Sport Level 3

Overview (NV)

Sport Level 3

Course length
2 years full-time

Overview

If you are excited by the prospect of a career in the dynamic sports industry, our sports 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:

  • fitness training
  • gym instructor
  • coach
  • sports leadership
  • professional sportsman/woman
  • performance analyst
  • 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 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport or the 90-Credit Diploma in Sport, depending upon your qualifications on entry. You will then complete either the Diploma or Extended Diploma in Sports Development, Coaching and Fitness in year 2.

In addition to the main qualification, there are opportunities to gain further 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 competitions at the Birmingham School Games, Inclusive Sports Festivals and working at a primary school. 

Why should I choose this course?

  • You live and breathe sport
  • You are interested in the ideas, strategies and theories of sport
  • You like practical training and work-related tasks
  • You might be thinking of a degree in a sports-related subject
  • You want to keep your options open in this dynamic industry 

"My highlight was visiting the Army Reserves camp as it was a physical day, competitive, informative – and a lot of fun. I hope to achieve my extended diploma and continue on to university so I can achieve my goal of joining the Army and travelling the world."

Abigail Stanley

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:

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

English:

  • Accurate spelling and a wide and specialist vocabulary are key in the presentation of sports services and products
  • Good quality speaking and listening skills are needed when communicating with colleagues/sponsors
  • 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 when designing a training plan for a client 
Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching and assessment

The practical nature of the course means assessment takes place in realistic working environments including the fitness gym, outdoor fitness and studio-based fitness. You will be required to prepare work independently and as part of a team. You will be assessed through coursework, assignments, practical observations, presentations and projects.

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

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

Subsidiary Diploma:

Ideally, you will require a minimum of 4 GCSEs, 2 at grade 4 (grade C) and 2 at grade 3 (grade D), including maths and/or English

If you do not have a grade 4 (grade C) or above in English and maths and you are under 19, you will be required to complete an assessment so we can ensure you receive appropriate support. Applicants over 19 are not required to complete maths and English

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 and fitness industry

90-Credit Diploma:

Ideally, you will require 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, including maths and/or English.

Alternatively, a BTEC Level 2 in Sport and GCSE English and/or maths at grade 4 (Grade C) or above, or at least 2 years’ relevant work experience.

If you do not have a grade 4 (grade C) or above in English and maths and you are under 19, you will be required to complete an assessment so we can ensure you receive appropriate support. Applicants over 19 are not required to complete maths and English

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 and fitness industry

You will be required to buy a uniform and set of equipment. 

What will I study? (NV)

What will I study?

There are two distinct pathways for Sports Studies – the Introductory Diploma and the Subsidiary Diploma. Students study the same core topics, but there are additional modules for the Subsidiary Diploma. Our experienced lecturers will advise the best pathway for you to ensure you can thrive in your studies.

Year 1

Subsidiary Diploma in Sports

  • Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
  • The Physiology of Fitness
  • Assessing Risk in Sport
  • Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
  • Sports Coaching
  • Sports Development
  • Fitness Training and Programming
  • Practical Team Sports

OR

90-Credit Diploma in Sport

  • Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
  • The Physiology of Fitness
  • Assessing Risk in Sport
  • Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
  • Fitness Training and Programming
  • Sports Coaching
  • Sports Development
  • Practical Team Sports
  • Exercise Health and Lifestyle
  • Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise

Year 2

Diploma in Sports Development, Coaching and Fitness

  • Leadership in Sport
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Practical Individual Sports
  • Work Experience in Sport
  • Sports Massage
  • Sports Psychology
  • Outdoor Adventure Activities
  • Current Issues in Sport

OR

Extended Diploma in Sports Development, Coaching and Fitness

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

  • Sports Injuries
  • Organising Events
Work Placement (NV)

Work placement

As part of your course, you will be required to undertake a period of work placement in both years 1 and 2.

There are two key points during the academic year when Sports students can experience the value of work placements. 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 skills. You will also be provided with the opportunities to become involved in assisting competitions at the Birmingham School Games, Inclusive Sports Festivals and working at a primary school.

In year 2, there is the opportunity to apply for a three-week work placement overseas.

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

  • Helps you to apply what you’re learning into practice
  • It 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

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

 

A set of achievements, skills, understanding and personal attributes makes 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 Therapy or Sports Massage and Remedial Therapy

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)

Student profiles

Read what our current students and alumni love about UCB and how we helped them begin their career in industry.

 

harry shore

Harry Shore

Sports Studies

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