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Football Studies - BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Myerscough College

Course description

The Level 3 Diploma qualifications (formerly National Award and National Certificate) are popular options for school leavers and young adults. They combine practical-based skills with academic theory and classroom study. The Subsidiary Diploma is a one-year, six-unit, course broadly equivalent to one A Level, whilst the two-year, 12-unit, Diploma is equivalent to two A Levels and is ideal for progression to Higher Education. Students who successfully complete the Subsidiary Diploma can, if they wish, progress directly to the second year of the Diploma.

Course content

In year one, students will learn how to assess risk in football (health and safety requirements and checks), the principles of anatomy and physiology and the physiology of fitness and fitness testing. Additional units cover fitness training and programming (designing and delivering training routines), football coaching and psychology for football performance.

Students who choose the two-year Diploma route can further their interests in the subject during the second year of their programme. Core units include sports nutrition and the technical and tactical skills associated with the game. Students also examine the lifestyles of professional sports performers, focusing on public appearances, media interviews and financial management. Further units cover analysing sports performance, instructing physical activity and exercise (designing, planning and leading an effective training session) and rules, regulations and officiating in football.

In addition to obtaining the Level 3 qualification, students undertake the 1st4sport Level 1 Certificate in Football Coaching and, for those on the two-year Diploma, the NCFE Level 1 Award in Exercise Studies.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade C or above (including English Language and Maths or Science), or an Intermediate Level course (e.g. Level 2 Diploma at Pass including at least one Functional Skill at Level 2), or equivalent qualifications.


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

Future opportunities

Successful completion of the Level 3 Diploma will enable students to progress to Higher Education if desired, although students seeking a more academic course should also consider the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Football Studies which contains an additional six units compared to the Diploma.

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: Leisure and Recreation Assistant, Fitness Instructor, 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: 14 October 2016
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