Sports Coaching and Development: Pathway 1 Teaching, Coaching and Leadership Level 3 (FSPT)

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We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code BC612
Qualification Type National Extended Diploma (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This course is ideal if you would like to pursue a career in the Sport and Active Leisure industry including Sport Development Officer, Sport Performer or Coach, PE Teacher or Working in the Health, Fitness and Exercise Industry as a Personal Trainer or Sports Therapist. The pathways cover the organisation and administration of sport, together with the planning and delivery of sports activities. The pathways will allow you to develop relevant skillsets to work within the Sport, Active Leisure and Health Industry through progression to University or employment in the sector.


Teaching, Coaching and Leadership

Year 1 – Units include:

• Careers in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry

• Health, Wellbeing and Sport

• Developing Coaching skills

• Organising Events in Sport and Physical Activities

The units are designed for those interested in a career in Teaching or Coaching in Sport or the Active Leisure Industry. The course allows learners to develop a wide skillset including communication, confidence and knowledge to allow students to progress to University or into employment.

Year 2 – Units include:

• Applied Sports Coaching

• Research Project

• Fitness Testing

In their second year, students will continue to specialise in a range of units that develop knowledge and skillsets in Teaching, Coaching and Leadership. Transferrable skills will also be evident to support students with University and employment applications into a wide range of careers within the sporting sector.

Athlete Development Programme (ADP) – Barnsley Sports Academy

As part of studying a level 3 course, students are able to take part in wider curriculum opportunities including the Athlete Development Programme. The programme is available to individual sport and team sport student-athletes who choose to study any of our sports courses and is timetabled around your academic studies and sporting commitments. The programme includes six to eight hours of technical and tactical coaching, tactical workshops, performance analysis, strength and conditioning, physiotherapy, psychological profiling, nutrition programmes and weekly fixtures in the Association of Colleges competitions. The programme provides students with a unique and individualised experience that allows the development of knowledge, skills and behaviours to support progression onto a professional player development pathway.

How will it be delivered?

Assessment will occur continually throughout the programme. You will have unit assignments to complete and will be assessed on your practical ability. You will also have time-constrained assignments, as well as oral presentations. Each individual unit and the full award are graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Entry requirements

You will require five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including GCSE English.

Or Level 2 in Sport with a Merit/Distinction profile plus English at grade 4 or above.

Other requirements – As your studies will involve you working with and coaching children, you will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly known as Criminal Record Bureau check).

Your next steps...

This qualification is designed to enable candidates to progress into Higher Education. Alternatively, you may wish to enter employment within the sports industry.