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Sport (Football) Level 3 BTEC National Foundation Diploma (in association with Leatherhead FC) - 2019:20

Location: Merrist Wood College
Course Code: ND02LF1A018P
Year: 2019:20
Start Date:  09/09/2019
Duration: 1 Year
FT/PT:  Full-Time 
Exam Board:  Edexcel
Fund Type: L
Tuition Fees (16-19): £ 0
Exam Fees (16-19): £ 0
Subject Area

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Content / Overview 

If you are interested in a career in sport and developing your own football skills and game understanding alongside a study programme of sports coaching, development and fitness, then this is the course for you.

You will undertake and gain an understanding of the football industry, and a range of coaching techniques and programmes. Our aim is to give you the tools to both evaluate and develop your own performance, ultimately improving you as a player and student here at the college.

Fitness, Nutrition, Psychology, and improvement of own football and coaching skills are some of the football-related subjects we offer and opportunities to apply your skills in your chosen environment.

The Level 3 National Foundation Diploma is equivalent to 1.5 A Levels and the Level 3 National Extended Diploma is equivalent to an additional 1.5 A Level (3 A Levels in total).

All 16-19 year olds on full-time programmes will be required to retake GCSE English and Maths or to undertake Functional Skills, if they have not already attained the equivalent of a GCSE grade C in these subjects, every year of their course, until they complete their studies.

Course Modules 


  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Fitness training and programming for health, sport and well-being
  • Professional development
  • Sports coaching
  • Fitness testing
  • Sports performance

We have qualified FA Tutors, so you will have the opportunity to undertake (in addition to your main programme) your FA Level 1 and 2, FA Coaching Disabled Footballers, FA Safeguarding and Emergency First Aid, Gym Instructor Level 2. These courses may incur an additional cost if you wish to undertake. 

Application Method

Application followed by individual interview

Entry Requirements

At least four GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C), including Maths and English, or a relevant Level 2 sports qualifications (for example Level 2 BTEC Sport) at Merit or above.

Further Study

Upon completion of your studies you will have the necessary skills and qualifications to begin a career in sport, these include options to go to University, the fitness industry or coach football both in the UK and abroad.

All students aged 19 years or over on 1 September in the first year of their course are expected to pay tuition, registration, exam fees and all other course related costs. Some assistance with these costs may be available depending on your circumstances and the latest government funding position.

There are normally no tuition, registration or examination fees to pay if you are aged 16-18 on 1 September in the first year of your course and are a British or European Union resident. This does not apply to HNCs/Ds, Foundation Degrees, Degrees or courses that do not attract government funding (identified as 'no fee remission available on this course').


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