Sports Coaching & PE Teaching

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

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Sports Coaching and PE Teaching - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma SF-SDCF3E-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study
Full Time, Vocational

Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

Examination board
Pearson BTEC

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This course is a mix of practical and theory-based learning with a focus on giving you a well-rounded and detailed knowledge of the sports sector. You’ll cover topics such as Applied Coaching Skills, Sports Development, Sports Psychology, Nutrition for Physical Performance, Anatomy and Physiology in Sport, School Sport Delivery, Research Project in Sport, Careers in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry

You’ll consider the roles, responsibilities and skills of sports coaches, and plan, deliver and participate in sports sessions while also learning about what goes on inside the human body, as well as understanding the impact that nutrition and psychology can have on an athlete's performance.

In addition, you’ll have opportunities to complete a work experience placement of your choosing as well as volunteering within the local community. You may also be able to gain additional experience in coaching and leading groups with endorsement from The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).

Five GCSEs including English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade 4 or above.

Across this two year course, you will study 13 units (six units in Year 1 and seven units in Year 2). Each unit aims to develop specialist sports-related knowledge.

The Sports Development related units will examine issues in sport, barriers to participation for specific groups of people and the issues in sports development.

Within the Sports Coaching and School Sport Delivery units, you will consider the roles, responsibilities and skills of sports coaches, and plan and deliver sports sessions. 

In Anatomy and Physiology, you will also examine the different systems of the body and establish their relationship with sports performance and consider how Sports Psychology and Nutrition play an important role in maximising performance.

You will be timetabled over four days, with time to study independently and to take part in enrichment-based activities that run across College. You will have your Wednesday afternoons free to be involved with one or more of the College teams. The course will involve you working on different tasks and activities which will go towards your final assessments. Lecturers will always be available to support your learning and understanding of the assignments set.

You should be very aware that although there are many opportunities to take part in practical sessions, this is a theory-based course and is equivalent to 3 A Levels. This should be considered before you make your final decision about whether this is the course for you. The course currently has no exams, which may be a positive aspect for you to consider, however, the coursework demands can be high so you’ll need to have very good organisational skills and make sure you’re fully committed.

You will work through a continuous programme of assignments, class activities, practical tasks, discussions, presentations, written reports, voluntary work, organising events and coaching. Each assessment will be graded against the unit criteria and from there you will get an overall grade ranging from Pass, Merit and Distinction.

In the future you could pursue a career in PE teaching, sports coaching, sports development, sports management and the leisure industry, amongst others. You may progress onto Level 4 courses at HSDC or Apprenticeships. A large number of our students will move onto university to study degree programmes in PE Teaching, Sports Coaching and Development, Sport and Exercise Science, Health and Fitness, Sports Psychology and Sports Studies.

Many of our students undertake work experience and volunteering opportunities with local organisations including the Multi-sports coaching group CM Sports, Havant and Waterlooville Leisure Centres, local primary and secondary schools and many more. You will be encouraged to choose and arrange your own work experience to ensure that it is bespoke to you.

There are lots of people at the college, each studying a diverse range of courses, people from all different areas come to study here, it creates a sense of community, there is a huge social aspect to college life across all courses.

Lee Backhouse, BTEC student

I got into both of the universities I wanted to. It happens so fast and it’s an amazing feeling when you think that all of the work you’ve done has paid off in the best way possible.

Anton Sukhorukov, A Level student

My time at the college was definitely life changing, I have learnt a lot of new skills, and obviously it’s a completely new experience. The support was great, there was always people there to help and try make it as easy as they can for you. The college is really fantastic, it has helped me on the way to get to what I want to achieve within my career goals.

Erin Morgan, BTEC student