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ABOUT THE EDUCATION

 
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INTRODUCTION

WHO IS THE STUDY PROGRAMME FOR?

The ESPFA is for those who wish to combine progression in football, whilst having the opportunity to gain educational sporting qualifications. This vocational element of the programme is tailored for those who wish to combine progression in football, either playing or coaching, with the dynamic area of physical education, sports coaching and sports science.

 

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS CAN I ACHIEVE?

There is a range of qualifications that are available to students on the course depending on which club you enrol at. The core modules of the education programme focus on developing knowledge and understanding of sports science, leadership and coaching skills to enhance sports performance.

 

Students can achieve the following qualifications:

  • NVQ Level 2 in Activity Leadership* (*dependent on location)

  • BTEC Level 3 in Sport (Sports Coaching and Development)

WHAT PROGRESSION IS THERE ONCE THE COURSE IS COMPLETED?

Throughout the duration of the course, the ESPFA will present pathways that are on offer from our partners and external institutions for our students to explore post completion of their qualification.

 

The BTEC Level 3 in Sport qualification can lead to further studies in higher education (such as a university or our own degree pathway that enables you to continue to train and play matches for your academy) or direct employment opportunities in a variety of sectors, such as sports coaching or sports management. On the football side of the programme, students have the opportunity to play for semi-professional/professional clubs as well as the pathway to study, coach and play in the United States or elsewhere on an international scholarship.

WHERE WILL THE COURSE BE BASED?

The education will be based at each individual football club or a local facility with a dedicated education tutor delivering the qualification supported by a team of senior management staff.

 

At certain times throughout the duration of the programme, specialist facilities may also be used for elements of the course.

 

WHAT OTHER OPPORTUNITIES ARE THERE?

​Students will be given the opportunity to build up their own CV and take part in work experience at the football clubs, gaining experience on match days and non-match days, through a wide range of tasks which could include coaching, administration, promotion, marketing, etc; and will differ from club to club.

WHO WILL I BE REGISTERED TO?

​The ESPFA have education funding partners who provide the places for all our students and subcontract those places to Eliteform Limited trading as the ESPFA. You will enrol as either a student of either PM Training or Loughborough College depending on which club you are at. The education funding partners oversee the study programme from start to finish and claim for you certificate on successful completion.

 

The ESPFA through our senior management staff of the Head of Education and the Regional Managers will manage the programme on a day to day basis liaising with the education funding partners on a week to week basis.

 

IS THERE ANY FINANCIAL SUPPORT?

​All enrolled students will be able to apply for bursaries from our education funding partners at the beginning of the educational year.

 
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BTEC LEVEL 3 IN SPORT

 

COURSE ATTENDANCE

Full time.

 

COURSE COST

FREE (although there is cost for training kit via our partners AFB Kits.)

 

COURSE LENGTH

2 years.

WHAT ARE THE AIMS OF THIS COURSE?

If you want to pursue a career in coaching, teaching, sports therapy or are planning to progress on to a higher education sports-related degree, this course is ideal for you. You will gain an in-depth understanding of sports science, coaching, fitness and nutrition. Additionally, the breadth of optional content in this qualification allows learners to widen their opportunities to progress to a number of different higher education courses.

 

WHAT LEVEL 3 OPTIONS ARE THERE?​

Depending on your grades you will study one of the following in the Sports Coaching and Development pathway:-

  • National Foundation Diploma (equivalent to 1.5 A levels) - (540 GLH)

  • National Extended Diploma (equivalent to 3 A levels) - (1080 - GLH)

 

Each club programme is different, for clarification on which qualification your club will study, please speak to your regional manager.

WHAT ARE THE AREAS COVERED BY THIS COURSE?

Units across the two options include:

  • Careers in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry

  • Health, Wellbeing and Sport

  • Coaching Developing Skills

  • Sports Development

  • Self-Employment in Sport and Physical Activity

  • Applied Coach Skills

  • Research Project in Sport

  • Anatomy and Physiology in Sport

  • Nutrition for Physical Performance

  • Sporting Injuries

  • Fitness Testing

  • Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport

 

 

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO I NEED TO GET INTO THIS COURSE?

Three GCSE’s at grade 4 or above which must include Maths or English. If you gain a 3 in either Maths or English, you will be required to retake that subject during your time on the programme.

HOW IS THE COURSE ASSESSED?

You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including assignments, presentations, research and practical activities

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Each unit you complete will be graded either a Pass (P), Merit (M) or Distinction (D) which are worth a certain amount of BTEC points. On completion of all your units, your points will then be calculated for a total overall amount and you will then be awarded a final grade based on the BTEC points threshold below.

 

WHICH QUALIFICATION WILL I BE AWARDED IF I SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THIS COURSE?

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded a BTEC Level 3 National Foundation/Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development from the awarding body - Pearson.

WHAT WILL I BE ABLE TO GO ON TO DO AFTER I'VE COMPLETED THIS COURSE?

On completion of the BTEC Level 3 in Sport National Foundation/Extended Diploma you can progress onto a sports related degree or another appropriate higher education course. Advice on opportunities for further study will be provided during your course through our education provider.

WHAT ARE THE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES?

This course can lead to work in sports coaching, teaching or work in the leisure, sports and fitness sector. In addition, it could provide entry into business and management within the leisure industry. Advice and guidance will be provided during your course by our education providers and also can be discussed at parent/guardian evenings.

HOW MANY UCAS POINTS CAN I ACHIEVE?

Whether you study the Foundation Diploma or the Extended Diploma, UCAS points are available for each grade. The highest amount available is 168 which is the equivalent of three A* grades at A-Level. Please see the table below for full details.

 
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NVQ LEVEL 2 IN ACTIVITY LEADERSHIP

 

COURSE ATTENDANCE

Full time.

 

COURSE COST

FREE (although there is cost for training kit via our partners AFB Kits.)

 

COURSE LENGTH

1 year.

 

COURSE AVAILABILITY

This qualification is only available at a limited number of our clubs, please enquire for further information.

 

WHAT ARE THE AIMS OF THIS COURSE?

If you are interested in sport, this course provides the knowledge, skills and experience needed to gain an entry level job in the sports and leisure industry or to progress onto further education.

 

WHAT ARE THE AREAS COVERED BY THIS COURSE?

The course includes the study of the following areas, for example:

  • Preparing for and leading activity sessions

  • Supporting the work of the team and organisation

  • Promoting health, safety and welfare in activity leisure and recreation

  • Contributing to participants’ personal and social development

 

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO I NEED TO GET INTO THIS COURSE?

Entry Level and GCSE’s 3-1

 

HOW IS THE COURSE ASSESSED?

You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including practical tasks and assignments.

 

WHICH QUALIFICATION WILL I BE AWARDED IF I SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THIS COURSE?

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the NVQ Level 2 Certificate in Activity Leadership. You will also have the opportunity to complete Functional Skills qualifications in Maths and English if needed and also develop important skills – like communication, team working, presentation and problem solving.

 

WHAT WILL I BE ABLE TO GO ON TO DO AFTER I’VE COMPLETED THIS COURSE?

On completion of this course you can progress onto a BTEC Level 3 in Sport at the club you are at. Advice on opportunities for further study will be provided during your course by our education provider.

 

WHAT ARE THE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES?

The NVQ Level 2 in Activity Leadership can lead to work in a leisure centre or gym, or in general sports coaching. Advice and guidance will be provided during your course by our education provider and also can be discussed at parent/guardian evenings.

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PROGRESSION

Whether you study the Foundation Diploma (equivalent to 1.5 A levels) or the Extended Diploma (equivalent to 3 A levels) there are opportunities to progress to Higher Education establishments, such as university, scholarships in the US and our own degree programme via the UCAS points you accumulate on successful completion of the qualification you achieve and the grade you are awarded.

 

UK UNIVERSITY

Our BTEC in Sport Level 3 programme is the perfect pathway for progressing on to university here in the UK. During your time on the programme, our highly skilled and experienced tutors will be able to guide you through the application process with UCAS. For more information you can visit the following link - www.ucas.com

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

Throughout your time on the programme, we will be bringing in external organisations who specialise in providing scholarships in the United States of America and other countries. An attractive pathway for those students who perform well both academically and on the football pitch and wish to extend their education and footballing development in a new environment.

 

OUR ESPFA DEGREE PROGRAMME

We are proud to run our own Blended Learning Degree Programmes, where you can study towards a variety of sporting qualifications.

 

This programme enables you to complete a degree programme without the restraints of attending daily sessions at a University. For more information, please contact info@espfa.co.uk

 

 
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WHY CHOOSE BTEC?

 

BTECs are high-quality, career-focused qualifications grounded in the real world of work. BTEC courses focus on skills-based learning and are designed around themed units. This practical approach allows BTEC learners to develop and apply the knowledge and skills that employers, colleges and universities are looking for. 

 

A BTEC is so much more than a qualification – former BTEC-qualified students often say how they continue to apply what they learned on their BTEC course, when they progressed on to further study, started a job, and as they advance throughout their career.

Hear why below these successful individuals chose BTEC.

 

 
 
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SUCCESS STORIES

Since 2014, there have been many students who have progressed onto higher education or gained apprenticeships in different sectors. Each year we like to highlight some of them, as they showcase what is on offer to new and current students if they achieve their goals. 

 

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UNIVERSITY

SCHOLARSHIPS

DEGREE

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ABOUT US

The Education and Semi-Professional Football Academy (ESPFA) is a unique study programme for 16-18 year olds combining football with further education at semi-professional football clubs.

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