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Sport Development, Coaching and Fitness Level 3

Course Overview

To upskill learners to be able to progress directly into self employment in the coaching and development sector. This is a career-focused qualification with industry endorsement and accreditation. It enables learners to develop underpinning knowledge and technical skills, and the ability to use their knowledge and skills to positively impact sports development programmes, as well as gain experience as an assistant coach. It is the stepping stone towards University and progression onto the Extended Diploma course.



What topics are covered?

The course comprises 18 units, including:


  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Sports injuries
  • Applied exercise physiology
  • Sports nutrition
  • Training and fitness
  • Sports massage
  • Sports development
  • Current issues in sport
  • Fitness testing for sport and exercise
  • Psychology for sports performance
  • Assessing risk
  • Sports coaching
  • Practical team sports


As a full-time student at Bath College, you will follow a study programme consisting of a vocational diploma, maths and English, employability skills, volunteering and tutorial. Please visit our Study Programmes page for details.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is most suited for people aged 16-18 who are just starting (out on their) vocational learning.

What are the entry requirements?

One of the following:

  • Five full GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English language, maths, science and/or PE
  • BTEC Level 2 in Sport at Merit level with GCSE English language grade C/4 or above
  • BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Sport at Merit level with GCSE English language and maths grade C/4 or above, or Functional Skills maths and English at Level 2.


Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

What qualifications will I gain?

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma.

Who is the awarding body?


How will I learn?

You will cover theoretical elements of the course in the classroom, with practical sessions at Bath Sports Centre and  in the Sports Training Village at University of Bath.


Your programme of study will also include employability, volunteering and English and maths.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via reports, presentations, posters, leaflets and practical demonstrations (coaching, fitness testing).

What can I do after this course?

  • Access undergraduate courses at University or progress to our Higher National Diploma in Sports programme
  • Enrol onto our Level 2 and Level 3 fitness courses
  • Move on to employment in the sport, fitness and leisure industries, as a sports development officer, sports coach or fitness instructor

Are there any additional costs?

You will need suitable sports clothing – this will include the purchase of at least one College polo shirt. These need to be worn both in practical sessions and classrooms.

What funding is available?

If you are aged 19 or over you may be eligible to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan to cover your tuition fees.

For other funding information, please refer to our Funding page.

What facilities are available?

The Sports Training Village at University of Bath and the College’s well-equipped fitness gym.

What organisations does the College work with on this course?

The College has exciting links with Southampton FC, Bath City FC, England RFU Touch and England Netball, with students having the opportunity to get ‘Back to Netball’ and involved in O2 touch.

Which department is this course in?

Sport, Leisure and Care

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.

What else do I need to know?

This course is most suited for people aged 16-18 and may also meet the needs of mature students up to 25 years.

Where can I find out more information?

For advice or more details please telephone 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk. You may also visit our Student Advice Centre.

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please contact Additional Learning Support to arrange additional help.

How do I apply?

Online: Click the "Apply" button and fill out an online application form.

By post: download the Full-Time Application Form and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.

In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

To find out more about the application process, please go to the How to Apply page.


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