Sport, Coaching & Development


Sport & Performance

Do you have a keen interest in sport, coaching and physical activity? Would you like to enhance your sporting knowledge and gain an insight into player development? Then our course is the one for you!

Course at a glance

Entry Requirements:

5 GCSEs Grade 4-9 (including English Language and Maths)


BTEC Pearson


2 Years

This subject is equivalent to 3 A-levels.

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What you'll study

This course contains a generous amount of sports participation and can be taken alongside the football programme, cycling programme or as a stand alone qualification. Practical elements occur within many units such as Applied Coaching Skills, Developing coaching skills and Fitness Training. The practical elements of the course will be supported by class tasks, logbooks and both written and practical assessments to demonstrate your knowledge of the unit.

These units include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
  • Fitness training
  • Applied coaching skills
  • Practical sports application
  • Developing coaching skills
Beyond the course

You will undertake various qualifications relevant to the course. There are volunteering opportunities available to you, including CITC events, disability sports, school events and events across Greater Manchester.


Work is assessed and marked internally using a broad range of assessment methods. Marked work audits will be completed on a regular basis throughout the duration of the course to ensure consistently high levels of Quality Assurance.

Future career opportunities

This course particularly suits those wanting to enter employment in the sport and active leisure sector as coaches, PE teachers and leaders as well as those who have a real passion for football. It is also ideal for those wishing to progress to higher education to study a sport-related degree such as coaching, sports development, sports science and teaching sport. This course is linked to the Manchester City Community Football Coaching degree at Manchester Metropolitan University, UA92 and UCFB. Alongside the academic aspect of the course, you will also have access to quality coaching to enhance your football skills and playing ability.

Enhance this course through Football

If football is your passion, we have the optional opportunity for you to develop your skills alongside your studies. Students studying either one of our sport courses can join our CITC Football Pathway, our specialist football training and development programme which is delivered by our partners City in the Community (CITC).

Please note that there are limited places on the CITC Pathway, so we are unable to offer all Sport students this opportunity. Priority will be given to students meeting the Priority Application deadline. Predicted grades, school references and performance at interview will all be taken into account when offering places on this pathway.

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Sport in the Community Pathway

Students studying BTEC Sport, Coaching & Development will be able to register for our new Sport in the Community Pathway.

By registering for this pathway, you’ll be given a guaranteed interview and employment trial with GLL – one of Manchester’s biggest employers in the sport and leisure industry.

Your employment with them can run throughout your time at Connell and beyond into university or full time employment. As a national company you will have the opportunity to work for them wherever you choose to go in the future too.

Find out more about the pathway and GLL.