Professional Sports Coaching Level 3

This course is designed to give you qualifications and practical skills directly applicable to the sports industry. The main themes of the College Diploma are sports coaching, sports leadership, working with children and fitness instructing.

The course is made up of a diverse range of modules that form the College Diploma in Professional Sports Coaching. A variety of learning styles are developed and include formal classroom lessons, group work, presentations, individual tutorials and practical coaching sessions. All students are encouraged to find voluntary work in sports coaching prior to starting the course. In addition to your main programme, you will also engage in activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills.

Applications for full-time courses have now closed.

If you have not yet made an application to study at Colchester Institute then you will need to book onto an Advice Session where you can speak to a course tutor post-results day.

Whilst we cannot guarantee that a place will be available on your preferred choice at this late stage in the application cycle, we will help to get you sorted for September.

Advice sessions are by appointment only and will be available to book from 10am on Thursday 12th August. As soon as bookings have opened, you will be able to use the appointment calendar to book an advice session. Information about our advice sessions and how to book can be accessed here:

Advice Session Information

Course Content

Professional Sports Coaching Diploma students have the opportunity to achieve a range of awards that include the following –

  • Level 3 Certificate in Higher Sports Leaders  – this includes Event Management and Coaching people with Disabilities. 16 UCAS points are awarded on achieving this qualification.
  • 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Sport and Physical Activity
  • 1st4sport Level 3 NVQ in Supporting the Delivery of PE and School Sport. 24 UCAS points are awarded on achieving this qualification.
  • YMCA Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym-based exercise).
  • NGB Coaching Awards in Different Sports (includes FA Level 1 Award in Coaching Football).
  • Safeguarding of Children Training.
  • Emergency First Aid Training.
Entry Requirements
  • 5 GCSEs (9-4) including English and maths, plus one year’s coaching experience
  • Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)* check
  • An interview

Only available to students aged 17 or over.

* Please note there is a charge of £44 for a DBS check.

Course Progression

As the College Diploma is a diverse combination of various awards it is not nationally recognised in its own right (although each individual award is). The opportunity may exist for students to progress onto Higher Education. The extra 40 UCAS points available may enhance a university application.

Course Progression

Opportunities for employment are within the sport and recreation sector, particularly in sports facilities, schools, sports coaching organisations and fitness gyms. The modules on the course are recognised nationally in the sport, leisure and recreation field, providing students with very comprehensive curriculum vitaes (CVs).

How to make an Application – Watch our video guide!

We have also prepared a step-by-step video guide – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.

Professional Sports Coaching Level 3
Course Outline: This course is designed to give you qualifications and practical skills directly applicable to the sports industry.
LevelLevel 3
DurationOne Year
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2021 - Applications open on 1st October 2020
Fee(s)This study programme is for learners aged 17 and over only.
17 – 18 year olds: Free
19+: £2,882
Other fees include £100 for coaching uniform.


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