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Sport Performance and Excellence Diploma, Level 3

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    September 2022

  • Venue
    Easton College

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2022, Full Time


The purpose of the Level 3 Performance and Excellence is to develop and progress students towards their intended career pathway of working within sports performance destinations within the industry. Bridging any knowledge gaps from finishing GCSEs to their course. This pathways is designed to support an students elite performance journey alongside their vocational studies, this is done through allocated training and strength and conditioning sessions (and if applicable, fixtures).

During their academic journey students will be provided with opportunities and experiences which will aid their development and help them engage with those from the industry they are aiming to become part of. The course allows learners to study alongside training and competing in their desired sport to enable them to reach the highest standards they can.
Successful completion of Year 1 will see learners receive a Foundation Diploma, which can be topped up to an Extended Diploma by completing Year 2.

Year 1 Units: Anatomy and Physiology, Fitness Training, Professional Development, Sports Leadership, Practical Sports Performance, Sports Psychology and Application of Fitness.

Example Year 2 Units: Coaching for Performance, Research Methods, Sports Development, Investigating Business, Skill Acquisition.

Your timetable will also consist of tutorial sessions, learning support sessions and (if required) English and Maths.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSE’s at grade 4 and above (including English Language and Mathematics).

If a progressing level 2 student, you will be required to have finished your level 2 with a Merit overall and must have passed either GCSE Maths or English Language.

You must also be performing in your sport at an elite level. A minimum requirement would be county level. Evidence of this, along with references will be required.


Assessments are conducted in a variety of ways. You will be assessed by external exams for 2 of your units each year. The rest of the assessments can consist of assignment based assessment, observations, presentations and interviews.


Following successful completion of this course at Merit you may progress to the Extended Diploma in Sports Performance and Excellence, 1 year. You can also progress to University, an Apprenticeship or Employment.

Career Progression

Sports Person, Athlete development and analysis, Elite Sports Coaching, Sports Development, PE teaching, Activities Leader, Swimming Teacher, Sports Event Organisation and more.


If you are a UK or home fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 and over please contact the Advice Shop