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Football - Level 2 Diploma at City of Oxford College

Course description

Pursue a career in football with a course that mixes playing and training with coaching and learning. It incorporates the Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Sport with the NVQ Level 2 in Coaching Teaching and Instructing along with regular professional coaching. You will improve your knowledge in a range of sports science topics while also developing both your coaching and playing skills.

You will develop self confidence teamwork and organisation skills. You will be expected to demonstrate an ability to manage your time effectively and be responsible for the football club environment in which you are based. You will also develop your ability to produce professional documents such as letters and reports and to deliver presentations

Course content

This football diploma covers the following football-related subjects: physiology, nutrition, psychology, coaching, fitness testing and training.

You will complete six units to gain the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Sport and you’ll complete a portfolio of evidence to gain the NVQ in Coaching Teaching and Instructing.

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

Entry requirements

Applicants for a Level 2 programme will normally have:
- At least 4 GCSEs at Grade D or above and/or a completed Level 1 award
- GCSEs to include English and maths at grade D or above or Level 1 functional skills qualifications
- the willingness to study for an additional qualification in English and/or maths

If you are interested in a Level 2 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 assessment. All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.


The BTEC Diploma in Sport is coursework based and you will need to complete all six units. The NVQ is completed by producing a portfolio of skills evidence developed throughout the year. The Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Football is assessed by a practical coaching session and an additional portfolio. The coaching content of the programme requires you to complete a significant number of hours within the structure of Oxford City FC outside normal timetabled hours.

You learn through practical participation on the coaching field supplemented by classroom delivery. Group work and portfolio building are regular activities throughout the programme linking your practical participation to theory.

Future opportunities

This is an excellent pathway to our Level 3 programmes. You could gain employment with local sports coaching companies or a variety of sport and recreation organisations. Successful students will gain a variety of related skills that are transferable to their ongoing education or employment such as communication skills, time management and leadership.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Oxford College directly.

Last updated date: 19 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: OXPDIPFOOT


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