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Diploma in Sport (Advanced) - Level 3


As the ideal qualification for anyone considering a career in coaching, sports science, PE teaching or any other sport-industry related careers, this course is a great way to kick-start your journey.

On the course, you will explore a wide range of topics including anatomy and physiology, fitness training and programming, sports performance and much more.

Lessons are delivered in the classroom and off-site where you have the opportunity to use professional facilities to run practical projects that directly link to sports theory. This includes planning and leading sports coaching sessions across the local community and the college.

At the end of the course, you will have the skills, knowledge and confidence to either progress onto university, start an apprenticeship or seek employment.


Start dates and fees

Start DateCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20232676A1632FREEFREE* to £2225.00Apply

* If you are aged 19-23 and studying your first Level 3 course then that course may be free. Please contact us for more details. If you are aged 19 or over and either studying a second Level 3 course or qualifying Level 4, 5 or 6 course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs.

What will I study?

Year 1

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Fitness training and programming
  • Professional development in the sports industry
  • Practical sports performance

Year 2

  • Sports leadership 
  • Investigating business in sport and the active leisure industry 
  • Skill acquisition in sport 
  • Coaching for performance 
  • Sports event organisation

Entry requirements

  • GCSE grade 4 in either maths or English
  • Or, a Level 2 qualification in sport.

If you are a young person who is not currently studying a traditional GCSE programme, we will consider alternative qualifications such as functional skills and vocational qualifications.

Please contact our admissions team for further information -

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

As an entry requirement on some of our courses, you will need a GCSE in both English and maths with at least a grade 4/C (please see entry requirements above).

If this isn’t displayed under the entry requirements and you don’t currently have a GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4/C or above before joining us, you will then study English and maths as part of your programme with the aim of achieving a qualification with at least a grade 4/C. This is to help improve your chances of employment once you leave us.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How long is the course?

2 years.

How will I be assessed?

  • Practical and task-based work
  • Assignments
  • Assessor observations
  • Written portfolio work
  • Observations
  • External exams

What can I progress onto?


How do I apply?

Apply online

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