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All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

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

4 GCSEs at grade 9-4 including English and maths

Interview Requirements

With the cancellation of this summer's GCSE exams now confirmed, this is understandably a difficult and uncertain time for applicants planning to start college in September.

Your application is very important to us and we are committed to ensuring you receive the best possible experience.

We will consider your application carefully and will let you know, by email, if the College would like to make you a conditional offer based on you meeting the specified entry requirements.

If your application suggests that an alternative subject area or course level would be more appropriate for you at this stage, we will contact you either by telephone, email or text.

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


student success

Adrianna Dennis, Level 3 Sport

Adrianna Dennis, Level 3 Sport

"I moved to the UK from Swaziland in Africa in 2017 and heard about Northampton College from family friends. I began a Foundation course studying maths, English and vocational studies...

Sorry, you’ve missed the start date for this course but we are planning to offer it again in September 2020. If you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us on 0300 123 2344 or complete our easy online enquiry form


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