Football Level 3 (Oxford City FC) Extended Diploma

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Key information

Qualification type


Course code



Level 3


1 year

Start date

Sep 2020

Join the Oxford City Football Club Academy and pursue a career working in football with a course that mixes playing and training, alongside coaching and learning.

Oxford City Football Club, City of Oxford College and Ignite Sport UK have been delivering football and education programmes together for over 10 years.


The Football Academy provides a professional structure and offers the aspiring football player a comprehensive education, training and playing schedule.

The aim of the Academy is to deliver a high quality football education programme and to nurture the players’ talent to maximum potential. Players will receive action plans, targets, support and expert input to assist in developing their game.

An expert team of specialists support the players’ needs including physiotherapists, sports scientists, strength & conditioning coaches and sports psychologists.

Oxford City FC have in excess of 40 teams competing for them and Academy players have the opportunity to represent the club throughout the programme.

The Academy is available to UK players and overseas players with flexible education programmes to suit individual needs.

What I'll learn

You study 18 modules over the two years including:

  • assessing risks
  • coaching
  • fitness testing and training exercise
  • health and lifestyle
  • injuries massage
  • instructing physical activity
  • nutrition
  • organising sport
  • physiology for fitness
  • practical team/individual sport analysis of sport performance leadershipin sport
  • principles of anatomy and physiology
  • psychology
  • sport as a business
  • sports development
  • work experience

You will also improve the broader skills vital for success in further study or employment, including:

  • self-confidence
  • speaking in front of others
  • working with others
  • taking responsibility
  • managing your time

By the end of the course you will have benefited from a valuable insight into future careers open to you.


How 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.

You will complete 18 units for the Football Level 3 Extended Diploma 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.

Match day is Wednesday and you should be prepared for early departure and late return for some fixtures.


How I'll be assessed

Individual learning targets are set each term and you receive regular feedback on your progress in meeting these targets.

Formal assessment is through assignments projects presentations and practical assessments which are set at regular intervals throughout the course.

The functional skills in English maths or ICT is assessed by an external exam.


Entry Requirements

Five or more GCSEs grades 4 (C) or above including English and maths or a BTEC level 2 Diploma at grade Merit or Distinction plus GCSE grade 4 (C) 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

To register your interest and to arrange a trial:

Apply online:

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete 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 include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

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