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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.

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. 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 one of our Sport Academies while studying on this course. Read more about the Sport Academies here.

How to apply for this course

Apply online now to start this course in 2022/23.

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Location Date
664 Nuthall Road

Start: 5th September 2022

Course code: C033080 / Q033081


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

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).


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


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.

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