Course details

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Qualification name BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development
Qualification level 3
Awarding organisation Pearson Education Ltd (Formerly EDEXCEL)
Course type Classroom based
Course hours Full-time
Course start date 4th September 2023
Cost £0.00
Cost description N/A
Attendance pattern Daytime

Discover the learning experience and opportunities you can expect from this course.

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development focuses primarily on progressing to employment as an assistant coach but could also be taken alongside other vocational qualifications or A Levels. Complementary qualifications to support career progression are Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diplomas in Children’s Play, Learning and Development, Travel and Tourism and Business.

Find out what qualifications and skills you will need for this course.

Foundation Diploma – For the 540 GLH BTEC programme, all students registered on this programme should have accredited prior learning in both Maths and English (previously achieved a GCSE grade 4 or above or Functional Skill Level 2 in both). The reasoning behind this is with the Foundation Diploma having an additional 180 GLH required to complete the qualification, students who don’t have to resit Maths and English qualifications additionally would therefore have the time and ability to manage.

View the key features of this course.

This is a career-focused qualification with industry endorsement and accreditation. It enables learners to develop underpinning knowledge and technical skills, and the ability to use their knowledge and skills to positively impact sports development programmes, as well as gain experience as an assistant coach. 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’ 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 as an assistant coach or in sports development roles in the sector. An example of this could include assisting to coach a range of multi-skills sports activities, working (in a self-employed capacity) with an organisation that delivers these sessions in schools and leisure centres, or supporting sports development community-based projects to increase participation in sport and physical activity.

Understand how the course will be delivered.

Through a mix of lectures, workshops, independent research, and practical sports practice, talks and presentations from sports industry professionals. You will be given the opportunity to achieve additional qualifications including coaching, fitness and instructing awards whilst also being able to gain some vital work experience. There will be organised trips to sports related organisations, a residential, adventure activities and taking part in sports teams and activities.

Find out what material you will need.

Suitable and practical sportswear/kit which includes appropriate sports footwear.

Find out more about exams, assignments and assessments.

These BTEC Nationals are assessed using internal assessments, which are set and marked by teachers and externally verified by Pearson.

The qualification taken on its own would lead to employment as an assistant coach. This may involve working with youth sport or working with children at beginner levels. Many primary schools are ‘buying in’ support for physical education teaching in school hours as well as for after-school clubs and holiday clubs. The qualification is likely to attract UCAS Tariff points (pending approval) and is recognised by higher-education providers as contributing to entry requirements for related courses.

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Name Brighter Futures Fylde Campus
Address Mill Farm Sports Village
Coronation Way
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Phone 0151 236 1748

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