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Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness) Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma at Preston's College

Course description

Equivalent to three A-Levels, this advanced level course is ideal for those hoping to pursue further study or employment in the sports and leisure industry. The Level 3 course in Sport covers various elements of sports coaching, outdoor education, massage and injuries, anatomy and physiology, fitness, sports development, leadership, psychology and talent identification. As part of the course, you will also have the opportunity to demonstrate your coaching skills by planning and delivering a sports session at a local primary school.

Course content

Units of study:
– Sports Coaching
– Anatomy & Physiology
– Physiology of Fitness
– Assessing Risk in Sport
– Fitness Testing
– Sports Development
– Fitness Training & Programming
– Practical Team Sports
– Practical Individual Sports
– Leadership in Sport
– Exercise, Health & Lifestyle
– Psychology for Sports Performance
– Sports Injuries
– Talent Identification
– Sport & Exercise Massage
– Rules, Regulations & Officiating in Sport
– PE & Care of Children
– Organising Sports Events or Outdoor & Adventurous Activities

Entry requirements

You need five GCSEs (or equivalent) at A*-C grade, including a GCSE at grade C in English and a minimum grade D in maths. You’ll also need to be willing to develop coaching skills by carrying out voluntary work in the community.


You will be assessed through the completion of a portfolio, formal assignments, presentations and practical assessments.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of this course at merit grade or above allows progression to Level 4 sports courses. This qualification is relevant to careers in multi-sports coaching, community coaching, football coaching, teaching, sports development, fitness instructing and sports therapies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Preston's College directly.

Last updated date: 25 May 2016
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