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Football Coaching and Development – in association with Port Vale Football Club

Football Coaching & Development BTEC

In association with Port Vale Football Club

Course Overview

This course is a football and education programme developed with Port Vale to provide quality education alongside expert coaching from Port Vale Football Club and opportunities to compete at a high level in the EFL Community Education Alliance League against other professional football clubs. A full match day tracksuit is provided to all students on this course and transport is provided to and from training and competition. This course is designed for any student who wants to pursue a career in the football industry.

The two year course provides the equivalent of 3 A-Levels and includes a mixture of practical sessions and theory lessons. The Football Coaching and Development course is suitable for progression to university but also provides the vocational skills and experience to enter employment. This course specifically looks at developing sports skills in areas such as: Coaching, sports development and careers in the sports industry. You will be actively involved in sport and given the chance to experience a wide range of sporting activities in state-of-the-art facilities.

Qualifications Available

BTEC Extended Diploma (equivalent to 3 A-Levels)

Course Topics

  • Developing Coaching Skills
  • Applying Coaching Skills
  • Sports Development
  • Careers in Sport
  • Rules and Regulations in Football
  • Technical and Tactical Skills in Football
  • Fitness Testing and Fitness Training

Course Features

100% coursework assessment with a heavy emphasis on practical performance and coaching skills.

Specialist teachers providing expertise and a range of external opportunities to work with schools, clubs and organisations to develop vocational life skills.

Many opportunities to participate in additional coaching and leadership qualifications to support progression in the Sports industry.

A full match day tracksuit is provided to all students on this course and transport is provided to and from training and competition.

All students will be put through a Level 1 Football Coaching qualification and FA referee qualification and will have opportunities for work experience placements within the Football industry.


  • Coursework: 100%
  • Awarding Body: Pearson Edexcel

Where Courses Become Careers

Studying this course could lead to Higher Education or directly into employment. Many of our students have progressed onto the following progression routes.

University options include:

  • Sports Coaching
  • Sports Studies
  • Sports Development
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Football Development

Career Pathways include:

  • Football Coach
  • Football Development Officer
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Performance Analyst
  • P.E Teacher

Make your mark

How SFC will help you to boost your CV by developing your skills and qualifications…

You will develop communication skills in a range of theoretical and practical settings. There will be regular emphasis on problem solving as well as challenging you to develop your resilience and independence. The course covers a wide range of unit topics and can lead to exciting and rewarding careers in the sports industry.

You will undertake a work experience placement on the course to develop your independence of thought and employability skills. Achieving high grades on this course can secure you a place at a university such as Staffordshire University who specialise in Football Coaching and Development, in addition to a wide range of universities who offer more general sports degrees. There are regular visits from professionals and employers who are actively working in the sports industry. You will be encouraged to develop your communication skills through leadership and officiation; through this you will gain leadership and coaching qualifications.


If you are unsure what course you think you should choose or what career you would like to aspire towards then contact Admissions:

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