Sports Students

Sports Coaching and Development - Level 3 National Diploma

BTEC Level 3 Diploma
D*D 61% (2019)
Awarding Body
BTEC Pearson (2 A level equivalent)

Course Overview

The BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport is equivalent to two A Levels and 120 credits. The course is intended to provide students with an introduction to and development of knowledge and skills appertaining to the sports and fitness industries.

The aims of the course are:

  • to stimulate and sustain students’ interest in, and enjoyment of the sports industry;
  • to develop practical and coaching skills in a variety of sports;
  • to provide an appropriate course for those who wish to progress into employment into the sports industry, such as in coaching or sports development, or
  • to provide an appropriate course to go onto higher-level qualifications, such as HND or degree courses at university.

How is the Course Assessed?

All units are assessed and graded ‘pass’, ‘merit’, or ‘distinction’ and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded. There are no examinations.

The Diploma consists of 7 units delivered over two years.

Lower 6th units
  • Careers in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry

  • Health, Wellbeing and Sport

  • Developing Coaching Skills

Upper 6th units
  • Applied Coaching Skills

  • Sport Development

  • Self-employment in Sport and Physical Activity

  • One optional unit e.g. Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport

What Next?

The course gives learners specialist knowledge and technical skills, enabling progression to higher-education courses at university, entry to an apprenticeship, or directly to employment within the sports setting.  

Specific Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs A* - C, or a Merit at OCR Level 2 Sport, and an interest in sport, both academically and practically.

You will be able to apply for this course at interview.