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Sport (Development, Coaching & Fitness) BTEC Foundation Diploma-Extended Diploma

Level 3 Vocational
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North Devon Campus
Two years

If you have a passion for sport and would like a career within sport, fitness or physical education, this could be the study programme for you. This programme covers many aspects of the sports industry and gives an excellent academic sport background to take forward into a related career. The course also offers many opportunities to develop sport industry specific practical employability skills.

You will take part in community events and school coaching sessions, contributing to local sports festivals and events.


This valuable qualification combines theoretical research assignments with practical assessment. It includes a wide range of areas related to sport and fitness, including Anatomy and Physiology, Assessing Risk in Sport, Sports Leadership, Fitness Testing, Fitness Training and Programming, Exercise Health and Lifestyle, Sports Nutrition, Practical Sport, Rules Regulations and Officiating, Sports Coaching, and Sports Development.

You'll learn by completing assignments based on real challenges faced by sports development officers, fitness instructors, sports teachers and other sport and leisure professionals. Furthermore, you'll be able to take an active role in a range of sports events in the local community.
There are two externally-assessed units in Year One, and a further two in Year Two; these will be formal assessments under exam conditions. All other units are assessed by assignments and these are projects that are based on realistic workplace situations. You will be expected to produce a large number of these each year, so time management and organisation are important. As part of these assignments you will be expected to complete practical coaching, attend interviews, give presentations, analyse sporting performance, design fitness training programmes, produce videos and edit audio. You will also need to produce and monitor training log books, exercise programmes and sports development strategies.

Assignments and units are graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction; from these, an overall grade is awarded for the qualification. This grade is then converted to university tariff points if appropriate.
To be accepted onto a two-year Level 3 programme, all entrants must hold at least a grade 4 in GCSE Maths and a grade 4 in GCSE English, as well as at least three other GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. Certain subjects require a minimum of GCSE grade 6.

You will have to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. We accept applicants who hold a Merit or above in a relevant Level 2 Diploma.
This Diploma is valued by employers and universities. Following further degree study, students from this study programme have progressed to careers in primary and secondary teaching, sports development, sports coaching and fitness management to name a few. Raising participation in sport at a local level, this course offers a real vocational insight into the genuine challenges.
Theory sessions take place in a variety of classrooms which are equipped with the latest interactive white board technology. Practical sessions take place in a high quality sports hall, on the practical hard court area, field, or in our well-equipped fitness room. Throughout their time on the course, students will be introduced to a range of up-to-date fitness testing and performance analysis equipment.
We also take full advantage of local opportunities to take learning into the community, learning by leading, officiating or coaching in local schools, or by contributing to community events.
PE kit, packed lunch and drink will be essential as we may be straight into practical elements of the course.
As well as the Petroc ancillary fee, there will be a cost of approx. £60 to cover external trips/visits and essential sports leadership kit, e.g. polo shirt, whistle etc.
A DBS check fee of approximately £50 may also be charged.
For more information, please contact our Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422.
Q: How much practical sport does the course involve?
A: Students usually have a minimum of two practical sessions a week which cover a range of different sports and include fitness room sessions. There is an opportunity to do extra sport by joining one of the performance academies or lunchtime sports clubs.

Q: Is this course easier or harder than A-levels?
A: The course content is the same level as A-levels so it is just as difficult. It is much more demanding in terms of its coursework requirements, but it does have the benefit of having fewer exams.

Q: Do I get to take part in the practical sessions?
A: An equal emphasis is based upon theory and practical work, and all sessions on the course are compulsory as they are critical to your success. Students with long-term injury or disability that may prevent them from participating will be considered on an individual basis.

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