BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development | STFCCU

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development

Course overview

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development is intended for post-16 learners wanting to progress directly to employment, including self-employment, in sports coaching and development roles. It is also suitable for those wishing to progress to higher education, where learners would have the added advantage of using this qualification to obtain part-time employment while studying.

The National Extended Diploma is a two-year, full-time course and it is equivalent in size to three A Levels.

The cost of this tuition is fully funded for 16-18 year olds.

Sports kit may be required, dependent on education centre. However, bursary/financial support is available for those eligible. Refer to the SCL Bursary Policy for further details.

Course details

  • Entry Requirements

    We require students to have achieved four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, where possible, one being in English or Maths (although this will not prevent entry to the programme where learners demonstrate appropriate behaviours and attitudes towards their ongoing English and Maths development)

  • Course Programme

    Learners taking this qualification will study 7 mandatory units and 5 optional units.

    Mandatory Units:
    • Unit A: Careers in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry
    • Unit B: Health, Wellbeing and Sport
    • Unit C1: Developing Coaching Skills
    • Unit D1: Applied Coaching Skills
    • Unit E: Research Project in Sport (Pearson-set)
    • Unit 1: Sport Development
    • Unit 2: Self-Employment in Sport and Physical Activity

    The content within the programme allows learners to develop their technical skills, supported by underpinning knowledge, and gives learners the opportunity to relate the skills and knowledge to the sports coaching industry. This prepares learners to work independently as coaches and gives them the skills and expertise to coach at all levels of sports ability for both children and adults.

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  • Work Experience

    Students have the opportunity to gain work experience across multiple programmes within Shrewsbury Town FC Foundation, ranging from Football & Participation, Business Administration, Media & Marketing, and Health & Wellbeing.

  • Football & Participation

    Throughout your course, you will spend a minimum of 6 hours per week focusing on your sports development as well as an opportunity to play competitively.

    During our courses you will benefit from:
    • Regular training from highly qualified coaches
    • Opportunities to play in competitive fixtures
    • Guidance on individual fitness
    • Nutritional advice
    • Regular appraisals to monitor development on and off the pitch

    You’ll also have access to our in-house gym, giving you the ability to build a fitness plan right for you, while you study.

  • Career Opportunities

    Our Sports Lecturers will help students progress and set personal goals whilst studying with us. Upon successful completion of your course, you will receive information, support and guidance on a variety of aspects to support you in securing employment.


“I believe that these experiences have developed me not only as a coach, but as a person.”

Teddy Munroe | Higher Education Student

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