Sport – BTEC Extended Diploma – Level 3

This course covers the organisation and administration of sport, together with the planning of sports activities. You will study practical skills and increase your theoretical knowledge in relation to planning, conducting and evaluating coaching sessions.

You will also have an opportunity to apply the science-based areas of psychology and fitness testing to sports performance.

The programme also includes studying maths and English towards GCSE grade A*-C (new grading system: 9-4) if you do not already have these grades.

You will also complete a number of governing body qualifications to increase your employability.

What topics/modules are covered?

  • Practical sports performance
  • Development and provision of sport and physical activity
  • Assessing risk in sport
  • Fitness training and programming for sport
  • Sports leadership
  • Sports development
  • Application of fitness testing
  • Professional development in the sports industry
  • Research methods in sport
  • Coaching for performance
  • Sports event organisation
  • Sports injury management
  • Sports massage
  • Coaching and leading for participation

What are the entry requirements?

In order to qualify for this course, you will need at least one of the following:

  • 4 GCSEs at grade C (new grading system: 4) or above


  • A relevant Level 2 qualification


  • Industry related experience

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

All course offers will be subject to satisfactory interview and reference.

What can I do if I complete this course?

  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment

Career Path

  • Community Sports Coach
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Gym Instructor
  • Health Trainer
  • Personal Trainer
  • Physiotherapist
  • Conditioning Coach

What qualification will I gain?

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness).

Start date



2 years (with the option of completing a 90 credit qualification after 1 year).

Where will I be based?

The Sixth Form Centre, Hugh Baird College.


Aged 16-18 Aged 19-23 and 1st full level 3 Aged 19+ Loan
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Financial Support

If you are aged 19+ you may be eligible for financial support to cover the cost of the course and/or travel, childcare and equipment expenses. Click here to find out more.



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We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course.

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Study Programme

If you are aged 16-19, this qualification will form a substantial part of your study programme. The study programme has been designed to ensure that young people are fully equipped and ready to move on to the world of work or higher level courses. In addition to your main qualification, will you also get the opportunity to undertake relevant and CV bolstering work experience out in your chosen industry. You will also be supported through maths and English qualifications.

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