Extended Diploma in Sport (BTEC Level 3)

What is the Course About?

Faculty: Creative and Leisure Industries

Department: Sport

This is a two-year full-time course that is equivalent to three A-Levels.

Over the two years we will cover a wide range of knowledge and skills required to work within a sporting environment. The course will suit those wishing to develop their sporting talent alongside their academic studies as well as those who love sport and would like a career in the Sports Industry within non-playing/competiting roles.

Successful completion of this course will meet the entry requirements to progress to higher education courses offered at UCM and at other insititions in the UK in areas such as sports coaching, sport sciences and health and fitness.

You will also have the opportunity to:

  • Study and compare the sport industry in the UK

  • Develop your coaching and leadership skills in a practical & professional settings

  • Engage in placement opportunities with key sporting stakeholders on the Island such as Manx Sport and Recreation

  • Opportunities for further work experience with Sports department partners

  • Prepare yourself for a successful career in sport

What subjects will I study?

Over the two years you will study seven mandatory and four optional modules including:

  • Careers in Sport

  • Health, Wellbeing and Sport

  • Developing Coaching Skills

  • Applied Coaching Skills

  • Research Project in Sport

  • Sports Development

  • Self-employment

  • Anatomy and Physiology

  • Fitness Training

  • Organising events

  • Technical and Tactical Skills in Sport

  • Ethical and Current Issues in Sport

Days and hours of attendance

540 hours of teaching split over a 36 week period. This usually equates to about 3 and a half days in college, however the timetable will change depending on the units being delivered.


Hills Meadow, Peel Road

Specialist uniform and/or kit required

UCM branded Nike kit is a requirement for this course. All students will need to purchase at least 1 x T-shirt, 1 x tracksuit bottoms and 1 x long sleeve top, although additional kit is available.

What Happens Next

1. Once you apply online, we will send you an email so you know we have received your application.

2. If you are new to UCM, you will be asked to attend an Information Sharing Appointment (ISA) when you find out more about UCM and the course you've applied for, and we find out more about you.

After your ISA, we will either:

* make you an unconditional offer (i.e. a definite place on the course);

* make you a conditional offer (i.e. a place on the course IF you get the results required in the summer exams);

* place you on a waiting list, if the course is already full (if this is the case, we will also advise you to apply for another course, just in case);

* suggest you apply for another course because the one you have applied for is not suitable for you.

Once you have a place, you will be asked in to enrol in person.

Information Sharing Appointment (ISA)

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What are my progression and career options?

Upon completion of this course you may seek employment in the sport industry by taking on a range of roles including: personal trainer, gym instructor, as well as a coach and sport development officer. You may also progress to higher education to study a sport related degree.

How will I be assessed?

A combination of coursework, projects and practical observation. There are no exam units on this course

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSE at grade C or above including Maths and English.

  • Evidence of a genuine passion for sport.

  • A clear ambition to develop a career in sport or study sport at higher education level.