Back to Top

Sport Level 3 Extended Diploma

Print Page

Key information

Qualification type


Course code



Level 3


2 years


Broughton Road,
Banbury, OX16 9QA

Start date

Sep 2021

New and returning learners:

Please note that due to special measures we have put in place to make our sites COVID safe, we are asking all learners to enrol with us online. If you are unable to do so we can support you over the phone, simply call 0800 612 6008. Please do not enter our college sites without a prior appointment as we are managing the number of people on site at any time to comply with social distancing measures.

See information about the measures we are taking to keep learners safe while on campus.

Ready for a career in sport? This course will help you to get ahead of the competition.

If you are interested in the sports and exercise industry, then you should look no further than this programme. Whether it’s supporting elite athletes to reach their full potential, or introducing sport to a young person for the first time, with a career in sports you can play an important role in leading people to a healthy lifestyle.

You will learn essential skills and theory relating to all aspects of sports and exercise, one of the fastest growing industries in the UK, including:

  • anatomy
  • psychology
  • sports development
  • coaching
  • nutrition

Led by tutors with excellent academic and practical backgrounds you will enjoy learning more about what goes on behind the scenes of sports, different career paths for you to take and which aspect of sport and exercise science you would like to focus on in the future.

Previous students have gone onto work in sports coaching, professional sports academies, teaching and education, gym instruction and university.

What I'll learn

You study 18 modules over the two years including:

  • principles of anatomy and physiology
  • physiology for fitness
  • psychology
  • assessing risks
  • fitness testing and training exercise
  • health and lifestyle
  • nutrition
  • coaching
  • practical team / individual sport analysis of sport performance leadershipin sport
  • organising sport
  • sport as a business
  • sports development
  • instructing physical activity
  • injuries massage
  • work experience

You will also improve the broader skills vital for success in further study or employment including:

  • self-confidence
  • speaking in front of others
  • working with others
  • taking responsibility
  • managing your time

By the end of the course you will have benefited from a valuable insight into future careers open to you.


How I'll learn

Approximately 60% of your time at college is classroom-based with an active approach to the theory subjects.

The rest of your time will be spent on practical activities in the sports hall or gym, such as fitness coaching or practical sport.

A strong emphasis of the practical sessions is placed on working and learning with others and you are regularly set tasks to complete in partnership with other students.

You also need to be able to work independently and take responsibility for your own learning.

Throughout the course you have the opportunity to demonstrate your skills by participating in community activities and schools partnerships.

You will also have ongoing tutorial support to help you achieve the qualification.


How I'll be assessed

Individual learning targets are set each term and you receive regular feedback on your progress in meeting these targets.

Formal assessment is through assignments projects presentations and practical assessments which are set at regular intervals throughout the course.

The functional skills in English maths or ICT is assessed by an external exam.


Entry Requirements

Five or more GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including English language, science and maths or BTEC level 2 Diploma grade Merit or Distinction plus GCSE grade 4 (C) or above or Functional Skills at level 2 in English and maths.

If you are interested in a Level 3 programme and have alternative qualifications you would like us to consider please contact us with your details.

Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and complete an internal assessment.

All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.


How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs). 
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.