BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport
Type: Vocational
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English
Start Date: Sept 2017
Length: 2 years
Course Overview

The Burnley FC Shadow Squad is a unique programme for aspiring footballers. Successful players will represent Nelson and Colne College in partnership with Burnley FC in the Community as part of the British Colleges Leagues. Students will study for a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport Performance. Students will also gain the FA Level 1 Coaching Award. You will have up to eight hours dedicated coaching and games a week with a highly qualified coaching team. There will be the opportunity to compete in games as well as gaining access to Burnley FC first team home matches. As well as receiving support from a professional club, there may be opportunities for American scholarship links.


What will I learn?

You will study topics such as Sports Coaching and Elite Sport, Practical Team and Individual  Sports, Principles of Anatomy and Physiology, and Fitness Testing and Programming. In addition  there will be a number of optional units to choose from, which may include:

  • Sport Nutrition
  • Profiling Sports Performance
  • Sports Legacy Development
  • Sport as a Business
  • Organising Sport Events
  • Talent Identification and Development
  • Analysis of Sports Performance
  • Exercise for Specific Groups
  • Leadership in Sport
  • Current Issues in Sport
  • Psychology for Sports Performance
How will the course be assessed?

The units are assessed using a variety of different methods including written assignments, PowerPoint presentations, group work, practical assessments and competency
based assessments.


Alongside your qualification you will have access to professional coaching to develop your practice (8 hours per week), compete in games played at Gawthorpe Training Ground and receive support from a professional club.


In addition to BFC training facilities, the College recently launched a multi-million pound sport facility to include a high-tech, 3G pitch and multi-use games area with an extended fitness suite. Students will also have access to a spacious six court sports hall with climate control.

Materials and other information

There are a range of recommended reading materials for this programme. Students are required to purchase sports kit, polo tops and hooded sweatshirts. The remaining attire is general sportswear e.g. shorts, tracksuit bottoms, and suitable footwear, indoor and outdoor. Please note suitable footwear for the 3G pitch is either sports trainers, moulded boots or astro trainers.

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