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Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development

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Get the skills and expertise you need to coach at all levels of sport, with our professionally endorsed Level 3 National Extended Diploma at Writtle College.

As a student at Writtle College, you’ll prepare to work independently as a coach, with children or adults of all abilities.

You’ll develop technical skills and knowledge through core study units, which focus on coaching skills, sport development, and the links between physical activity and wellbeing.

The course features a range of optional units to increase your understanding of different aspects of sports coaching. These include sport psychology, fitness testing, sports injuries, and school sports delivery.

You’ll also have the opportunity to work towards a CYQ Level 2 Fitness Instructor qualification.

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Hands-on learning

As a student at Writtle College you’ll benefit from:

  • extensive sporting facilities including floodlit tennis and netball courts, football and rugby pitches, a squash court, cricket square, and sports hall
  • recreation and fitness centre equipped with cardiovascular and resistance machinery, functional fitness and free-weights area, and fitness studio
  • access to the latest equipment such as watt bikes, video analysis, and health-screening tools.

Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • learn from experienced tutors, who'll provide encouragement and feedback
  • make full use of facilities including library and IT resources
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.


Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity

This qualification is endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA). It maps to CIMPSA’s professional standards of 'Coach' and 'Safeguarding and Protecting Children'. You’ll be able to apply for CIMSPA membership after successfully completing this course.

Awarding body


Pearson is the UK's largest awarding organisation offering academic, vocational and work-based learning qualifications.

Careers and educational progression

The Level 3 National Extended Diploma will prepare you for employment as a sports coach.

You’ll gain the skills and expertise to work with people of all abilities, from beginners to high-level performers. Possible job roles include:

  • community coach
  • sport-specific school coach
  • sport-specific after-school coach
  • weekend multi-sports holiday coach.

With additional qualifications, possible job roles include:

  • performance analysis
  • grounds keeping
  • refereeing
  • strength and conditioning
  • nutritionist
  • physiotherapist.

You might choose to continue your studies, but progressing to a university degree. Writtle College is part of Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) which offers a number of degree courses in sport.

Apply now for Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development

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