Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: Pearson

Qualifications on offer:

  • BTEC Level 3 Sub-Diploma in Sport (16-56 UCAS points)
  • BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Sport (24-84 UCAS points)
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport (32-112 UCAS points)
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (48-168 UCAS points)

Summary of course

This is an opportunity to combine studying a full-time Level 3 sports qualification with football training. The training is provided by Crystal Palace Football Academy, who have successfully trained young people to become professional footballers.

What will I study?

The full-time sports qualification will be a BTEC course over two years, the equivalent of studying three A Levels. The content of this will be the same as our other Level 3 Sports course. It will be delivered over four days.

The football training will consist of eight hours training spread over the four course days and a fifth day devoted to playing matches in the National Football Academy league. These will be both home and away in places such as Sunderland and Tottenham.

As part of any full-time course, all students also have to take part in other activities such as work experience and enrichment.

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Principles of Anatomy
  • Physiology of Fitness
  • Training and Fitness for Sport
  • Psychology for Sports Performance
  • Coaching
  • Assessing Risks in Sport
  • Practical Team Sports
  • Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
  • Exercise and Healthy Lifestyle

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:

Awarding Body specification.

How is the course assessed?

Assessment is currently by assignments, projects, and practical sessions but this is subject to change in the near future, when a small number of exams will also form part of the assessment structure.

Your Study Programme

If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for you if you have an interest in sport, particularly football, and wish to gain a Level 3 qualification in sport.

Progression and Career Opportunities

Students who have previously studied BTEC Sport have gone into employment in areas such as Fitness Instructing, or progressed to university to study degrees in subjects such as Sports Coaching and teacher training.

Entry Requirements for new students

Level Entry Requirements
Entry and Foundation: GCSEs, mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*
Level 1 Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above
Level 2 Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above
Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 3 A Levels Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 4/5 A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship
Specific Course Requirements: Standard Level 3 entry requirements including English and maths
  • All applicants will be invited in for interview.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studied as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 2 (E).

In exceptional circumstances, applications which do not meet the formal entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis.

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

You would normally be expected to attend a short interview with the tutor of the course to discuss the details of the programme, answer any questions you may have and to ensure that this is the right course for you.

General Info (materials required for the course)

As part of Crystal Palace Football Academy, all students with be required to purchase kit, currently priced around £250 for the essential items. This has to be ordered approximately 6-8 weeks before the start of the course, which is 10th September.

Course fee information

All Students will need to enter or register for their course qualification either by examination entry or Board Registration. The course tutor will advise you how to enter or register for your qualification and of the College deadline. All late entries are subject to a late entry fee.

The following fees will be payable in full:

16-18 year olds

  • All re-sits except first re-sit of GCSE Mathematics and English
  • Unauthorised absences from any examination entered
  • Any examination/registration unsupported by your subject tutor
  • Late examination/registration entries
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

19 years or over

  • Level 1 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Level 2 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Second Full Level 3 course: You may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay for the course fees^2
  • Level 4 course: Loans may be available^2
  • All Levels: Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

Overseas Students

  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 1 of a 2-year course
  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 2 of a 2-year course
  • £350 non-refundable Examination/registration fee in Year 1
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

^1 Fee remission may be available if you are in receipt of a state benefit. ^2 Contact the Enrolment Centre for more information on 0300 123 2344.


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