VTCT Level 3 Introductory Diploma in Sports Studies

Qualification Information

VTCT Product Code: SP3D17 GLH: 360 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 601/6763/4 Units: 0 - 10 Registration End Date: 31st Dec 2019
Level: 3

Additional Information

Documentation for this qualification last amended 06th August 2019


Statement of purpose


Who is this qualification for?


VTCT's diplomas in sport studies are applied general qualifications that provide learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills to progress to higher education in a range of sports disciplines.

VTCT's sports studies qualifications are included on the UCAS Tariff and are formally recognised as fit for purpose by higher education institutions across the UK for entry onto their sport and other related degree programmes.

These qualifications have been specifically designed for 16- to 19-year-olds and build on existing knowledge, understanding and skills in sport to prepare learners for higher education.

The structure of these qualifications provides an opportunity for learners to select the optional units of most interest, which best support their chosen career path whether this be sports studies, sports science, sports development, sports therapy, sports management, outdoor education, leisure management, exercise and health science or sports coaching.

Whilst the main purpose of these qualifications is to support entry to higher education they may also be used to support entry to, or progression within, sport and leisure employment as they provide a valuable source of continued professional development.

What does this qualification cover?


Learners will develop the core specialist knowledge required by the sector through achieving the four mandatory units which include anatomy and physiology, lifestyle factors, risk assessment in sport and sports leadership.

This qualification offers a wider range of optional units of which two must be achieved, these include (this list is not exhaustive): analysing sports performance, business in sport, coaching in sport, sports nutrition, facilities and operational management in sport, health screening and fitness testing, individual sports and injuries in sport. The structure of this qualification provides an opportunity for learners to select the units of most interest, and which best support their chosen career paths whether this be sports studies, sports science, sports development, sports therapy, sports management, outdoor education, leisure management, exercise and health science or sports coaching.

Why is this qualification the most suitable?


The Introductory Diploma is most suitable for 16- to 19-year-old learners seeking to undertake a two-year academic programme of study, primarily comprised of A Levels, who wish to complement their programme with sports studies to learn about the sector and support progression to higher education. This qualification is also suitable for those wishing to progress to higher education who need to top up their existing achievements to fulfil entry requirements.

At 360 GLH, the equivalent in size to one A level, this qualification has been designed to occupy one third of the curriculum over 2 years within a broader study programme.

Learners should choose the Introductory Diploma if they want to undertake a smaller programme of study which is equivalent in size to one A level (360 GLH). This qualification may be to complement other academic programmes, or to top up existing achievement to fulfil higher education entry requirements.

What could this qualification lead to?


This qualification has been developed to enable progression to higher education to study a sports degree or other related degree programme, including (this list is not exhaustive):

- sports studies
- sports science (or specialist degrees in sports psychology, sports physiology or sports biomechanics/kinesiology)
- sports therapy
- sports management
- sports development
- sports coaching
- leisure management
- exercise and health science

Learners may also seek employment within the sport and active leisure sector or a related industry.

Who supports this qualification?


This qualification has been approved by UCAS and carries UCAS points.

This qualification has been developed collaboratively key stakeholders from the sports sector. Because of this, the knowledge, understanding and skills gained will provide the best possible opportunity for progression into employment.

This qualification is formally supported by the following higher education institutions:


NameWebsite address
Cardiff Metropolitan Universitycardiffmet.ac.uk
Myerscough Collegemyerscough.ac.uk
University of Derbyderby.ac.uk


Amendments to the Qualification Specification


The Qualification Specification for this qualification has been updated to reflect the changes to UCAS New Tariff points and the addition of Total Qualification Time (TQT). Version 7 is now available to download.



Qualification Structure

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
USP70 K/507/4418 Anatomy and physiology for sport 3 60
USP78 T/507/4423 Lifestyle factors 3 60
USP86 L/507/4430 Risk assessment in sport 3 60
USP88 A/507/4438 Sports leadership 3 60



Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
USP69 H/507/4417 Analysing sports performance 3 60
USP71 A/507/4441 Business in sport 3 60
USP72 Y/507/4446 Coaching in sport 3 60
USP73 D/507/4447 Facilities and operational management in sport 3 60
USP74 M/507/4419 Health screening and fitness testing 3 60
USP75 K/507/4449 Individual sports 3 60
USP76 D/507/4450 Injuries in sport 3 60
USP77 H/507/4451 Instructing physical activity 3 60
USP79 L/507/4475 Massage for sport and exercise 3 60
USP80 R/507/4476 Nutrition for sport 3 60
USP81 Y/507/4477 Officiating in sport 3 60
USP82 D/507/4478 Organising sports events 3 60
USP83 Y/507/4480 Outdoor and adventurous activities 3 60
USP84 J/507/4426 Physiology of fitness 3 60
USP85 D/507/4481 Research project for sport and exercise 3 60
USP87 D/507/4433 Sport in society 3 60
USP89 H/507/4482 Sports psychology 3 60
USP90 M/507/4484 Team sports 3 60
USP91 A/507/4486 Training and programming for fitness 3 60



*For full details of the Rules of Combination for this qualification please see the Qualification Specification/Record of Assessment book.

Centres approved to run this qualification

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NB: The location displayed for each centre is based upon the centre's main address. The location displayed is not necessarily the only location that the centre can deliver VTCT qualifications from. For further information on a centre's delivery capabilities please select the centre's website address.

Centre Name Telephone Website Location
Milton Keynes College 01908 637238 Visit website Buckinghamshire - Milton Keynes
Bodmin College 01208 79220 Visit website Cornwall
Epping Forest College 020 8508 8311 Visit website Essex
Onside Education - MIFA 07550 082258 Visit website Greater Manchester - Salford
Onside Education - Salford Red Devils 0161 786 1570 Visit website Greater Manchester - Salford
Tameside College 0161 908 6789 Visit website Greater Manchester - Tameside
Hillview School For Girls 01732 352793 Visit website Kent
Marsh Academy 01797 364593 Visit website Kent
The North School 01233 614600 Visit website Kent
Onside Education 01257 278131 Visit website Lancashire
Capital City Academy 020 8838 8700 Visit website London - Brent
St Joseph's College 020 8761 1426 Visit website London - Bromley
LSCollege - Deptford Campus 020 3757 3938 Visit website London - Lewisham
Alsop High School 0151 235 1200 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
Coaching Connexions Ltd 0151 521 4010 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
Redcar and Cleveland College 01642 473132 Visit website North Yorkshire - Redcar and Cleveland
City of Oxford College part of Activate Learning 01865 550550 Visit website Oxfordshire
South and City College Birmingham - Bordesley Green 0121 6945000 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
Tong Leadership Academy 01274 681455 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
Bridgend College 01656 302302 Visit website Bridgend