Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness pathway) BTEC Diploma Level 3

This course gives learners a qualification which enables progression into university, apprenticeships or the fitness and sports coaching industry. Topics cover disciplines including leadership and sports coaching, sports development, fitness testing and practical sports performance.

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2 Years


September 2020 start


The course will develop your skills and understanding of sport.

You will learn about how the body works relating to sport, the anatomy of the body, organisation and development of sport, fitness testing and training and develop your skills in sports coaching and leadership. There will be opportunities to take part in the team sports and other sporting activities and there is the potential to take additional related qualifications/awards, including Emergency First Aid, Fitness Instructor at level 1 and 2, Community Sport Leaders Award level 2 and FA level 1 Football Coaching award.

The Diploma takes two years and covers 13 units. You will achieve the equivalent of two A levels at grade A*-E.

You will study 6 mandatory units:

  • Anatomy and physiology
    • You will explore how the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems function and the fundamentals of the energy systems.
  • Fitness training and programming for health, sport and well-being
    • You will explore client screening and lifestyle assessment, fitness training methods and fitness programming to support improvements in a client’s health and well-being.
  • Investigating business in sport and the active leisure industry
    • You will investigate how business operates in the sport and active leisure industry and how it responds to trends and other influences to meet the needs of clients and benefit the business.
  • Skill acquisition in sport
    • You will study the factors that contribute to a skilled performance in sport and examine how sports performers learn and develop their skills.
  • Professional development in the sports industry
    • You will explore the knowledge and skills required for different career pathways in the sports industry. You will take part in, and reflect on, a personal skills audit, career action plan and practical interview assessment activities.
  • Sports leadership
    • You will study what makes a good leader, the different capacities of this role, and the leadership skills and techniques necessary when leading activities in different roles.

You will also study 3 of 16 optional units, including:

  • Application of fitness testing
  • Sports psychology
  • Coaching for performance
  • Research methods in sport
  • Sports event organisation
  • Leisure management
  • Sports performance analysis

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs with the following grades: English at grade 4 and maths at grade 3 or above, and 3 other GCSEs grade 4 or above to include PE or a sports background.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed with written and word processed assignments, essays, oral presentations, practical observations and witness statements.

Although there are no final examinations, your theoretical knowledge is sometimes assessed through short tests.


You could enter employment in sports centres and fitness studios, as a fitness instructor, coach or as part of the management team.,Foundation degree or degree in a sport related subject.

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    Start date

    2020-09-07 00:00:00.000

    End date

    2022-06-24 00:00:00.000



    Huddersfield Centre

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    Kirklees College