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Football Level 3 Extended Diploma at Banbury and Bicester College

Course description

Follow your ambitions of a career in football with a course that develops talented players while providing full-time education.

The Extended Diploma in Football incorporates the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness) and the NVQ Level 2 in Activity Leadership.

Course content

The structure of this football diploma is two stages over two years and you need to successfully complete stage one to progress to stage two. Core topics covered include anatomy, physiology, nutrition, psychology, coaching and fitness testing and training.

You will complete 18 units for the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science while completing a portfolio of evidence to gain the NVQ Level 2 component of the qualification. 

Within your full-time timetable you will also complete a minimum of 12 hours per week of professional coaching and/or football-related activities. This includes participating in one of our representative teams. The Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Football also incorporates emergency response first aid and the safeguarding children workshop

You will learn through practical participation on the coaching field supplemented by classroom delivery. Group work and portfolio building are regular throughout the programme and link with your practical participation theory. Match day is Wednesday and you should be prepared for early departure and late return for some fixtures.

Entry requirements

5 or more GCSEs grades A*-C including English and maths
BTEC level 2 Diploma grade Merit or Distinction plus GCSE grade C or above or Functional Skills at level 2 in English and maths

If you are interested in a Level 3 programme and have alternative qualifications you would like us to consider please contact us with your details.

Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and complete an internal assessment. All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.

Future opportunities

Successful students can progress to higher education (HE) with links to the USA for scholarships and work experience or into the workplace through our links with Premier Sports Group. This course offers a fantastic opportunity to pursue a long-term career within the football family. If your choice is employment you could work in sports therapy, physiotherapy, sports studies, coaching, science, sport and exercise sciences, sport science or physical education. Alternatively you could progress to HE to take a teaching qualification.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Banbury and Bicester College directly.

Last updated date: 22 January 2016
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