Sport & Performance


Sport & Performance

This is an advanced course that combines the opportunity to study a level 3 qualification with the opportunity to develop your own sporting performance through our partnership with Manchester City. The course investigates current issues and principles around the development of sports coaching and fitness.

Course at a glance

Entry Requirements:

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


BTEC Pearson


2 Years

More about this course

What you'll study

This course contains a generous amount of sports participation and can be taken alongside the football pathway. Practical elements occur within many units such as Sports Coaching, Fitness Testing and Fitness Training and Programming. 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:

  • Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology
  • Unit 2: Fitness training and programming for health, sport and well-being
  • Unit 4: Sports leadership
  • Unit 7: Practical sports performance
  • Unit 8: Coaching for performance
Beyond the course

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


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, instructors and leaders and who also 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 and sports science. This course is linked to the Manchester City Community Football Coaching degree at Manchester Metropolitan University. 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 then we have the opportunity for you to develop your skills alongside your studies. Students studying either one of our sport courses can join our specialist football training and development programme which is delivered by our partners City in the Community (CITC).

We all share a “passionate commitment to excellence”. Our aim is to develop good people on the pitch and in the classroom. Students who opt to join this training and development programme will football training or match time as part of their timetable every day.

Our coaches are all qualified to UEFA B level, to improve players’ knowledge, understanding and game management.

Each of the sessions are set at a level to challenge the individual, where there’ll be different themes. These will be split over the session, where you’ll regularly take part in the different themed topics and end the session with a conditioned game.

Over the season you’ll be completing in the AOC and National Youth League. You’ll play a number of established football clubs, where the aim is to raise standards for and aspirations of talented football players in full-time education and outside of the Academy system.

You can indicate your interest in this additional programme on your application form and will have the opportunity to find out more by attending one of our recruitment events or at interview.