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BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Andy Griffin Football Academy) at Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Course description

To develop your theoretical and practical knowledge of sport through working towards a Level 3 nationally recognised qualification. 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. The course is also designed to prepare you academically for higher education in a sports related subject or a career in the area of Sport.

You will cover 14 units in total over the two year, full-time course. The units you will study in year 1 are Anatomy and Physiology, Fitness training and programming, Professional development in the sports industry, Sports Leadership, Application of Fitness Testing, Practical sports performance, Sports Psychology .

In year 2 you will study Development and provision of sport, Research methods, Investigating business and sport, Skill acquisition , Coaching for performance, Sports injuries and technical and tactical analysis.

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

Usually you'll need 4 or more high grades at GCSE, ideally including maths and English. GCSE Science, Physical Education, plus any other relevant subjects require a grade C or above. If GCSE Physical Education has not been taken you will be expected to gain at least a Merit grade in a Level 2 Diploma in Sport. 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 2 Diploma in Sport.


The course is accredited by BTEC. You will achieve your qualification though continuous assessment, examinations, externally set assessments and synoptic case studies. This involves completion of 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 BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma which is accepted by universities for entry onto their courses such as sports coaching, sports therapy, physiotherapy and secondary education PE. 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

The course is aimed at both males and females and there is an AGFA male pathway and an AGFA female pathway.

Alongside the Level 3 Extended 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 during the first year. Alongside your main course programme you will also study maths and/or English to improve your skills in these vital subjects by attending structured classes. You will also be assessed on your literacy and numeracy skills throughout the course. 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 Additional Learning Support 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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