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BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Football Academy) (Full Time)

Course Length2 years

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs grade A*-C (to include English and preferably Maths and Science) or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Sport (Merit) plus successfully passing a football trials session.


This vocational course is aimed at those who wish to combine progression in football, either playing or coaching, with the dynamic area of physical education, sports coaching and sports development.

Course Content

Students will receive instruction, guidance and encouragement to practise and develop the skills necessary to achieve the award. The course covers a wide range of subjects including:
- Training and Fitness
- Nutrition for Sport
- Sports Massage
- Fitness Testing
- Health and Safety in Sport
- The Body in Action
- Working with Children
- Sport in Society
- The Reflective Practitioner
- Ethics and Values in Sport
- Voluntary Sports Clubs
- Practical Sports Study Individual
- Special Populations
- Principles of Sports Coaching
- The Professional Sports Person
- Analysis of Elite Sports Performance
- Work Experience
- Business in Sport
- Enterprise in Sport
- Alternative Pursuits
- Sports Injuries
- Sports Psychology
- Organising Events
- Sports Development
- Practical Sports Study Team

Course includes daily training and opportunities to play in the various levels of the semi-professional set up at Basingstoke Town Football Club. The core modules focus on developing knowledge and understanding of leadership and coaching skills to enhance sporting abilities. This course leads to further studies in higher education or employment opportunities such as sports coaching/training and sports development. It is strongly recommended that students also study an AS/A level if they wish to continue studies at Higher Education level.

Attendance of 100% is necessary in order to complete the course.

Method of Assessment

The course is continuously assessed with some external assessment (this may include an Integrated Vocational Assignment) and testing through assignments, projects and case studies. Students will develop a responsible and co-operative approach to working on their own and in groups. The course uses practical activities, presentations and involvement with local business wherever possible.

Functional Skills

There are timetabled sessions designed to enhance skills in English and Maths. ICT skills may also be offered as an alternative if these skills are more appropriate to the programme of study. Students will receive separate certificates on successful completion of the programme.

Other Studies (enhancement)

There may be an opportunity to undertake additional qualifications built into the course that will be assessed by either continuous assessment, a completed portfolio or an end test.

Other Activities

Each course offers appropriate work experience to complement the knowledge and skills you will learn at College. Students will be given the opportunities to complete FA coaching courses and other vocational qualifications. This course includes a number of visits, including Guildford Spectrum, a Fitness Exposition in London, St Mary's Stadium and various Basingstoke gyms, cost is 100. Optional residential trips are often organised for students and these can cost between 300 and 600.


This course is a recognised route into Higher Education. Students may progress to a Higher National Diploma or Degree course.


Not applicable.

Consumable Items

Each student is responsible for purchasing general stationery items including a memory stick. Suitable footwear with non-marking soles are to be worn within the sports hall

Course Fees

For students aged 16 to 18 years of age as at 31 August 2012 tuition and registration fees are free, however, an administration charge of 25 will become payable on enrolment. For students aged 19 years and over tuition fees are payable for each year of study and a registration fee is payable at the start of the course. The fees quoted are correct at the time of publication but are subject to changes in government funding. Please ask for a copy of the Fee Information leaflet and please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff if you need further clarification.

Tuition fees (per year) - 19 years and over onlyRegistration fees - 19 years and over only

The following charges apply to all students:

Estimate charge for equipment (per year)Estimate charge for trips and visits (per year)
-100 (plus 300-600 for optional trips)

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Ben Wright
  • Name: Ben Wright
  • School: Cranbourne Business & Enterprise College
  • Course: Football Academy

The Basingstoke College Of Technology football development scheme, now the Football Academy, had its first professional footballer sign a 3 year deal with league one sign Peterborough United. The football scheme has been running for 7 years in association with Basingstoke Town Football Club and has had several semi professional players, including Ben, who has been at Basingstoke Town and Hampton & Richmond in recent years, but his signature is the first professional contract signed by a former BCoT student.

Ben studied on the National Diploma and HND Sports courses at the college and believes the new football academy scheme is an excellent opportunity for hopeful footballers to develop and improve their talents.

Academy Manager, Steve Allison revealed that “Ben was one of our brightest talents but also realised the value of a good education. He deserves his chance in the professional game. The academy scheme is an excellent opportunity for players to study whilst playing football in a semi professional environment”.

Trials for September 09’s intake will be held in June and information can be obtained from Steve Allison by emailing him on

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