Level 3 Diplomas

Sport (Performance)

Leading to an Extended Diploma, Diploma or Subsidiary Diploma

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.

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 Extended Certificate 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

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.”