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Sports Diploma

Cornwall College | Duchy College Camborne | Stoke Climsland LEVEL: 3 Sports & Fitness

If PE is your favourite subject at school and you would love to turn your passion for sport into a full-time career, then our sports diploma will open up a wide range of career options you may not have even thought of. From elite athlete to coach, nutritionist to gym instructor, personal trainer to sports therapist there is something for everyone.

We offer two options for you to start your sporting career depending on your GCSE results. Our Level 3 course offers you the choice of university study or employment on successful completion of your course. Our Level 2 course is ideal should your GCSE results not be what you expected, with the option to progress to Level 3.

Our courses will put you on the road to a great future; we have developed our qualifications in partnership with industry professionals to ensure the knowledge you gain is not only relevant and current, but will set you apart in the workplace. Whether an elite athlete, sports and fitness enthusiast or potential inspirational coach, we can take your sporting journey to the next level with our range of qualifications and training. We’ve got commercial gyms, sports pitches and fantastic training partnerships including with Plymouth Argyle Football Club.

Our Duchy College Stoke Climsland campus houses an outdoor climbing wall, a fitness suite, sports hall, plus football and rugby pitches. You will also benefit from coaching from Plymouth Argyle Football Club, where you will have the opportunity to join the Duchy PAFC squad who have just won their league and the prestigious George Lang cup for the second year running.

As part of your course you will be required to carry out Work Experience and/or an Industry Placement. For more details please click here


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Ideal if:

You would like go on to university to have a career in the sports or fitness industry.

You’ll need:

Four GCSEs at grade 4 including English and/or mathematics and ideally science, plus a strong desire to work in the sport, health and fitness industry.

Or a Sport Diploma Level 2 at merit grade.

You’ll learn:

The essentials of this sector including the principles of anatomy and physiology, how to assess risk in sport, fitness testing, sports leadership and coaching, nutrition and sport development.


To be in college for three to four days a week, complete work experience placements, employability workshops and to be assessed in a variety of ways; practical and written. You will also be expected to complete end of year exams.

You’ll love:

We are very proud of our industry standard sports facilities. At our Camborne campus you will have access to a gym, 3G pitch, football pitch, a sports hall and an indoor climbing wall.

You’ll go on to:

University study such as our FdSc Sport Health & Fitness with possible progression on to our BSc (Hons) Sport, Health & Exercise Science (top-up).

Employment in the industry.

Careers in this industry 

- Coach
- Nutritionist
- Sports therapist
- Elite athlete
- Fitness professional
- PE Teacher
- Sports development officer


Sports & Fitness
Sports & Fitness
Sports & Fitness
Sports & Fitness


Sports Diploma - level 3

Start Date

September 2020




2 years

Sports Diploma - Level 3

Start Date

September 2020


Stoke Climsland


2 years



A local student is celebrating after winning her first boxing match representing England. Level 3 Sport student at Duchy College, Chantel Whiting, who was selected to represent the country after impressing the England coaches at a national competition earlier in the year, has boxed her way to a 3 – 2 win over Ireland. Rising star Chantel is aiming to qualify for the 2024 Olympics.

“I would love to get to the Olympics then go professional after that,” Chantel said. “I have been boxing for about four years and I have enjoyed it ever since. I am so honoured to represent England, I’m really proud of myself.” “After completing my Level 3 Sport course I may look into getting into coaching whilst concentrating on my boxing alongside that. The sport course here at Duchy College is fantastic, great facilities and really supportive lecturers. I would definitely recommend it to other students who are looking to get into a career within the sport industry"

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