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NQF Level 3 National Diploma in Sport - Pearson

Value of the Course?


Extended Certificate in Sport – Equivalent to 1 A level (4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are externally assessed).


Diploma in Sport – Equivalent to 2 A levels (9 units of which 6 are mandatory and 3 are externally assessed).


About the course


The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. The mandatory content allows students to concentrate on the development of their practical skills and the broad knowledge required for entrance into higher education programs in sport.


Learners will study mandatory units:


Extended Certificate – 1 A Level

Diploma in Sport – 2 A Levels

Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology

Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology


Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being

Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being

Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry

Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry


Unit 4: Sports Leadership



Unit 22: Investigating Business in Sport and the

Active Leisure Industry


Unit 23: Skill Acquisition in Sport



Depending on the course, learners choose units from a range of options that have been designed to support progression to a variety of sport courses in higher education and to link with relevant occupational areas.


How will I be assessed?

In the course you will be assessed using two methods these are internal and external assessed units.


Internal assessment will give the learners could be given opportunities to:

·         Write up the findings of their own research and use case studies to explore complex situations.

·         Carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes.

·         Demonstrate practical and technical skills.


The styles of external assessment used for qualifications in the Sport are:

·         Examinations – all learners take the same assessment at the same time, normally with a written outcome.

·         Set tasks – learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task.


How will this course help me in the future?

This course is ideal for students who want to pursue a career in a sports related higher education course, or a wider range of professions such as those in the sport and leisure industry, the armed forces, public services, management, teaching and outdoor activities industry.