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Performance and Excellence Football Academy – BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

This course is suitable for students who wish to focus on football playing and/or refereeing related elements and has several possible progression routes. Students must be prepared for a mix of theory which relates to football components and practical work specific to the progression of their football career under exclusive link with Havant and Waterlooville Football Club. Watch the video created for the Football Academy

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above are required, including English and Science and preferably Maths.

Students must have experience of performing at a high standard and a football trial must also be carried out by applicants.

Course Content

You will study the equivalent of 180 credits, 9 units each year, a total of 18 units.

Year one core units:

Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport

Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise

The Physiology of Fitness

Assessing Risk in Sport

Sports Nutrition

Year one specialist units:

Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport

Sport as a Business

Current Issues in Sport

Analysis of Sports Performance

Sports Coaching

Year two core units:

Fitness Training and Programming

Psychology for Sports Performance

The Athlete’s Lifestyle

Technical and Tactical Skills in Sport

Year two specialist units:

Sports Injuries

Work Experience in Sport

Organising Sports Events

Sport and Exercise Massage

Functional Skills awards will be taken in IT and Employment Skills during the course.. All Academy students train up to four times a week.

How will I be taught?

The course is taught both in the classroom and through practical sessions offsite. Students should be very aware that this course has a fair degree of theory-based classroom studies. Additionally students should remember that the assignment based coursework demands can be quite intense at times. This means that self-organisation is very important in order to complete all units of the course. You need to be fully committed to succeed.

On the football activity side, you will have three practical training sessions a week. These are an integral part of your course as you strive to improve your level of performance. Sessions will be managed by qualified FA coaches. Each member of the squad will play for one of  the academy teams, playing home and away fixtures on a Wednesday afternoon.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll work through a continuous programme of assignments, class activities, practical tasks, discussions, presentations, written reports, voluntary work, organising events and coaching.

Each assessment will be graded against the unit criteria and from there you’ll get an overall grade (Pass, Merit or Distinction).

Will I need any extra equipment?

Students will require suitable footwear for sessions both indoor and outdoors. Non-marking shoes are recommended for both Sports Hall and Gym sessions. On the training ground you will be required to bring running trainers with both moulded and studded football boots depending on weather conditions. Academy clothing and training wear can be purchased throughout the year and must be worn in and out of the classroom at all times.

In the classroom students are required to bring stationery including an A4 folder to store assignments and a USB stick which will be useful for IT sessions. Text books will be provided when required and supported by the Learning Resources Centre.

What qualifications will I get?

At the end of your two years study you will achieve an Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence). In addition to your full time course you will be provided with the opportunity to achieve the Level 1 FA coaching badge.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

Students have a number of progression routes they can follow. These include university where they can study for a wide range of careers in PE Teaching, Coaching, Sports Management, Sports Sciences, Commercial Business and Journalism. We can also introduce students to Football specific degree courses at local universities. Students can also continue their studies abroad or find direct employment in the Sports and Active Leisure industries through a number of available apprenticeship schemes.

Course Information

Work experience may be a requirement of your course, this could involve a DBS check, for which there will be a cost.

There are various course related residential day visits and trips that you will be offered throughout the course. These trips may incur small additional costs.

Students, aged over 19 on the 1 September of the year the course commences will be required to pay tuition and assessment fees. If you are in receipt of an income based benefit please ask about financial assistance, which may be available.

If you would like further advice or guidance please contact Reception on freephone 0800 056 0511.

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Further Information

As a member of the South Downs Hawks/Havant & Waterloovile FC Academy, you will receive high quality coaching and a rich variety of academic study. This 2 year course provides 5 hours a week of football coaching on our 4GL Astroturf facility in addition to your studies. Collectively the course provides an exciting insight to the make-up of a pro footballer and all the various support roles such as the coach, psychologist, nutritionist and physiotherapist. It is a very physical, technical and psychologically challenging course. Trained by UEFA qualified coaches, you will play against top opposition in the Conference Youth Alliance; F.A Youth Cup and Hampshire Colleges leagues as you aim to join the many previous Academy students that have gone onto represent various Non-league football clubs.

The SDC Football Academy is twinned with Havant and Waterlooville Football Club which means you will have the opportunity to work with the Academy coaching staff alongside senior 1st team players and club coaching staff.


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