What does this subject involve?

This programme is designed for Footballers who are looking to progress as a player onto a Pro-club, a Scholarship in the USA or onto a University degree course in the UK. The whole programme is two-years long and combines lessons with training and fixtures so that the work that you are studying will be a part of your development as a player.

What particular knowledge and skills will I develop?

You will learn about a range of topics in a sport such as Psychology, Anatomy & Physiology and Fitness Testing. Alongside the lessons, you will have high-quality Football training sessions to develop your ability as well as the opportunity to work with Personal Trainers to improve your physical attributes.

What are the course entry requirements?

You will need to meet the College's minimum entry requirements of five good pass grades at GCSE. Spaces on this programme are limited so you will have your Footballing ability assessed as part of your application.

How is this subject useful in the future?

Our main aim is to help our players achieve the highest standard of Football possible. Possible exit routes from our Portsmouth College Football Academy (PCFA) are; into professional Football Clubs through our links within the game, onto a US Scholarship where you can play and learn at one of the universities linked to the MLS or onto a degree course at a UK university to study any sport-related degree.

What will I study?

After the first year, you will achieve a Level 3 BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Sport, which is the equivalent in size to 1.5 A Levels. It comprises of seven units where four are mandatory and two are external. After completing the second year, you will achieve a Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity Development, which is the equivalent of studying three A Levels and carries forward the grades achieved from the first year to combine them with a further eight units (with one of these as being externally assessed).

How is the course assessed?

Across the two years, 15 units will be studied, with 33% of these units externally assessed through an examination or assignment that will be sent away for marking.

In year one, the units will comprise of:

  • Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology
  • Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport, and Well-being
  • Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry
  • Unit 4: Sports Leadership
  • Unit 5: Application of Fitness Testing
  • Unit 6: Sports Psychology
  • Unit 7: Practical Sports Performance

In year two, the following units will be studied:

  • Unit 8: Coaching for Performance
  • Unit 9: Research Methods in Sport
  • Unit 10: Sports Event Organisation
  • Unit 17: Sports Injury Management
  • Unit 19: Development and Provision of Sport and Physical Activity
  • Unit 23: Coaching and Leading for Participation
  • Unit 26: Technical and Tactical Demands for Sport
  • Unit 28: Sports Performance Analysis

Frequently Asked Question

Can I study an A-level alongside this course?

Yes. You will be able to study one extra subject alongside a Foundation Diploma or two alongside an Extended Certificate. Alternatively, this space may be used to retake a GCSE such as Maths.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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