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Football Studies - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Myerscough College

Course description

The Level 3 Extended Diploma qualification (formerly National Diploma) is a popular option for school leavers, young adults and successful Level 2 Diploma students. This two-year 18-unit course is equivalent to three A Levels and is designed for students who wish to develop a comprehensive overview of the sports industry, encompassing the practical techniques and technical skills associated with football and football coaching.

The units studied have a strong academic focus – requiring dedication and hard work – whilst still delivering a range of important practical skills.

Course content

The course incorporates all 12 units from the two-year Level 3 Diploma (listed separately), with students on the Extended Diploma studying an extra 3 units each year, making 18 in total.

(Students enrol initially on a one-year ‘90-Credit Diploma’ qualification (9 units) and then, subject to successful completion, progress to the next 9 units – achieving the Extended Diploma at the end of their 2nd year.)

Additional units cover the current issues associated with football, practical football and training sessions, sports injuries (prevention, treatment and rehabilitation), talent identification and development, organising sporting events and coaching children and young people.

In addition to obtaining the Level 3 Extended Diploma, students undertake the 1st4sport Level 1 Certificate in Football Coaching.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade C or above including Maths and English Language (plus any course specific subjects listed on the relevant fact sheet), or an Intermediate Level course (e.g. Level 2 Diploma at Distinction including at least one Functional Skill at Level 2), or equivalent qualifications.


A wide range of assessment methods are used during the course, to enable all students the opportunity to maximise their success.

Future opportunities

The Level 3 Extended Diploma prepares students for a wide range of careers in the football and wider sports industry. It is also a perfect foundation for students wishing to progress to Higher Education – offering up to 168 UCAS Tariff points towards entrance on a wide range of degree courses here at Myerscough or at other universities and colleges.

A number of students have achieved success on the pitch by progressing into professional or semi-professional teams, further enhancing Myerscough’s reputation. Many others have gained employment in coaching roles – such as the Bolton Wanderers International Academy – or in the business side of the football industry.

Additional career opportunities include: Football Coaching, Sports Development, Fitness Instructor, Leisure Centre Assistant or Supervisor, Professional Playing Career, Sports Coach, Sports Retail, Sports Development, Armed Forces, Sports Instructor.

Further information

Myerscough College’s football teams are highly successful. We compete in the highest competition open to college teams, the ECFA ‘CAT1’ League, as well as a number of other North West leagues, National competitions and tournaments. Recently, we achieved an unprecedented ‘treble’ of the ECFA U19 North West Premier Championship, National Premier Cup and National Premier ‘Champion of Champions’ competition, as well as performing well in the Lancashire Floodlit League and the FA National Futsal Championship. In the last year alone, seven students have been selected to represent either English Colleges FA & English Schools sides, while another plays for the England Deaf Futsal team. In addition, three students have progressed to sign professional contracts, two of whom now play in League One.

Myerscough has excellent links with football clubs across the North West to support the delivery of courses and increase student’s employment prospects. Students receive football coaching every day as part of the Myerscough Football Development Centre. This operates just like a football academy; it encompasses academic lessons, coaching sessions, physio/rehabilitation clinics and competitive fixtures. It is supported by qualified tutors and FA/UEFA qualified coaches.

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 19 October 2017
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