Course Details

We honour the importance of a realistic balance between the focus on both your educational development and industry experience. Your studies will equip you for a possible business career and provide you with the potential to apply to a range of Universities.

2 years

Entry Requirements
To be considered for this course, as a minimum you will need 5 GCSE’s, or equivalent at 4/C grade and above. Preferably this will include English and Maths, although pathways are available to those that just miss out on a 4/C Grade in these core subjects.

Recognised qualifications

  • BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching & Development – worth up to 3 A Levels, and will facilitate an entrance into University.
  • GCSE English and/or Maths ‐ For those who just miss out on a 4/C grade in English and/or Mathematics, we provide tuition to retake these all important qualifications. Essential for those that want to move on to University.
  • Functional skills level 2 in English and/or Maths – For those that missed out on GCSE English and/or Mathematics, functional skills may be the best route for progression.

The curriculum

A BTEC National Extended Diploma is traditionally made up of a series of units.

Mandatory units – all units must be taken:

  • Careers in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry
  • Health, Wellbeing and Sport
  • Developing Coaching Skills
  • Applied Coaching Skills
  • Research Project in Sport
  • Sport Development
  • Self-employment in Sport and Physical Activity

Optional units:

  • Sports Psychology
  • Nutrition for Physical Performance
  • Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
  • Sporting Injuries
  • Functional Sports Massage
  • Fitness Testing
  • Fitness Training
  • Technical and Tactical Skills in Sport
  • Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport
  • Practical Sports Application
  • Influence of Technology in Sport and Physical Activity
  • Organising Events in Sport and Physical Activities
  • Ethical and Current Issues in Sport
  • Marketing Communications
  • Corporate Social Responsibility In Sport
  • Sport and Leisure Facility Operations
  • Sports Tourism
  • School Sport Delivery

Where you can study

You can study this course at the following locations:
Click on the Location Map to find out more about that course provider.

Farnborough Football Academy
Dragon Football Academy
Tooting & Mitcham United
Walton Casuals Football Academy
The Bill Shankly Nexgen Academy
Sutton United Football Academy
Stratford Town Football Academy
Redditch Football Academy
Jamie Carragher Football Academy
Beaconsfield Town Academy
Advanced Coaching & Education (ACE)
King’s Lynn Town FC Scholarship Programme
JB’s Sports Coaching
Manchester Player Development
F2 Academy
Oxfordshire Football Development (OFD)
Aldershot Town FC
Dorking FC
The Football College – Manchester
Tranmere Rovers FC
Procision Reading Football Academy
Eastwood CFC
The Football College – Bury FC
Stevenage FC – Cheshunt
Stevenage FC
Deano’s Soccer Academy – Lincoln
Eastleigh FC
Crystal Palace Foundation – Beckenham
AFDA Football – Whetstone
Forest Sports Education
Northampton Town FC


Start Date
September 2020

Course Type

Course Duration
2 Years

Various - see map

BTEC Level 3 National in Sports Coaching & Development

16-18 Free

Entry Requirements
5 GCSE’s 9 - 4

Course progression
Access to higher education, including University, and Higher Apprenticeships.

Career Opportunities
Anything within the sport and leisure industry, including professional sportsperson, sports coach, centre management.  

Further Information
Course enquiry line
01753 362248