Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity

During this course, you will gain practical skills and an understanding of the sport and physical activity sector. A work placement within a sports setting will boost your experience, career prospects and university application.

Based in our gym, sports facilities and the great outdoors, you will learn everything there is to know about anatomy, physiology, fitness testing, exercise prescription, sports performance and nutrition.

Our successful alumna and aspiring Sports Massage Therapist, Amy, completed this course and has since progressed to University of Central Lancashire to study Sports Therapy.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course will start in September and will take two years to complete.

What will I study?

During this course, you will cover the following:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Fitness testing
  • Exercise prescription
  • Sports performance
  • Sports nutrition

You will also undertake a work placement within a sports setting to enhance your skills and experience and boost your CV and if applicable, your university application.

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed through a combination of practical observations, written and oral questions, assignment work, short tests, work experience and work books.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have four GCSEs at grade 4 (equivalent to grade C) or above, including English and maths. A GCSE in PE is desirable but not essential.

Achieving a good standard of English and maths is a key requirement for many jobs, as well as for courses you may wish to progress on to. If you achieve below a grade 4 in your English and/or maths GCSEs at school, you will study it alongside your chosen course when you join us.

If you already have a grade 4 or above in English and/or maths but wish to achieve a higher grade, we can also support you to do this.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2019), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please visit our dedicated financial support page.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will have the opportunity to progress on to University Centre St Helens, to study FdSc in Exercise, Health and Fitness, validated by University of Chester.

Alternatively, you may decide to study a degree such as physiotherapy or exercise science at another university.

Ref: Nat Cotham/Rachel Winstanley