Course type:

Level 3 90-Credit Diploma in Physical Education and Coaching


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.

What you will study 

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.

How to apply for this course

Course Duration

1 Year
1 Year course
Course type:
Full Time
Part-time study options available

Entry Requirements

A minimum of two GCSEs at grade C (or 4 where numerical grades are being used) or above, one of which must be English Language together with either Maths or a Science

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.

Similar Courses

A Levels or a Diploma?

Are you unsure about whether A Levels or a BTEC Diploma are the right choice for you? Find out the key differences and which qualification would best suit your learning style and your career and further study ambitions on our dedicated page.

Find out more