NCFE Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity


This Extended Diploma in Sport is a Level 3 qualification that is valued by employers and Higher Education. During the course you will study eighteen units that will give you the underpinning knowledge and understanding to progress onto employment in Sports Coaching, continue with your studies or go on to Higher Education





Course Content and Job Skills

Some of the units you will study are:-

  • Fitness testing for sport and exercise
  • Instructing physical activity and exercise
  • Fitness training and programming
  • Sports Coaching
  • Principles of anatomy and physiology in sport
  • The physiology of fitness
  • Sports development
  • Sports nutrition
  • Exercise, health and lifestyle
  • Leadership in Sport
  • Analysis of sports performance
  • Technical and tactical skills in sport
  • Practical Team Sports
  • Practical Individual Sports
  • Work Experience in Sport
  • Preparing for a Career in Sport and Physical Activity
  • The Atheletes lifestyle

Work Experience

Work experience is a mandatory part of your Sports Coaching qualification. In terms 2 and 3 you will be you will be placed in one of the following local Leisure Centres to work as a member of their staff on a shift pattern. You will also have the opportunity to take the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification. Work experience undertaken by past students has led to full and part time jobs in the Leisure Centres they attended. If you do not attend the mandatory work experience provided, you will be required to source your own, this qualification cannot be gained without it.

  • David Weir
  • Westcroft
  • Cheam
  • Phoenix

You will need to have the following identification in place before you start your course for work experience:

One of the following: Passport / birth certificate / driving licence; plus,

  • Proof of address
  • Bank details
  • NI number

Students on this course will be invited to attend cross-college events that will develop their job skills.

If you do not have a GCSE grade C in English and maths you will be required to study them alongside your vocational course.



All units are assessed and graded Pass - Merit and Distinction and overall grade for the qualification is awarded at the end .




For school leavers wanting a career within the sports industry.

Entry Requirements

Four or more GCSEs at grades A-C/9-4 (English essential, Maths & PE desirable) or you will have successfully completed a relevant Level 2 programme to Merit or Distinction grade with with English grade A-C (4).
You may also be asked to demonstrate your commitment and skills in an interview.
A positive reference is also required form school, employer or tutor (if progressing or from another college). A record of attendance and punctuality is also required.


1/2 years, 36 weeks per year. You will usually attend college three/four days a week, term time only.


You can progress within the college onto the following courses:

  • YMCA L2 Gym - L3 Certificate in Personal Training
  • L3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sports

Extended Diplomas are valued by Universities and employers. You could progress on to study a Higher National Certificate, Higher National Diploma, Degree, or go directly into employment.

Additional Information


You will have the opportunity to experience visits to different sports facilities and guest speakes will also visit the college.

Furtherer Details
Tuition, exam and registration fees not applicable to students aged 16 to 18.
You may be required to purchase a travel card for additional visits that may be arranged during the year.

You will also have access to our multi million pound gym facilities during your sessions: Pulse Gym

You can contact the Sport and Public Services team by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can also visit our Sports & Public Services Facebook page, please click here: Facebook

100% attendance and punctuality is expected from all students.

Due to the popular nature of these courses, we are unable to offer firm progression to all of our students. The limited places are offered on the basis of attendance, punctuality, attitude and achievement. These qualities must be demonstrated throughout the programme.

Start date: September 2019[/toggle]

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  • Spotlight on Sports +

    Bernardo Maia, Sports Level 2   “I always liked sports from a young age and practise whenever I have the chance.  Carshalton College is my local college and as they had a good range of Sports courses, I chose to enrol on the Level 1 Sports course last year.    I immediately liked the staff tutors who were friendly and approachable and the facilities looked good.  We get to use the mini gym in the College plus Pulse Health & Fitness Centre next door, which has a large sports hall to play football, basketball, badminton etc.  Also a fully equipped gym with loads of equipment and of course a swimming pool.    I am now on the Level 2 Sports course. The most enjoyable aspects of the course are still the practical lessons and games!  If you are a full time student on any course, not just sports, you get free use of Pulse during the day 5 days a week!   I would really recommend the course and the college.  I feel I have really learnt a lot in my time here and for someone who has only spend a few years in the UK, I find the staff Read More
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