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Level 3 Subsidiary/90 credit Diploma in Sport at Wakefield College

Course description

There are countless career opportunities for people with knowledge and qualifications in sports development, coaching or fitness, and there is a huge demand for qualified people in all areas of sport as the UK builds on the legacy of various sporting events such as the 2012 Olympics, the Rugby League and Rugby Union world cups and the Commonwealth gold in netball. You could be one of them! 

The Sports course will help if you want to acquire the skills to start working straight away, helping develop sport at grass roots level up to excellence level. Or maybe you want to study further, advance to higher education and become an expert working with elite performers as the UK tries to raise the bar after the Olympics and compete at international level in all sports. 

Whatever your aspirations in the field of sports development, coaching and fitness, this course will give you a good start on your chosen pathway.

Course content

What you will study 

Example modules include: anatomy and physiology, practical team sports, leadership, sports massage and therapy, sports injuries, training and fitness, nutrition and weight management, principles of coaching, sports psychology and health and safety.

Maths and English are key elements of any full-time programme of study in College. If you do not already have a GCSE at grade A*-C (or new grade 9-4) in these subjects, you will need to attend sessions allocated on your timetable. These are varied and designed to cater for all ability levels. You will receive advice and guidance regarding the correct level for you.

Skills in Maths and English will support your full-time course, assisting you with assignment writing, research, job applications, presentations, managing your own finances and interpretation of data, to mention just a few. They will also help you in the future. Most employers are looking for ability in these areas and the majority of university courses require you to have Maths and English GCSEs at A*-C (or new grade 9-4).  This is why the development of Maths and English is so important, whatever your field of study.

Entry requirements

Subsidiary Diploma in Sport - 4 GCSEs at A*-C or 9-4 including English or Maths.
90 Credit Diploma in Sport - 5 GCSEs at A*-C or 9-4 including BOTH English and Maths.
Alternative entry routes - If you have successfully completed a full Level 2 in a similar area with a Merit/Distinction profile and have the required Maths/English qualifications.


Continuous assessment and assignment work.  Some additional qualifications involve a portfolio and/or an exam.

Financial information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, and residentials, which are payable by all students.

Any student registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and subsequently withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any re-sit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course.

Future opportunities

Further study 

Students who successfully complete this programme of study and have good references from their tutors will progress onto the Diploma/Extended Diploma in Sport.

Career Opportunities

Employment in the Sport and Recreation industry including:  coaching, teaching or training professional sport and performance, health promotion, community development officer and sports development officer, to name but a few.

Further information

Please contact our Course Information Team on 01924 789111 for further details. 

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: 04 June 2018
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