology and performance analysis. The Diploma will suit you if you wish to play an active role in your learning and have strong time management and organisational skills.

Work experience

All students will complete a placement of their choice in the sports industry.

This is a Extended Certificate equivalent to one A level. You can also choose to take the Extended Diploma equivalent to three A levels or an Diploma equivalent to two A levels.

Course content

As this is a vocational course, the emphasis is on the application of theory to practice.  In each of the units you will:

· produce a portfolio of evidence that shows you have met the assessment objectives.  At the beginning of each unit your teacher will give you a clear plan of what is expected, the assignments and other assessed tasks required and the submission deadlines.

· gain specialist knowledge, understanding and skills through a wide variety of activities including practical performance, coaching and analysis;

You will be assessed by a combination of internally-assessed assignments and externally-set and marked assessments.

You will get the opportunity to take a number of additional courses while on this programme including Dodgeball Level 1, FA Level 1, First Aid at Work, Cricket Level 1 and Level 2 Gym Instructors.

There are visits to universities to find out more about sport-related degrees as well as to  specific centres such as Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre and Lee Valley White Water.

There is a wide number of sports teams at Long Road, playing for which can develop your enrichment portfolio: football, rugby, netball, hockey and cricket. If you are a keen and able basketball player, find out about the Long Road Basketball Academy

The range of units covered in Year 1 and 2 may include the following:

Principles of Anatomy and Physiology

The Physiology of Fitness

Sports Coaching

Current Issues in Sport

Sports Nutrition

Practical Team Sports

Fitness Training and Programming


Entry requirements

At least five GCSEs at Grade 4 including English. A Grade 4 at GCSE in PE or a Merit on Level 2 (6-unit) Applied Sport is required if it has been taken.

Students with a Distinction grade in Level 2 Applied Sport (6-unit qualification) may be considered with a Grade 3 in GCSE English.

Examination board: OCR


You will be assessed by a combination of internally-assessed assignments and externally-set and marked assessments.


Future opportunities

Some examples of sport-related degrees taken by our students are: Sports Therapy, PE Teaching, Sports Coaching, Nutrition, Sports Management and Health and Fitness. Students going straight into employment are working as sports coaches, both independently and for a variety of coaching organisations, personal trainers, managers of the Football in the Community schemes and various positions in local sport and leisure centres.

Here are some of the degrees being taken by Long Road students who completed their studies in 2017: Sport Science at Hertfordshire, Sport Coaching and Physical Education at Anglia Ruskin, Physical Education at the University of East Anglia, Sports Science at Anglia Ruskin, Sport and Exercise Science at Leeds Metropolitan, Sports Therapy at Bedfordshire, Sport Business Management at Leeds Metropolitan and Sports Management at Bournemouth.

Further information

Come to Open Evening on 17th or 18th October 5-9pm.



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: 27 September 2018
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