Level 3 will suit you if you have worked in sport and leisure for some time or already have a Level 2 qualification. Your work might involve supervising others or managing resources. You may want to develop your skills further, perhaps to move into a management role.

Our Level 3 Sports pathway will help you to develop the skills required to gain full time employment in a sports capacity or even continue you're learning at University.

At Level 3 you will complete a broad range of sports topics which include: Health, Safety and Risk Management, Sport in Society, Factors that Affect Participation, Physical Preparation for sports performers, technical and tactical requirements, customer services plus more?

Completion of all these units will help you to develop the attitude, knowledge and skills required to develop your career further

Aims of the course

Prepare learners for employment or HE

Unit Breakdown

You complete three core units (four core units for the certificate or diploma) from a range of units, including:

* Understanding the active leisure and learning sector

* Health, safety and risk management in sport and active leisure

* Customer service in sport and active leisure.

The certificate also requires you to choose a minimum of three optional units (or six optional units for the diploma) from a wide range of units, including:

* Operational management of sport and leisure facilities

* Working with participants with disabilities in sport and active leisure

* Factors affecting participation in sport and physical activity

* Sport as a business

* Understanding employment rights and responsibilities

* Lifestyle management for sports performers

* Funding and sponsorship in sport.

Assessment Method

Continual assessment throughout the year and a number of assignments both written and practical. Students are required to complete a portfolio containing evidence of assignments, practical performance, presentations, group exercises and discussions.

Progression Opportunities

After successfully completing this programme, you will be able to pursue your career in many ways, including joining the sports coaching industry.

Career Options

What can I earn in the sports industry?

When you're deciding what to study post-16, it's important to think about where your course will lead. If you decide to study for a vocational qualification in sport, you'll be starting on a fun and fulfilling career path with lots of opportunity for progression ? and a good salary in your sights. For example:

Sports coaches start on around £15,000 a year and can earn £25,000 with 3-5 years' experience

Professional players start on around £12,000 a year and can earn £22,000 with a few years' experience ? but obviously the sky's the limit!

Leisure or sports managers start on around £22,000 a year and can earn £35,000 with 3-5 years' experience

Fitness instructors start on around £19,000 a year and can earn £29,000 with 3-5 years' experience

If you'd like to turn your passion for sport into a career, we offer a diverse range of vocational courses that will help you get where you want to go.

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Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs A*-C / or 9-4 (in 2017 GCSEs)

Relevant Level 2 qualification with Merit or above

Relevant industry experience to Level 2 or above

Process for Application

To apply please select your chosen start date and location below.



Venue Lewisham Way
Day/Eve Day
Study Mode Part Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 11/09/2017
End Date 06/07/2018

Fees and Finance

16-18 £0 p/ year
19-24 £2,225 p/ year
24+ £2,225 p/ year
International £9,000 p/ year


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