Hartpury College

Level 3 Extended Diploma Physical Education and Coaching

Course Overview

If you want to pursue a career in the coaching or teaching industries or are planning to progress on to a higher education sports degree, this Extended Diploma is aimed at you.

In your first year, you will complete a ten week coaching placement at a local primary school where you will deliver physical education lessons to pupils of all ages. In year two, you are then able to specialise in either Primary or Secondary teaching in addition to working with students with special educational needs.

You will learn through a mix of theory based and practical sessions and will also have significant amount of leadership/coaching work, both voluntary and as part of your academic programme.

In addition to the schools coaching placement, you have the opportunity to volunteer weekly in a local primary school and we have the contacts to supply you with as much voluntary leadership as you wish. This could involve delivery in after school clubs or could be an additional coaching placement on your independent study day.

Our students have gone on to some fantastic careers in a wide range of industries and enjoyed some exceptional work placements all over the world, helping them open doors to their dream careers. You can read our students’ stories here

Entry Requirements


Five GCSEs at grade C or above, which must include mathematics and English language

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In Brief


2 Years

Tuition fees

Students under 19 on 31 August 2016 are free (full time courses only). Examination fees for main qualifications are also free.

Students aged 19 to 23 may need to pay tuition fees. We may be able to waive your fees if you are unemployed and receiving Jobseekers Allowance, studying your first full level 2 qualification or level 3 qualification. Please visit this page for more information.

Students aged 24 and over. You may need to pay for your course, please visit this page for more information on 24+ loans.

Educational visits charge: An annual £65 fee is payable for all students and covers the cost of outside visits, special speakers and a contribution to the cost of administration.

When should I apply

We welcome applications for September 2016 entry from October 2015 onwards. You do not have to wait for your GCSE results.

How to apply

Please download the application form. Please note: you can complete this form on your computer and then print it to send back to us - you are unable to save. We will then contact you to arrange an interview.

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Course breakdown

Your course will combine classroom study and practical sessions. This includes the ‘Sports Coaching’ and ‘Physical Education’ and the ‘Care of Children and Young People’ modules that are practically based and provide the platform and practice that you need for your schools placement.


    • Sports Coaching                            
    • Fitness Testing
    • Practical Team Sports
    • Sports Nutrition
    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • Assessing Risk in Sport
    • The Physiology of Fitness
    • Psychology for Sport
    • PE and the Care of Children & Young People
    • Fitness Training and Programming
    • Sports Development
    • Practical Individual Sports
    • Current Issues in Sport
    • Exercise, Health and Lifestyle
    • Sports Injuries
    • Sport and Exercise Massage
    • Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport
    • Sport as a Business
    • Organising Sports Events

Career Opportunities

You will have a wide variety of progression opportunities on completion of this course. You can progress to university to study sports programmes, usually with the specific goal of becoming either a teacher or a coach.

his course provides a solid grounding in all aspects of leadership and therefore progression in to employment is a realistic alternative to university. Careers in coaching or leadership are popular options and this often involves some voluntary coaching over the summer either in the UK or abroad.



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