Sport (Development, Coaching & Fitness): Level 3 BTEC Diploma at NESCOT
The full time Diploma in Sport course at Nescot is a two year course aimed at students with an interest in the application of sports coaching and health and fitness to the promotion, maintenance and enhancement of sport related performance. Our course offers students the chance to learn how to apply practical knowledge to the rehabilitation of sports injuries and become proficient at performing a sports massage in our ‘Sports Therapy Clinic’.
Students will undertake a combination of sports related units including sports coaching, instructing physical activity and sports massage as well as studying sports injuries. These units will be combined with fitness testing, fitness for training and other
sports related subjects. Learning will take place through lectures, group work, debates, group discussions and practical sports sessions.
The units are selected from the list below and staff aim to ensure they maximise students’ chances of either gaining employment in the health and fitness industry in the future or progressing to University to typically study sports studies, sports coaching, sports therapy on other related degrees. Recent students from the sports department have gained places at Portsmouth, Bournemouth, St Mary’s and Bath University amongst others.
To prepare students for the industry a host of additional qualifications are undertaken throughout the 2 years of this course; including CYQ Certificate in Fitness Instructing, sports coaching qualifications , first aid qualification and other industry led courses.
The course contains a mixture of theoretical lessons in classrooms and the sports therapy clinic and practical sessions in the sports hall, fitness centre, college sports fields and local sports centres.
The course is made up for 13 units from the following:
- Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
- The Physiology of Fitness
- Assessing Risk in Sport
- Fitness Training and Programming
- Sports Coaching
- Sports Development
- Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
- Practical Team Sports
- Sports Nutrition
- Outdoor Adventurous Activities
- Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise
- Sports Injuries
- Sport and Exercise Massage
You will require 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and maths. Students who have gained a Level 2 Diploma in Sport at Merit grade may also apply.
Various roles in the health and fitness industry, such as a gym instructor, personal trainer, leisure attendant or sports coach.
University entrance to study sports studies, sports coaching, sports therapy on other related degrees.
Potential career routes in the Sports industry:
- Children’s play worker
- Fitness instructor
- Leisure attendant / Duty Manager
- Outdoor activities instructor
- Personal trainer
- Sports coach
- Sports players
- Sports psychologist
- Sports therapist
- Youth worker
You will be provided with all the basic resources and materials needed for your programme. Some additional fees are required to cover the cost of trips made to outdoor activity centres and activities required to take place to gain criteria to pass this course.
You will have to pay for the following:
• Individual trips – Skern Lodge Outdoor Activity Centre – residential trip
• Sports department kit
• Additional qualification fees
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact NESCOT directly.