Level Three Sport - Coaching and Fitness

This innovative and highly practical Level Three programme recognises that some students want to progress quickly into employment and require the specialist industry-standard qualifications to do so. In the first year of this programme you will study a Level 3 Diploma in Coaching Sports and Fitness in addition to a Sports Leadership qualification. In the second year you will complete a Level 3 Diploma in Leisure Management and a Level 2 Fitness Instructor qualification. There will also be opportunities to undertake shorter courses in first aid an safeguarding which are essential within any area of sport and leisure. This course is ideal for anyone wishing to pursue a career in the fitness industry since the core Level 3 qualfications provide a broad overview of the sports coaching and performance and the fitness industry whilst the smaller qualifications provide you with specific skills that employers within the leisure sector are looking for. This course is equally suitable for school leavers and mature students.

This course is available as part of a full-time study programme for 16 to 18 year olds, and as a part-time course for adults aged 19 and over.  Please ask learner services for details.

What will I study?

This course comprises:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Coaching Sports and Fitness
  • Sports Leader Level 1 and 2
  • Level 2 Fitness Instructor
  • Level 3 Diploma in Leisure Management

How will I be assessed?

This course uses a range of assessment methods including: observed practical assessments, written assignments, multiple choice tests, external examinations situations.

Entry requirements

A Level Two BTEC in Sport at merit level
Four GCSEs at grades A* to C including English or mathematics
Appropriate work experience
Successful interview demonstrating motivation and commitment to the course and a clear interest in working in the coaching and fitness sector
An initial assessment
References to support your application

Interviews for full time courses starting in September are postponed, but don't worry - applicants will instead be given a formal offer of a place on a suitable course. Other entry requirements still apply.

Where you meet the entry requirements for your chosen course you will be accepted.

Where you do not meet the entry requirements for your chosen course, we guarantee you a place on a suitable alternative. See How to Apply for further details.

What next?

You could go on to employment in the sport and leisure industry, obtain a sports Apprenticeship or progress onto a higher education course. Should you decide to go onto higher education there is also an opportunity to amend your programme to ensure that you have the required UCAS point for a foundation degree with options such as sports studies, leisure management, sports coaching or our Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences and BSc (Hons) Sports, Coaching and Health Sciences (Top-up)

Additional information

For start dates and fees, consult the relevant course guides below or you can request a prospectus by post.

Higher Education Apprenticeship Guide Full-time Course Guide 2021 Part-Time Spring Course Guide