Level 3 BFC Shadow Youth Team
Type: Vocational
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including either Mathematics or English, or a Level 2 equivalent in this area and GCSE Mathematics or English at grade 4 or above. Plus a successful trial.
Start Date: September 2020
Length: 2 years
Course Overview

The Burnley FC Shadow Youth Team 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 and Excellence. 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 gain 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.

At the end of this programme you can choose to progress onto an HNC in Sport at Nelson and Colne College, university, an Apprenticeship or employment in the sector.


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.


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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