Course type:

Level 3 Extended Diploma Sport (Physical Education and Coaching)


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. A work placement during your first and second years will allow you to gain first-hand experience of the industry as well as invaluable networking opportunities and contacts.

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.

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.

Structure 1

  • 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

Structure 2

  • 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.

How to apply for this course

Course Duration

2 Year
2 Year course
Course type:
Full Time

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade C (or 4 where numerical grades are being used) or above, which must include mathematics and English Language

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.


Key information

  • Finance

    There is no charge for tuition if you are coming to Hartpury College to study a full-time course and you are under 19 years of age on 31st August of the academic year your course starts. For the lowdown on everything finance related you can click below. 

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  • Accommodation

    Living in on-site accommodation is a brilliant way of meeting new friends and gaining confidence and independence. With support from 24 hour wardens seven days a week, you can be sure that your time at Hartpury will be a safe and enjoyable experience.

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  • Transport

    If you are not able to live on campus or would prefer to go home every evening, there are different transport options available, from minibuses to coaches to public bus companies. Student transport is based on three zones and charging bands. 

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