Sport Level 3 Elite Performance Programme (Performance and Excellence)

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We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code P00079
Qualification Type National Diploma (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This course enables elite sport performers to access a sport specific development programme alongside a high quality education programme. This unique opportunity has been created through the launch of an exciting new city wide partnership that utilises the strengths of The Sheffield College, Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Wednesday Football Club.

Will the course suit me?

You should be performing at a sufficiently high standard within you chosen sport (you may be required to trial if you are not currently performing at such a level in your chosen sport). You will need to have good time management skills in order to manage coursework and assignment deadlines.



Diploma Year 1:

  • Anatomy and physiology in sport 
  • Fitness testing, training and programming 
  • Practical sport 
  • Safe and effective sport coaching 
  • Sports Injuries 
  • Leadership in sport 

Diploma Year 2 topics may include:

  • Sports coaching 
  • Sports nutrition 
  • Sports psychology 
  • Work experience in sport 
  • Technical and tactical skills in sport 

Extended Diploma Year 1 (additional topics)

  • Organising sports events
  • Sport as a business

Extended Diploma Year 2 (additional topics)

  • Current issues in sport
  • Physical Education and the Care of Children and Young People

You will also complete a sport related project. Additional short courses may be available to enhance your employability with the opportunity to achieve qualifications such as National Governing Body awards and other industry awards.

On your programme you will study for Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths qualifications, if you do not already hold a minimum GCSE grade C. You will be required to work independently outside of taught class time to complete course work assignments.

How will it be delivered?

The BTEC course is continually assessed, there are no formal exams.

Assessment methods include:

  • Written assignments
  • Presentations
  • Observations of practical tasks
  • Group or individual projects

Entry requirements


4 GCSEs grade A* - C / grade 4 or above (or acceptable alternatives) including English Language

Extended Diploma:

5 GCSEs grade A* - C / grade 4 or above (or acceptable alternatives) including English Language

Your next steps...

Successful completion of this course, good attendance and punctuality along with tutor recommendation can lead to an undergraduate degree at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) or a foundation degree at The Sheffield College (with top-up option in year 3 at SHU).