Hartpury College

Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma Physical Education and Coaching

Course Overview

If you’re looking for a career in the coaching or teaching industries – or hoping to progress onto a higher education sports degree, then this course provides an excellent foundation for your development towards your goals.

All students will complete a ten week placement at a local primary school, where you will deliver physical education lessons to pupils of all ages.

Further opportunities to gain experience in leadership and coaching roles through academic and voluntary work will also be available, specifically through volunteer placements. This could involve delivery in after school clubs or could be an additional coaching placement on your independent study day.

You will learn through a mix of theory based and practical session to give you a solid grounding in all aspects of coaching.

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


Two GCSEs at grade C or above, one of which must be English language together with either mathematics or a science

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In Brief


1 Year

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

Career Opportunities

If you successfully complete this course, you can progress straight onto the second year of the Extended Diploma (Coaching). If you are a mature student, it is possible to progress on to university on completion of this programme.



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