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Extended Diploma in Sport (Football Academy)

Course Code: C3103
Campus: Millfield
Week Commencing: 10 Sep 18
18/19 Academic Year End Date:
23 Jun 19

Belfast Met Football Academy is the leading sports academy in Northern Ireland for 16-18 year olds who wish to pursue a career in football. Our football academy provides a unique opportunity to gain an internationally recognised qualification, whilst gaining access to top class coaching and training facilities. Teaching, learning and assessment is contextualised to reflect the comprehensive coaching programme and students also get to compete at the highest level in one of the academy teams. There are also opportunities to travel overseas to compete against other elite teams.

This is a two year programme follows the Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence) pathway, which is equivalent to three A Levels.

You will study a range of practical and theoretical units including: Technical and Tactical Skills in Sport, Sports Coaching, Physiology of Fitness, Fitness Testing, Practical Sport, Fitness Training, Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise, Sports Nutrition, Psychology for Sports Performance and Profiling Sports Performance.

There is an annual fee of £490 due each year, which represents a contribution towards the costs of training kit, competitions and the comprehensive technical coaching, strength & conditioning sessions and sports science support programme.

This programme of study is likely to include enrichment units, such Essentials Skill and other relevant units, which are an additional component to enhance your employability.

This course session is currently closed for enrolment/applications – it may be offered at a later date – please continue to check our website for updates.

Career Opportunities / Progression

Entry Requirements

Requirements are pre-defined by the College’s admissions criteria which are outlined at

Entry to the course is by achieving relevant qualifications and also trials. The trials take place between March and July and attendance is crucial to gain a place on the course. The academy is open to students who would like to improve their skills and understanding of the sport, reaching the highest standard of competition they can move into employment or the next level of academic study.

All applicants must attend a pre-entry guidance session.


Tuition Fee


Fees relate to year one of this two–year course

All fees are set in accordance with DfE regulations.

Important Information

Opportunities and Progression

Progression to year two of the extended diploma in sport programme is subject to satisfactory completion of year one.    Successful students will have the opportunity to seek employment in the sport, leisure e and recreation industry in careers such as professional player, sports coaching, sports development assistant, fitness consultant, health and physical activity co-ordinator, or leisure centre assistant. Students can also progress onto higher education courses such as Sports Scholarship Programmes in the USA, HND in Sports Coaching and Development, HND in Sport and Exercise Science or the Foundation Degree in Health, Physical Activity and Sport, in addition to an honours degree at university.

Contact Information

Contact: Department Secretary, tel: 028 9026 5332 or email: [email protected]