Sport Coaching and Development BTEC Extended Diploma

(equivalent to three A Levels)

BTEC Extended Diploma | Pearson

This course presents the ability to develop coaching skills across a number of different sports, learning about psychological skills and how sport has developed and changed over the years. The course also provides insight into a healthy lifestyle, allowing individuals to understand how to exercise and maintain good nutrition.

The BTEC National Diploma combines all the major elements of sports development and fitness. You will study fourteen units of work from the following topics:

Mandatory Units Learners complete and achieve all units:

  • Careers in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry
  • Health Wellbeing and Sport
  • Developing Coaching Skills
  • Applied Coaching Skills
  • Research Project in Sport
  • Sports Development
  • Self-employment in Sport and Physical Activity

Optional Units Learners complete five units chosen by Department:

  • Sports Psychology
  • Nutrition for Physical Performance
  • Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
  • Sporting Injuries Functional
  • Sports Massage
  • Fitness Testing
  • Fitness Training
  • Technical and Tactical Skills in Sport
  • Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport
  • Practical Sports Application
  • Influence of Technology in Sport and Physical Activity
  • Organising Events in Sport and Physical Activities
  • Ethical and Current Issues in Sport
  • Marketing Communications
  • Corporate Social Responsibility in Sport
  • Sport and Leisure Facility Operations
  • Sports Tourism
  • School Sports Delivery
Course details

What are the entry requirements?

A minimum of five GCSE subjects at grade 4 or above including English and a 4 or above in Core Science. An interest in Sport is needed and students must be willing to regularly coach and participate in practical sport. GCSE PE is beneficial and if a student has studied it, a minimum of a grade 4 would be recommended.

How will I be assessed?

All units are assessed by staff at the college using a range of assessment opportunities. These may be written coursework work, posters, oral presentations, practical performance assessment and group assessments. There are no exams on this course.

What extra work can I do?

Beneficial extra preparation for the course could be watching YouTube videos of coaching sessions to gain insight into drills and ideas across a range of different sports. Documentaries on sports teams and stereotypical behaviour will also help with the Sports development side of the course. Knowledge of first aid would also be advantageous but not compulsory.

What skills will I learn?

Throughout the course, you will develop excellent knowledge of skills and theories of coaching alongside the ability to apply these to practical situations. You will also develop the skills to analyse and evaluate different aspects of the sporting industry. The course offers opportunities to improve your leadership, communication and team cohesion and these are all things that will help you with future careers.

What is the department like?

The Physical Education Department is one of the liveliest and most successful departments in the college. Students who have completed courses in our department enjoy both the positive staff-student relationships and the varied approaches to study. Our value-added teaching scores are some of the highest around demonstrating that we cater for all abilities.

The department has superb new facilities on site, including a sports hall ready for top-level badminton, basketball, netball, volleyball, 5 – aside, indoor hockey, trampolining and cricket. A state of the art fitness club with highly qualified instructors, two football pitches, one rugby pitch, two netball courts and three tennis courts. We also make full use of other specialist facilities such as Charterhouse astroturf, athletics track and pool. Our classrooms are right in the heart of the sports centre and we have access to all the latest audiovisual equipment.

As well as excellent teaching, the department offers a range of activities to enhance your time at Godalming. We run very successful teams in football, netball, rugby, basketball, swimming and cross country and we also have recreational classes for badminton, cricket and trampolining. We have used residential visits to well-known sports resorts such as Club La Santa, Lanzarote.
Godalming College PE & Sports Department welcomes people with a genuine interest in sport and many top international level performers study here alongside those who just enjoy playing.

Future Careers and Progression

What are the progression routes for this qualification?

This course aims to give the student an opportunity to investigate the breadth of the industry, from health and fitness and sports therapy to sports coaching, so that they are able to make informed choices regarding future employment opportunities. Such as the provision of individual/group sports activities, health promotion, coaching/instructing of specialist groups and community development. The course is also very suitable for progression to Higher Education courses in sports development, management and coaching.

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