Sport (Coaching and Development) Level 3

The Sport (Coaching and Development) Level 3 course will provide the opportunity to develop practical vocational skills, knowledge and understanding for work and coaching in the expanding area of leisure and recreation. A variety of learning styles are developed. These include formal class learning, group work, presentation and individual tutorials relating to the assessment programme.

Learners initially enrol on the course as a one year programme with the option to leave after successfully completing the first year. On completion of Year 1 students will normally progress onto Year 2. You will also engage in activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills.

***Applications for full-time courses to start in September 2022 are open now!***

We want to make sure you have the best chance of securing a place with us. All full-time applications received by 31st of January 2022 will be guaranteed a place at Colchester Institute, subject to you satisfying the published entry requirements. We still accept applications after this date but may not be able to guarantee you a place on your chosen programme.

Application for this course are made by the ‘Apply Online’ buttons located in the menu further down the page.

If you are looking to start, or are a parent/guardian of a learner looking to start in September 2022, then bookings for our popular January Open Events are also open.

January Open Events

Course Content

Sport Coaching and Development is made up from the following units over the two years:

  • Careers in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry
  • Heath, Wellbeing and Sport
  • Developing Coaching Skills
  • Applied Coaching Skills
  • Research project in Sport (external set)
  • Sport Development
  • Self -employment in Sport and Physical Activity
  • Nutrition for Physical Performance
  • Sporting Injuries
  • Functional Sports Massage
  • Practical Sports Application
  • Organising Events in Sport and Physical Activities
Entry Requirements
  • 5 GCSEs (9-4) including English and Maths or satisfactory results (Merit/Distinction) in a relevant Level 2 qualification
  • An interview
  • A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)* check will also be required.

* Please note there is a charge of £44 for a DBS check, plus fees for residential trips and sports kit.

What Can I Do Next?

Trainee supervisory positions in sport and recreation as, forexample, lifeguards, coaches, fitness instructors or recreation assistants. The full level 3 qualification enables access to higher education or a Bachelors Degree in a related subject at university.

Applying To UCAS

In 2015, 1 in 4 students who got into university in the UK did so with a BTEC (UCAS report – Progression Pathways Jan 2016)

BTEC Diplomas provide a practical, real-world approach to learning and an alternative route to traditional GCSEs and A Levels. BTEC qualifications were established over 25 years ago and are recognised by universities, employers and professional bodies across the United Kingdom and in over 100 countries worldwide. The table below shows how many UCAS points each of the most common qualifications are worth.

For example, an Extended Diploma at Triple Distinction* (D*D*D*) equates to 3 A Levels at A*

For information on the tariffs for other qualifications, please visit the UCAS website.

Careers Advice and Guidance

The Careers Guidance team provides information, careers advice and guidance to students across all campuses. They offer confidential and impartial guidance interviews as well as a daily drop in service.They can provide help and support with a wide range of areas including:

  • Career choice
  • Progression Routes
  • Apprenticeships
  • Higher Education
  • Employability Skills

There is well a equipped Careers Centre containing information on careers and courses as well computer guidance software to help students choose and research suitable careers.

The careers guidance service has achieved the national quality award for the provision of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance known as the Quality in Careers Standard. The service is also accredited by the matrix Quality Standard for information, Advice and Guidance.

For further careers advice and guidance and support please contact

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Sport (Coaching and Development) Level 3
LevelLevel 3
DurationTwo Years: Year 1: Foundation Diploma | Year 2: Extended Diploma | Two Years: Extended Diploma
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2022 - Applications open on 1st October 2021
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+: £7,395


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The College reserves the right to update and amend information as and when necessary. Colchester Institute will do its best to provide the courses shown, but may have to modify or withdraw a course depending on customer demand and other factors.