Burnley FC Shadow Youth Team (Sport) Level 3
Type: Vocational
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including either Maths or English, or a Level 2 equivalent in this area and GCSE Maths or English at grade 4/C or above. Plus a successful trial.
Start Date: Sept 2018
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. 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.


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. There may even be the opportunity for overseas scholarships or to be scouted by Burnley FC and other professional clubs.

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.




At NCC we’re committed to ensuring that your studies are career focused and are linked to your future goals. Develop a new skill, learn how to be a leader, volunteer for a good cause and keep fit through sport. Enhance your learning and make the most of the array of activities on offer to help you stand out from the crowd when applying for university, an Apprenticeship or a job.

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.

Progression and Careers

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

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