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Course Overview

This course will teach you the necessary skills for employment in sport coaching, as well as basic Sports Massage and Sports Injuries. You will also have an opportunity to gain a recognised Level 2 Gym Instructor Certificate which will prepare you for employment in the fitness industry.

There are NO EXAMS on this Level 3 Diploma in Sports Coaching

You will use our on-site industry standard facilities during your course, such as; Sports Hall, Fitness Suite, Dance Studio, Grass Pitches, Massage and Sports Injury Treatment Room. When your lessons are over you can unwind in our Student Common Room with access to pool, table tennis and gaming consoles.

You will also have the opportunity to enhance your employability skills by continuing your studies in English and maths.

Whilst studying you can participate in enrichment programmes such as; fitness classes, rugby, football and taekwondo. We won’t stop here either, whatever activity you would like to do – if there are the numbers to join in the possibilities are endless!

Don’t forget the variety of trips we offer as part of your learning; BMX Centre Manchester, Institute for Sport Sheffield, Gravity Trampoline Park and Skiing in France (Xscape before to up your skills).

When you have completed this course you will walk away with TWO industry recognised qualifications – NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Sports Coaching and NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym).

Level 3
1 year full-time
Awarding Body
Course Fees
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Units and Structure

The course consists of 6 units:

  • Exercise Health and Lifestyle
  • Sports Coaching
  • Practical Team Sports
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sports Massage
  • Fitness Training and Programming

Entry Requirements

You'll need to have:

5 GCSEs grade A-C including English and Maths. PE/Sport desirable.

For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.

Tutors and Student Support

Jordan Pickering

Jordan Pickering

Curriculum Lead in Sports and Public Services

Jordan has been a member of the Sports and Public Services team since April 2010. Prior to this Jordan worked at Sheffield Wednesday Football Club as the Programme Development Manager, providing education to the academy players and for the community programme.

Jordan has 15 years coaching experience and spent a year working on the West Coast of America as a soccer coach for both boys and girls sides over a number of age groups. Over the past sixteen years Jordan has played football for local and regional football teams. The highest standard was Semi Professional for a number of local teams that play in Northern Eastern Counties League.

Jordan has also worked in the health and fitness industry as a Duty Manager at a local leisure centre and a personal trainer and has been qualified for over 12 years. Jordan specialises in Inclusive Fitness.

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John Heaton

John Heaton

Sports Tutor and Course Leader

John has been a member of the Sports and Public Services team since January 2015. Prior to this he had been lecturing at Wakefield College, as well as working as Strength and Conditioning coach for the Athlete Development Programme.

John has over 17 years industry experience as both a Personal Trainer and Strength & Conditioning coach and he is currently Head of Strength and Conditioning at Batley Bulldogs. He is a successful athlete in his own right, winning the World Championships in Drug Free Bodybuilding in 2010 & 2011 in Barcelona and New York respectively.

John teaches a range of modules here at Doncaster College using his vast experience and knowledge to make the lessons current, practical and engaging. His main areas of expertise are Strength & Conditioning, Fitness Training/Programming and Sports Nutrition. John also has experience in sports injuries and massage having worked as Sports Massage Therapist for both the Italian Rugby League team, England Water Polo squad and Morley RUFC.

Student Support and Facilities

As a student, you’ll have access to a wide range of facilities, services and support, including:

  • Step outside the classroom  and access our state of the art facilities as well as 3 huge Learning Resource Centres with thousands of resources to use
  • With hands-on experience you’ll be prepared for employment with a competitive edge.
  • A dedicated impartial careers advice team to help you on your future path
  • Our wide range of courses means that we can offer the right paths to get you where you need to be
  • Our Hub campus is right in the heart of the town centre meaning you can find your way to us easily
  • Outstanding student support throughout your studies with us.
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Student Comment

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Last year I was on the Level 3 Diploma in Sport. There were some fun and engaging units last year. Practical Team Sport was one of those units as we had to look at different technical and tactical techniques and apply these in a practical surrounding. Another aspect I liked about the course the fact I gained an industry recognised qualification which was the level 2 gym instructors. As part of the course we studied at the Gym Group in Frenchgate which gave us an excellent insight into how the qualification applies to an industry setting. I am now gaining industry experience with the Gym Group and they have said that once I have completed my Personal Trainer qualification – which I am doing as part of the course this year for free – they will offer me a job!

The teaching team at college is excellent as they are all very welcoming and supportive. They will go out of their way to assist you to complete assignments to a great standard. Being taught by tutors that are qualified Personal Trainers has been excellent as they have been able to share with me their own personal experience which I would have not got if I would have stayed on at 6th form.

Jack Blower Sport Level 3

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You'll need to have:

5 GCSEs grade A-C including English and Maths. PE/Sport desirable.

For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.

GCSE Grades are changing from 2017. Need to know more? Click here for information.

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