Examples of topic areas include:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Fitness training and programming
  • Sports leadership
  • Professional development in the sports industry
  • Instructing gym based exercise
  • Application of fitness testing
  • Coaching for performance
  • Practical sports performance

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A Grade 4 in GCSE PE/ a vocational equivalent (if taken). 

The Foundation Diploma/Extended Diploma will form your whole study programme. It is an advanced full time work related course. You will cover a range of topics including fitness, anatomy and physiology, sports coaching and development and professional development in the sports industry. In addition, you will experience different areas of sport related employment, including work based experience. It is ideally suited for those interested in a sport related career or for those wishing to progress and study the subject at degree level. The course is interactive and provides you with an excellent understanding and background into a whole range of sports pathways.

It will give you an opportunity to learn more about a range of practical methods in different environments such as the Fitness Suite, state-of-the-art Sports Barn, Sports Hall and Fitness Lab.

Assessment is by coursework.

Please note the awarding body for all BTEC qualifications recently made the decision to extend the current BTEC courses in our offer beyond 2018. This means that for 2018 entry, all Level 3 vocational subjects will continue to be assessed by coursework only, with the exception of Art and Design.


There is potential for you to progress on to a wide range of university degrees leading to careers in sports coaching, sports development, teaching, leisure centre management and gym instruction. 

Do you have any questions?

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