Sport Level 3

Course Information

  • Course Code: S133-Y1
  • Duration: 2 year
  • Validated by: EDEXCEL
  • Study Mode: Full time

This Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport is for someone who has a real passion for sport. There are 2 branches for you to choose from, depending on the vocational pathway that interests you:

Sports Development and Coaching - You will study a vocational sport programme equating to either 2 or 3 A-Levels, depending on your GCSE results, and gain additional qualifications in Sports Leadership and Coaching.

Sports Performance and Excellence - Elite performers may choose this route and could qualify for a college scholarship. There will also be enough flexibility within your timetable to fit in with your training demands.

The Level 3 qualifications cover a wide range of opportunities for you to develop within your chosen sporting field. You will investigate the marketing approaches of sports businesses as well as having the opportunity to lead coaching sessions. You will investigate the working of the body and how it adapts to various training programmes.

What will I study?

During your programme you will study areas such as:

  • Fitness Testing for Sport
  • Practical Team Sports
  • Anatomy & Physiology in Sport
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Outdoor & Adventurous Activities
  • Sports Coaching
  • Sports Psychology
  • Sport & Exercise Massage
  • Sports Injuries

You will also complete leadership and coaching qualifications, participate in practical sports, undertake work experience within the sports sector, take part in numerous extra-curricular and represent the college in team and individual sports activities.

Entry Requirements

A profile of Grade Cs at GCSE including Maths and English Language and a successful interview.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through 100% coursework. 

What can I do next?

Once you have completed your Level 3 Extended Diploma, you will be able to apply to a range of Universities. A triple distrinction in your Extended Diploma gives the same level of UCAS Tariff points as 3 As at A-Level. Many students progress to University Centre at Blackburn College where 9 out of 10 graduates are in work or further study just six months after graduation. 

Particular courses students progress on to include: Community Coaching & Sports Development Foundation Degree FdSc, Sports Coaching & Performance Foundation Degree FdSc or Health & Personal Training Foundation Degree FdA. These can lead to varied and interesting roles in sport including:

  • Sports Coach
  • PE Teaching (following the completion of an appropriate PGCE)
  • Sports Development Officer
  • Sports Marketing/Advertising
  • Performance Analysts.

You may also be interested in progression to Complementary Therapies Foundation Degree FdSc which includes Sports Massage as a pathway within the programme. 

Your Study Programme

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You will be based in the brand new £13.5 million Sports & Leisure Centre, which has been built in conjunction with Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council. The centre boasts boast 2 sports halls, an 80 station gym, aerobics studio, state of the art sports performance lab and a 6 lane, 25 metre swimming pool.

Enrichment & Employability

On all Sport courses you will also have the opportunity to take part in numerous extra-curricular and team sport activities as well as picking up additional Leadership and Coaching Awards and participating in recreational activities such as kickboxing, boxercise and outdoor pursuits.

We offer a variety of activities to promote employability and progression. Some of these opportunities are built into your timetable, others are available to access outside your study hours, all focusing on giving you the skills and attributes for your next level study or employment:

  • Guest speakers
  • World of work activities
  • Trips, visits and residentials
  • Progresison passport


Work experience is key for students looking for a top university place or a new job. Sport students can take advantage of a range of volunteering opportunities, including:

  • Gym Assistant and Fitness Instructor
  • Events Management
  • Games and Activities Coordinator
  • Sports Web Design
  • PE Assistant
  • Sports Club Management
  • Enrichment Coordinator


Centres of Excellence

If you are excelling in your chosen sport, you may wish to trial for the Centres of Excellence, which will give you the opportunity to play at a professional level. We have centres of excellence in Basketball, Swimming, Football, Netball and Cricket. You will have access to:

  • Bespoke sessions
  • Player development
  • Training sessions
  • Physiotherapy
  • Warm weather training
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