Sport with Sports Coaching Award

BTEC Level 3

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport is a two-year course that is equivalent to 3 A-Levels. It is assessed through 19 coursework based units which aim to provide you with opportunities to sample a wide range of specialist areas within sport and develop an understanding of the academic and practical skills that will help you to progress into a career in the sports, health and fitness industry.

This course is suitable for any student who has ambitions to work within the sports industry, and many of our past students have gone on to further study of sport based degrees at university.

How will I be assessed?

Each unit is split into several assignments which aim to assess your understanding of a variety of criteria, and are graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction. After completing each unit, each grade is added to a total which will give you your final grade profile.


  • Sports Coach
  • Sports Development Officer
  • Sports Scientist
  • Sports Nutritionist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Lifeguard
  • Football Referee
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Sports Teacher
  • Sports Rehabilitator

More than just a course

Each unit is unique to an aspect of the sports sector drawing on different skills and knowledge to provide evidence of practical competence and academic understanding. You can follow us on Twitter @SportMarple to see what we get up to in lessons.

In your first year, you will study the core units that are necessary for success in the sports industry; you will gain knowledge of how the body systems respond to exercise, how to plan and lead a coaching session, how to do a health screening consultation and more.

In your second year, you will study more advanced units which will build on your existing knowledge and explore more aspects of sport, such as analysing the performance of an athlete or team, writing diet plans for clients, and organising sporting events at local primary schools. In addition to this, you will undertake a two-week work placement within the sports industry which has the potential to lead onto paid employment.

You can also choose to undertake the FA Level 1 Coaching qualification (including Child Protection and Emergency First Aid) and the Level 2 Award in Leadership through Football qualification alongside the BTEC Sport course, allowing you to develop your coaching and leaderships skills even further.

Some units you will study

  • Anatomy for Sport and Exercise
  • The Physiology of Fitness
  • Sports Coaching
  • Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
  • Practical Team/Individual Sports
  • Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
  • Leadership in Sport
  • Current Issues in Sport
  • Work Experience in Sport

Entry Requirements

To study Advanced Vocational qualifications, you must have achieved at least 5 GCSEs at grade 4-9 including English or Maths.