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Sport (Level 3)

Key course information

Sport and Public Services


1 year

Full Time

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Course Overview

The course has been designed to give you opportunity to equip yourself with the knowledge, skills and understanding to enhance employment prospects within the following areas:Health and Fitness Sports and Leisure Sports Coaching Professional Sport. Students may have the opportunity to gain further qualifications such as coaching awards, first aid and fitness instructing. Our practical lessons take place at a range of top facilities across the County including Five Rivers Leisure Centre, Melksham Town Football Club, Stanley Park Football Club, Springfield, Beversbrook Football Facility, Play Football Indoor Dome Swindon and CrossFit Civitas.

What will I learn?

As part of the course, you will be required to complete the following mandatory units:

• Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
• The Physiology of Fitness
• Assessing Risk in Sport
• Fitness Training and Programming
• Sports Coaching
• Sports Development
• Fitness Testing for Sport Exercise
• Practical Team Sports

You will also have an opportunity to choose optional units as part of your course:

• Practical Individual Sport
• Sports Nutrition
• Current Issues in Sport
• Exercise, Health and Lifestyle
• Psychology for Sports Performance
• Sports Injuries
• Analysis of Sports Performance
• Talent Identification and Development in Sport
• Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport
• Organising Sports Events
• Work Experience in Sport

This course is made up of 18 units (180 credits) studied over two years just like an A level programme and is equivalent to 3 A levels.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grade 9-4, including Maths and English or equivalent, a good reference and a satisfactory interview.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Assessment is primarily by portfolio building but will include some practical assessments and presentations. There is a substantial amount of theory which is backed up by practical pathways.

Students are provided with extensive support from lecturers as well as from an Academic Advisor, in order to complete their assessments. They may also have workshop allocated time in which to plan and complete assessed activities. Students may be requested to complete additional work at home from time to time, however they are asked to use college time effectively.

The 'Learning Resource Centre' is available to enhance research and studying and electronic resources are available online.

An Industry Placement is a fundamental part of this course. An Industry Placement gives you the opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience for your future. You will be supported throughout your placement by our dedicated Work Placement Team.

You will be provided with additional information and guidance at interview, enrolment and during induction. The College will assist you in finding suitable placement opportunities in the industry and will support you throughout.

Additional Costs and Information

A charge of approximately £350 will be required for off-site visits, equipment and uniform if you are doing this course.

Financial assistance may be available for students who qualify. Students should contact Customer Services at the college for further details and a bursary application form.

This 2 year course consists of Year 1: consists of a 90 credit programme after which students will enrol onto Year 2 and complete a full BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma ensuring progression to University level courses, higher apprenticeships or employment.

Students who leave after successfully completing Year 1 with a BTEC 90 Credit Diploma (which is equivalent to 1 ½ A levels) can use this qualification to support progression into employment or further training.

We are a College Grassroots ECFA Football Hub.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Sport and Public Services

Career Opportunities

  • Coach/Instructor
  • Nutritionist
  • Sports Scientist

  • Public Services
  • Border Force
  • Offender Management and Rehabilitation

There are an estimated 5.39 million people employed in the public sector

The Sports Industry is worth £23.8 billion to the UK economy

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