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Football Academy - BTEC National Extended Diploma Level 3 at Herne Bay High School

Course description

This programme is equivalent to 3 A Levels and provides direct access to university. Learners do not have to continue to study sport after this course, they are open to choose different university pathways. Learners cover a variety of different topics, which include: Anatomy & Physiology, Exercise & Physiology, Sports Coaching, Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise, Sports Nutrition, Psychology for Sports Performance and Sociology of Sport.

Entry requirements

2 Year Course – Normally 5 GCSE grades in the range of 9-4, as well as Maths and English GCSE Grade 4 minimum. A Merit grade in a Level 2 Sports course also meets the criteria. Although not essential, applicants are expected to be playing at a good level of competitive football and representing a club. Trials are part of the application process.

Successful candidates are required to purchase the Football Kit to be worn as uniform.

The football trials will take place on at Margate Football Club on:

21st February 2019, 10-12 at Margate FC

11th April 2019, 10-12 at Margate FC

Should you miss these trials, please contact the football academy direct on: 


Assessment is by a combination of coursework and external assessment.

Financial information

There may be costs for trips or visits.  Successful candidates are required to purchase the Football Kit to be worn as uniform

Future opportunities

The course leads to a variety of opportunities including Higher Education courses in Sport and related subjects or into employment areas such as coaching and health and fitness.

Further information

To continue studies into Year 13 students will need to achieve the required threshold in the end of year assessments along with Head of Department approval.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Herne Bay High School directly.

Last updated date: 17 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: Pearson

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    • Herne Bay High is a highly successful, innovative school that prides itself on its culture of high expectations and traditional values, particularly relating to respect, discipline and behaviour. We are passionate about supporting every child to achieve their full academic potential, whilst developing our students into responsible, mature and confident young people.

      The curriculum will be the principal means whereby students’ entitlement to a broad and relevant education can be fulfilled. Statutory requirements , including those relating to the National Curriculum, will be observed and implemented; the School will strive to provide all our students with a challenging and engaging educational experience tailored to their abilities and interests at KS3 and a personalised KS4 and sixth form experience. Our focus is to equip our students with the requisite skills and knowledge to flourish in our rapidly changing world.

      The School is not only an educational community of adults and young people but also an important part of the local community. The awareness of students to both of these features will be encouraged; the ethos of the School will be directed to this end.

      Herne Bay High will strive for excellence and high quality provision in all aspects of the curriculum, students learning, progress and development. Young people need to complete their period of schooling with high self-esteem, confidence, wider horizons and a range of appropriate qualifications, skills and personal attributes.

      Little of this can be achieved by students without hard work, the desire to learn, enjoyment, care for one another and creative, co-operative endeavour; this the School aims to achieve with all members of the School community.