The BTEC Level 3 in Sports Coaching and Development is a vocational qualification that provides students with the knowledge and skills required to work in the sports and coaching industry. The course covers a range of topics including sports coaching, sports development, practical sport, and health and wellbeing. The qualification is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in sports coaching, either in a community or professional setting or as a sports therapist, sports psychologist, nutritionist, strength and conditioning coach, PE teacher, and many more roles. The course provides students with a foundation of knowledge in health and wellbeing, as well as hands-on experience in coaching and working with athletes.
You should have a minimum of four GCSEs at Grade 4/C or above, a BTEC Level 2 First Diploma in Sport (ideally at Merit standard) or NVQ Level 2 in a related area. You will also need to come in for a chat about the course. A criminal records check is needed for you to attend school and community programme placements.
The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development course is structured around a series of units, which are designed to be studied over a two-year period. Each unit covers a specific area of study and is assessed through a combination of coursework and practical assessments. This programme is equivalent to three A Levels.
Some of the units you will study include:
You will also have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications such as Community Sports Leaders Award and Coaching Awards (FA Level 1 and Level 2 Coaching).
There are many opportunities for you to assist in coaching sports in primary schools, help officiate at championships, and work at other sports events in the area.
The course also gives learners the opportunity to develop a range of techniques, personal skills, and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.
Various activities and events are organised by the Students’ Union. Within the sports department we organise outdoor adventure activity days, residential trips (with subsidised activities), and college sports teams compete in the Association of Colleges Sport Leagues. You will also have the chance to lead activities in local primary schools and overseas in Goa with disadvantaged children.
Assessment for the BTEC Level 3 Sports Coaching and Development course will take various forms including practical assessment, written coursework and presentations.
There are a variety of options for students who have completed this BTEC in Sports Coaching and Development. Some possible next steps include:
Once students have completed their BTEC Level 3, we offer:
- A Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching validated by the University of Wolverhampton, which includes a coaching pathway that provides students with the knowledge and skills required to work as sports coaches.
- The Level 2 Community Activator Coach Apprenticeship: a vocational training programme that provides individuals with the skills and knowledge needed to work as a community coach. This apprenticeship is designed for individuals who are interested in coaching and developing sports programmes in their communities. The programme typically takes 12 to 18 months to complete and combines on-the-job training with structured learning. During the apprenticeship, individuals will work in a coaching role, gaining practical experience and developing the skills needed to be successful in the field.
The apprenticeship covers topics such as:
Upon completion of the apprenticeship, individuals will receive a Level 2 Community Activator Coach certificate and will have the skills and knowledge needed to work as a community coach. This apprenticeship is a stepping stone to further coaching qualifications and careers in the sports industry.