College Sport Student Coaching

Level 2 Extended Certificate General Sport


If you’re looking to transition to Level 3 study but don't have the grades to do so straight from school, our Level 2 sports course is for you. Our students learn through a mix of theoretical and practical sessions, including trips and work experience, to gain an understanding of the competitive sports industries. On successful completion, you could progress onto our Level 3 sports courses.

Key Information

Course Duration: One year
Part or Full Time: Full Time
Level of Study: Diplomas

Course Overview

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.

Two GCSEs at grade 3 or above.

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, as well as 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

A 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.

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.

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With a BTEC pass rate of 99.4%, our outcomes for students are exceptional.

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Ella Cull
“I’ve just completed my BSc in Sports Coaching at Hartpury and now I’m doing my MSc Sports Coaching to further develop my knowledge. I regularly deliver coaching sessions with college sport students to gain extra skills.”
Ella Cull
Level 3 National Extended Diploma Sport (Fitness)


Living in on-site college accommodation at Hartpury, you’ll be part of a vibrant and international community of students of all ages who share their experience of life at college and university together on one campus.

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If you’re playing sport competitively, or you have the talent and drive to do so, you may want to join one of our Sports Academies. Over 200 international athletes have developed their talents with us over the past 10 years. You could be our next success story. We're a semi-professional sports environment offering world-class facilities and professional coaching and support services.

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.