Extended Diploma in Rugby Excellence (Newcastle Thunder) // Level 3

The course for you if ...

you want a career in the sport or Rugby industry and have a passion for and a strong ability within Rugby.

In partnership with Newcastle Thunder, this course will allow you to complete an NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport while training and learning in a professional rugby environment. 

You will be coached by expert coaches from Newcastle Thunder, experience media training, post-match analysis, strength and condition sessions as well as gain access to a full time physio to support your recovery sessions. 

Topics on the course include:

  • Sports Coaching
  • Fitness Testing
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Sports Psychology. 

You will also have the opportunity to experience life in a high performance environment as well as gaining fitness and coaching qualification alongside your main course.

Our Rugby Excellence students, Alex and Isaac are excelling in their careers after being selected to play for England U18s! Read more here.

Entry Requirements

Minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C (4) or above, including English and Maths OR Merit in a Sport qualification at Level 2 along with C/4 at GCSE in English and Maths. An interview with a course tutor is required and you will need to be successful at TyneMet's Rugby Excellence programme trials.


You will be assessed through your coursework, which includes projects, group presentations, podcasts and practical work.

Progression and careers

You could progress onto a wide range of university degrees in areas such as: Sport & Exercise Science, Sports Coaching, Sports Development, Sports Management, Sports Therapy, Strength and Conditioning, Sports Psychology or Sports Nutrition.

You also have the option to progress onto a Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching or Exercise Health & Fitness at TyneMet, awarded by the University of Sunderland.

Careers include

Teaching, Professional Rugby Coach, Sport Development Officer, Rugby Development Officer, Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer, Health Promotion Worker Sport/ Health/Leisure Centre Manager, Strength and Conditioning
Coach, Sport Psychologist, Performance Analyst, Referee, Talent Project Co-ordinator, Sports Therapist, Disability Sports Development Officer and Health Promotion.

Course detail
Start September
Level Level 3
Attendance Full-time
Duration Two years
Campus Off campus