Course type:

Level 3 National Extended Diploma Sport (Physical Education & Coaching)

If you can see yourself becoming a coach or teacher of sport or even if you're planning to progress on to a higher education sports degree, this two-year Extended Diploma is aimed at you.

You will learn through a mix of theory based and practical sessions and will also have a significant amount of leadership/coaching work, both voluntary and as part of your academic programme.

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 your second year:

• You will be able to specialise in either Primary or Secondary teaching in addition to working with students with special educational needs.

What you will study

Your course will combine classroom study and practical sessions, with 14 modules over two years.

Modules will include:

• Anatomy and Physiology
• Sports Leadership
• Coaching for Performance
• Skill Acquisition in Sport
• Professional Development in the Sports Industry
• Higher Sports Leaders Award (attracting additional UCAS tariff points)

Industry experience

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.

Career and education 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.

This 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

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to 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.

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How to apply

Apply online

To apply for a diploma course or A-levels at Hartpury College please complete an online application

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 unable to complete an online application please contact

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