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Sports Coaching and Development (Football) (Level 3 Extended Diploma) *NEW

Pearson BTEC

Course Overview

This is a new and exciting course that combines a L3 Sports qualification with playing and coaching football. Students will receive a high-quality education from an expert teaching team in addition to coaching sessions with local football club coaches including Derry City FC staff. Students have the unique opportunity to combine their love of playing football with their desire to achieve an academic qualification. The coaching team will deliver football sessions three times each week. Students will experience football sessions from local coaching experts, will meet players and staff of DCFC, and meet board members to discuss the demands of running of a professional football club. Students will complete a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching & Development. The course is equivalent to three A Levels and delivered as a two-year, full-time programme. Due to the wide choice of units, learners can access employment directly in sports coaching and development roles or can progress to higher education such as BA (Hons) in Sports Coaching and Development or a BA (Hons) in Sports Management.
  • Start Date
    2 Sept 2024
  • Study Mode
  • Duration
    2 Years
  • Campus
    Strand Road

Available Sessions

  • Course
    Start Date
  • Course: Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Sports Coaching and Development (Football) *NEW
    Campus: Strand Road
    Type: Full Time
    Start Date: 02/09/2024

Course Offering

  • Site location Strand Road
Two young female students walking and laughing together

Course Modules

  • Careers in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry
  • Health, Wellbeing and Sport
  • Developing Coaching Skills
  • Applied Coaching Skills
  • Research Project in Sport
  • Sport Development
  • Self-employment in Sport and Physical Activity
  • Sports Psychology
  • Nutrition for Physical Performance
  • Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
  • Functional Sports Massage
  • Fitness Testing
  • Fitness Training
  • Sporting Injuries
  • School Sport Delivery
  • Technical and Tactical Skills in Sport
  • Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport
  • Practical Sports Application
  • Influence of Technology in Sport and Physical Activity
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

4 GCSEs (Grade C or above); OR Level 2 Diploma. Applicants should be playing or coaching football with a team.

ROI Requirements

4 OLCs (Grade O5 or above) OR Leaving Cert Applied-Merit or Level 2 Diploma. Applicants should be playing or coaching football with a team.

Additional Requirements Prior to Entry

Attendance at Information Session

Work Placement

There is no formal work placement on the course, but students will be expected to engage in coaching practices at their own clubs and with course coaching sessions. In year 2 there is an opportunity to complete an Erasmus project to a European country. In 2023 sports students travelled to Malaga for a two-week work placement in sports coaching, physiotherapy, fitness instructing and teaching.

What's Next?

Further Study

Students will achieve UCAS points through completion of this course. Therefore, progression to higher education, i.e. Foundation Degrees and University Degrees remains a valid option for many students (dependant on the grade profile achieved). Progression routes can include our Foundation Degree in Sport (validated by Ulster University) and degrees such as PE Teaching, Sports Coaching, Fitness Instruction and Sports Development at universities such as Ulster University, Liverpool Hope, Liverpool John Moore’s and University of Central Lancashire.

Career Prospects

The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development focuses primarily on progression to employment as a coach. The variety units in this qualification give learners employment opportunities for working with participants of all ages. Possible job roles include community coach, school / after-school coach, sports development coach, and multi-sports coach.


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