Level 3 Diplomas

Sport

Leading to an Extended Diploma, Diploma or Subsidiary Diploma

Depending on your previous qualifications, you could opt to study either an Extended Diploma, Diploma or Subsidiary Diploma in Sport. For more information on Level 3 Diplomas visit our choosing the right course for you page. You can find out more about each study option using the tabs below.

Do you want to turn your passion for sport into a career? Through blending theory and practice, you’ll learn the science and physiology of fitness; explore training methods and play various sport to enhance your understanding of the rules, regulations and the physical requirements of different activities.

This is an excellent springboard to prepare you for degree level study or work in the sport and active leisure industry.

Extended Diploma

What will I study?

  • Principles of anatomy and physiology (1/2 unit)
  • The physiology of fitness (1/2 unit)
  • Assessing risk in sport
  • Fitness training and programming
  • Fitness testing for sport and exercise
  • Sports nutrition
  • Psychology for sports performance
  • Technical and tactical skills in sport
  • The athlete’s lifestyle
  • Sports coaching
  • Exercise, health and lifestyle
  • Instructing physical activity and exercise
  • Sports injuries
  • Analysis of sports performance
  • Sport and exercise massage
  • Organising sports events
  • Sport as a business
  • Work experience in sport
  • Research investigation in sport and exercise sciences
  • You will have the opportunity to work towards additional qualifications
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 2 years, 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 Diploma in Sport at Distinction grade or equivalent Level 2 Diploma
  • A genuine interest in sport is essential

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

  • Continue studying sport or a related area at foundation degree or degree level, or
  • Seek employment in the sport and active leisure industry

Career options

  • Nutritionist
  • Gym instructor
  • Coach
  • Physio’s assistant
  • Teacher
  • Referee
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Personal trainer
Diploma

What will I study?

  • Principles of anatomy and physiology in sport
  • The physiology of fitness
  • Assessing risk in sport
  • Fitness training and programming
  • Fitness testing for sport and exercise
  • Sports nutrition
  • Psychology for sports performance
  • Technical and tactical skills in sport
  • The athlete’s lifestyle
  • Sports injuries
  • Sports coaching
  • Rules, regulations and officiating in sport
  • Work experience in sport
  • You will have the opportunity to work towards additional qualifications
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 2 years, 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 Diploma in Sport at Merit or Distinction grade or equivalent Level 2 Diploma
  • A genuine interest in sport is essential

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

  • Continue studying sport or a related area at foundation degree or degree level, or
  • Seek employment in the sport and active leisure industry

Career options

  • Nutritionist
  • Gym instructor
  • Coach
  • Physio’s assistant
  • Teacher
  • Referee
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Personal trainer
Subsidiary

What will I study?

  • Principles of anatomy and physiology in sport
  • The physiology of fitness
  • Assessing risk in sport
  • Fitness training and programming
  • Fitness testing for sport and exercise
  • Sports nutrition
  • Psychology for sports performance
  • Technical and tactical skills in sport
  • The athlete’s lifestyle
  • Sports injuries
  • Sports coaching
  • Rules, regulations and officiating in sport
  • Work experience in sport
  • You will have the opportunity to work towards additional qualifications
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 1 year, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • At least 4 GCSEs at Grade 4/C or above including English and Maths, or
  • Level 2 Diploma in Sport at merit grade or equivalent Level 2 Diploma
  • A genuine interest in sport is essential

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Nutritionist
  • Gym instructor
  • Coach
  • Physio’s assistant
  • Teacher
  • Referee
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Personal trainer
Additional qualifications

We offer the following qualifications at a discounted cost:

  • FA Level 1 Football Coaching
  • Sports Leaders
  • Level 2 Gym Instructors
  • Others are available
Team sports and the gym

Sports teams at Reaseheath

As a sports student you will have the opportunity to develop and improve your skills in a chosen sport by joining one of the college teams. Throughout the year our teams regularly compete in the North West British College Sports (BCS) Leagues.

The college also offers recreational sports including Tough Rugby, Indoor 24 crickets and badminton. To find out more about these sports and our college teams visit the sports teams pages on our website.

The College gym

This state-of-the-art facility is fully equipped with top specification machines including an Olympic lifting platform, free weights area and Technogym cardiovascular and resistance machines.

To find out more about our gym and how to become a member visit the College gym pages on our website.

Duke of Edinburgh

We are now offering the Gold Duke of Edinburgh award across college to all students.  So if you are between the ages of 16-25 you can sign up to Duke of Edinburgh here at Reaseheath.

Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2019 the tuition fees and exam costs are free for our courses. If you are aged 19 or over you may have to pay a fee.

You may also be required to pay costs associated with study tours or additional qualifications.

For more information on fees and to find out about what financial support may be available to you visit the student finance pages on our website.

Transport

Our college bus service collects over 1,400 students every day from far and wide. What’s more, getting to Reaseheath is FREE* on all college bus routes. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.

Accommodation

At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for up to 1,000 students. If you are aged over 16 and studying on a full-time course you may apply for a residential place. Visit the accommodation pages on our website for more information.

How do I apply?

If you have found a course you are interested in and are in Year 11 or above you can apply now online. For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find out more information about this course on our FAQs page.

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Student Profile
James Adamson

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport Performance

School: Madeley High School, Staffordshire

Next step: Degree in Sports and Exercise Science

Ambition: Elite athlete

“I’ve been competing in triathlons for seven years and this year qualified to represent Great Britain and also to compete at the 2019 European Triathlon Union Multisport World Championships in Spain.

“I’m in the under 20s category, but I hope in the future to be racing on the world stage – hopefully in the Olympics.

“I chose Reaseheath because I’d heard the course was good and because the gym has professional standard equipment. I train with Newcastle (Staffs) Triathlon Club and on my own for around 20 hours a week, so it’s great to learn and socialise with students with the same interests.”