Sport (BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma) at Needham Market Football Academy

Sport (BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma) at Needham Market Football Academy

Subject Area: Sports


Course Information

  • Start Date: Sep, 2022
  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course Code: 153821
  • 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).

    Course Overview

    This course is delivered by Needham Market Academy who operate an elite football excellence and education programme for students of any gender. There is the combination of practical playing with academic achievement and life skills. The course provides students with an excellent steppingstone to combine progression in football, sports coaching, physical education and sports development. Needham Market Academy deliver the elite coaching, match provision and teaching all at Needham Market Football Club. Students will receive individual and team coaching from our highly qualified coaching team as well as guidance on individual fitness, nutritional advice, and regular appraisals to monitor progress both on and off the pitch.

    The stimulating and employer-appealing Level 3 Sport explores a number of areas which enable you to gain a wider insight into areas such as Sports Psychology, Fitness Testing, Anatomy and Physiology, Coaching, and more. This course is ideal for those looking to gain employment in the Sports Industry, and for those aiming to progress onto a Sport-related course at University.

    You are required to complete 11 mandatory units including Sports Leadership, Coaching and Leading for Participation, Sports Psychology and Physical Education and the Care of Young People. In addition, you will have 3 externally assessed units; Anatomy and Physiology, Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being, and Development and Provision of Sport and Physical Activity. The study programme is assessed using a variety of vocationally relevant methods which reflect industry, including presentations, observations, written reports, and discussions.

    Students are also required to take part in relevant work experience in a sport setting and may also have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications in Fitness Instructing, Coaching, and Sports Leaders.

    All students who have not achieved a grade 4 (C) or above in GCSE English will need to study these subjects alongside their chosen qualification.

    Course Highlights

    The study programme offers an extensive study of all sporting areas, including Coaching, Nutrition, Leadership, Fitness Testing and Training, and Anatomy and Physiology. You will have the opportunity to learn in the classroom and participate in training and matches utilising the Academies fantastic facilities as well as pursue work experience opportunities with our wide range of top employers. Educational trips are arranged each year to widen the student experience through attendance at sports conventions and alternative sporting venues.

    Representing Needham Market Football Club

    Whilst studying on any of the sports courses at Needham Market Academy, students are expected to represent Needham Market Football Club within the range of teams available. Needham Market Football Club are the highest ranked non-league club in Suffolk and will offer football suitable for your playing ability and a pathway to the first team if you are deemed to be at the required standard.

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

    Next Steps

    Students who complete this course may progress onto University, studying subjects to include Sports Coaching, Sports Development, PE Teaching, and Strength and Conditioning, or make the transition into the workforce in areas such as Leisure Centre Operations and Management, gaining an apprenticeship, Fitness, and many more.

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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 Needham Market Academy training kit to purchase. Trips vary to meet the interests of student groups with information on costs available upon enrolment and throughout the year.