Course type:

Level 3 Extended Diploma Sport (Rugby)


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. 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.

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.

What you will study 

Structure 1:

  • 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

Structure 2:

  • 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
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 Maths 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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