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Level 3 in Sport

A practical sports course suitable for those aspiring to study higher education or entering employment in sport coaching & development roles
Course description: 

The Sport studies course includes both theory and practical sport. It will test your sporting knowledge and your own practical ability by covering skills and theory based modules, whilst also developing your technical and tactical sports understanding. The Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport consists of 4 Units and is equivalent to 1 A Level. The second year leads on to a second A Level and deepens skills and knowledge around key subject areas.
Specific Modules that could be studied may include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Fitness training and programming for health, sport and wellbeing
  • Professional development in Sport
  • Plus further optional units

In addition to your main programme, if required, you will have the opportunity to study English and Maths. Depending on your grades on entry, you will study either Functional Skills or GCSE's English and Maths. Please check our English and Maths page for further information.

For those that have a 4/C grade or above in Maths or English will also be undertaking the Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instruction.

Entry requirements: 

You will need either:

  • A minimum of 4 GCSE's at 4-9 or A*-C grade, or
  • A First Diploma in a related subject at Merit level, or
  • Equivalent qualification at the appropriate level

All students will be interviewed by the Course team where you will be asked to demonstrate a commitment to the course and show some understanding of the industry.


Assessment is varied and will combine a variety of methodologies including external examinations, assignments, presentations and professional discussion.

Academic progression: 

Following the successful completion of the course you can progress onto the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence) in year 2.

Following the completion of the second year, students will be able to progress on degree level courses. At City College Norwich we offer a Foundation Degree (FdSc) in 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 sport and a gym instructor or leisure centre assistant, personal trainer, sport development, sports nutrition. Some of these careers will require further study at degree level.
For further information about specific job roles please check the National Careers Service:


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

  • Approximately £100-120 for uniform
  • £20 course materials
  • £100 contribution for enrichment activities
This is a Level 3 course:
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