Course: Sports Coaching and Development Level 3

Study Level

Level 3


Great Yarmouth Campus

Lowestoft Campus


2 Years



"The partnership between Norwich City Community Sports Foundation and East Coast College allows students on the various sports pathways to have access to sector expertise and experiences that will further enhance their learning and career progression."

Stevie Bramble

Head of Curriculum, Norwich City Community Sports Foundation

New for 2023, our Sports Coaching and Development course offers you the chance to study a diploma in sports alongside coaching and development training with Norwich City Community Sports Foundation – the official charity of Norwich City Football Club.

For those looking to pursue a career in “something sporty”, the two-year offering gives a wide ranging insight across the full sector, whilst achieving industry recognised qualifications in the process. You will work towards the NCFE Extended Diploma in Sport, the equivalent of three A-levels, ensuring university progression becomes a real option after the two years.

You will cover a variety of different units, which link directly to potential career pathways in the sporting industry, including coaching, teaching and sports development.

Alongside these units, you will also complete additional sporting qualifications with the Community Sports Foundation in coaching and sports development. These qualifications are recognised by sporting industry providers which allows greater variety of progression into your desired sports career.

The weekly coaching education sessions will cover coaching styles, differentiation, group management, session planning and safeguarding. You will also be supported to complete Level 1 and Level 2 multi skills coaching qualifications, which will allow a guided pathway into volunteering and paid employment.

Alongside coaching qualifications, you will study towards a Level 3 certificate in Sport for Development, giving insight and knowledge into the wider sports and active leisure sector.

Units you may study include:

  • Sports coaching
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Business in sport
  • Psychology for sport
  • Sports nutrition
  • Organising sports events

Why study with us:

  • Train as a coach with NCFC and gain qualifications through the Norwich City Community Sports Foundation.
  • Hear from a range of guest speakers and take opportunities in a wide variety of work placements.
  • Regular use of our on-site sports hall and fitness suites to help you to practise your coaching, leadership and gym instructing and develop your own health and fitness.

This course is planned to be delivered across both the Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth campuses to maximise the use of facilities. Transport between campuses will be available.



You will need to have achieved English and Maths GCSEs at a grade 4 or above.


You can progress onto the FdSc/BSc (Hons) Sport, Health and Exercise degree through the University of Suffolk at East Coast College or other universities.

You can also progress into employment in careers such as a sports coach, sports development officer, sports psychologist,  sports analyst, sports nutritionist, personal trainer and more.