York College

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Sports coaches, instructors and officials

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Sports and leisure assistants

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Entry requirements

Please see our Entry Requirements page for general entry requirement guidance. Students must have a grade 4 or above in both English and Maths, and a strong grade in Science is preferred. 


One and two year courses.

What will I study?

The Level 3 Extended Diploma is made up of a range of compulsory units, which include:

  • Functional Anatomy (E)
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology (E)
  • Applied Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Coaching for Performance and Fitness

E = external assessment

What could it lead to?

The majority of students progress on to higher education courses relating to sport and exercise sciences, sports therapy, physiotherapy, sports psychology, and PE teaching; although there have also been examples of students progressing on to non-traditional options including law. Employment progression has included fitness instructing, personal training and coaching.

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If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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1405 - Lucy Hadaway Sport and Ex Sci L3

1405 - Matilda Everett Sport and Ex Sci L3

1405 - Sport and Ex Sci L3 - Ulric Lempen


Lauren Winfield (formerly of Archbishop Holgate’s School) studied the National Diploma in Sport Science between 2006 and 2008. She loved the balance between studying and getting a real taste of a sporting environment through her practical work. She appreciated the expertise of her tutors’, coming from strong sporting backgrounds themselves.

On leaving York College, Lauren received a scholarship to study sport science at Loughborough University. In her final year, she was thrilled to get into the England Cricket Academy, with the University allowing her to change to a part-time route of study to allow for her cricketing commitments.

Upon graduating university, Lauren was chosen for the England Women’s cricket squad, and has since travelled to Sri Lanka, Australia, the Caribbean, New Zealand and Dubai, as well as representing her country in the England Ashes.

Lauren said: “When I left school I was only really interested in sports, so the vocational course at York College really appealed to me; it was the perfect stepping stone for me to pursue my key interests. My time at College played a big role in my sporting career; it enabled me to get a taste of training in an elite environment three to five days a week.”

Lauren’s ex-tutor, Gordon Staniforth, said: “We’re delighted to see Lauren in the England Squad and we’re following her progress on Twitter. There are more opportunities than ever for female cricketers now, and Lauren took them!”

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