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Key details

Attendance Full-Time
Duration 1 years
Code
Awarding Body Pearson
Level BTEC Level 3 Diploma
Start Date 06/09/2021

Other start dates

Course overview

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development is intended for learners who want to progress directly to employment in a sports coaching or sports development role. The qualification is also suitable for those wishing to progress to higher education.

The sport sector is a fast-growing industry. It is currently worth £39 billion to the economy and continues to grow annually (‘Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation DCMS, 2015’). Coaching is an area that continues to expand, with up to 3.1 million adults in England estimated to having coached sport or physical activity in the previous 12 months, providing 7.6 million coach-led participation experiences per week (Coaching in an Active Nation The Coaching Plan for England, YouGov Study, 2016).

What you'll study

Learning is delivered through both theory and practical based sessions.

Further learning will be carried out on work experience, from visiting guest speakers and on day visits and residential opportunities.

You will also be expected to take responsibility for independent study outside of your timetable, as directed by your tutors, using Moodle, the Virtual Learning Environment platform.

Modules you will study in year 1 include the following 5 mandatory units:

  1. Careers in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry
  2. Health, Wellbeing and Sport
  3. Developing Coaching Skills
  4. Sport Development
  5. Self-employment in Sport and Physical Activity

One further unit will be selected from the following options:-

  • Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
  • Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport
  • Practical Sports Application

Organising Events in Sport and Physical Activities

  • Learning is delivered through both theory and practical based sessions.

    Further learning will be carried out on work experience, from visiting guest speakers and on day visits and residential opportunities.

    You will also be expected to take responsibility for independent study outside of your timetable, as directed by your tutors, using Moodle, the Virtual Learning Environment platform.

    Modules you will study in year 1 include the following 5 mandatory units:

    1. Careers in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry
    2. Health, Wellbeing and Sport
    3. Developing Coaching Skills
    4. Sport Development
    5. Self-employment in Sport and Physical Activity

    One further unit will be selected from the following options:-

    • Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
    • Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport
    • Practical Sports Application

    Organising Events in Sport and Physical Activities

Assessment

Internal Assessments

All 6 units on the course are internally assessed. Ways in which you can be internally assessed include:-

  • Written assignments including reports, leaflets and posters.
  • Synoptic Assessment – Applying learning, knowledge, skills to a vocational task.#
  • Practical activities / Role Play
  • Individual and Group Presentations

# The synoptic assessment is carried out on the Developing Coaching Skills unit

Entry requirements

GCSEs
Five at grade 4 or C including English Language or Maths

Preferably a related qualification e.g. NCFE / BTEC Level 2 Sport qualifications.

A genuine interest in future careers in Sport Coaching / Sport Development / or Higher Education studies in related fields.

Positive academic performance on previous college courses or at schools previously attended.

Work experience

It is expected you will cover up to 160 hours work experience on the course. This will include specific placement in sport coaching / development related roles.

Our work placement officers will discuss your preferences and arrange these opportunities for you.

Student stories

I like the practical side of the sports course. I also like how we use technology in the classroom and practical activities to help our learning.

 

I'm enjoying the course and have developed a lot of new skills and knowledge I need to improve my coaching.

Next steps

Progression opportunities include:

  • Year 2 of course to complete the Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development
  • Application for roles in the Sports industry.
  • Application to universities using UCAS points gained on the course.

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Tuition fees

If you are 16 to 18 years old you won't have to pay tuition fees.

If you're 19 or older you may need to pay a fee.

All fees exclude exams, registration and administration charges. These fees apply to all learners, except those with full fee remission.

What you will need:

  • You will be advised to purchase the course uniform which can be viewed / tried on during the induction process and ordered / purchased online.
  • You will also need appropriate training kit for practical activities in the gym / sports facilities.
  • Pens, paper and any other relevant stationary, which needs to be brought to all lessons.
  • The course text books are available to buy as a paper copy or can be accessed online, free of charge, as an e-book, once you have enrolled.

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