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BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance & Excellence) - Football

Highlights Include

  • Football specific training at an advanced level
  • Compete in AOC league and cup competitions
  • Specialised staff provide overlap between training and teaching
  • Career talks from professionals in the industry
  • Learn to coach in real live environments, such as in local primary schools
  • Trips to sports industry companies
  • Use of fantastic facilities at Tattenhoe Sports Pavilion
  • Find out about internships within analysis, scouting, and coaching with professional football clubs



Duration: 21 Months Dates: 11/09/2017 - 21/06/2019 Full-Time: MON-FRI, 9:00 - 17:00 Fees: 16 - 18 N/A
19 - 23 £7395.00
24+ £7615.00
Overseas £7615.00
Location: Bletchley Campus

What does this course cover?

  • Analysis of Sports Performance
  • Technical and Tactical Skills in Sport
  • Sports Psychology
  • Profiling Sports Performance
  • Rules, Relegations and Officiating in Sport
  • The Athlete's Lifestyle
  • Talent Identification and Development in Sport
  • Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise
  • Sport as a Business
  • Workshop/Study Skills
  • Work Experience


Who is this course for?

If you are serious about a career in sport, predominantly Football, this course will equip you with all the relevant skills and knowledge needed to be successful in the sector. You must be committed to studying, training and playing at an advanced level within the British Colleges Leagues. This involves you training for up to 6 hours a week plus match days, so personal fitness and commitment are more than essential.

What can I do after this course?

You could further your education by taking the next step and enrolling onto a Foundation Degree, relevant University degree or other qualification. You could also take an Advanced Apprenticeship in sport, or a related discipline. You could also head straight into the sport industry, taking on a role in a relevant field.


Why choose this course?

To be successful in the Football industry, it takes a lot more than just being fast on your feet. You must get to grips with the many different components that come together to make the end product. From learning the ins and outs of nutrition, to sports performance psychology, there is a lot more to know than just the physical side. You must be prepared to work hard, both physically and mentally. Determination and motivation is a must, and a passion for the game is essential. As with all sports, teamwork is one of the most vital aspects, and even if your fellow Defender is a Manchester United supporter, and you're all about Manchester City, you must be able to pull together in a variety of different situations, whether it's on the pitch or in a presentation.

Entry requirements

You must have 4 GCSE's at grade C/4 or above, one of which must be GCSE English Language. Equivalent qualifications in a relevant discipline will be accepted along with GCSE English Language at grade C or above or equivalent. Mature candidates will be considered on an individual basis. To progress onto Year 2 you will be expected to have successfully achieved the Diploma in Year 1.

Course detail

How much will I have to study each week?

The College programme is delivered over a period of 36 weeks, from September to July. You can expect to be in College for approximately 26 hours per week over 5 days. Students will also be required to study outside of sessions in order to complete course work, which will require around 3 hours a week. Football training is approximately 6-9 hours on top of the 18 hours of study. There will also be sessions and training scheduled for Saturday's, so please be prepared for this.

Do I need to purchase anything?

Uniform will need to be purchased within your first year of the course for the Elite Sports kit, which will be £250. You can view and order kit here. Please contact Mark Walsh on mark.walsh@mkcollege.ac.uk for more information. Bursaries are available at the College to assist with financies. Find out more.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through an arrangement of student presentations, written assignments, group discussions and practical assessments. All units are assessed and graded individually, then contribute to an overall grade for the course. This means that every assessment counts toward your final grade.

How will my progress be monitored?

Your progress is monitored through regular one to one tutorials and monitoring of assessment work.