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

If you are looking for a career in sport, this course is perfect for you. Offering work experience opportunities in a host of different areas, It will help you find a career in areas such as sports science, coaching or officiating, as well as many more.

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1 Year


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 Subsidiary Diploma takes one year to complete and covers 7 units. You will achieve the equivalent of one A level grade A*-C.

You will study 3 mandatory units:

  • Principles of anatomy and physiology in sport
    • You will learn about the structure and function of the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems as well as the different types of energy systems.
  • The physiology of fitness
    • You will have the chance to investigate the effects of exercise on each of the body systems by taking part in practical activities and conducting physiological tests to help see for yourself how each of the body systems reacts.
  • Assessing risk in sport
    • This unit gives you knowledge and experience that can be used to help promote a culture of health and safety in sport. It will develops your awareness of the importance of health and safety legislation, regulations and legal responsibilities of all those working in sporting situations.

And either:

  • Fitness testing for sports and exercise
    • You will gain an understanding of fitness testing and the importance of health screening and health monitoring tests. This unit is particularly relevant for if you aspire to work in sports coaching, fitness instruction and elite sport.


  • Principles and practices in outdoor adventure
    • The unit will introduce you to the social and historical influences that have affected and influenced outdoor adventure. You will gain an understanding of the wide range of outdoor adventure available and its practices, structural differences, activities and target groups for participation.

You will also study 3 of 21 optional units, including:

  • Fitness training and programming
  • Sports coaching
  • Sports development
  • Practical team sports
  • Leadership in sport
  • Exercise, health and lifestyle

This is not an exhaustive list and units may be subject to change.

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 can progress to a foundation degree or degree in a sport related subject.

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

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    Start date

    2020-09-07 00:00:00.000

    End date

    2021-07-02 00:00:00.000



    Huddersfield Centre

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    Kirklees College