Course Details

School Leavers 16+ Study Programmes – Sport

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport (Football)

We honour the importance of a realistic balance between the focus on both your educational development and industry experience. Your studies will equip you for a possible business career and provide you with the potential to apply to a range of Universities.

2 years

Entry Requirements
To be considered for this course, as a minimum you will need 5 GCSE’s, or equivalent at C grade and above. Preferably this will include English and Maths, although pathways are available to those that just miss out on a C Grade in these core subjects.

Recognised qualifications

  • BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance & Excellence) – worth up to 3 A Levels, and will facilitate an entrance into University.
  • GCSE English and/or Maths ‐ For those who just miss out on a C grade in English and/or Mathematics, we provide tuition to retake these all important qualifications. Essential for those that want to move on to University.
  • Functional skills level 2 in English and/or Maths – For those that missed out on GCSE English and/or Mathematics, functional skills may be the best route for progression.

The curriculum

A BTEC National Extended Diploma is traditionally made up of a series of units.

Mandatory units – all nine units must be taken:

  • Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
  • The Physiology of Fitness
  • Assessing Risk in Sport
  • Fitness Training and Programming
  • Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Psychology for Sports Performance
  • Technical and Tactical Skills in Sport
  • The Athlete’s Lifestyle

Optional units:

  • Sports Coaching
  • Practical Team Sports
  • Current Issues in Sport
  • Exercise, Health and Lifestyle
  • Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise
  • Sports Injuries
  • Analysis of Sports Performance
  • Talent Identification and Development in Sport
  • Sport and Exercise Massage
  • Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport
  • Organising Sports Events
  • Physical Education and the Care of Children and Young People
  • Sport as a Business
  • Work Experience in Sport
  • Sports Facilities and Operational Management
  • Profiling Sports Performance
  • Research Investigation in Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Laboratory and Experimental Methods in Sport and Exercise Sciences

Where you can study

You can study this course at the following locations:
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Tooting & Mitcham United
Walton Casuals Football Academy
The Bill Shankly Nexgen Academy
Sutton United Football Academy
Stratford Town Football Academy
Redditch Football Academy
Jamie Carragher Football Academy
Advanced Coaching & Education (ACE)
King’s Lynn Town FC Scholarship Programme
JB’s Sports Coaching
Manchester Player Development
F2 Academy
Oxfordshire Football Development (OFD)
Lewes FC
Aldershot Town FC
Dorking FC
Football Futures – Carlisle
The Football College – Manchester
AFC Sudbury
Orange Soccer Academy
Tranmere Rovers FC
AFC Fylde
Tamworth FC
Lee Hendrie Academy
Procision Reading Football Academy
Eastwood CFC
Ware FC C.A.S.E
The Football College – Bury FC
Boston United Sports College
Stevenage FC – Cheshunt
Stevenage FC
Deano’s Soccer Academy – Lincoln
Eastleigh FC
Crystal Palace Foundation – Beckenham
FBT Academy Chesterfield
Braintree Town FC
AFDA Football – Whetstone
Forest Sports Education
Northampton Town FC


Start Date
September 2019

Course Type

Course Duration
2 Years

Various - see map

BTEC Level 3 National in Sport

16-18 Free

Entry Requirements
5 GCSE’s 9 - 5

Course progression
Access to higher education, including University, and Higher Apprenticeships.

Career Opportunities
Anything within the sport and leisure industry, including professional sportsperson, sports coach, centre management.  

Further Information
Course enquiry line
01753 362248