Level 3

Sports Coaching and Development

Leading to a Extended Certificate, Foundation Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma

Do you want to turn your passion for sport into a career? Through blending theory and practice, you’ll develop your coaching and leadership skills. Explore training methods and play various sports to enhance your understanding of the rules, regulations and the physical requirements of different activities. Learn how to adapt your coaching style for different age groups, abilities and needs to support athletes development.

After completion of the two year qualification you will have an excellent springboard to prepare you for degree level study or work in the sport and active leisure industry.

What will I study?

How long will it take?

  • 1 year, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • 4 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including English, Maths and Science or PE, or
  • Level 2 at Merit grade
  • A genuine interest in sport is essential

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

  • Continuation into the second year or study, or
  • Seek employment in the sport and active leisure industry

Career options

  • Nutritionist
  • Assistant coach
  • Sports coach*
  • PE teacher*
  • Referee*
  • Strength and conditioning coach*

*with additional qualifications

Student Profile
George Edwards

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Coaching Development 2023 

Next step: Gain more playing and industry experience  

Ambition: High level semi-professional footballer 

“I enrolled at Reaseheath specifically to follow my interest in football. The college is affiliated with Crewe Alexandra’s Football Education Academy and there are opportunities to play and improve your skills, so I felt that the course would suit me and that I’d enjoy it.   

“I completed a six week trial with Crewe Alexandra after being selected by scouts during training sessions and also represented the club in a colleges’ league. It was a big honour to play for a League One professional club and winning the league was one of the best experiences I could have asked for.  

“I’m going to get coaching badges alongside my college qualification so if I don’t make it as a player I have alternative opportunities for a career in football.”