Sports Coaching and Development Diploma Level 3 Full Time

Level 3 - A Level or BTEC National or IB or NVQ Level 3 or Equivalent

Subject Area Sport

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  -


From grassroots to elite performance, this Sports Coaching and Development course will give you the skills to lead a team to victory or reap the rewards of supporting a range of groups in the local community.

Alongside NE Youth, Newcastle United Foundation and Newcastle Eagles you will gain hands-on experience and expand your knowledge of sport psychology, coaching and development.

You will be taught by athletes who have competed on the world's stage in both the Commonwealth Games and FA leagues.

Previous alumni include England Cricketer Mark Wood and long-distance runner Lily Partridge.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

It is intended for post-16 learners who want to progress directly to employment in an assistant /coaching role.

The qualification is also suitable for those wishing to progress to higher education, where learners
would have the added advantage of using it to obtain part-time employment while studying.

Qualification Gained

This is a two-year programme. You will achieve a qualification after successful completion of each year.

In year one you will receive either a Level 3 Extended Certificate Sports Coaching and Development or Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development.

In year two you will receive either a Level 3 National Diploma in Sports Fitness and Personal Training or Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports Fitness and Personal Training

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong House. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


Course Content

• Careers in the sport and active leisure industry
• Help, wellbeing and sport
• Fitness skills development
• Personal trainer skills development
• Self-employment in sport and physical activity
• Nutrition for physical performance
• Business and technology in person training
• You will also have the chance to undertake optional modules which include functional sports massage, fitness testing, fitness training and more

Learning Methods

• Practical sessions
• Classroom sessions
• One-to-one tutorials
• Experience of work
• Seminars
• Role play

Assessment Methods

• Practical assessments
• Presentation
• Report writing

Progression Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this course you will be suitable to apply for a range of sports coaching and development degrees, including our own FdSc Physical Education and Coaching.


Career Opportunities

The qualification 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’, '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/coach in the sports sector.

Entry Requirements

This course has two pathways:

Level 3 Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development (equivalent to 2 A-levels).

• 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above

• GCSE grade 3 in English or maths
• GCSE grade 4 in English or maths

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development (equivalent to 3 A-levels).

• 6 GCSEs at grade 4 or above

• GCSE grade 3 in English or maths
• GCSE grade 4 in English or maths

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

16 to 18s

Learners are eligible for free tuition if they are aged 16-18 when beginning their studies.

If the course being applied for is a two-year qualification, you will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the remainder of the course.

If the course being applied for is two separate one-year qualifications and you begin studying year one of the course aged 18, you will be required to pay fees for the second year.

If you are aged 18 when beginning the course, it is advised that you talk to our Student Services Team on 0191 200 4000 or by email who will be able to explain the options available.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on 0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility.