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Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development

2 years
5,678 GBP excl. VAT
Next course start
September 2024 See details
Course delivery
2 years
5,678 GBP excl. VAT
Next course start
September 2024 See details
Course delivery
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Course description

Get the skills and expertise you need to coach at all levels of sport, with our professionally endorsed Level 3 National Extended Diploma at Writtle College.

As a student at Writtle College, you’ll prepare to work independently as a coach, with children or adults of all abilities.

You’ll develop technical skills and knowledge through core study units, which focus on coaching skills, sport development, and the links between physical activity and wellbeing.

The course features a range of optional units to increase your understanding of different aspects of sports coaching. These include sport psychology, fitness testing, sports injuries, and school sports delivery.

You’ll also have the opportunity to work towards a CYQ Level 2 Fitness Instructor qualification.

Upcoming start dates

1 start date available

September 2024

  • Classroom
  • Writtle
  • English

Suitability - Who should attend?

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 or A*-C; must include English, Maths and Science.
  • Satisfactory references from most recent school, college or employer.
  • Alternative qualifications or experience will be considered on application.

Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements.

Training Course Content

Mandatory units

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

Optional specialist units

  • 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
  • Sc

Course delivery details

This course includes both mandatory and optional units. You’ll complete all mandatory units and study five optional units, as determined by your Course Leader, from the list below.

There is also the opportunity to work towards a CYQ Level 2 Fitness Instructor qualification.

Units are subject to change and availability.


We’ll assess your progress in a number of ways including written assignments, practical assessments and presentations.

Why choose Writtle University College

Ranked Top University-Sector Institution in East Anglia for overall student satisfaction!

*Based on NSS 2022 Based on Taught Data

Beautiful rural campus situated close to the city of Chelmsford, 40 minutes from London and the coast.


Fee: £5,678 Students over 19 starting 2023/24 (per year)

Continuing Studies

Careers and educational progression

The Level 3 National Extended Diploma will prepare you for employment as a sports coach.

You’ll gain the skills and expertise to work with people of all abilities, from beginners to high-level performers. Possible job roles include:

  • community coach
  • sport-specific school coach
  • sport-specific after-school coach
  • weekend multi-sports holiday coach.

With additional qualifications, possible job roles include:

  • performance analysis
  • grounds keeping
  • refereeing
  • strength and conditioning
  • nutritionist
  • physiotherapist.

You might choose to continue your studies, but progressing to a university degree. Writtle College is part of Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) which offers a number ofdegree courses in sport.

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CM1 3RR Chelmsford Essex

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