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Level 2 Diploma in Sports

This course provides the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to pursue a career in sport and related areas
Course description: 

Britain’s sport’s industry is hitting top form. In the past five years it has become a £20 billion industry in the UK and experts believe it will continue to grow long after the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

This qualification will give you a good understanding and knowledge of the sports and active leisure sector as well as developing the essential skills required for employment or progression to further qualifications and training.

Experience is highly valued by employers and it will improve your career prospects. The course brings classroom work into real work based practice by planning and running sport and leisure events and making use of the state of the art Solutions Gym. You will visit local health and fitness centres and hear speakers from Active Norfolk and other professionals in the industry to give you an insight into job roles and career paths.

The course is made up of units which may include:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Performance psychology
  • Planning and leading activities
  • Business skills in sport
  • Effects of exercise
  • Nutrition for sport

Your team work and communication skills will be developed through course activities, both of which are key skills future employers look for. You will have the opportunity to participate in team sports as part of the programme both on site at College and at Eaton Vale for more outdoor adventure activities.

Good English and maths skills are essential for many jobs and courses you will  progress onto. The Government has made it a priority for students to improve these skills and your course programme will reflect this key aim. Depending on your grades when you start your course, you could either study Functional Skills or GCSEs alongside the other parts of your course programme. Please check our English and Maths page for further information.

Entry requirements: 

You will need a minimum of 4 GCSE’s at grade D or grade 3, including English or Maths.


Assessment takes a variety of forms including:

  • Written assignments
  • External and internal assessments
  • Practical assessments and observations
  • Group and individual presentations
  • Peer group assessments
Academic progression: 

If you successfully complete the course, with a good attendance and disciplinary record, you could progress onto:

Please note that you will need to have achieved GCSE maths and English 5-9 (A*-C) to progress onto Level 3 Sports and Exercise Science.

Further academic options could include study at degree or foundation Degree at a university or College. City College Norwich offers a Foundation Degree in Sport, Health and Exercise with an opportunity to top up to the BSc (Hons) Applied Sport, Health and Exercise.

Career progression: 

The sport and active leisure industry supports over 450,000 jobs in the UK. Over the last five years it has become a £20 billion industry and experts predict it will continue to grow faster than other sectors in the economy.

This course will allow you to progress onto many careers which include a gym instructor or leisure centre assistant, personal trainer, sport development, sports coach. Some of these careers will require further study at degree level. For further information on some example jobs please check the National Careers Services:


If you are a UK or home- fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 years and over please contact the Advice Shop.

There will be costs for equipment, uniform and trips. These include

  • Approximately £100-120 for uniform
  • £20 course materials
  • £100 contribution for enrichment activities

Financial support could be available depending on your circumstances. Please check our Finance pages for any financial help that may be available. Alternatively please contact the Advice Shop

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