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    Working in Sport and Leisure

    Working in Sport and Leisure | Level 3 | P12458

    Study options

    How to study

    Full Time

    Start Dates

    Start Date

    September 2024

    Days and times

    Days & Times

    2 days – Sport sessions

    1 day – Placement



    1 Year



    Burton Town Centre Campus

    • Course overview

      This course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and industry experience to provide you with a fast-tracked pathway to work in the sport and leisure industry. 

      Alongside your studies, you are required to complete a year-long work-based placement in the sport and leisure industry. You will organise an event, deliver sports coaching sessions and also carry out performance analysis, all designed to provide you with an insight into the different careers in the sport and leisure industry. Previous placement organisations have included St. Georges Park, Burton Albion Community Trust, Soccerstars UK, The Gym Group, Meadowside Leisure Centre, South Derbyshire Active Schools and Shobnall Leisure Complex.

      On completion of the qualification, you will achieve the NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Sport and Physical Activity: Sports Coaching Pathway.

      You will have a weekly timetabled lesson in the College's Fleet Street Fitness gym, working on training programmes and client interaction. You will take part in enrichment activities which include Ultimate Frisbee and Wheelchair Basketball, and you will carry out performance analysis using indusry software such as NacSport and PitcheroGPS. 

      As part of your programme, you will participate in a number of varied enrichment activities, trips and visits. Real life environment assessments are a feature within the qualification. Learners have access to our gym facilities at Fleet Street Fitness. The space is used weekly for delivery, assessment and personal fitness development.

    • Fees and Costs

      Educational entitlements or fee concessions are solely based on the individual programme and nationally set eligibility criteria. To see if you qualify for fee concessions then please visit the 'what will I pay' section of our website. You may be surprised what you are entitled to!

      • Course Fees Examination & Registrations
      • 16-18 School Leaver info FREE Course fee IncludedExam & Registration fee
      • 19-23 Educational Entitlement info £2375.00Course fee £136.00Exam & Registration fee
      • 19+ Part Funded info £2375.00 Course fee £136.00Exam & Registration fee
      • 19+ Fully Funded info £2375.00Course fee £136.00 Exam & Registration fee
      • 24+ Fully Funded info £2375.00Course fee £136.00 Exam & Registration fee
      • Full Cost info £2375.00Course fee £136.00Exam & Registration fee

      Payment methods

      • Payment in Full (Credit Card / Debit Cards / Cash) accepted
      • Employer Sponsored accepted
      • Direct Debit Instalments accepted
      • Advanced Learning Loan accepted
      • Student Finance English Loan (HE) not accepted

      For International Learners

      Email us:

      Call us: 01283 494757 or 01283 494472

      Visit us: Chat to the Financial Support Team in the Learner Hub
      Just drop-in, Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm and Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


      Further Education Programme Only: The College reserves the right to change or amend, at any time, any of the course details including but not limited to; content, dates, times, venues, tutor, fees payable, concessions available, terms or conditions.

    • Entry requirements

      Applicants will be expected to have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 4 including either English or maths
      (or) A level 2 subject specific qualification including a level 2 or equivalent in either English or maths
      (or) An equivalent occupational experience including a level 2 or equivalent in either English or maths

    • What modules will I study?
      • Exercise
      • Health & Lifestyle
      • Organising a Sports Event
      • Practical Team Sport
      • Preparing for a Career in Sport and Physical Activity
      • Sport Performance Analysis
      • Sports Coaching
      • Work Experience
    • How will I be assessed?

      You will complete various assignment-based work. You will be assessed using one or more of the following methods: written, visual, presentations and practical assignments. You will also partake in real-life environment assessments which include sports performance analysis, sports coaching at a local primary school and conduction of fitness testing to clients. 

    • What can I do next?

      After successful completion of this course, you can progress to study our full Level 3 Sport programme, National Governing Body (NGB) coaching awards or apprenticeships in various sectors within the industry. You could also progress into employment within the sport and physical activity industry.

    • Have a keen interest in a career within football specifically?

      Consider our Working in Football programme where alongside your studies, you are required to complete a year-long work-based placement in the football industry, with your placement organised by and at Burton Albion Community Trust. You will organise an event, deliver football coaching sessions and also carry out performance analysis, all designed to provide you with an insight into the different careers in the football industry. The course will also enable you access to speakers working within the football industry, participate in coaching workshops, and complete industry recognised qualifications. 

      For further information on our Working in Football programme, please contact

    • English & Maths

      Being confident with maths and English is not only important for everyday life but it’s expected as standard in the world of work. We’re committed to ensuring our learners have the full range of skills that universities and employers are looking for. If you haven’t yet achieved grade 4 (grade C) in English and maths and are aged between 16-18 years, you will continue to study these by undertaking a GCSE re-sit programme or appropriate stepping stone qualifications in addition to your vocational learning programme.

    • Uniform

      As part of your course, you will be required to purchase an industry related uniform and/or kit. Please find details of industry related uniforms in the Student Life section of the website.

      If you live independently and are in receipt of certain means tested benefits in your own right or live in a low-income household, you may be eligible for one of our grants. To see a full detail of financial support and eligibility criteria, including financial support application forms please visit the financial support section of our website. Alternatively, please drop in to the Learner Services Hub to see the Financial Co-ordinator, who will be able to talk you through what financial support is available to help with purchasing the kit or uniform for your course. For more information on Financial Support, please contact our Financial Support Team on 01283 494757 or email

    • Work Experience

      We believe that the best way to get a real sense of your chosen industry is to try it out for yourself! That’s why all of our full time study programme courses include relevant industry work experience. It shows future employers you’ve got what it takes and are motivated to succeed. Not only does it look good on your CV, but it’s an opportunity to build up your confidence and industry contacts. Our Employment Hub works with over 500 local employers to ensure all students on full time study programmes have a high quality and meaningful work placement. So not only do you gain valuable work experience, it helps you decide on your future options, from choosing the right university course to finding the right employer. Work experience is a chance to you to spend time on an employer’s premises, observing the workplace, undertaking tasks (under supervision) alongside team members and learning the skills and behaviours needed at work. It’s designed to bridge the gap between your education and the world of work. It can help you to become aware of jobs you have not previously thought of, inform your career choices, develop your skills and help you gain the attitudes and behaviours expected at work. For more information on Work Experience, please contact our Employment Hub on 01283 494599 or email

    Apply now!
    Aisha Lehmann-Lund, Level 3 Sports Science, Physiotherapist

    “After my work placement in a gym, I was offered a job to train as a Fitness Instructor alongside my studies.”

    Aisha Lehmann-Lund, Level 3 Sports Science, Physiotherapist

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