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Level 3 Diploma Sport (Development, Coaching & Fitness) at University College Birmingham

Course description

Our Sports Development & Coaching course leads to a range of rewarding careers in the sports sector and will equip you with the essential skills required for direct entry to roles including fitness training, gym-based instructor, sports leadership, and sports coach.

In Year 1 you will study the Foundation Diploma in Sport. In Year 2 you will study course specific modules for Sports Performance and Coaching. There are also opportunities to gain further sports qualifications in sports coaching, Level 2 gym instruction, emergency first aid and safeguarding. You will also experience a variety of sports, activities and visits to enhance our industry knowledge.

You will have the opportunity to complete a seven-week work placement in partnership with a primary school, assisting and teaching a variety of PE lessons to pupils.

UCB has established strong partnerships which provide you with the opportunity to participate in coaching sessions, qualifications and training sessions to enhance your employability skills. In addition, you will be involved in assisting with numerous competitions for the Birmingham School Games and running a Sports Inclusion Festival.

You will also have the opportunity to apply for a three-week work placement overseas in Year 2.

Course content

Year 1:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-Being
  • Professional Development in the Sports Industry
  • Sports Leadership
  • Practical Sports Performance
  • Coaching for Performance
  • Application of Fitness Testing

Year 2:

  • Sports Psychology
  • Sports Event Organisation
  • Development and Provision of Sport and Physical Activity
  • Coaching and Leading for Participation
  • Provision for Sports People with Physical and Learning Difficulties
  • Physical Education and the Care of Young People
  • Work Experience in Active Leisure
  • Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport

Entry requirements

At least 4 GCSE passes at grade C/grade 4 or above including English and maths, or a BTEC Level 2 in Sport with an minimum of a Merit result and GCSE grade C/grade 4 in English and maths.

All applicants must attend an interview prior to acceptance and must have a good school report or reference. All applicants are required to have a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service check (DBS) prior to starting the course.


The practical nature of the course means assessment takes place in realistic working environments including the fitness gym, outdoor fitness and studio-based fitness.

You will be required to prepare work independently and as part of a team. You will be assessed through coursework, assignment, practical observations, presentations, projects and one exam.

Financial information

Tuition Fees

If you are aged 16-18 (on 1st September 2017) you will not have to pay tuition fees.

Uniform and Equipment

You will need to buy some sports kit for your course and full details will be given to you prior to the start of the course. Some students may be eligible for assistance with the cost, please see information on the Learner Support Fund below.

Disclosure & Barring Service Checks (DBS)

To join this course you will need a DBS check. Our Placement Team will contact you to arrange the DBS check prior to the start of your course. If you require any further information please contact us.

Learner Support Fund

The Learner Support Fund is available to assist students with course related costs such as essential uniform, equipment and travel. The fund is available to students who have a total household income of less than £30,810 per year (figure correct as as September 2016). A non-refundable contribution of £50 is required.

Discretionary Bursary

The Discretionary Bursary is for students who have a household income of less than £20,817 per year (figure correct as at September 2016). Bursary payments are made every Friday subject to 100% attendance. Learners who are in receipt of out of work benefits, work more than 24 hours per week or are over the threshold are not eligible.

Mandatory Bursary

The Mandatory Bursary Scheme is paid to students aged 16-18 (on 1st September 2017) who fall into one of the following categories:

  • looked after child
  • care leaver
  • receiving Income Support in their own name
  • receiving Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance

Eligible students will be entitled to a guaranteed bursary with weekly payments of  paid every Friday subject to attendance.

Application forms for the Learner Support Fund and Bursary will be included in your enrolment pack (usually available in May/June), alternatively, forms are also available from Student Services.

Network West Midlands 16-18 Photocard

If you are 16-18 years old and in full-time education you may be entitled to child rate fares and season tickets for travel on the bus, train and Metro. All you need is a valid 16-18 Photocard which is available from Network West Midlands. It costs £10 and is valid for one academic year. You will be able to apply once you are enrolled. Further information is available from our Student Services team.

Travel Assistance

If you are travelling from outside the Network West Midlands area you may be able to claim a 50% reimbursement of your travel costs. Please contact the Student Budget Counsellor to discuss the additional support that may be available to you.

Free Meals

Some Further Education students will be able to receive a free meal at lunchtime whilst they are in college. You must be between 16-18 with parents or guardians in receipt of:

  • Income Support
  • Job Seekers Allowance (income based)
  • Employment Support Allowance (income related)
  • Guarantee element of Pension Credit

You will need to apply for the Discretionary Bursary Scheme and provide evidence of one of the above benefits to support your application. Application forms will be included in your enrolment pack or, alternatively, forms are available from Student Services.

If you are eligible you will receive a daily allowance which can be used to purchase a selection of items within the Summer Row 5th Floor cafeteria and Richmond House cafeteria. You will need to present your Student ID card at the till, your allowance will be deducted off eligible items. Please note that as we are aiming to promote healthy eating there are restrictions on some items such as fizzy drinks, chocolate, crisps, cakes and flapjacks.

Childcare Funding

Students aged under 19 on the start date of the course can apply for childcare support through the Care to Learn Scheme. For further information and how to apply go to and search 'Care to Learn' or call the helpline on 0800 121 8989.


Future opportunities

Progression to Higher Education

When you have successfully completed the course you can apply for entry on to UCB's sport-related foundation degrees or degrees. Alternatively you can apply to study at other universities and higher education institutions.

Career Opportunities

There are varied careers in the sports industry from work in community grass roots sport, working for a sporting venue or helping others achieve their sporting potential. Other options include working in outdoor centres, public and private sector recreation activities, fitness centres, leisure centres, or coaching and sports development.

Further information

Please see our website for further details and information on our next available Open Days.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact University College Birmingham directly.

Last updated date: 12 October 2016
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