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Level 3

Football Studies BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (Triple)


Are you passionate about the beautiful game? Would you love a career in one of the most popular sports in the world? Then Football Studies is the course for you!

At the College we strive to provide an outstanding curriculum for our students and their progression routes and Football Studies will allow a student with any football based career aspiration the opportunity to gain vital experience and knowledge to progress into any aspect of the Football industry.

As a student you will work alongside experienced practitioners within the Football industry, who are not only highly qualified UEFA level coaches, but also have worked in many aspects of this career field ranging from the professional game to grassroots. In addition to this our outstanding lecturers will give you the opportunity to develop industry relevant skills to provide you with the springboard for success in areas such as, for example in coaching, officiating, performance and analysis.

In the first year (Foundation Diploma) students will study the following units with the main focus being development of your knowledge within football;

o Unit 1 -; Anatomy & Physiology (externally assessed unit) (understanding the kinesiology of movement to be effective in football as well as how A&P can be linked to football performance.)

o Unit 2 -; Fitness Training & Programming for Health, Sport & Well-being (externally assessed unit)

o Unit 3 -; Professional Development in the Sports Industry (research a range of career options within Football and how to make you employable within the game)

o Unit 4 -; Sports Leadership (to understand leaders and the psychology within football and then apply this knowledge into real coaching situations)

o Unit 5 -; Application of Fitness Testing (to apply your knowledge of football related fitness tests and the reasons being them. Also providing advice as an aspiring S&C coach in Football to enhance performance)

o Unit 7 -; Practical Sport (to both participate and analyse your own performance as well as that of others, using a range of techniques that are used in the game)

o Unit 10 -; Organising Sports Events (to develop key partnerships with the local clubs, schools and county FA to produce a range of events to support grassroots football.)

From the knowledge gained in the first year, students will study the following in year two (Extended Diploma);

o Unit 8 -; Coaching for Performance (to work as the role of coach, manager or official that will prepare you for the current FA coaching qualifications and give you additional industry experience.)

o Unit 9 -; Research Methods (to undertake your own research within the game, which could give yourself or your team the marginal gain needed to take performance to the next level.)

o Unit 17 -; Sports Injury Management (to understand how injuries in Football occur and highlight effective advice on rehabilitation in line with industry advice both in a theoretical and practical setting.)

o Unit 19 -; Development & Provision of Sport & Physical Activity (externally assessed unit)

o Unit 22 -; Investigating Business in Sport & the Active Leisure Industry (externally assessed unit)

o Unit 24 -; Sports Performance Analysis (to undergo the role of a Sports Analyst at varied levels of the game and provide a range of analysis to support the development of individual and team performance.)

So, if you are looking for a career in Football or just wanting to develop your knowledge within this amazing sport, this course is for you!


You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at 9-4, including English Language or Maths.

GCSE PE or other vocational Sport qualifications is very useful, but not compulsory. You will need to have a passion for football, whether it be playing, officiating, coaching, analysing or the business of football. We are looking for the next generation of the football workforce, so you don’;t need to be the next Lionel Messi or Lucy Bronze to be a success on this course.

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Financial support

The applicable fees for this course, including any available discounts, will be listed in the information above.

How to apply

Once you have created an account, you can easily apply to your chosen course and track the status of your application at any time.


Step 1

Set Up Your Account

You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.

Step 2


Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.

Step 3

Application Review Meeting

Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.

Step 4

Accept Your Place

Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.

Step 5

What next?

Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.


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