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Sport Performance and Excellence Football Academy BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at South Downs College

Course description

This course is suitable for students who wish to focus on football playing and/or refereeing related elements and has several possible progression routes.

Students must be prepared for a mix of theory which relates to football components and practical work specific to the progression of their football career under exclusive link with Havant and Waterlooville Football Club.

Course content

You will study the equivalent of 180 credits, 9 units each year, a total of 18 units.

Year one core units:

  • Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
  • Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
  • The Physiology of Fitness
  • Assessing Risk in Sport
  • Sports Nutrition

Year one specialist units:

  • Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport
  • Sport as a Business
  • Current Issues in Sport
  • Analysis of Sports Performance
  • Sports Coaching

Year two core units:

  • Fitness Training and Programming
  • Psychology for Sports Performance
  • The Athlete’s Lifestyle
  • Technical and Tactical Skills in Sport

Year two specialist units:

  • Sports Injuries
  • Work Experience in Sport
  • Organising Sports Events
  • Sport and Exercise Massage

Functional Skills awards will be taken in IT and Employment Skills during the course.. All Academy students train up to four times a week.


Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above are required, including English and Science and preferably Maths.

Students must have experience of performing at a high standard and a football trial must also be carried out by applicants.


You’ll work through a continuous programme of assignments, class activities, practical tasks, discussions, presentations, written reports, voluntary work, organising events and coaching.

Each assessment will be graded against the unit criteria and from there you’ll get an overall grade (Pass, Merit or Distinction).

Future opportunities

Students have a number of progression routes they can follow.

These include university where they can study for a wide range of careers in PE Teaching, Coaching, Sports Management, Sports Sciences, Commercial Business and Journalism.

We can also introduce students to Football specific degree courses at local universities. Students can also continue their studies abroad or find direct employment in the Sports and Active Leisure industries through a number of available apprenticeship schemes.

Further information

Students will require suitable footwear for sessions both indoor and outdoors. Non-marking shoes are recommended for both Sports Hall and Gym sessions.

On the training ground you will be required to bring running trainers with both moulded and studded football boots depending on weather conditions. Academy clothing and training wear can be purchased throughout the year and must be worn in and out of the classroom at all times.

In the classroom students are required to bring stationery including an A4 folder to store assignments and a USB stick which will be useful for IT sessions. Text books will be provided when required and supported by the Learning Resources Centre.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Downs College directly.

Last updated date: 09 May 2016

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