Course type:

Level 2 Extended Certificate General Sport

If you have a strong interest in sport and you’re keen to progress your career in PE, coaching, and fitness, then this is the ideal course for you. This one-year qualification will support the transition from GCSE-level study to a level 3 qualification, and then into employment or university.

You’ll study on a specialist sports campus with world-class facilities and expertise. Hartpury’s global reputation for sport attracts talented athletes, coaches, and industry professionals, making the campus a semi-professional learning environment.

What you will study

You’ll undertake both theory and practical sessions and cover a wide variety of sports and leisure industry topics.

You will be able to develop your knowledge of:

• Competitive sports, exploring different disciplines and the requirements of different athletes
• The science of the human body, looking at the fitness levels required for different types of sport and exercise

You will study exciting topics such as:

• Anatomy and Physiology
• Exercise Programmes
• Leading Sports Activities and Sports Injuries

Industry experience

Work placement during your course will enable you to:

• Gain first-hand experience of the industry
• Explore a career that is of interest to you
• Acquire valuable contacts, which can lead to securing placement jobs with your placement provider

You will also benefit from industry speakers in lecturers and field trips to strengthen your learning.

Career and education opportunities

On successful completion of this course, you could be eligible to progress onto one of our Level 3 Foundation Diplomas in General Sport (Fitness or PE and Coaching), followed by employment or university-level study. The units that you will cover in this course are exciting topics that lead to great career opportunities in the Sports, Leisure and Recreation Industry.

How to apply for this course

Course Duration

1 Year
1 Year course
Course type:
Full Time

Entry Requirements

A minimum of two GCSEs at grade D (or 3 where numeric grades are being awarded)

Why study Sport at Hartpury College?

Hartpury is proud to be the number one sports college in the UK, with millions of pounds invested in recent years to ensure our Sport students can access the best learning, playing and teaching resources.

How to apply

Apply online

Apply now

We’re currently working on online applications but, in the meantime, to apply to study for a Diploma course, A Levels or an apprenticeship at Hartpury College, you’ll need to download and complete this application form and send it back to us by either:

Scanning and emailing to

Faxing a copy to 01452 700629

Posting it to Admissions, Hartpury College, Hartpury, Glos, GL19 3BE

What happens next?

Once we receive your application, we will write and invite you to attend an interview and written assessment with a member of staff on your chosen course. The interview is an opportunity to discuss the course content, ask any questions you may have and go on a tour of the campus. If you are successful at interview, we will send you written confirmation of your offer on the course - subject to you achieving the required GCSE grades (there will be a form on the website for you to provide us with these on results day). Accommodation and transport details will be sent with this letter (confirmation offer) if you requested this. Please note you cannot apply for transport or accommodation unless you have been offered a place.

Get ready to start

During the summer before you start at Hartpury, we will send you details about your joining instructions, which includes information about induction and enrolment and the kit and books you may need before you start. There will be various forms you need to complete and send back to us before you start in September.

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