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Sports coaches, instructors and officials

Up to £15,000

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Sports and leisure assistants

Up to £17,000

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Leisure and sports managers

Up to £38,000

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This qualification is aimed at students who want to progress directly to employment in an assistant coaching role or those wishing to progress to higher education, where learners would have the added advantage of using it to obtain part-time employment while studying.  The course is designed to be consistent with current industry practice to enable learners to enter employment directly in a sports coaching role or progress to higher education.

This is a career-focused qualification with industry endorsement and accreditation. It enables students to develop underpinning knowledge and technical skills and to gain experience as an assistant coach. It is endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), which has confirmed that the qualification is fully mapped to its professional standards of ‘Assistant Coach’ and ‘Safeguarding and Protecting Children’. CIMSPA’s endorsement of this qualification allows learners to apply for CIMSPA membership after successfully completing this programme, and is therefore recognised by employers as enabling learners to enter employment in the job role of assistant coach in the sports sector.

Entry requirements

Please see our Entry Requirements page for general entry requirement guidance.


One year course – Foundation Diploma (equivalent to 1.5 A Levels)

Two year course – Extended Diploma (equivalent to 3 A Levels)

What will I study?

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

  • Careers in Sport and Active Leisure
  • Health, Wellbeing and Sport
  • Developing Coaching Skills
  • Sports Development
  • Self-employment in Sport and Physical Activity

In addition to your main programme, you will be offered the opportunity to undertake additional qualifications such as FA Level 1 Football and Sports Leaders UK Level 2.

Your will be assessed internally through the completion of coursework, practical sports performance and coaching, presentations, and case studies. Your weekly timetable will be a mix of theory and practical sessions.

You can re-sit GCSE Maths or English alongside this course.

What could it lead to?

The course is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to progress into the sports coaching and development industry or on to higher education courses relating to sport studies, sports coaching, sports management, sports development and PE teaching; although there have also been examples of students progressing on to non-traditional options including business. A number of students progress to higher education sports scholarships and UK and international universities.

Need some help?

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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