Course information

Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Full Time

  • Advanced
31 August 2020TBCWill Satterly

Entry requirements

  • Minimum of 3 GCSE’s 9-4 including English and Maths
  • An interest in sports, coaching, outdoor education or watersports
  • Successful interview at UKSA

Commitment to English and Mathematics

English and Mathematic skills are essential to education and employment prospects. UKSA is committed to supporting levels of English and Mathematic development throughout programs. Where appropriate, English and Maths will be contextualised into the study programme.

The Course

This 2 year advanced programme provides in depth knowledge of the sports and outdoor industries. The rules and regulations of sports are studied and students actively participate in leading sessions as a coach or instructor. Anatomy and Physiology and effects of nutrition and activities on the body are analysis through different training programs. The course forms basis for employment within the vast sectors of sport and outdoor industries and/ or entry into higher education to degree level; you will gain up to 112 UCAS Points grade dependent.

Type of Qualification

Candidates will be working towards the successful completion of a Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Sport (Coaching in the Outdoor Industries). The awarding body for this qualification is Pearson BTEC. BTEC has been designed to meet the needs of employers, BTECs are work-related qualifications for learners taking their first steps into employment, progressing through their careers or planning to enter university. The units within the qualification follow the QCF (Qualification and Credit Framework). The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) introduces a standard currency for learner achievement across the qualifications system and different awarding bodies through the awarding of credit values.

Qualification Units

  • Practical Sports Performance
  • Fitness for Sport and Exercise
  • Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
  • Physiology of Fitness
  • Organising Sports Events
  • Sports Development
  • Sports Coaching

Employment Opportunity and Additional Qualifications

At UKSA we understand the importance of industry experience and training in order to successfully progress into further study or employment. During the 2 year programme students will be offered employment* during summer months to earn and build upon knowledge learnt; putting theory into practice.

In order to perform further students will be offered additional training and qualifications. During the first year the training will include; RYA First Aid, Safeguard Training, PBL2, SRC Licence and BSUPA Stand-Up Paddling Board Level 1**.

The second year students will work towards RYA Dinghy Instructor and Windsurf Instructor. The skills and knowledge required for the achievement of these will be gained through practical sessions. Attendance will be paramount in order to successfully complete these qualifications***

* Paid employment after annual studies has been successfully completed and between the months of June-Sept. Staff induction is compulsory before employment.

** Powerboat Level 2Licence, Short-Range Radio Certificate; Type of additional qualifications offered to be confirmed and subject to change.

** Only 1 assessment per year included following successful completion of practical period/ additional retake assessments will be at the cost, time and responsibly of the candidate. You are not guaranteed to gain these qualifications during your studies and are subject to attendance of all elements.


Level 3 Study programmes consist of a minimum of 3 days a week; often made up of 2 days theory and 1 day practical. Timetabled ‘self-study’ sessions allow dedicated assignment time outside the normal hours of study with facilities remaining available. Additional sessions will be required at certain points of the year for additional training.

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Study Programmes

All Study Programmes for 16-19 year olds at The Isle of Wight College are designed to include:

  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • Extended work experience/industry placement for Level 3 learners Over the course of your Level 3 study programme you may be expected to do between 36 – 415 hours of industry placement depending on the course you have chosen. All learners are expected, and encouraged, to do their best to find their own relevant, purposeful work experience which supports their career progression.
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade A* - C (9 - 4 using the new grades) in these subjects by age 16
  • Non-qualification activity, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals
  • A vocational experience which will form the substantial part of the programme

These four elements of the programme should combine to provide stretch and challenge for you helping to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

Please refer to the 16 to 19 study programme document to learn more.

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