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Sport SUFC Football Development Centre Level 3 at Sheffield College

Course description

This is a two year full time course.

This course will provide learners with a unique opportunity to undertake a high quality study programme whilst actively participating in an elite football development programme. This partnership programme unites a team of experienced education professionals at The Sheffield College with elite academy coaches from Sheffield United FC Academy.

This vocational course will develop your knowledge and skills to enable you to work within the football industry or broader sport and active leisure sector. All learners will be supported to improve their performance levels with opportunities to potentially gain a professional playing contract.

You will learn about areas such as:

Diploma Year 1 topics may include

  • Anatomy and physiology in sport
  • Fitness testing, training and programming
  • Practical sport
  • Safe and effective sport coaching
  • Sports Injuries
  • Leadership in sport

Diploma Year 2 topics may include

  • Sports coaching
  • Sports nutrition
  • Sports psychology
  • Work experience in sport
  • Technical and tactical skills in sport

Additional short courses may be available to enhance your employability with the opportunity to achieve qualifications such as NGB F.A. Level 1 coaching qualification.

On your programme you will be required to study for Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths qualifications, if you do not already hold a minimum GCSE grade 4.

You will be required to work independently outside of taught class time to complete course work assignments.

Entry requirements

3 GCSEs at A*-C grades plus a minimum grade 4 in English Language.

You may be required to attend a football trial before being offered a place on this course.


BTEC Level 3 Sport courses are assessed mostly by course work and practical assessments however there will also be some exams.

Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

Your next step could be into a professional playing contract or into employment in the sport, health and fitness industries or to higher education. Successful students may progress to one of our Sport Foundation Degrees or other university/higher education courses such as physical education, teaching, leisure and recreation management, events management, sports development and coaching.


Further information

You will be expected to buy specific clothing for your course at a cost of £190.00. You will need to bring appropriate kit for indoor and outdoor activities. You will be expected to contribute towards the cost of trips and any residential visits. You may be entitled to help with the cost of clothing, kit, trips and visits and anything else you need to buy for

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Thursday 25th October 2018, 4pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday 21st November 2018, 4pm - 7pm
  • Tuesday 29th January 2019, 4pm - 7pm
  • Monday 4th March 2019, 4pm - 7pm

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: 01 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two years
  • Course code: HFNSU1


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    • Welcome to Hillsborough Campus

      Our Hillsborough campus in the north of the city is our creative hub with Art and Design, Photography, Fashion, and Music all based at the campus alongside more traditional courses such as A-Levels and our strong Sports base.

      The facilities at Hillsborough really have to be seen to be believed (why don’t you check out the tour!) from shiny Mac suites, which there are numerous, to sprung dance studios, a theatre and a TV studio.

      Hillsborough’s not just for those who are confident on the stage or in front of the camera, it also has a stage production workshop for set design and prop making, a wire tension grid which provides a strong, safe and virtually invisible platform for lighting changes to be made.

      Hillsborough also has a gym, a 3G sports pitch and a sports hall which is available for use for all, not just those studying Sport.

      If you need childcare, no problem! The Hillsborough campus has an Ofsted Outstanding rated nursery onsite.


      Hillsborough Campus, Livesey Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S6 2ET

      By Car

      From the M1 take Junction 33 onto the Sheffield Parkway.

      Take a right onto Derek Dooley Way/A61 and follow the A61 for approximately 2 miles.

      When you reach a KFC restaurant on your left and Owlerton Stadium on your right, turn right onto Livesey Street. Hillsborough Campus is located approximately 300 metres down Livesey Street, on the right hand side.


      Unfortunately the only on-site parking available at Hillsborough is for Blue Badge holders (more access information can be found here), however there is pay and display on-street parking and car parks available nearby.

      By Train

      Once you arrive at the station your best bet is to hop on a tram – the train station even has its own tram stop. See the Tram section below for more details.

      By Tram

      Pick up a blue line tram heading towards Malin Bridge and get off at Hillsborough or Hillsborough Park – both of which are around 5 minutes away.

      You can use the Supertram website to plan your journey and get up to date information about fares.

      By Bus

      There are a number of different buses that stop near Hillsborough Campus – too many to list here in fact!

      Check out the Travel South Yorkshire website for further details.

      By Bike

      Hillsborough has secure bike storage on site. Please speak to Student Services to register and gain access to the storage facilities.


      For accessibility information please see the Disabled Go website here.