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Sports Coaching & Development Foundation Diploma Level 3

This course gives you the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin study of the sport coaching sector, and giving you additional breadth and depth to prepare fully for further study or training.
This course includes the opportunity to study a wide range of topics in sport.

Five mandatory units:
• Careers in Sport and Active Leisure Industry
• Health, Wellbeing and Sport
• Developing Coaching Skills
• Sports Development
• Self-employment in Sport and Physical Activity

One further unit may include:
• Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
• Rules and Regulations in Sport
• Practical Sport Performance

This qualification is equivalent in size to 1.5 A levels, and it has been designed as a one year full time study programme and can be used to progress to the Extended Diploma in the second-year of a study.

Course Info

Level 3 - Advanced
Subject Area
Sport & Exercise Sciences
Course Type
16-19 Full-Time
Sutton Coldfield College
Next Start Date
Course Length
35 weeks

Entry Requirements

You will need 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English & maths. It is preferable that applicants will have GCSE PE / BTEC L2 Sport (although applicants without these will be considered). In addition a positive school reference with good levels of attendance and punctuality will also be required.

Delivery and Assessment

The units studied are internally assessed by a range of methods including coursework, work books, projects, research tasks, practical tasks and presentations etc.


On completion of this qualification successfully in year one, may apply to progress to continuing onto the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport in their second year. This qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting, or contributing to, admission requirements for many relevant degree courses.

Career Opportunities

  • Sports Coaching
  • Sports Therapy
  • PE Teaching
  • Fitness & Personal Training