Level 3

Sports Coaching and Development

Leading to a Extended Certificate, Foundation Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma

Do you want to turn your passion for sport into a career? Through blending theory and practice, you’ll develop your coaching and leadership skills. Explore training methods and play various sports to enhance your understanding of the rules, regulations and the physical requirements of different activities. Learn how to adapt your coaching style for different age groups, abilities and needs to support athletes development.

After completion of the two year qualification you will have an excellent springboard to prepare you for degree level study or work in the sport and active leisure industry.

What will I study?

How long will it take?

  • 1 year, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • 4 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including English, Maths and Science or PE, or
  • Level 2 at Merit grade
  • A genuine interest in sport is essential

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

  • Continuation into the second year or study, or
  • Seek employment in the sport and active leisure industry

Career options

  • Nutritionist
  • Assistant coach
  • Sports coach*
  • PE teacher*
  • Referee*
  • Strength and conditioning coach*

*with additional qualifications

Student Profile
James Adamson

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport Performance

School: Madeley High School, Staffordshire

Next step: Degree in Sports and Exercise Science

Ambition: Elite athlete

“I’ve been competing in triathlons for seven years and this year qualified to represent Great Britain and also to compete at the 2019 European Triathlon Union Multisport World Championships in Spain.

“I’m in the under 20s category, but I hope in the future to be racing on the world stage – hopefully in the Olympics.

“I chose Reaseheath because I’d heard the course was good and because the gym has professional standard equipment. I train with Newcastle (Staffs) Triathlon Club and on my own for around 20 hours a week, so it’s great to learn and socialise with students with the same interests.”