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Extended Certificate in Sports Coaching and Development – Level 3 (Remote Delivery)

The Level 3 Extended Certificate in Sports Coaching and Development focuses on the holistic development of the practical, interpersonal and thinking skills required to be able to succeed in employment and higher education. The Extended Certificate is the first year in a suite of larger BTEC qualifications endorsed by CIMSPA.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Sport
Adult and Community
Location: Distance Learning
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 3
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y
Distance Learning

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Course Information for Students

The Level 3 Extended Certificate in Sports Coaching and Development focuses on the holistic development of the practical, interpersonal and thinking skills required to be able to succeed in employment and higher education. The Extended Certificate is the first year in a suite of larger BTEC qualifications endorsed by CIMSPA.

The course is made up of three mandatory units. Each will be delivered remotely, with assessment weeks that will require either on-site or face-to-face sessions.

Students will need strong time keeping and exceptional organisational skills to excel in their studies. Learning remotely takes a lot of self motivation: learning through this method alongside part-time employment should be well thought through. Candidates must have agreed access to sports clubs in order to develop coaching and leadership skills for their practical assessments.

The course is aimed at candidates who may wish to become sports coaches, work in sports-related jobs, or go on to study sport-focussed degrees in higher education settings. This may be an ideal option for adult learners or those without support requirements.

It is advised that candidates should have existing links to sports clubs or associations in order to fulfil the coaching requirements of the course and fulfil part of their work experience placement. Without an agreed placement in a club, you may not be accepted on the course as it is essential that your assessments are part of a coaching set-up in a club, sports team or school cohort.

Candidates are expected to have achieved English and Maths GCSE with grade 4 or higher. Adult learners will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis but will need to be proficient in working at a Level 3 standard.

The majority of the other GCSEs should be grade 4 or higher to provide evidence that you can effectively manage the work demands of the course. 

It is advised that all candidates should have existing links to sports teams, clubs or associations. The course requires students to develop their coaching skills so there is an expectation that they will be motivated to deliver and take part in practical sessions – both in and out of the College environment – with a range of clients.

Although most sessions will be delivered remotely, there will be set dates in the academic year where attendance will be required to fulfil the assessment demands of the course. These dates can be flexible to reflect the candidate’s availability and should be confirmed at the start of the course.

Candidates will study these mandatory units:

  • Careers in the Sports and Active Leisure Industry
  • Health, Wellbeing and Sport
  • Developing Coaching Skills

The study programme will also include work experience totalling 54 hours, tutorial and a range of additional qualifications such as safeguarding and mental health awareness.

This course will be delivered online via Microsoft Teams and Moodle.

There are three practical sessions in which you will be expected to coach in a sports club, association or to a school group. These must be recorded.

This programme can be studied alongside our sports academy in cycling.

You will be expected to maintain a virtual attendance of over 95% throughout the year.

There are no additional costs for 16-19 year olds but course fees may apply to adult learners depending on your prior level of achievement.

Students must have a laptop to access the delivery and resources throughout the year.  Expect to have your camera turned on during all classes unless otherwise agreed.

When on site, students are expected to wear black tops (T-shirts, jumpers, hoodies etc) when in class and when representing the sports department during coaching sessions. Students are free to wear what they choose on their lower half, as long as it is suitable for the activity being undertaken.

Students may wish to join the Ribble Rechrg Perfomance Cycling Academy alongside this qualification to aid their performance in cycling.

There will be ongoing assessment throughout the year. Each unit will be split into a number of assignments and assessed against the unit content. These assessments will be graded on a Pass, Merit or Distinction basis.

Assessments will be a mixture of presentations, reports, practicals and essays, and will form your portfolio of evidence.

Time keeping and organisation skills will need to be strong in order to meet your assessment deadlines throughout the year. It is expected that your virtual attendance will be maintained above 95% throughout the year.

This course is CIMSPA endorsed.

This is the first year of a three-year suite of qualifcations in Sports Coaching and Development but it is the only remote course that is currently being offered.

If students wish to continue, they will study the Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development and have the chance to progress to the third year, the Extended Diploma, but these are on-site options.

This course is fully mapped to the professional standards of “Assistant Coach” and “Safeguarding and Protecting Children” and is endorsed by CIMSPA. Successful candidates may wish to pursue a career in coaching or go on to study a Sports Coaching degree at DCG or with other higher education providers.

Students may also wish to expand their knowledge and continue their studies with other sports-related courses at Broomfield Hall.

Other courses that may be of interest are:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Sports Therapy
  • Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instruction
  • Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training

For more information, contact Derby College Group on 0800 0280289 or or tweet us @Derbycolsport

Course Information for Employers

If you are an employer and would like to know more about the apprenticeships and professional training we deliver or how you can get involved in co-creating and co-delivering the curriculum, please contact us via email on, call us on 01332 387 421 or visit our employer pages here.

Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Fitness Instructors


Fitness Instructors

Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials


Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials

Sports and Leisure Assistants


Sports and Leisure Assistants

Sports Players


Sports Players

Leisure and Sports Managers


Leisure and Sports Managers

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Course Information Last Updated On: March 18, 2022 3:52 pm