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Football 11 a side Development Programme at Sheffield Wednesday Football Club (SWFC)

Course description

Sport (Performance and Excellence) BTEC Level 3 Diploma/Extended SWFC Community Programme Football Development Centre. This Sport (Performance and Excellence) BTEC Level 3 Diploma/Extended runs in partnership with Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield FC. It offers talented young football players the opportunity to study whilst actively participating in an elite football development programme. Course content This partnership programme unites a team of experienced education professionals at leading College and Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme with elite coaches from Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield FC. You will be supported to improve your performance levels with opportunities to potentially gain a professional playing contract. You will play in the British College League.


Course content

Diploma Year 1 topics may include Anatomy and physiology in sport Fitness testing, training and programming Practical sport Safe and effective sport coaching Sports Injuries Leadership in sport Diploma Year 2 topics may include Sports coaching Sports nutrition Sports psychology Work experience in sport Technical and tactical skills in sport Ext Diploma Year 1 additional topics Organising sports events Sport as a business Ext Diploma Year 2 additional topics Current issues in sport Physical Education and the Care of Children and Young People You will also complete a sport related project. Additional short courses may be available to enhance your employability with the opportunity to achieve qualifications such as National Governing Body awards and other industry awards. On your programme you will study for Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths qualifications, if you do not already hold a minimum GCSE grade C. You will be required to work independently outside of taught class time to complete course work assignments.

Entry requirements

For the Diploma - 4 GCSEs at A*-C grades (or acceptable alternatives) including English Language. For the Extended Diploma 5 GCSEs at A*-C grades (or acceptable alternatives) including English Language.


The BTEC course is continually assessed, there are no formal exams. Assessment methods include written assignments, presentations, observations of practical tasks, group or individual projects and practical tasks.

Financial information

You are expected to contribute to your playing kit.You may be entitled to help with this from the college’s Learner Support Fund.

Future opportunities

Where can it lead? Successful completion of this course, good attendance and punctuality along with tutor recommendation can lead to an undergraduate degree at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) or a foundation degree at Sheffield Wednesday.

Further information

Elite scholars in final stages for National College squad Two elite football students from the club’s Education programme have made it through to the final trials to play for the National College team. Both aged just 16, Lewis Jewitt and Frank Koromo, have been selected to trial for the programme which lets sports students gain invaluable skills and experience. The programme provides a unique player development pathway for college students to gain international playing experience and training in a professional setting. If successful at the final round Lewis and Frank will take part in high quality training, fixtures and international experience. The duo will take part in the final trials this Sunday. Both students study on the club’s Education Programme’s BTEC Elite Football Development programme which gives youngsters the unique opportunity to ultimately progress to a professional playing contract. . The National Team programme is working in conjunction with sporting bodies AoC Sport and Future Elite Sport to provide elite sports students the chance to represent the country and their education programme.

Education Programme student scoops top award 17-year-old Brad Fox has scooped a national student award that recognises his outstanding commitment to learning, Futsal and helping the Community Programme’s disability team. Brad, who studies on the SWFC Education Programme’s BTEC Level Three Extended Diploma in Sports, won the Student of the Year title at the Football League Trust Education and Futsal awards. Brad stood out for his hard work and his ability to go above and beyond expectations. The second year student has completed volunteering for the scheme and works with the Sheffield Wednesday Ability Counts disability team and introduced them to futsal. He has done this at the same time as studying for his BTEC qualification, working towards his FA Level One coaching award and holding down a part time job. For more information on the BTEC course offered by the club’s Education Programme e-mail or call 0114 324 0780

National award for Education Programme scholar! A student from the Sheffield Wednesday Education Programme has scooped a top education accolade after achieving top marks across all his work and becoming the highest achiever in the country. 22-year-old Adam Ledger, who studies the Foundation degree in Community Football and Development, won the ‘Student of the Year’ award for his outstanding efforts and achieving a majority of first class grades across all his work and subsequently becoming the highest achiever across the country. Adam was presented with the prize at the Football League Trust Foundation Degree awards ceremony in Cardiff which saw representatives from the Football League club’s that run the foundation degree attend. The course, ran in conjunction with the University of South Wales, gives students a chance to gain real work experience in the community as well as theory and is based at the club’s ground providing students an alternative setting to school or college and gives students a chance to progress on to a full honours degree. ”

How to apply

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Last updated date: 03 January 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Number of planned places: 100

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    • The Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme and Sheffield Hallam University are pleased to announce a unique partnership aiming to take both institutions to new heights.

      The association will fundamentally develop the BTEC Level 3 module undertaken by SWFC Community Programme students to aid the crucial transition into university.

      In addition, Sheffield Hallam University will install experienced guest lecturers into the Owls’ Community Programme, with students receiving a head start on the education pathway.

      SWFC and Sheffield Hallam University already enjoy a rich affiliation in terms of student investment through departmental internships and external relations that will continue to grow.

      “The transitional support of students from BTEC level into university is key and students can only benefit from the expert tuition Sheffield Hallam University will provide.

      “We look forward to extending and developing this relationship in the long term.”

      Rob Wilson, External Relations Lead at Sheffield Hallam University, added:  “Our partnership with Sheffield Wednesday continues to go from strength to strength and underlines the commitment of the University to collaborate with major players in sport to provide exceptional learning experiences for our students.

      “We are delighted we are able to work in partnership with SWFC to support the development of their BTEC programme in this way and support the transition for players into Higher Education at Sheffield Hallam University, creating a genuine pathway to develop their skills and experience with one of the largest providers of sport related education in the UK.”


      The club’s Education Programme, which is based at the ground, is taking applications for its BTEC Level 1, 2 and 3 extended diploma in Sport course and is holding an open day for prospective students on 13 January 2015 at 6:00pm at the ground.
      The course allows students to study towards the qualification whilst regularly playing and coaching Futsal to develop technical, tactical and physical ability. The students also play in a professional club in the Futsal League.

      In association with the Football League Trust, the programme allows young people aged 16-18 to study at the football club’s education facilities and various sports venues across Sheffield.

      The education programme is delivered in association with Sheffield Wednesday and their Community Programme and last year announced record breaking exam results since the course started – something the programme is hoping to replicate with this year’s student intake.
      To qualify for Level 3 entry, students require four A-C GCSEs (subject to confirmation), including English and Maths or a BTEC Level 2. Those who narrowly miss out on those grades will be considered for Level 1 or Level 2 course.
      The two-year programme is delivered at the learning centre at Hillsborough and has been in place for two years. The course has seen 90 per cent of young people progress on to higher education or course-related jobs.