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

Course description

The aim of this course is to develop your theoretical and practical knowledge of Sport through working towards a Level 3 nationally recognised qualification. This course is based at Crewe Campus (MMU) and also offers a Football Academy alongside your academic studies. We have specialised coaches who will offer excellent knowledge in football and work alongside the academic staff. The course is also designed to prepare you 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.

Your lessons will take place in classrooms, sports facilities (indoor/outdoor) and in the sports laboratory. In addition to the course you may also have the opportunity to complete Sports Therapy, Sports Leaders and Level 1 Coaching Qualifications. There is also a work experience unit in the second year during which you can gain an insight into working in the sports industry e.g. Physiotherapists, Fitness Instructors, Sports Physiologists, Sports Teachers. Alongside your course you will study English and/or maths to improve your skills in these vital subjects by attending structured classes, as well as having your English and maths assessed in all of your work throughout your course.

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, including maths and English. For this subject you must also achieve a grade C or above in science or Physical Education, plus any other relevant subjects. 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.

Future opportunities

On completion of the course you will gain the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma which is accepted by universities for entry onto Higher Education courses such as sports therapy, physiotherapy, sports coaching, secondary education P.E. teacher etc. The qualification is also designed to prepare you for appropriate direct employment in the vocational sector, and is suitable for those who have decided that they clearly wish to enter a particular specialist area of work in the areas of sport, leisure and fitness.

Further information

Alongside the BTEC 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 activity days/trips during the first year. As part of your main course programme you will also further develop your functional skills in maths or English. There are online resources to support you on this course and an Additional Learning Support team if required.

MMU/NULC Football Academy open days run throughout the year at the Crewe Campus. Contact Nigel Deeley ( for details.

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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