Sport and Physical Activity Level 3

Overview (NV)

Sport and Physical Activity Level 3

Course length
2 years full-time

Overview

The number of employed and self-employed people with jobs in sports and fitness in the UK has seen a rapid growth of 31% over the last 7 years. If you are excited by the prospect of a career in this industry, our Sports and Physical Activity course is the one for you. Opening the door to a whole range of rewarding careers, the course will equip you with the essential skills required for direct entry into a broad range of roles, including: 

  • Performance analyst
  • Coach
  • Gym instructor
  • Sports leadership
  • Professional sportsman/woman
  • Fitness trainer
  • Teaching assistant

Following further higher level study, your future career options could also include sports therapist, nutritionist and PE teacher. 

In year 1, you will complete either the NCFE Certificate in Sport and Physical Activity or the NCFE Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity, depending upon your qualifications on entry. You will then complete either the NCFE Diploma or NCFE Extended Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity in year 2. 

In addition to the main qualification, there are opportunities to gain fantastic add-on sports qualifications in sports coaching, Level 2 gym instructor, emergency first aid and safeguarding. You will also experience a variety of sports, enrichment activities and visits to enhance your industry knowledge and have the opportunity to become involved in assisting at competitions such as the Birmingham School Games, Inclusive Sports Festivals and working in local schools.

Why should I choose this course?

  • You will be able to pursue a variety of careers working within the sports industry
  • You will learn a variety of theoretical and practical aspects of sport
  • It will provide opportunities to progress onto studying a degree in a sports-related subject
  • You want to keep your options open in this dynamic industry
  • There are no exams
  • Work-focused modules will also provide students with valuable transferable skills for career progression while they study

Avery Fields

Students also have use of the state-of-the-art, all-weather pitch at Avery Fields, which we share with leading Birmingham rugby club Bournville RFC. The purpose-built, 15-acre site has undergone a £3m transformation, with the all-weather pitch situated alongside two, new grass pitches and an impressive clubhouse, which includes function room, modern changing facilities and a physiotherapy suite. 


Open days 

Our open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about UCB and the areas you are interested in studying. Come along and we may make you an offer on the day.

Why maths and English are so important to your career

Achieving a good level of English and maths is important so that you can compete in today’s labour market and secure the career you’ve always wanted. Alongside your full-time course, students will continue to develop their English and maths skills. If you haven’t yet achieved GCSE grade 4 (grade C) in English and maths at 16, you will continue to study these by resits or by taking Functional Skills at an appropriate level.

Maths:

  • Mathematics is central to an understanding of nutrition and sports formulae
  • Fractions are needed in calculating BMI
  • When designing fitness programmes, a sound understanding of basic numbers is needed for working out appropriate repetitions and determining increments in weight-training
  • Measurements are also key in determining and monitoring client heights and weights

English:

  • Good quality speaking and listening skills are needed when communicating with colleagues/sponsors
  • Accurate spelling and a wide and specialist vocabulary are key in the presentation of sports services and products
  • Customer services skills require good English skills in speaking and written communication
  • Accurate reading is a vital skill when following instructions
  • Secure English is important when preparing a CV or a business proposal or when advertising/marketing your business or designing a training plan for a client

Uniform and kit costs

This course incurs additional costs for uniform and kit. The approximate cost is £50. Please be aware that prices are subject to change each year. Exact costs, as well as information on how to order the required items, will be provided prior to enrolment.  

You may be eligible for The Learner Support fund, which assists college students with course-related costs such as essential uniform equipment and travel. For more information, please visit our Financial Support for College Students page.

Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching and assessment

You will be required to prepare work independently and as part of a team. You will be assessed through coursework, assignments, projects, practical observations and presentations, some of which will involve industry-related visits and external assessment. 

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Sport and Physical Activity:

  • Normally, you will require a minimum of 4 GCSEs, 2 at grade 4 (grade C) and 2 at grade 3 (grade D), ideally including maths and/or English
  • Alternatively, a BTEC level 2 Diploma along with a minimum of 2 GCSEs at grade 3
  • Applicants will be required to provide a good school report, which must include attendance
  • You should be committed, enthusiastic and have a desire to succeed in the sports industry

NCFE Level 3 Diploma Sport and Physical Activity: 

  • You will require 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, including maths and/or English
  • Alternatively, a BTEC Level 2 Diploma and GCSE maths and/or English at grade 4 (Grade C) or above
  • School applicants will be required to provide a good school report, which must include attendance
  • You should be committed, enthusiastic and have a desire to succeed in the sports industry

There are two distinct pathways for Sport and Physical Activity – the Certificate and the Diploma. Students study the same core topics, but there are additional modules for the Diploma. Our experienced lecturers will advise the best pathway for you, based upon your qualification on entry, to ensure you can thrive in your studies.

Uniform

Students are required to buy a uniform and equipment. To help keep costs to a minimum, these items are available to buy through UCB. If you have any concerns about the cost of the uniform, please discuss this at your interview as we may be able to help.

What will I study? (NV)

What will I study?

Year 1: 

Level 3 Certificate in Sport and Physical Activity

  • Exercise Health and Lifestyle
  • Preparing for a Career in Sport and Physical Activity 
  • Sports Coaching
  • Practical Team Sports
  • Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
  • Principles of Anatomy and Physiology 

OR

Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity 

In addition to the modules for the Certificate (above), you will also study:

  • Current Issues in Sport
  • Assessing Risk in Sport
  • Leadership in Sport

Year 2:

Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity 

  • Leadership in Sport
  • Practical Individual Sports
  • Organising Sports Events
  • Work Experience in Sport
  • Current Issues in sport

Plus one option from:

  • Coaching Special Populations
  • Sports and Exercise Massage

OR

Extended Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity 

In addition to the modules for the Diploma (above), you will also study:

  • Sports Nutrition
  • Psychology of Sports Performance 
  • Sports Injuries
  • Applied Strength and Conditioning 

Your study programme

In addition to your full-time course every student has an individual study programme which ensures that you develop the right skills and experience to progress onto either higher education or gain employment. What’s included in your individual study programme will vary depending on what you have already achieved and your career aspirations.

For example; if you haven’t yet achieved GCSE grade 4 (grade C) in English and maths at 16 you will continue to study these by resits or by taking Functional Skills at an appropriate level. Achieving a good level of English and maths is important so that you can compete in today’s labour market and secure the career you’ve always wanted.

Work placement

As part of your course, you will be required to undertake a mandatory work placement throughout both years of study. To find out more about the work placement opportunities for this course, click on the ‘Work Placement’ tab above.

Work Placement (NV)

Work placement

You will work closely with our specialist hired@UCB team to ensure you have the skills, confidence and ability to secure placements that suit you and match your career aspirations.

UCB has established strong external partnerships to allow students to benefit from coaching sessions, qualifications and training sessions, all with a view to enhancing your employability. You will also be provided with opportunities to become involved in assisting at competitions at the Birmingham School Games, Inclusive Sports Festivals and working in local schools.

A work placement not only gives you valuable experience, it also:

  • Helps you to apply what you’re learning into practice
  • Gives you a better understanding of how a company or organisation works
  • Helps you to develop essential skills such as time management, social and communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team
  • Enriches your CV
  • Enhances a UCAS application and personal statement should you wish to progress to higher education
  • Helps you to consider wider future employment opportunities

At UCB, we have a specialised team of Employability Tutors based in hired@UCB (located on the 7th floor at Summer Row), who will provide you with the necessary skills in order to source a work placement.

If students are passionate about their career choice, work placements are vital.

A set of achievements, skills, understanding and personal attributes make a student more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupation, which benefits themselves and the workforce.

Careers (NV)

Careers

You will be able to take up immediate employment opportunities including:

  • Sports coach
  • Professional sportsman/woman
  • Fitness instructor
  • Recreational assistant
  • Teaching assistant 

There are also opportunities to move into higher education at UCB and build on your growing knowledge and skills. You could take a degree in Sport and Fitness Studies, Sports ManagementSports TherapySports Massage and Remedial Therapy or Strength Conditioning and Sports Nutrition.

hired@UCB

The team at hired@UCB – our student placement and careers service – can help you with advice, information and guidance in finding a job. They can help you develop your work-related skills. Based in facilities on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, the hired@UCB team comprises specialist staff to help with:

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency
  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships, apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Alumni support

Find out more about hired@UCB services.

Profiles (NV)
amy-whelan

Amy Whelan

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports Development Coaching and Fitness

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