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Sports Coaching (Level 3) — Full-time

Course outline

This course is perfect if you enjoy sport and want to develop your skills and knowledge ready for a career in the sport, leisure or fitness industries.

There are two pathways to choose from:

  • Sports Coaching
  • Notts County Football Club Sports Coaching

If you would like to join the NCFC course, you will have a football trial at Notts County and they will make the decision as to whether you are suitable.

Examples of units studied may include:

  • Practical Units:
    • Sports coaching
    • Practical sport
    • Fitness
  • Science-based Units:
    • Anatomy and physiology
    • Nutrition
    • Psychology
  • Core Units:
    • Sports development
    • The sports industry

There will also be an additional focus on work experience, employment and independent learning.

Classroom based lessons are held at the Basford Centre and the practical sessions are delivered at community venues. At present, all practical sessions are delivered at Harvey Hadden/Notts County Football Club. We have excellent links with local sports facilities and local professional sports teams to maximise your study opportunities. You’ll get to enjoy learning and playing sport in a fun and friendly environment with experienced coaches and tutors.

You could also join our Fast Track Sport Academy while studying on this course. Read more about the Fast Track Academy.

How to apply for this course

Apply online to start in 2023/24.

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Location Date
664 Nuthall Road
Basford
Nottingham
NG8 6AQ

Start: Monday 4th September 2023

Course code: C033080 / Q033081

Notts County Football Club
Meadow Lane Stadium
Meadow Lane
Nottingham
NG2 3HJ

Start: Monday 4th September 2023

Course code: C038228 / Q038229

Qualification

You will achieve one of the following qualifications depending on your qualifications and progression:

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Sports Coaching
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development
Duration

1-2 years

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

You’ll need 5 GCSEs at grades 9–4 (A*–C), including English Language and Maths – both of these must be grades 9–4 (A*–C) or Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths. You can also gain a place by having a relevant Level 2 vocational qualification with English and Maths GCSE grades 9–4 (A*–C).

Entry onto the Notts County Football Club pathway is also subject to a football trial at Notts County and they will make the decision as to whether you are suitable.

Teaching & assessment

Assessment is primarily through coursework, as well as practical assessments and some external assessments.

Progression

You could progress to university, an apprenticeship or employment.

Additional information

Students aged 16-18 don't have to pay tuition fees.

If you are aged 19 or over you may still be eligible for funding. Check out our Financial Help pages to find out more!

If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss National, please visit our EU Settled Status scheme page for more information.

Student case study: Lewis - Sport Level 3

Lewis helped at the Nottingham Schools Tennis Festival as part of his course.

Meet Makai - Sports Coaching student

Meet Makai - He studies a Level 3 Sports Coaching course, which is based at our Basford campus and is perfect if you enjoy sport and want to develop your skills and knowledge ready for a career in the sport, leisure or fitness industries.