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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching & Development


About The Course

This qualification is ideal for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the sports industry. This unique programme will give you the opportunity to tailor your course to your area of interest where you will have the choice of one of two sports pathways: Sports Coaching or Sport, Exercise and Fitness.

You will study core modules as well as modules specific to your pathway and have the opportunity to gain a specific additional qualification that will enable you to access employment in this area.

You will learn in dedicated classrooms equipped with interactive learning technology, with access to high-quality facilities including a full-sized Sports Hall, a fully-equipped fitness centre and a separate strength and conditioning facility. You will also learn through a range of relevant trips, visits and guest lectures.

Why BCA?

At BCA we have:

  • 100% pass rate across all sports programmes
  • 95% of our students go on to full-time employment or further higher education
  • Excellent links with local sports clubs including our Football Academy partnership with Maidenhead FC.

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English, maths and preferably PE and science. A Level 2 Diploma in Sport at Merit/Distinction grade (or equivalent) and GCSE English and maths at grade 4 or above will also be considered.

Applicants must demonstrate a genuine interest in pursuing a career in this industry.


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The full two-year programme is equivalent to three A levels, preparing the students to progress onto Higher Education studying a range of subjects at University such as Sports Therapy, Sports Management, Sports Science & Coaching, Sports Teaching, and many more.

Alternatively, this course is the perfect preparation for students wishing to go into employment or an apprenticeship in the sport and/or fitness industry.