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Sport Studies Development Centres (Football, Rugby or Basketball) Level 3

  • Course Type: Diploma/Certificate

What can this course lead to?

The course includes a broad range of elements, and will give you the choice to study other sports areas at university such as sports coaching or sports development. The skills you’ll develop on this course open up a wide range of career opportunities in sport such as

  • Health and fitness
  • High level sports coaching
  • Sports research
  • Sports therapy.

The Development Centre is expertly managed by a team of highly qualified professionals and will provide you with visible pathways into professional and semi–professional football, rugby, basketball or coaching.


Who is it for?

If you’re looking to develop your sport skills and playing ability for a future career or coaching role in either football, rugby or basketball, then this course is the one for you!

Equivalent to three A Levels, this nationally recognised qualification will provide you with the essential knowledge, understanding and skills needed to prepare for employment within the wide ranging sports industry, whilst at the same time developing skills in your chosen sport.

You’ll have the opportunity to develop a range of techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life, whether you’re looking to go straight into employment and take your first steps on the career ladder, or progress onto higher study at University level.


What is covered?

The Development Centre is a two–year programme including top class coaching from a team of qualified coaches as well as the opportunity to gain a level 3 qualification in sport studies.

As part of the programme you will be participating in weekly games in the Association of Colleges league, regional tournaments and National Cup competitions and in addition you'll also coach young children and gain an appropriate coaching qualification.

Topics covered on the course will include:

  • Principles of anatomy and physiology in sport,
  • Fitness training and programming
  • Coaching, sports injuries and sports massage.

You may also have the opportunity to study for additional qualifications such as:

  • Active IQ Instructing

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

4 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above and must include English and maths or a relevant level 2 qualification.

Start date: 02/09/2024

Course Code
2 Years

Full-time courses are fully funded for 16 to 18-year-olds. For age 19+, various funding options are available.

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The sport courses at college are great, I get to learn so much including how the body works and recovers within sport and lots more. I take on board everything I learn in theory lessons and tailor it for my boxing career.

Patsy Smith
Sports Extended Diploma Level 3

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