Extended Diploma in Rugby Excellence (Women's Academy) // 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.

Based the Kingston Park Stadium, not only will you complete a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Rugby Excellence, but you will also have the opportunity to train and learn within a professional Rugby environment. You will train like a professional with expert coaches and learn integral dual coded Rugby techniques. You will experience physiotherapy, sports massage, media training and post-game video analysis whilst taking part in a wide range of work experience opportunities.

You will also examine the ethics and values in Sport, the role of the professional sportsperson, sports psychology and the principles of coaching. You will have the option to complete a Level 1 Rugby Coaching Award, First Aid and a Referee's Award. You will also complete a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing which will enable you to work in the fitness industry. Newcastle Rugby Academy also offers excellent progression routes through links with Northumbria University.

This course is delivered at Kingston Park Stadium.

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 2 years
Campus Off campus