Sport (QCF) (Oxford City FC): Pearson's BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

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Further follow your ambitions of a career in football with a course that develops talented players, while providing full-time education.

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.

What I'll learn

The structure of this football diploma is two stages over two years and you need to successfully complete stage one to progress to stage two. Core topics covered include anatomy, physiology, nutrition, psychology, coaching and fitness testing and training.

The Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Football also incorporates emergency response first aid and the safeguarding children workshop


How I'll learn

You will complete 18 units for the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science while completing a portfolio of evidence to gain the NVQ Level 2 component of the qualification. Within your full-time timetable you will also complete a minimum of 12 hours per week of professional coaching and/or football-related activities. This includes participating in one of our representative teams.

This is a combination of Football and Learning. Successful learners can progress to the Activate Learning Degree in Sports Coaching, fitness & Rehabilitation programme or their pathway to employment.



How I'll be assessed

You will learn through practical participation on the coaching field supplemented by classroom delivery. Group work and portfolio building are regular throughout the programme and link with your practical participation theory. Match day is Wednesday and you should be prepared for early departure and late return for some fixtures.


Entry Requirements

5 or more GCSEs grades A*-C (4) or above including English and maths or a BTEC level 2 Diploma at grade Merit or Distinction plus GCSE grade C (4) or above or Functional Skills at level 2 in English and maths

If you are interested in a Level 3 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 internal 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.