NSCG | Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport
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Course overview

The sport industry is an exciting sector enabling you to progress and specialise in a range of exciting areas. Sports coaching is a great way to get out and support the local community whether you are teaching sports skills to beginners or right up to professional sportsmen. Teaching in Physical Education is a hugely rewarding job that requires knowledge of a range of sports and coaching theories. The programme of study includes sports coaching, English, maths, work experience, enterprise and entrepreneurial concepts and problem solving.

The aim of this course is to develop your theoretical and practical knowledge of Sport by working towards a Level 3 nationally recognised qualification. The course is also designed to prepare you for higher education in a sports related subject or a career in the area of Sport. You will cover a minimum of 16 units in total over the two year, full-time course.
You will learn through a well-balanced range of studies, which combines practical skills with theoretical knowledge. Your lessons will take place in classrooms, sports facilities (indoor/outdoor) and in the sports laboratory. It is recommended that learners complete as much volunteering and work experience as possible to give them an insight into working in the sports industry e.g. Physiotherapists, Fitness Instructors, Sports Physiologists and Sports Teachers. Alongside your course maths and English will be continually assessed to improve your skills in these vital subjects.

You will:
Gain invaluable work experience within the sports sector to map out your successful career in any number of exciting sports employment possibilities.
Examine the full picture of sport including anatomy and physiology, health and safety and other vital topics to be successful in a range of exciting sports careers
Understand the requirements as a personal trainer on how to effectively test and train a client’s fitness levels
Test your progressive and developing coaching for physical education delivery
Analyse the impact of a range of lifestyle considerations on performance from nutrition, sports injury and the rehabilitation through sports massage.

Maths and English
Alongside your course you will study maths or English to improve your skills in these vital subjects by attending structured weekly sessions as part of your timetable. Maths and English development is also integrated in practical assignments.

What else do I need to know?

The course is aimed at both males and females, there is also an Andy Griffin Football Academy (AGFA) pathway.

Alongside the Level 3 Extended Diploma course you will be expected to participate in all activities and excursions that are arranged as part of your course. This will include a residential trip during the first year. Alongside your main course programme you will also study maths and/or English to improve your skills in these vital subjects by attending structured classes. You will also be assessed on your literacy and numeracy skills throughout the course. You will also be expected to purchase a BTEC Sports top to wear during practical sessions. There are online resources to support you on this course and Additional Learning Support if required.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 4-9, including maths or English, plus high grades in Physical Education. An interest in the theories, ideas and strategies within sport is a pre-requisite of the course. You are also required to attend a college interview to establish your suitability for the course. If you do not meet these entry requirements you will be advised to join the Level 2 Extended Certificate in Sport. If progressing from a Level 2 vocational qualification, we would expect you to have achieved a minimum of a Merit overall on your Level 2 study programme.

How is it assessed?

The course is accredited by BTEC and each unit is graded Pass, Merit and Distinction. Students will complete a minimum 16 modules over two years of full time study and build a portfolio of assessments. A period of work placement is included during which time students will use and develop skills acquired on the course. Assessments throughout the programme can vary from written assignments, presentations, role plays, in-class tests, developing blogs and other relevant methods as directed by Edexcel.
Assessment is predominantly through coursework, with some externally assessed content.

Within your first year there is an external exam (Anatomy and Physiology) and a controlled assessment (Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being)

What financial support is on offer?

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group please contact 01782 254188.
College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £23,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit www.nscg.ac.uk/finance

What can I do next?

On completion of the course you will gain the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma which is accepted by universities for entry onto their courses such as sports coaching, sports therapy, physiotherapy and secondary education PE. You can progress onto internal Higher Education courses at the College such as the Foundation degree in Sports Coaching & PE at the Stafford Campus or the HND in Sport (Coaching & Development) at the Newcastle Campus or degree level programmes at other universities. You can sign up to a higher level apprenticeship or seek employment in the sports coaching industry as a community sports officer, coach or sports development officer.
The qualification is also designed to prepare learners for appropriate direct employment in the vocational sector, and is suitable for those who have decided that they clearly wish to enter a particular specialist area of work in the areas of sport, leisure and fitness. It also gives learners the opportunity to develop a range of techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

How do I find out more?

If you wish to find out more you can contact Mark Kent, by emailing: mark.kent3@nscg.ac.uk

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