BTEC Level 3 Sports Course

Our BTEC Level 3 sports courses provide a broad range of practical and theory-based contextual learning for students who wish to progress in the sport and leisure industry.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport

Equivalent to three A-Levels, our BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport provides you with the opportunity to work towards a vocational qualification for a career in the sport industry or, the chance to study further at university.

Our qualified tutors have more than 15 years of teaching experience in addition to being FA licensed coaches. They combine innovative classroom learning with the practical experience of coaching and offer opportunities to represent the Nottingham Forest Football Development squad in both regional and national competitions.

Above all, we ensure that our students have the opportunity to develop their understanding through a first-class education within a professional football experience.

Students are expected to have met the entry requirements of the Level 3 course with 5 GCSE grades 9-4.

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BTEC Level 3 Sports Course

Undergraduate Degree Course

Acquire the knowledge to successfully kick start your career within the football industry through our undergraduate degree courses. Unlike most university courses, you’ll have the opportunity to learn, develop and coach in a professional and exciting environment.

Foundation Degree in Football, Coaching and Development

Delivered in partnership with the University of South Wales, our two-year foundation degree allows you to gain valuable coaching experience and industry-recognised qualifications. You’ll be able to develop your football and coaching expertise in communities across Nottinghamshire whilst attending lectures and seminars at The City Ground which aim to develop your understanding around engagement of children and young people in sport, social inclusion theory and sports management.

At the end of the two year programme, alongside your FA Level 2 Coaching award, you’ll have the opportunity to convert your Foundation Degree into a BSc (Hons) degree if you wish – perfect if you want to push yourself to the next level.


What You Need to Apply:

  • 40-48 (Foundation Degree)
  • 80-104 (BSc Degree)
  • Three GCSEs  C or grade 4 or above including English and Maths

Year One Syllabus:

  • Football Coaching; Theory to Practice
  • Technical Planning & Reflective Practice in Football
  • Academic Research & Professional Skills
  • Introduction to Sports Development
  • Managing & Developing Football in the Community
  • Sports Development in Practice
  • FA Level 2 Award in Coaching Football


Year Two Syllabus:

  • Football Coaching Adolescent Performers
  • Work Based Learning
  • Football in Society
  • Physical Education & School Sport (Optional)
  • Learning and teaching methods
  • 300 hours coaching practice


Year 3 Syllabus (optional) to progress to a BSc Hons:

  • Applied Professional Project
  • Performance Football Coaching: Theory to Practice
  • Strategic Sports Development
  • Contemporary Issues in Sports Coaching
  • The Business of Football

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Undergraduate Degree Course

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