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For education and childcare settings from Friday 1 April:

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L3 Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development (with GCSE retake) Level 3

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The Level 3 programme is made up of units, that are a mix of theory and practical work. The qualification allows you to study a wide range of areas within the Sporting industry, giving you an insight into the world of sport, whilst better informing your next steps and your career choices. This 2-year course has been tailored to give learners an opportunity to progress onto Higher Education Sports programmes or employment in the sporting industry. This is a full-time course.

This course will cover some of the units below:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Careers in Sport
  • Health and Well-being in Sport
  • Sports Coaching

Qualification Size, UCAS Points and the GCSE Retake

This BTEC qualification is equivalent to 2 A-Levels, giving the learner the opportunity to achieve a maximum of 112 UCAS points. The learner will also study and retake a GCSE qualification alongside their BTEC. This GCSE course will be integrated into their study programme and timetable.

Additional Qualifications

This qualification is endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA). As such, over the course of the 2-year programme, additional coaching qualifications will also be gained to give you a fantastic opportunity to gain employment in the coaching industry.

How do the Sports Academies work alongside this course?

Learners are able to access Sports Academies whilst studying at SGS College on a full-time course. Your academic studies and academy training work as a partnership, and as such, are never timetabled at the same time. This allows you to continue your development within your selected sporting discipline, whilst studying in an academic area that interests you. For example, a learner may have lectures on a Monday morning and then Academy training at WISE on a Monday afternoon.

How will I know how I am doing?

Learners are given regular feedback to support their understanding of the subject’s topic areas, whilst also receiving feedback to aid the continued development of their numeracy and literacy skills.

What do I need to join?

Applicants will require three GCSE’s at grade 4, which must include a grade 4 in either English or maths.

As previously discussed, the applicant will retake a GCSE qualification in either English or maths alongside their BTEC, to give them an opportunity to achieve a 4 grade in the subject.

How will I learn?

This Level 3 course is based at our dynamic and exciting WISE Campus, located within easy reach of the city of Bristol and moments away from Bristol Parkway and Filton Abbey Wood train stations.

This programme is 100% coursework based. We assess learners using a number of different methods, allowing learners to enhance these types of skills holistically throughout the course. The types of assessment methods range from writing reports and creating posters, through to delivering practical sessions and formal presentations.

Previous work

Maths & English

English and maths qualifications will be a part of this course package. Learners will have English or maths lectures embedded into their timetable to support their academic development over the programme’s duration.


Possible careers and salaries include:

  • Sports Coach - £18,000 to £35,000 depending upon experience and qualifications held
  • Events Coordinator - £17,000 to £80,000 depending upon experience
  • Community Sports Development - £17,000 to £48,000 depending upon experience

    Average yearly salary data taken from the National Careers Services website

    Work Experience

    Every learner at SGS College is tasked with achieving a number of work experience hours during the academic year. We suggest the learner starts to consider their work experience placement at the earliest opportunity.

    The work experience element of the course is imperative as it provides the learner with vital insight into possible roles within the industry. Each of our courses has a high amount of employer engagement, with the aim to expose the learner to possible destinations once the qualification has been completed. Is it these experiences and engagements that allow our learners to develop holistically and to become industry ready.

    What can I do next?

    A high majority of our learner’s progress onto Higher Education Sport programmes. Following the successful completion of this qualification, learners could also apply for industry apprenticeships in the related field. Employment options after achievement include coaching roles and customer facing roles in the industry. Learners may also consider starting specific coaching qualifications with National Governing Bodies upon completion of this course.

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course information last updated: Tuesday 26th September 2023 @ 8.03am (14 hours ago)

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AvailabilityOur Full-Time Further Education courses commence in September each year. If you can't find what you're looking for or require further assistance, please contact our Admission team 01453 761165 or email [email protected]

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Become part of our AcademyIn addition with all Full-time study routes, you can also apply to become part of our Sporting academies. If you wish to also apply, add your chosen Academy to your course basket along with your chosen course of study.

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The course fee can usually be broken down to three components which are Materials (resources required to study the course, for example stationery, books and other equipment), Tuition (teaching, classroom etc) and Exams. Depending on age, financial circumstances and a number of other factors you could be asked to pay the full fee or just elements of it. Usually Learners under 19s studying Full-Time courses have just Material fee costs to pay, over 19s on Full-Time or Part-Time courses usually have materials, exams and tuition fees to pay. Find out more about Understanding Fees

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