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Diploma-Extended Diploma in Sport (Development, Coaching & Fitness) - Level 3 - Full-time (North...

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.

This programme is excellent preparation for any career related to sport or physical activity. With clear UCAS recognition as well as the added benefit of the development of a wide range of employability skills, learners have excellent choices available to them at the end of the two years.


This valuable BTEC Foundation Diploma/Extended Diploma qualification combines theoretical research assignments with practical assessment. It includes a wide range of areas related to sport and fitness. Modules include:
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Sports Leadership
- Professional Development in the Sports industry
- Fitness Testing
- Fitness Training and Programming for Sport, health and Well-being
- Research methods in Sport
- Investigating Business in Sport and the Active Leisure industry
- Development and Provision of Sport and Physical Activity
- Skill Acquisition
- Practical Sport
- Rules Regulations and Officiating in Sport, Sports Coaching, and Sports Development
- Work Experience

The Professional Development Module gives you the chance to explore careers in Sport eg. Sport Psychology, Sports Massage and Rehabilitation, Sports Science, Nutrition, PE Teaching, and Sports Coaching, Sports Analysis, Personal Training, and this is an ideal way of preparing learners on the course for their future career steps. Employability skills are also developed by participating in work experience, realistic interviews, presentations and job application procedures.

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 such as Tag Rugby Festivals, Football and Netball events, Goldcoast Oceanfest Education day and The Devon Ability Games.
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, in the same way as A-level grades are. The New BTEC is substantially recognised by UCAS as strong evidence to support Learners application into Higher Education, with equivalent recognition on the UCAS Tariff.
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. There is significant scientific content in this course so we recommend that learners come with a good understanding of science subjects.
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 and sports rehabilitation and massage. Current second year learners are progressing to University degree courses in sports massage, sport analysis, PE teaching, Football development, sports coaching and Sports development.

Other learners are entering direct employment into the football coaching industry, and the tourism industry as a result of successful work experience placements. Some learners will choose to study a further year at Petroc pursuing vocational courses in Personal Training or Sports Massage.
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.
You will need your PE kit. A packed lunch and drink will be essential as we may go straight into the practical elements of the course.
As well as the Petroc ancillary fee, there will be a cost of approx. £50 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.
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 for more information.
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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