You’ll receive a well-rounded introduction to all aspects of sports education and coaching, with a mixture of theory study, practical sessions and weekly work placements. The course gives you the skills and experience needed to later specialise in any number of careers in the sports industry.
What you need
A minimum of 5 A-C grades at GCSE, ideally including PE or a pass in BTEC Sport. You’ll also need to complete a DBS check.
Qualifications you’ll gain
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Development, Coaching & Fitness)
What you will learn
- Principles of Anatomy & Physiology
- The Physiology of Fitness
- Assessing Risk in Sport
- Fitness Training and Programming
- Sports Coaching
- Sports Development
- Fitness Testing for Sports and Exercise
- Practical Team Sports
- Practical Individual Sports
- Sports Nutrition
- Current Issues in Sport
- Organising Sports Events
- Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise
- Psychology for Sports Performance
- Sports Injuries
- Analysis of Sports Performance
- Rules, Regulations and Officiating Sport
- Work Experience in Sport
Optional: FA Level 1 Award in Coaching Football (including first aid and child protection certificates), FA Youth Module Level 1, FA Coaching Disability Footballers, FA Futsal Level 1 and FA Goalkeeping Level 1. Other National Governing Body qualifications on request.
Experience you’ll gain
With at least one weekly placement per week in Year 1, and a minimum of two in Year 2, you’ll get a true taste of real world coaching of children of all ages. From teaching toddlers balance and agility skills, to advanced coaching of elite academy players.
Where it leads
- Paid apprenticeships
- Global coaching roles
Current Position: Tutor / Elite Level Camogie player
- 60% theory
- 40% practical
- + work experience
Name: Rhys Jones
Course taken: Sports Industry Course
Current Position: University Student
Having graduated from the Sports Industry Pathway in Flint High School in 2016, Rhys has gone onto study Sports Development at Chester University. His future aspirations are to become a PE teacher and develop the next generation of active children.
Name: Tom Howarth
Course taken: Professional Coaching Course
Current Position: Primary PE teacher
During his studies on the Professional Coaching Course at Hope Academy, Tom gained experience working with Liverpool Football Club in Merseyside primary schools, he coached in Finland and jetted off to the USA for the summer of a lifetime when he graduated. Tom is currently employed by TAFA in Sri Lanka where he teaches primary school sport and coaches an academy football team.