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BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Development, coaching and fitness) at Sheffield Wednesday Football Club (SWFC)

Course description

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport provides learners with a vocational sport course that will develop the knowledge and skills to work within the sport and active leisure sector. You will be supported to pursue a career in sports coaching, teaching or fitness. This partnership programme unites a team of experienced education professionals at one of the top Colleges and Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme where you will study a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport which is accepted for entry to higher education courses and carries UCAS tariff points equivalent to 3 A levels. 

Course content

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Coaching, Development & Fitness) provides learners with a vocational sport course that will develop the knowledge and skills to work within the football industry or broader sport and active leisure sector.

You will be advised to complete a work placement of at least 60 hours, working within the sports industry. This will be related to a chosen career outcome which could include teaching, coaching, fitness, personal training, gym instructing, sport coaching and development.

In addition to classroom based lessons and practical coaching sessions you will be required to study independently to complete coursework assignments.

Key areas of study include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Fitness Training and Programming
  • Sports Injuries
  • Organising Sports Events
  • Rules and Regulations
  • Sports Coaching


Staff and Facilities-

You will learn from highly qualified, expert staff with a range of academic and sport work related backgrounds. Students also benefit from our strong connections to the city's professional sports clubs. The excellent facilities for our sport students include a fully equipped fitness suite, sports hall, gym, 3G outdoor pitches and sports science laboratories.

Will the course suit me?- You should have a keen interest in sport and a high level of fitness. You will need to have good time management skills in order to manage training, coursework and assignment deadlines.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at A*-C grades (or acceptable alternatives) including English Language. 


The BTEC course is continually assessed, there are no formal exams. Assessment methods include written assignments, presentations, observations of practical tasks, group or individual projects and practical tasks.

Financial information

You are expected to buy a training kit at a cost of approx. £100 and will also be expected to contribute towards the cost of any trips and visits.

There is also financial support for students who may require this; by completing a bursary form upon enrolment. 

Future opportunities

Your next step could be on to a related Higher Education course at university, or into employment in the sport, health and fitness industries.

Successful students may progress to our Sport Foundation Degrees or other university/higher education courses such as:

  • Physical Education
  • Teaching
  • Leisure and Recreation Management
  • Events Management
  • Sports Development and Coaching
  • Physiotherapy

Further information

For further information please contact our Education Team

0114 3240780

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: 09 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
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  • Number of planned places: 100

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Beth Smith
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01143240780
    • Email address:


  • More information

    • The Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme and Sheffield Hallam University are pleased to announce a unique partnership aiming to take both institutions to new heights.

      The association will fundamentally develop the BTEC Level 3 module undertaken by SWFC Community Programme students to aid the crucial transition into university.

      In addition, Sheffield Hallam University will install experienced guest lecturers into the Owls’ Community Programme, with students receiving a head start on the education pathway.

      SWFC and Sheffield Hallam University already enjoy a rich affiliation in terms of student investment through departmental internships and external relations that will continue to grow.

      “The transitional support of students from BTEC level into university is key and students can only benefit from the expert tuition Sheffield Hallam University will provide.

      “We look forward to extending and developing this relationship in the long term.”

      Rob Wilson, External Relations Lead at Sheffield Hallam University, added:  “Our partnership with Sheffield Wednesday continues to go from strength to strength and underlines the commitment of the University to collaborate with major players in sport to provide exceptional learning experiences for our students.

      “We are delighted we are able to work in partnership with SWFC to support the development of their BTEC programme in this way and support the transition for players into Higher Education at Sheffield Hallam University, creating a genuine pathway to develop their skills and experience with one of the largest providers of sport related education in the UK.”


      The club’s Education Programme, which is based at the ground, is taking applications for its BTEC Level 1, 2 and 3 extended diploma in Sport course and is holding an open day for prospective students on 13 January 2015 at 6:00pm at the ground.
      The course allows students to study towards the qualification whilst regularly playing and coaching Futsal to develop technical, tactical and physical ability. The students also play in a professional club in the Futsal League.

      In association with the Football League Trust, the programme allows young people aged 16-18 to study at the football club’s education facilities and various sports venues across Sheffield.

      The education programme is delivered in association with Sheffield Wednesday and their Community Programme and last year announced record breaking exam results since the course started – something the programme is hoping to replicate with this year’s student intake.
      To qualify for Level 3 entry, students require four A-C GCSEs (subject to confirmation), including English and Maths or a BTEC Level 2. Those who narrowly miss out on those grades will be considered for Level 1 or Level 2 course.
      The two-year programme is delivered at the learning centre at Hillsborough and has been in place for two years. The course has seen 90 per cent of young people progress on to higher education or course-related jobs.