Hartpury College

Level 3 Extended Diploma Sport (Performance and Excellence in Rugby)

Course Overview

If you are interested in developing your own rugby skills and performance, alongside the study of coaching and training, then this Extended Diploma is for you.

You will gain a valuable insight into coaching and training techniques for a range of rugby populations, from young children to elite professional players. You will also be given the tools needed to examine your own play and team play, ensuring you improve and develop as a player throughout your time with us.

Tactical skills, physiology, nutrition, coaching and sports performance are just some of the rugby-related subject areas that will be explored. This allows all prospective professional rugby players the foundation to pursue a career in a variety of domains such as within the coaching, teaching and personal training sector.

You’ll also have the chance to coach and referee at local venues throughout the county thanks to close links with TagV. Teambuilding trips to Malvern Hills and Croft Farm are complimented by other opportunities including a trip to Kingsholm, Gloucester Rugby’s ground and the Body Power Expo at the NEC, Birmingham.

Former Hartpury College rugby student, Paul Goulding, certainly has a story to tell - from Hartpury to living on the beach in San Diego and being the Performance Analyst for the USA Eagles international rugby team. We caught up with Paul when the Eagles were at Hartpury during the Rugby World Cup 2015 for him to share the story of his journey since he left Hartpury. You can see it here

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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25 Feb 2017 2017 Diploma Open Morning Saturday 25th February

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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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    • Sports Coaching
    • Anatomy & Physiology
    • Physiology of Fitness
    • Sports Injuries
    • Physical Education and the Care of Young Children
    • Current Issues in Sport
    • Rules & Regulations in Sport
    • Fitness Testing
    • Assessing Risk in Sport
    • Psychology for Sports Performance
    • Fitness Training & Programming
    • Sports Massage
    • Talent Identification
    • Exercise, Health & Lifestyle
    • Sports Nutrition
    • Analysis of Sports Performance
    • Organising Sports Events
    • Sport as a Business
    • Instructing Physical Activity & Exercise

Career Opportunities

When you have successfully completed your BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (Performance and Excellence in Rugby), you can progress to on to a Foundation degree or full Honours degree dependent on your overall achievement.

Career opportunities include:

  • PE Teacher
  • Events Management
  • Sport & Business Management
  • Sports Coaching
  • Fitness Instructing/Personal Trainer
  • Sport Development officer
  • Performance Analysis


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