Sport Level 3 Extended Diploma

Course Information

  • Course Code: S133-Y1
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • 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

5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 including Maths and English Language or completion of a Level 2 course.

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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Career Options

Sports Coach

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

Sports coaches teach sports skills to individuals and teams of all sporting abilities. They teach everyone from beginners to international professionals. They help people to reach their full potential and take part safely in their chosen sport. If you love sports and want to help people perform at their highest level, this could be the career for you. To become a sports coach, you will need to have a coaching qualification that is recognised by the governing body for your sport. As a sports coach, you will need to be able to plan and deliver training sessions. You will also need to inspire confidence and motivate your students. You will need determination, patience, and a supportive approach towards those you coach.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Sports Development Officer

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 35-40 hours per week

Sports development officers organise sports based projects and training to encourage people to take part in sport and to have a healthier lifestyle. Their aim is to make it easier for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy sport. If you are enthusiastic about sport and you have great communication and leadership skills, then this could be the role for you. You will also need strong organisational skills and the ability to manage projects and budgets. To get into this work you’ll need to have knowledge and experience of how to encourage people to take up sport. Many sports development officers also have a degree or equivalent, in sports development or sports coaching. If you are able to show that you have relevant experience, you may not need a degree. You can often get experience by volunteering for local sports projects.

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Sports Physiotherapist

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

Sports physiotherapists help sportsmen and sportswomen perform at their best by identifying and treating sports injuries. They develop treatment programmes to help recovery, and also give advice on how to avoid sports injuries. If you are enthusiastic about sport, and you want to help athletes and sportspeople be as good as they can be, then this could be a perfect career for you. You will need strong communication skills and a patient and caring personality in order to help people recover from their injuries. To become a sports physiotherapist you will need a first degree and postgraduate master’s degree in sports physiotherapy, and some work experience as a physiotherapist.?

Job Opportunites in Lancashire