Sport Coaching and Leadership (Football with MGFA)

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Qualification type: Diploma and Sub Diploma
Level: Level 3
Awarding body Pearson/Edexcel
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date September 2018
Duration 1 or 2 years (discussed at interview)
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Full time

Course overview


This new and dynamic study programme provides students with the opportunity to acquire substantial knowledge and vocational expertise for the coaching industry. It is composed of a main qualification, the Sub Diploma in Sports Coaching and Leadership which is delivered alongside a range of industry-recognised awards and qualifications from the National Governing Bodies (NGB’s) pertinent to the profession.

Practical units will assess the traits required for coaching and leadership across a range of sports. Units such as Instructing Coaching for performance, Practical Sport Performance and Professional Development in Sports Industry will enable you to apply your knowledge to the sport coaching industry.  You will also be coached by FA registered coaches giving you the best chance to advance your skills in football. Theoretical units will provide the scientific and technical knowledge required to succeed in coaching and leadership, whilst enabling students to progress to Higher Education pathways.

The Sport Coaching and Fitness Industry can be an extremely rewarding environment to work in. Career opportunities are diverse; ranging from working in sport coaching clubs, sporting academies and fitness centres. Some careers will require further study at Higher Education level, for example teaching or centre management. Hence, this programme offers a maximum of 112 UCAS points (depending on performance) to enable progression to Higher Education.

This programme does not require students to be experienced in Sport coaching and Fitness activities upon entry. Full coaching and training will be provided throughout the course. The course does not require you to have played football at a high level but does require you to want to further your skills in this area. A college football policy must be followed and adhered to by each student.

Section Uniform (approximately £70).


NOTE: Some National Governing Body registration and course fees are not included in the programme, and membership of NGB’s will be mandatory in some instances. This will be encouraged as part of professional practice in the industry. These may vary. See contact below for further information.


Entry requirements

Applicants must hold 4 GCSE’s between grades 4-9. These must include English or maths

You will be required to attend an interview for all college courses and we will request a report from your previous school, college and/or employer. Prior experience of coaching or playing in sports teams will be beneficial but not essential as full training and opportunities will be available to all.

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

Studying and learning

Study Programme components

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport. Units may be subject to change.

·         Anatomy and Physiology

·         Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being

·         Professional Development in the Sports Industry

·         Sports Leadership

·         Investigating Business in Sport and the Active Leisure Industry

·         Skill Acquisition in Sport

·         Coaching for Performance

·         Sports Psychology


National Governing Body awards, which may include:

•         F.A

o   Level 1 coaching award in coaching football

o   F.A Basic Referee course

•         Active IQ

o   Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instruction (GYM)


•         F.A level 1 introduction to first aid in football

F.A Safeguarding Children Workshop


How will I be assessed

This programme contains substantial practical elements supported by more theoretic units which allow reflection and application of experience. Seminars, practical sessions and research sessions will develop autonomy and encourage ownership of personal development. You will eventually lead groups both, within the college and externally, in preparation for employment or further training.

Internally assessed units will use formative and summative methods including written reports, presentations, posters/leaflets, video production and practical assessments.

Things you may need

You will study at Darlington College and the MGFA will be held at Eastbourne Sports Complex, Darlington.

What next

The study programme comprises a substantial degree of practical vocational experience through internal training, external partnerships and work-experience. Students have the opportunity to access a broad range of National Governing Body Qualifications (some at their own cost) throughout the programme. Links with employers and training providers will guide this.  As a consequence, many past students have progressed in the industry working with professional bodies such as Middlesbrough Football Club, Darlington College or Further Education and Martin Gray Football Academy.

Higher Education: This programme provides students with UCAS points; the key to entering University courses. Many Foundation Degrees are also offered at local colleges, and provide a more gradual and vocationally orientated progression route. Typical progression routes include:

  • BSc Sport & Exercise (Coaching)
  • BSc Sport and Applied Exercise Sciences
  • BSc Sports Therapy
  • FdSc Sport Coaching and Exercise
  • FdSc Sport and Exercise Sciences.
Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

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