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Level 3 BTEC Sport:Education and Futsal Scholarship at Sheffield Wednesday Football Club (SWFC)

Course description

The SWFC Level 3 Education and Futsal Scholarship is part of the only national programme governed by the Football League Trust and the leading Futsal provider Futsal UK.

The schoalrship will be delivered for 16 hours per week over two years in the usual academic timetable (September-July) with the usual academic holiday periods (half terms/summer holidays). The programme is open for boys and girls aged 16-18.


Education and Futsal Scholarship

Education - 12 hours per week: Whilst on the scholarship you will complete a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence) which is equivalent to 3 A levels. This will be delivered at the professional football stadium -  in the state of the art Study Centre, SuperBox and the prestigious Football Club Facilities. The content will be delivered by fully qualified tutors from SWFC who have years of experience delivering the programme. You will receive full support with your studies and will be assisted by our online virtual platform (Inspire) which will host all your research materials and education resources and is also accessible from home. Those wondering why the education is only 12 hours a week will be glad to know that it is due to an advance in technology by our delivery partner FutsalUK. FutsalUK are working across all schemes to provide an online virtual learning platform which enables the scholars work to be constantly updated, monitored and evaluated online from various devices which aids with delivery and assessment. The BTEC qualification will give you the equivalent of 3 A levels and allows you access to a variety of high class universities. To put the Education and Futsal scholarship in to perspective, all 9 of our scholars from 2012-2014 have been offered places in Higher Education (University) and 20 current scholars are being assessed for University Scholarships in the USA.

Training: Whilst on the scholarship you will train in Futsal for 4 hours each week. During this time you will participate in strength and conditioning, fitness, specific Futsal skills and tactics which will further improve you physically, mentally and tactically.


Fixtures: All Futsal fixtures will be played at the regional Futsal arena in Leeds. These will take place every other week on a Wednesday, transport will be provided by SWFC. The current league can be viewed at and sees the Blades play against the likes of Huddersfield Town, Bradford City, Chesterfield and Sheffield United.


Kit: As part of the scholarship you will be required to wear SWFC Futsal kit, this will include SWFC playing kit for fixtures. Details of the kit and sizes will be discussed at the inductions.


Queries: Should there be and questions or concerns please contact SWFC EducationTeam 01143240780 email


We look forward to an exiting two years with you and hope that you choose enjoy your studies with us.

Course content

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence) (QCF)

Entry Requirements
5 GCSE's at Grade A*-C including Maths and English or BTEC First Diploma (Exercise and Fitness) at Merit Level

Programme Content
Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport, The Physiology of Fitness, Assessing Risk in Sport, Fitness Training and Programming, Sports Coaching, Sports Development, Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise, Practical Team Sports, Practical Individual Sports, Sports Nutrition, Current Issues in Sport, Health and Lifestyle, Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise, Psychology for Sports Performance, Sports Injuries, Analysis of Sports Performance, Sport and Exercise Massage, Organising Sports Events, Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport, Sport as a Business, Work Experience in Sport, Functional Skills.

Method of Assessment
Assessment is by a combination of coursework, integrated assignments and examinations, practical assessments undertaken in industry and at SWFC




Entry requirements

5 GCSE's at Grade A*-C including Maths and English or BTEC First Diploma (Exercise and Fitness) at Merit Level


Coursework and practical observation.

Financial information

All students will be able to apply for bursaries and travel passes when on the course.

Future opportunities

The programme offers a variety of exit routes such as Univeristy Scholarships in the USA, Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching at SWFC or in to a high class of British Universities (Sheffield Hallam, Leeds Metropolitan and Loughborough).

If higher education is not your ideal pathway the course will provide you a wide variety of experience and knowledge in various aspects of sport that are sure to help you start your chosen career in the industry.

Further information

For further information please contact our Education Team

0114 3240780

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 08 August 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 39 Weeks
  • Number of planned places: 100


  • More information

    • 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.