Sports Coaching & Development
BTEC Level 3

Awarding Body: Pearson

Qualification Level(s)

Available as:

  • Extended Certificate (2 years – equivalent to an A Level)
  • Foundation Diploma (1 year – equivalent to 1.5 A Levels)
  • Diploma (2 years – equivalent to 2 A Levels)
  • Extended Diploma (2 years – equivalent to 3 A Levels)

Course Description

This course offers you the opportunity to experience a range of different elements in the Sport world that you could progress onto in your future career. This qualification is flexible and can be taken as your entire programme of study (Foundation Diploma or Extended Diploma) or alongside other subjects (Extended Certificate or Diploma). The UCAS points generated from this course supports progression to higher education. The course could lead to careers in areas such as Teaching, Physiotherapy, Sports Nutrition, Sports Psychology and Coaching.

Students must have achieved 5 GCSEs or equivalent, ideally to include a 5 or above in Physical Education and a 4 in Mathematics and English.

As an international student you must:

  • Demonstrate a suitable level of academic English, normally at CEFR level B1. For Student Visa applications Portsmouth College recommends a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 overall (with no component lower than 5) to best succeed in your studies.
  • Demonstrate that you are competent to study at Level 3 in your chosen subjects during your application, including certificates of your qualifications and subject specific requirements such as evidence of an art portfolio for entry on to one of our Art courses.
  • Successfully complete a Skype interview with the College to discuss and assess your subject choices.

This course is 100% assessed by coursework with some elements assessed practically whereas others are assessed through written or presented information. There is a good range of units, which balances the practical and the theory elements of the course including units such as:

  • Developing Coaching Skills
  • Sport Development
  • Sports Psychology

This course will develop existing knowledge of the human anatomy and experience of concepts such as leadership and coaching, while introducing new topics such as nutrition and event management.

  • BTEC Foundation Diploma (the equivalent of 1.5 A levels in one year); 78% coursework, 22% exam
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (the equivalent of 3 A levels, studied over two years); 83% coursework, 17% exam

The new specification includes two units that are externally set; one as an exam, the other as a controlled assessment. These two externally-marked units equate to 44% of the Foundation Diploma (falling to 33% when topped up to an Extended Diploma over two years).

Learners on this course will predominantly access the Exercise strand of the E6 Programme. Learners will also have access to trips specific to this course, related to other areas. E6 can help prepare you for life after College – CV writing, interview skills and much more, alongside providing opportunities for volunteering, and personal enterprise, all of which are excellent items to put on a future job application.

If taken as part of a programme of study that includes other BTEC Nationals or A/AS levels, these courses support progression to higher education; a foundation degree in Sport, for example. Alternatively, you can progress onto a second year at College to achieve a Diploma or Extended Diploma in Sport, which will gain you access into a full degree course, or into an apprenticeship/job in the sporting sector. The course is diverse enough to develop you towards careers in coaching, teaching, sports psychology, sports therapy, sports science, and much more.

There are no exams currently for this course. All assessments are carried out via unit-specific coursework.