Extended Diploma in Sport (BTEC Level 3)

What is the Course About?


Faculty:Creative and Leisure Industries

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/competition roles.

Successful completion of this course will meet the entry requirements to progress to higher education courses offered at UCM and at other institutions 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/units/modules* 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

Will I need a DBS check for this course?


How can I find out more about the course?

If you apply for this course, you will be invited to an Information Sharing Appointment (ISA) when you will be given more detailed information about the course and when you’ll be able to ask any questions you may have.

Will I need any specialist uniform and/or kit?

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.

When will I get a timetable?

At the beginning of the course, during your induction.

Useful links


A quick guide to course fees

Student Awards (Grants)

Free School Meals


International Applications

Student Emergency Fund

What happens once I have applied?

We will send you an email to let you know we have received your application. If you are new to the course area you have applied for, you will be invited to an Information Sharing Appointment (ISA) along with all other applicants to the course.

Please note: applicants are invited to ISAs depending on the date the application was received (there is limited capacity for each ISA so you may not be invited to the same one as other applicants who have applied for the same course). You will receive your invitation via email, to the email address you used when setting up your UCM Learner Portal.

Popular Courses

Sometimes we get a high volume of applications for particular courses. If your first choice course is popular, we’ll let you know and ask if you would like us to process your second choice course as well. This doesn’t mean you won’t be considered for your first choice it just provides you with a back-up plan.

International/UK Applicants

If you are an international/UK applicant someone from UCM will contact you remotely. It is essential that you have uploaded copies of your results/ certificates and relevant translations of grades/ certificates. Please note, if you are an international applicant and your application is received later than the end of May (i.e. three months before the start of the academic year) we will not be able to process it as the immigration processes would exceed the timescale required to start in September.

What do I need to know about Information Sharing Appointments (ISAs)?

Do I have to attend an ISA?

If you are invited to an ISA, you must attend!

What happens if I can’t attend the ISA I’m invited to?

Please let us know and we will make sure you are invited to an ISA on a different date.

What happens if I don’t attend an ISA?

If you fail to attend two ISAs without letting us know why, we will assume you don’t want us to continue with your application.

How long will the ISA take?

The ISA will start at 4:30pm and finish around 5.30pm-6.30pm (depending on the amount of applicants attending.)

(If parents/carers bring you to the ISA, they can wait in the College’s refectory; there are vending machines available.)

What can I expect at the ISA?

Information about the course content and structure. One-to-one discussion and an opportunity to meet the course tutors.

What should I wear?

Appropriate comfortable clothing

What will I need to bring?

Pen and paper / electrical device to take any notes

Who do I contact if I have mobility or additional educational needs that I would like to discuss before the ISA?

Please email applications@ucm.ac.im

What happens once I’ve attended an ISA?

We will contact you within 5 working days of the ISA to 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);

• suggest you apply for another course because the one you have applied for is not suitable for you (if this is the case it is likely we will have discussed this with you during the ISA).

What happens if I get an unconditional offer?

You will be invited in to enrol, which is when you are given your student card. This may happen in the summer, if not you will be enrolled at the start of your course.

What happens if I get a conditional offer?

If you have applied for an FE course, you will need to upload your results to your UCM Learner Portal, once you get them (e.g. GCSE, BTEC). We will then check to see you have got what is needed for the course and, if you have, we will convert your offer to unconditional, which means you definitely have a place on the course. You will be enrolled at the start of your course (that’s when you get your student card).

If you are unlucky and don’t get what you need for the course you applied for, you will be invited in to find out what else is available to you at UCM.

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

4 x GCSE’s A*-C or equivalent including English and Maths.