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BTEC Diploma in Sport - Specialist Pathways: Sports Therapy Coaching/Teaching, Fitness and Leisure at Leeds City College

Course description

Our Level 3 Diploma is aimed at those looking to follow an academic pathway into higher education while re-sitting a GCSE in English or maths.

In year one you will complete an Extended Certificate (1 A-Level equivalent) which will be extended to a Diploma (2 A-Level equivalent) in year two.

In year 1, in addition to the BTEC, students will follow a programme designed to sample different career pathways in sport including sports therapy, coaching/teaching, fitness and leisure.

In year two, you will choose units in your particular chosen pathway, giving you a diploma in your area of interest.

Course content

Year 1 Units:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Wellbeing
  • Professional Development in the Sports Industry
  • Sports Leadership

Year 2 Units:

  • Skill Acquisition in Sport
  • Investigating Business in Sport and the Active Leisure Industry

Chosen Pathway Units, Year 2:

  • Coaching and Teaching - Coaching for Performance
  • Coaching and Teaching - Technical and Tactical Demands for Sport
  • Coaching and Teaching - Work Experience in Active Leisure
  • Fitness and Leisure - Leisure Centre Operations
  • Fitness and Leisure - Application of Fitness Testing
  • Fitness and Leisure - Work Experience in Active Leisure
  • Therapy - Sports Injury Management
  • Therapy - Research Methods in Sport
  • Therapy - Work Experience in Active Leisure

Entry requirements

English or Maths at grade 4 or above, and three other grades including Science at either C or above /4 or above, depending on grading used.

Level 2 Diploma at Merit grade with English and maths at minimum grade C.

All applicants must have a genuine interest in working in sport, be prepared to participate in physical activities, work in a team, overcome personal challenges and have an enthusiastic approach to learning. Applicants must be willing to work flexibly in order to meet their work experience requirements.


All new NQF BTEC qualifications are a mixture of internal and external assessment, including exams. In year one there will be one exam and one controlled assessment and in year two there is one controlled assessment.

The internally assessed units will be assessed across a range of assessment methods including leading coaching sessions, administering treatments, presentations, reports and video submission. The methods selected are designed to develop the range of skills needed for students to progress onto university.

Future opportunities

After successful completion of this course, you could look into gaining a degree in your chosen area or undertaking a higher apprenticeship with a business.

Further information

English and Maths are built into your course if your grades are below 4/5

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: 10 November 2017
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