Level 3 Sport (Football, Rugby, Netball or Leadership)

Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Sport/Extended Diploma in Sport

In 2017 85% of Level 3 extended diploma sport students achieved high grades

This full-time sports qualification is designed to enable learners to gain an insight into a wide variety of areas within the Sports industry. Students can choose one of four pathways; rugby, football, netball or leadership, focusing on a wide range of areas within Sport. These include anatomy and physiology, professional development and leadership, and practical sports performance.

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Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Duration: Full-time, two years
  • Location: Brooksby
  • Fees: This course is fully funded for school leavers.

Your future

Students may choose to progress onto an apprenticeship or directly into employment within the Sports industry. Employment opportunities include Sports Coaching, Personal Training or becoming a Fitness Instructor.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4-9 including English and Maths OR Level 2 Sport and Level 2 Functional Skills.

Course Details

The sports industry is one of the fastest growing industries, with a variety of job opportunities available.

Students who take this course can choose from three pathways; rugby, football or leadership. Students develop expertise in their chosen areas through opportunities with sports clubs and local organisations.

We also run Sports academies with Mansfield Town FC, Leicester Tigers Rugby and Leicester City Women FC. If you are applying for any of these pathways please make this clear in your personal statement. If you are applying for the Mansfield Academy, please state which group you are applying for (EPPP, Residential, Performance or Mansfield at Mansfield).

Leicester Tigers Rugby Pathway

We are now taking applications for the BMC Sport Tigers Rugby pathway that will include 10 hours of rugby per week included within the timetable, receiving coaching from Leicester Tigers. If the Tigers are impressed with your training and performances in games, there is the opportunity to progress into the AASE squad and even the Academy.

This option is open to all standards of rugby and the coaching will ensure that individual development takes place, with strength and conditioning and analysis sessions in the timetable. You will study a Level 3 BTEC Sport or Sports Science alongside Rugby, with games taking place on a Wednesday afternoon. The course is equivalent to three A levels and will give you UCAS points, meaning that you will be able to progress onto university.

If you are applying for the Leicester Tigers pathway please make this clear in your personal statement.

For further details please contact steven.baker@tigers.co.uk


Units may include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Fitness Training and Programming for Health
  • Sport and Well-being
  • Professional Development in the Sports Industry
  • Sports Leadership
  • Sports Psychology
  • Practical Sports Performance
  • Coaching for Performance

English and Maths

English and Maths are very important for you during your studies and beyond. The Government has introduced new standards which mean that employers will looking for these skills when you enter the workplace. BMC is committed to ensuring that our students leave us with everything they need to reach their goals and meet the expectations of the industry.

If you are under 19 and narrowly miss the English and/or Maths requirements of your course (by one grade), don’t worry – BMC can offer you a suitable course at another level and you can take GCSE English or Maths alongside it (daytime and evening options available). Learners will not be expected to take both GCSE English and GCSE Maths in the same year.

If you are under 19 and miss the English and/or Maths entry requirements of your course by more than one grade, BMC offers Functional Skills, an effective method to improve literacy and numeracy, for up to two hours per week.

Visit Us

If you like what you’ve seen so far, why not come along to our next Brooksby Campus Open Event?

This is a fantastic way for you to get a feel for what it’s like to be a student at BMC. You will get to meet our industry-expert teaching staff, tour our fantastic facilities and find out everything you need to know about courses at BMC.

For a list of our upcoming events, click here.

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