Level 3 90 Credit Diploma Sport

Start date(s):
30 Aug 2021
1 year
Level 3
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Full Time
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Attendance Pattern:
Awarded by:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £2882, your course may be free
(previous year's fees)


Course details may be subject to change

Our Level 3 programmes provide UCAS points to provide a pathway into Higher Education, but through a practical and hands on approach to studying.

Working with a range of sector partners and employers you will get to develop and try out your new found skills through a mix of real and simulated activities that prepare you for working within a range of customer facing roles.

For budding sports coaches, our coaching and development pathway gives you opportunities to work across a range of sports with a range of age groups, from primary schools to peers. You will get full support from our highly qualified sports coaches, including UEFA B qualified football coaches and an exciting partnership with NUFC Foundation for those with a passion for the beautiful game.

If sport and exercise science is more your thing, our science pathway gives you the opportunity to hone your performance analysis using a range of modern techniques and equipment that is used in the modern game, including GPS technology and the latest in field and lab based testing.


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The NCFE Level 3 (90credit) Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity is for learners who are looking to develop general knowledge and interpersonal skills to support them into higher education when taken as a programme of study.

The qualifications will:
focus on the study of the sport and physical activity sector
offer breadth and depth of study
provide opportunities to acquire a number of practical and technical skills.

The objectives of the qualification are to:
allow learners to gain an in-depth understanding of the sport and physical activity sector
give learners the opportunity to investigate career opportunities in the sport and physical activity sector
allow learners to choose content which relates to their own interests, aspirations and progression choices.


Core modules:
  • Exercise, health and lifestyle
  • Preparing for a career in sport and physical activity.

Optional modules include:
  • Practical team sports
  • Principles of anatomy and physiology
  • Practical individual sports
  • The physiology of fitness.


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

You will engage in practical and classroom-based lessons, and will be assessed using the following methods:
  • Observation of performance
  • Workbooks
  • Portfolios
  • Presentations
  • Written assignments
  • Independent study.

Maths and English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

If you have not achieved a new grade 9-4 or do not hold an A* to C in GCSE maths or English, do not worry, your study programme at college will include teaching that will support you to progress your skills in these subjects. If you achieved a grade 3 or hold a D in either maths or English, you will have the opportunity to re-sit your GCSE qualification with us. If your grade was lower than a 3, or your qualification is below a D, you will study Functional Skills. These qualifications will help you enhance your maths and English skills and can be taken at levels between Entry Level 1 up to and including Level 2. Even if you have already achieved a grade 4 or above, or hold a A* to C, we will continue to develop your skills and help you progress further.
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Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

Industry links:

Our sports department have a number of strong links with employers and industry specialists in the local area, to help support your learning. They include:
  • Durham & Chester le Street School Sports Partnership
  • Team Durham
  • Newcastle United Foundation
  • Durham County Council
  • County Durham Sport.


You will be expected to undertake a meaningful work placement within the industry. This is a great opportunity for you to get hands-on experience and develop your skills in a real working environment.

After completing the first year of the course you will have the opportunity to continue onto the second year. During your second year, you will be able to gain UCAS points so you can apply to study a degree level qualification.

What else?

We have strong links with professional coaching and training specialists to ensure you get the best experience.


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

Interview Instructions

You will be invited to attend an informal interview at the College with a member of our sport team. Your suitability to the course will be assessed at this stage.
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Entry Criteria

You will hold a minimum of four GCSEs at grade A*-C, including maths and English, or a Level 2 qualification in a sport related subject.