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Bradford College


Qualification Gained
NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity (Sport and Exercise Science Pathway)
Study Level
Level 3
Course Type
School Leavers
2 years
Start Date
September 2024
Study Mode
Trinity Green Building


This course will allow learners to gain an in-depth understanding of the sport and physical activity sector, give learners the opportunity to investigate career opportunities in the sport and physical activity sector which relates to their own interests, aspirations and progression choices.

  Key Info

A range of topics will be covered that will give you a wide range of subject knowledge that will provide the platform for future learning and employment opportunities. See the Modules tab for specific areas covered on this programme.

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 our Virtual Learning Environment platforms.

Benefits of studying with us:

  • You will have the opportunity to access free health and fitness development facilities at Bradford College
  • Our lecturers all bring a wealth of experience, from a range of sporting and relevant industrial backgrounds
  • Well established links with local, national and international providers allow for valuable experiences to be gained throughout the course
  • Progress coaches and intervention officers support your journey to success through your programme of study

You will need to complete the following 3 mandatory units:

  • Exercise, health and lifestyle
  • Preparing for a career in sport and physical activity
  • Principles of anatomy and physiology

You will also need to complete a further 6 optional units, of which we have selected the following:

  • Practical Team Sports
  • Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
  • Analysis of Sport Performance
  • Psychology for Sports Performance
  • Fitness Training and Programming
  • Sports Massage

Entry to this course requires 5 GCSEs at a grade 4 or C including GCSE English and Maths. As well as this, you will preferably hold 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.

Please note that:

  • 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.

All 9 units on the course are internally assessed and externally quality assured. Some ways in which you can be assessed on the programme include:

  • Written assignments including reports, leaflets and posters
  • Practical activities and demonstrations.
  • Individual and Group Presentations

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.

Successful completion of this course can lead to progression to:

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.

This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.

If you have any questions or require any additional information, please contact [email protected]

Disclaimer: Our prospectus, college documents and website are simply here to offer a guide. We accept no liability for any inaccurate statements and are not responsible for any negative outcomes if you rely on an inaccurate statement. We reserve the right to withdraw any programmes or service at any time.

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This course is delivered in partnership with
Action For Sport
Bradford Bulls