Level 3 Diploma in Sports Science

Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport Coaching and Development

Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport Coaching and Development

Course Information

Cambridge Campus, 04/09/2023
Level: 3
Start Date: 04/09/2023
Location: Cambridge Campus
Duration: 2 Year(s)
Type: Full Time
Code: MO1NDSS1
About the Course

This two year programme is designed to prepare you for a career in the sports industry. The breadth of content in this qualification allows learners to widen their opportunities to progress to a number of different higher education courses. The course is equivalent in size to three A levels and includes 12 different units, seven of which are mandatory.

YEAR 1 (Mandatory Units)
Careers in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry
Health, Wellbeing and Sport
Developing Coaching Skills
Applied Coaching Skills
Sport Development
Self-employment in Sport and Physical Activity

All students will have the opportunity to follow a pathway in the second year of their programme. These pathways allow learners to focus their studies towards more specialised areas of interest. These could include: Sport and Exercise Science, Sports Teaching, Coaching and Instruction or Fitness Instructing and Therapy.

Year 2
Research Project in Sport (Pearson-set)
AND 5 Pathway Units
Sports Psychology
Nutrition for Physical Performance
Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
Sporting Injuries
Functional Sports Massage
Fitness Testing
Fitness Training
Technical and Tactical Skills in Sport
Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport
Practical Sports Application
Influence of Technology in Sport and Physical Activity
Organising Events in Sport and Physical Activities
Ethical and Current Issues in Sport
Marketing Communications
Corporate Social Responsibility in Sport
Sport and Leisure Facility Operations
Sports Tourism
School Sport Delivery

Compulsory residential activities to develop team work and practical skills are an integral part of the course. There is an additional cost to cover these trips, day trips, and sports kits, travel costs associated with team games or residentials and guest speakers. This charge is paid at enrolment and is non-refundable. The Learner Support Fund is available and could help assist in paying towards these fees.


This programme is equivalent to three A Levels and will provide you with the learning opportunities and experiences required for a career in the broad sports-related industry. The Extended Diploma is also recognised as an entry qualification for Higher Education. The course enables you to prepare for work or further study, and will provide you with the learning opportunities and experiences to enhance your understanding by learning in, learning about, and learning through sports activities. As part of your course you may have the opportunity to play for one of our college teams. Currently we have teams that represent the college nationally in football, basketball, netball and rugby. We also attend the AOC Regional and National Championship where we sent representatives in over 10 different sports. We also run a scholarship programme with Cambridge United for male and female football. Please see additional leaflet for more information to include the application process and trials.

Entry Requirements

You will need 4 GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A*-C) or above, including English or Maths OR Successful completion of a full Level 2 qualification in a related subject. Internal Applicants must have achieved all targets set by tutor in previous year. You will have an active interest in sport and will be anticipating a career related to sports.


Each project, activity or assignment that you complete will be assessed. These assessments indicate your level of performance and contribute to your final grade. Each unit is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. Assessment will be through practical and theoretical assignments. You will be required to take part in weekly physical activity. You will also be assessed on your physical fitness four times a year. You must be willing to take part in all practical activities and assessments. During your course you may have the chance to study some of the following additional qualifications: • Level 3 Sports Leaders • YMCA Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym Based Exercise) • Level 1 Football Coaching • Level 1 Basketball Coaching • Level 1 Badminton Coaching • Level 1 Rugby Coaching • First Aid at Work • GCSE retakes There may be a certification fee for these qualifications. During your time on the course you will have the chance to attend extra residential activities. These may include: • France water sports tour • Ski/snowboarding trip • Volunteering trip to Morocco There is an extra cost for these activities

How to Apply

You can apply through our online application, just click on Apply.

Students who attend a Cambridge Area Partnership school should apply through the CAP application system, MyChoice@16, your school will be able to help you with this.

If you need any help with applying, please contact our Admissions Office on tel. 01223 418448 or .

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to a Welcome Event and for a guidance discussion. Through the Welcome Event you will get the chance to learn more about college and your course. When you have your conditional offer, you will be invited and required to attend new student Taster Days during the summer before the start of your course. Take control of your future and enrol on a course with CRC. Whether you've just finished your GCSEs or A Levels, already working or unemployed we can help you succeed.

Take control of your future and enrol on a course with CRC. Whether you've just finished your GCSEs or A Levels, already working or unemployed we can help you succeed.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information is correct, some details may be subject to change. Cambridge Regional College reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient.

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