To be awarded the Level 3 Diploma (720) in Sports Coaching, learners are required to successfully complete 3 mandatory units and 9 optional units.
Qualification mandatory units:
Exercise, health and lifestyle
Preparing for a career in sport and physical activity
Pathway mandatory unit (6):
Practical team sports
Fitness training and programming
Work experience in sport
Practical individual sports
Coaching special populations
Technical and tactical skills in sport
Analysis of sports performance
Fitness testing for sport and exercise
The athlete’s lifestyle
Current issues in sport
Leadership in sport
Organising sports events
This NCFE qualification has a mixture of internal and external assessment, including exams.
The internally assessed units will be assessed across a range of assessment methods including leading coaching sessions, administering treatments, presentations, reports and video submission. The methods selected are designed to develop the range of skills needed for students to progress onto university.
English or Maths at grade 4 or above, and three other grades at either C or above / 4 or above, depending on grading used.
All applicants must have a genuine interest in working in sport, be prepared to participate in physical activities, work in a team, overcome personal challenges and have an enthusiastic approach to learning. Applicants must be willing to work flexibly in order to meet their work experience requirements.
The progression routes available to a learner will depend on the grade achieved and the UCAS points attached to the grade.
Examples of further/higher education progression routes:
- Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
- Level 3 PESS
- NGB coaching awards
- Apprenticeships in various sectors within sport and physical activity
- Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Sports Development or Fitness
- Foundation degree/Degree in Sport and Exercise Science
- Foundation degree/Degree in PE
- Foundation degree/Degree in Sports Coaching and Development
- Foundation degree/Degree in Sport and Leisure