West Thames College London

Sport - BTEC Level 3 Diploma

This two-year course is equivalent to 3 A Levels and will enable you to enter a degree programme at university or employment in the sports and leisure industry. It covers anatomy, physiology, psychology, sports nutrition, sports coaching, fitness testing and individual exercise. There will be visits to sporting venues and centres of sporting excellence.

Key course features


BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport

Level: Level 3

Mode: Full-time

Start Date: 06 September 2017

Who is this course for?

School leavers who want to go on to higher education and/or a career in sport science, physiotherapy, sports therapy, coaching or professional sports.

About the course

The course combines practical and academic study. You will complete 18 sports related vocational units over the two years.

You will study:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Psychology
  • Fitness testing
  • Sports development
  • Sports coaching
  • Fitness programming
  • Talent identification and analysis
  • Practical individual sports.

There will be an additional 9 specialist units and you will study functional skills in English and maths.

This course consists of the 90-credit Diploma in Year 1 followed by the Extended Diploma in Year 2.

Additional opportunities

There will be visits to sporting venues and centres of sporting excellence.

How will I be assessed?

All units are assessed via assignments. An overall grade for the qualification is awarded which has UCAS equivalency and is recognised by universities in the UK when establishing their entry requirements for higher education.

Where next?

A degree programme at university in a sports-related subject or employment in the sports and leisure industry.

Entry requirements
At least 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C / grades 9-5, or a merit or distinction at Level 2 with functional skills in English and maths. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email info@west-thames.ac.uk.
This course is free for students under 19 years, however you will pay £85 for a sports kit, textbook and local visits. There will be additional costs for a residential trip in the second year. Assistance may be available to help with these costs.

Please see our Fees and Concessions page or call 020 8326 2015 for further details.

How to apply?
Please click the apply now button and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.


  1. Shannon Jones

    Level 3 Sport & Leisure

    Shannon Jones

    “The atmosphere is really nice and friendly and everybody gets along. The teachers are very dedicated and they want the best for us, so they do everything they can to help. After this course, I plan to study physiotherapy at university, and my teachers have been very helpful and they’ve supported me by answering any questions I had.”


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