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Diploma / Extended Diploma Sport, Fitness and Personal Training

Pearson BTEC

Course Overview

This is an exciting new course at NWRC. The health & fitness industry is continuing to grow meaning that there are many employment opportunities for people with industry-recognised qualifications. The mandatory content allows learners to develop technical skills in working with clients in a health and fitness environment. Many lecturers on the team are active practitioners with a wealth of professional industry experience. These qualifications are intended for post-16 learners who are looking to progress to employment or higher education.Diploma Option: The course offers a unique combination of academic learning with industry-ready qualifications. Through the blend of a BTEC Diploma and industry specific qualifications, students will benefit from a modern, up-to-date curriculum delivery. These embedded industry accreditations will allow learners to progress directly into employment (or to further education).Extended Diploma Option: This course is ideal for students keen to continue to higher education e.g. progression to foundation degree or degree programmes. It is a full extended Diploma meaning it is equivalent to 3 A Levels allowing for opportunity to gain UCAS points for progression.
  • Study Mode
  • Duration
    2 Years
  • Campus
    Strand Road

Available Sessions

  • Course
    Start Date
  • Course: Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma / Extended Diploma Sport, Fitness and Personal Training
    Campus: Strand Road
    Type: Full Time
    Start Date: 29/08/2022
  • Course: Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma / Extended Diploma Sport, Fitness and Personal Training
    Campus: Limavady
    Type: Full Time
    Start Date: 29/08/2022
  • Course: Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma / Extended Diploma Sport, Fitness and Personal Training
    Campus: Strabane
    Type: Full Time
    Start Date: 29/08/2022

Course Offering

  • Site location Limavady Main St Strabane Strand Road
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

4 GCSEs (grade C or above) OR Level 2 Diploma

ROI Requirements

4 OLC (Grade 05 or above) OR Leaving Certificate Applied – Merit.

Work Placement

The nature of this course will require students to engage with employers within the industry at regular intervals. In year 2 of the programme students have the opportunity to complete an Erasmus project to a European country. In 2019 sports students travelled to Malta for a two-week work placements in Sports Coaching, Fitness Instructing, and Teaching

What's Next?

Further Study

This course can provide progression into higher education. Depending on the grade profile achieved, this progression can include to our Foundation Degree in Sport (validated by Ulster University) and degrees such as PE Teaching, Sports Coaching, Fitness Instruction and Sports Development at universities including Ulster University, Liverpool Hope, Liverpool John Moore’s and University of Central Lancashire.

Career Prospects

This course is ideal for students keen to move directly into employment within the fitness industry. The course content provides learners with up-to-date knowledge, understanding and practical skills to pursue a career in the fitness industry. UCAS points will also be achieved through completion of the BTEC Diploma in Sport; therefore, progression to higher education i.e. foundation degrees and university degrees remains a valid option for many students.


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    I progressed from NWRC directly into final year of a degree programme at Glasgow School of Art, along with my twin sister.
    Tipsudar Cochrane
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    The variety of subjects and the freedom to explore various themes and projects have helped me find my love for contemporary 3D work and sculpture. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is serious about studying Art & Design. School can’t give you the hands-on experience this course does. It has prepared me for University and helped me achieve my dream of going to Glasgow School of Art!
    Katie Curry

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