Level 3 – Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development

Who is this qualification for?

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development is intended for post-16 learners wanting to progress directly to employment, including self-employment, in sports coaching and development roles. It is also suitable for those wishing to progress to higher education, where learners would have the added advantage of using this qualification to obtain part-time employment while studying.

What does this qualification cover?

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with employers and professional bodies. This ensures that the content is appropriate and consistent with current industry practice, which enables learners to enter employment directly in sports coaching and development roles. Higher-education institutions have been consulted to ensure that the qualification allows appropriate progression for those aspiring to higher-level study. The qualification is mapped to the CIMSPA ‘Coach’ and ‘Safeguarding and Protecting Children’ professional standards. CIMSPA endorsement allows learners to apply for CIMSPA membership after successfully completing this programme, and is therefore recognised by employers as being suitable for entry to employment in the role of a multi-skills sports coach in the sports development sector.

Learners taking this qualification will study seven mandatory units:

  • Unit A: Careers in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry
  • Unit B: Health, Wellbeing and Sport
  • Unit C1: Developing Coaching Skills
  • Unit D1: Applied Coaching Skills
  • Unit E: Research Project in Sport (Pearson-set)
  • Unit 1: Sport Development
  • Unit 2: Self-Employment in Sport and Physical Activity.

The mandatory content allows learners to develop their technical skills, supported by underpinning knowledge and gives learners the opportunity to relate the skills and knowledge to the sports coaching industry. This prepares learners to work independently as coaches and gives them the skills and expertise to coach at all levels of sports ability for both children and adults.  Unit D1: Applied Coaching Skills unit provides additional underpinning knowledge, skills and experience for working as an independent coach. The research project unit supports learners in carrying out independent research in a related topic to build research skills and experience that supports progression to higher education. Learners will select five optional units. These units allow learners to increase their breadth of understanding of working in the coaching industry, for example how to deal with sports injuries, sport psychology to support the mental health and sporting progress of participants, fitness testing to assess the fitness of participants, and technical and tactical skills to develop participants’  key techniques and skills. Learners can develop their business skills by selecting marketing communications, sport and leisure facility operations and/or corporate social responsibility units.

What could this qualification lead to?

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development focuses primarily on progression to employment as a coach. The extension, breadth and depth of optional units in this qualification give learners employment opportunities for working with participants of all ages, from children in primary and secondary schools to adults of all ages. Possible job roles include community coach, sport-specific school coach, sport-specific after-school coach and weekend multi-sports holiday coach. Learners will also have the skills and expertise to work with beginners up to high-level performers. They will be able to work in the role of a club sports coach, progressing to working with elite performers and in sport-development programmes in many capacities.

Future opportunities

As the level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A-Levels; successful candidates may progress to higher education, work or other vocational opportunities.

Further information

Learners will have the opportunity to represent Reds in the Community in football matches against other football clubs or gain vital coaching work experience within other RITC activities delivered at Oakwell or across Barnsley. This route also offers a wide range of other work placements opportunities around Oakwell.

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