BTEC Level 3 National in Sports Coaching and Development

Qualification: BTEC Level 3 National in Sports Coaching and Development

Qualification: Equivalent to 3 x A Levels

Duration: 2 Years

What will I study?

This course provides you with an exciting introduction into the world of sports coaching. The course will develop your knowledge on planning and delivering a variety of sports coaching sessions. You will deliver a number of fitness tests on clients to identify areas that need to improve which will have a huge positive impact on their overall sport performance. If clients suffer sports injuries or aches and pains, you will be able to put your new knowledge and skills to the test by carrying out sports massage sessions with individuals. To ensure energy levels are high during competitive games you will be able to advice and support individuals on the correct nutritional intake. This course is highly practical in nature and is an excellent start to a career in sport!  

The following is a breakdown of the units that make up the qualification:  

Year 1

Unit  Unit Title  Credits 
A  Careers in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry  90 
B  Health, Wellbeing and Sport  90 
C1  Developing Coaching Skills  180 
1  Sport Development  60 
2  Self-employment in Sport and Physical Activity  60 
12  Practical Sports Application  60 

Year 2

Unit  Unit Title  Credits 
D1  Applied Coaching Skills  180 
E  Research Project in Sport (Pearson-set)  120 
3  Anatomy and Physiology 60 
7  Functional Sports Massage  60 
8  Fitness Testing  60 
4  Nutrition for physical Performance  60 

Additional Courses

To enhance learner experience and develop CVs a number of additional opportunities will also be made available, including:  

  • National Governing Body Level 1 Sports Specific Qualifications 
  • Gym Instructing Level 2 
  • Personal Trainer Level 3 
  • Sports Massage Level 3 
  • First Aid 

Please note that these courses are optional and there will be an additional charge on some of the courses – full information and prices will be confirmed during the academic year.  


The majority of units are assessed through portfolio assignments, which are set and marked by your teachers.

One unit in Year 2 is set and marked externally by the exam board.

Entry Criteria

General Level 3 entry criteria.

Useful Supporting Courses

This is a full time course equivalent to 3 x A Levels.


Having successfully completed the course learners will then have an opportunity, through college support and guidance, to progress into:  

  • University – e.g. Sports Coaching / Physical Education / Teaching  
  • Apprenticeship scheme as a personal trainer  
  • Armed Forces  
  • Police Force  
  • Fire Service 
  • NHS 
  • Engineering 

Enrichment Trips

  • South Africa Cape Town –2 weeks in a local orphanage and children’s hospital.
  • New York (USA) Football Tour – 2 weeks residential. 
  • Outdoor Summer Camp – 1 week residential. 
  • Duke of Edinburgh Awards – includes expeditions. 

Culture Vulture

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BTEC Sports Coaching Culture Vulture

Flying start

Click the link and have a go at our 10-week learning plan to get you off to the best start.

BTEC Sports Coaching and Development Flying Start

Course Overview

Follow the link to see an introduction to the course, identifying what you will study with us in the first few months and what you might already know.

BTEC Sports Coaching & Development Course Overview