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Level 2 Diploma in Sport (Andy Griffin Football Academy) at Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Course description

This course is based at NULC and also offers a Football Academy alongside your academic studies. Our specialist coaches ex professional footballer Andy Griffin and David Beswick will offer excellent knowledge in football and strive to develop each player to play at the highest level.

You will cover nine units in total over the one year, full-time course. Some examples of the units you will study are anatomy and physiology in sport, injuries in sport, fitness testing and training, physiology for sport, nutrition for sports performance and practical sports. You will continue to improve your maths and/or English skills in structured lessons alongside your course, and if you plan to progress to a Level 3 course you will need to demonstrate a satisfactory level of improvement in maths and/or English by the end of the year.

Maths and English
Alongside your course you will study maths and/or English to improve your skills in these vital subjects by attending structured weekly sessions as part of your timetable. Maths and English development is also integrated in practical assignments.

Entry requirements

You'll need 4 GCSEs at D (3) grades or above (these must include maths or English Language and ideally Physical Education). An interest in the theories, ideas and strategies within sport is a pre-requisite of the course. You are also required to attend a college interview to establish your suitability for the course. If you do not meet these entry requirements you will be advised to join the Level 1 Diploma in Sport.


The course is accredited by OCR. There is no final written examination as you achieve your qualification though continuous assessment. This involves carrying out assignments, project work, presentations, report writing, class tests and collecting video evidence. All assessments will be graded at Pass, Merit and Distinction. You will also be expected to do independent study at home towards your assessments.

Financial information

Newcastle Maintenance Allowance (NMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit

Future opportunities

On completion of the course you will gain the OCR Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Sport which will allow you to progress onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport, Performance and Excellence providing you gain an overall Merit on the Level 2 course. The qualification is also designed to prepare you for appropriate direct employment in the vocational sector and is suitable for you if you have decided that you wish to enter a particular specialist area of work in the areas of sport, leisure and fitness. It also gives you the opportunity to develop a range of techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

Further information

Alongside the OCR Level 2 Diploma course you will be expected to participate in all activities and excursions that are arranged as part of your course. This will include a compulsory residential trip. You will also be expected to purchase a BTEC Sports top to wear during practical sessions. There are online resources to support you on this course and an Additional Learning Support team if required.

For more information contact Anthony Walton, Curriculum Leader in Sport Development, Coaching & Fitness by emailing or calling 01782254298

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle-under-Lyme College directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2016
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