Football Studies (BTEC Level 3)

Football Studies (BTEC Level 3)

Subject Area: Sports


Course Information

  • Start Date: Sep, 2022
  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course Code: 153806
  • Entry Requirements

    5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including English.


    Level 2 in a related subject including English and/or maths at grade 4 (C) or above (or equivalent).

    All students who have not achieved a grade 4 (C) or above in GCSE maths will need to study this at the college alongside this qualification.

    Course Overview

    This course is based at our Ipswich campus.

    Whether your interests are playing, coaching, officiating, or developing the great game for generations to come, the Level 3 Football Studies course has something for you.

    Open to female and male students alike, this popular course is tailor-made for the football enthusiasts and anyone looking to pursue a career in the world’s most popular sport.

    This programme replicates our Sport Coaching, Development & Fitness (BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma) which is the equivalent to 3 A-levels. What makes our Football Studies Programme unique is that it includes a calendar of fixtures where you will represent the college in both 11 aside football and futsal. Your programme of study will also incorporate up to 6 hours of coaching from our highly qualified FA Coaching and Strength and Conditioning team where provision is in place to support athletic, technical and tactical development.

    Students may also have the opportunity to achieve additional qualifications such as FA coaching badges to assist the pursuit for employment within football and the wider sports and fitness sectors. This will hopefully go alongside trips and visits to further inspire students into a career in the industry.

    Alongside football, you are required to complete mandatory academic units including Sports Coaching, Practical, Leadership, Development, Business and Analysis. Students will also study topics such as Fitness Testing and Programming, Exercise, Health and Lifestyle and Anatomy and Physiology.

    The study programme is assessed using a variety of methods which reflect the football industry, including presentations, observations, written reports, exams, and coaching sessions.

    You will be in College for at least four days a week. Students are also required to take part in relevant work experience, in a sport setting, which includes with our external partners in the industry.

    Football Studies Taster Sessions

    Showcase Events...

    Half Term/Holiday Showcases

    Perfect for football enthusiasts, we have a calendar of half term showcase events that will be hosted at the Suffolk New College Sports Centre.

    Don’t miss out, register today here:

    Parents Information Evening

    An opportunity to get frequently asked questions answered and to gain a deeper understanding as to why this course is the ideal next step.

    Spaces are limited so don’t miss out and register today here:

    Course Highlights

    The course offers the perfect blend of education and playing football. Alongside a rich training and match day programme delivered by our experienced coaches, you will study a number of exciting and contemporary topics that will best prepare you for your next steps. You will have the opportunity to learn in the classroom and through practical sessions utilising the College’s fantastic facilities, and pursue work experience opportunities with our wide range of top employers and partnerships in the sports industry.

     Core Skills Covered: Confidence | Hands-on | Evaluating | Mentoring | Planning and Organising | Resilience

    Next Steps

    Previously, we have had students move into apprenticeships and employment with local sport providers. Furthermore, we’ve supported learners' progression into university and to The US on soccer scholarships.

    Throughout the two years with us, young people will gain an understanding and detailed insight into their options moving forward. This is supported through our partnerships with local clubs, employers, universities and US advisors.

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    Tuition Costs

    No tuition fees are payable for students aged 16 – 18 on 31 August 2022.

    For all students aged 19+ please contact Student Support.

    For details regarding fee remission, please visit our Tuition Fees page.

    Additional Costs

    There is a mandatory college sports kit which can be purchased at

    This will be worn during training sessions and on a match day. College playing kit is provided for fixtures.

    There is likely to be additional costs for trips and additional qualifications which are optional but recommended.