Sport (NQF) (Oxford City FC): Pearson's BTEC Level 1/2 First Extended Certificate

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Pursue a career working in football with a course that mixes playing and training, alongside coaching and learning.

This programme is run in partnership with Ignite Sport UK from Oxford City Football Club at City of Oxford College and in partnership with Banbury United FC in Banbury. Through it, you will improve your knowledge in a range of sports science topics while also developing both your coaching and playing skills

Our career pathways show you a typical route through the various stages of learning, what you will learn along the way and the careers these programmes could lead onto.

What I'll learn

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

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.

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.


How I'll learn

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. The BTEC Diploma in Sport is coursework based and you will need to complete all six units.

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.

This is a combination of Football and Learning. Successful learners can progress to the Level 3 programme and continue to develop their football education.


How I'll be assessed

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 Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Football is assessed by a practical coaching session and an additional portfolio.


Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grade D (3) (including English & maths) and/or a completed Level 1 award

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.


How to Apply

Applying for one of our programmes is easy.

You can apply for a vocational programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘Apply now’ on your chosen programme page. You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with your application.

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs).

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.