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Sport & Physical Activity Development (Level 3)

Sport & Physical Activity Development Advanced (Level 3).


Sport & Physical Activity Development Advanced (Level 3)

This study programme is ideal if you are interested in pursuing a future career in the sports industry as a coach, teacher, sports therapist, nutritionist, sports development officer or working within the fitness industry. The course is made up of a combination of theory and practical based subjects which allow you to apply your knowledge in practical settings. Key subjects include learning about Anatomy and Physiology, Psychology, Nutrition, Fitness, Coaching, Careers and Self Employment in Sport, Practical Sport and much more.

You will be assessed via coursework throughout the year and there are no exams within this course. Upon completion of the course, you will earn the Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A-levels and their equivalent in UCAS points for those who are interested in studying at university.

The Tresham Academy of Sport provides students with a fantastic opportunity to train, compete and learn in a positive, professional and caring atmosphere in which personal development and achievement is celebrated. The course includes both theoretical and practical elements with learners engaging in lessons to prepare their soft skills for employment and knowledge relating to the industry in which they may enter at the conclusion of the course.

Students will also get the opportunity to represent the College in both Regional and National competitions for their chosen sport and continue our tradition of celebrating both academic and sporting excellence. We offer Men’s and Women’s Football, Netball and Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Volleyball as part of our provision.

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Course information

Need to know

Entry requirements


4 or more grades between 4-9 at GCSE or equivalent Level 2 qualification.


4-9 grade in English and maths.

What qualification will I gain?

You will gain:

BTEC Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development.

How will I be assessed?

Continuous Assessment including – essays, practical, presentations, groups discussion and 1:1 professional discussion, open book assessments, reports and poster/leaflet creation.

Course content

What will I study?

Mandatory Units:

  • Careers in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry
  • Health, Wellbeing and Sport
  • Developing Coaching Skills
  • Sports Development
  • Self-Employment in Sport and Physical Activity
  • Applied Coaching Skills
  • Research Project

Optional Units (selected by the College):

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Sport Psychology
  • Nutrition for Physical Performance
  • Fitness Training
  • Practical Sports Application
What skills will I gain?
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Organisation
  • Time Management
  • Critical Thinking
  • Planning
  • Reflection
  • Rapport Building

Next steps

Course progression:

HE at Tresham College or other Universities within the UK as well as sport scholarships in the USA.

Career progression:

Sports Coaches, PE teachers, Fitness Instructors and Health Professionals, Sports Performance Analysts, Sports Psychologists, Nutritionists.

Additional information

All learners are expected to purchase the Academy kit relevant to the sport of their choice which can be found via the link- .

Furthermore, a trips fund will be set up that requires an initial payment and then access to various trips throughout the year.

Finally, students will be expected to provide their own stationary, folders, paper etc for lessons.

Any questions?

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Available Courses
Tresham College Kettering Campus
Starts: 09/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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Fees: 16-18 Yrs: Fully Funded 19+ Yrs: This course could be funded, for more information call us on 0345 658 8990 or use the Livechat below.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

Funding Information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses might still be free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. Whether you need to pay a fee and how much will be dependent on the programme you choose to study. For more information call 0345 658 8990.

If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at: or view the Full-time Fee Flow Chart below.

If you are unsure whether you need to pay or not then please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990.

Full-time Fee Flow Chart

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

Find out more

If you live in any of the following areas and wish to apply for or enrol onto one of our courses, please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990 to check if your course is funded or not (Please note that if your course is not funded then you will pay a higher fee than what is listed, please contact our Customer Contact team for more information):

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater Manchester
  • Greater London
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West of England
  • West Midlands
  • Sheffield
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Barnsley and Doncaster
  • West Yorkshire
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Bedford College Sport Level 3


I’ve played football since I was young and am on the College girls’ team. I’ve always had a passion for sport, but would also love to work with children. This study programme is helping me to achieve my goal of working in a school as a PE Assistant or similar.  

I decided to start at Level 2 to build up my confidence before the Level 3. At the end of Level 2 we were the first year to be offered the YMCA Fitness Instructing qualification. It included a unit on Fitness for Children, so I thought I would give it a go and I’m really glad I did.  

I love learning about the different opportunities in sport, as well as the anatomy and physiology of the human body; it’s so interesting. We also learn about the industry itself, and health and safety regulations – everything we need to go on and get a career in sport.  

My tutors are very supportive and have helped me become more confident. There is more theory work at Level 3, but they always make it easy to understand. Plus we have a lot of fun! We recently went on a beach rugby trip to Chichester! 


I’ve also had some work experience in a primary school where I was shadowing the PE teacher. This was a really good opportunity for me and will help with getting into a job or on to a university course after College.  

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.


Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email or call us on 0345 658 8990.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.


Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 to order your copy.