Sport & Physical Activity - Sports Coaching

Qualification: BTEC Extended Diploma
Level 3

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About this course

Develop the advanced knowledge and practical skills required in various sporting disciplines such as; coaching, teaching, instructing and sports development. You will learn practical units in the field of sports science; nutrition, anatomy, physiology and practical team sports. You will gain valuable practical and personal transferable skills for work or higher education.

Full-time students aged 16-18 will follow a study programme at City College which includes:

  • The main subject qualification
  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade 9-4/A*-C in these subjects by age 16
  • Additional activities, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals

These four elements should combine to provide stretch and challenge to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

Earn up to 84 UCAS points#


#84 UCAS points based on Distinction grades

What you will learn

Year 1

  • Exercise, health and lifestyle
  • Sports coaching
  • Prepare for a career in sport
  • Practical team sport
  • Fitness testing for sport and exercise
  • Instructing physical activity and exercise
  • Technical and tactical skills in sport
  • Psychology for sports performance
  • Sports injuries

Year 2

  • Principles of anatomy and physiology
  • Leadership in sport
  • Analysis of sports performance
  • Fitness training and programming
  • Work experience in sport
  • Practical individual sport
  • Organising sports event
  • Sports nutrition
  • Sports development

If you successfully complete the first year of study you will gain a level 3 Diploma qualification. In order to progress to the second year you will need to pass the first year of study.


Fully equipped gym plus use of a number of off-site facilities, including:

  • Solent sports hall
  • Woodmill Activity Centre
  • Southampton Golf Club
  • Lordshill sports fields
  • Pound for Pound boxing
  • St Mary's Stadium

Sport & Physical Activity Level 3 Assessment

Entry requirements
  • 5 GCSEs grade 9-4/A*-C (including English, maths and PE), OR
  • Level 2 in Sport and GCSES grade 9-4/A*-C in English, maths and PE

You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto this course.

Dates, times & fees
Start Date Course Times Duration Campus Fees
02/09/19 2 years Main campus
What next?
  • Employment as sports coach, fitness instructor, personal trainer, leisure manager, or outdoor activity instructor
  • Degree at university
Additional information

Trips, visits & activities

  • Team building trips
  • Stadium trip
  • Guest speakers
  • Work experience
  • Industry week activities

If you will be 19 before the start of the second year of this course, you will be liable to pay a fee for that year. Please contact us for more information.