16-18 Year Olds


This is a fantastic practical work-related course where you will learn by completing projects, practical-based activities and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations and activities, including coaching a range of different community groups. The course will introduce you to your chosen career and provide a good basis to progress onto a more advanced qualification

Football participation will include both football sessions and physical gym training, taking place throughout the duration of the course. There will be daily football training by Macclesfield FC coaches and competitive matches will typically take place in:
EFL – CEFA League, FA Youth Cup, British Colleges League, Cheshire Senior Cup (senior), Central Reserve League (senior).

It’s the goal of the football academy staff to provide opportunities for elite players to participate in training with the Macclesfield FC senior squad on a regular basis.

Entry Requirements

For this course you will need to have achieved one of the following:

• A minimum of 4 GCSE’s Grade 5 or above, ideally to include English Language
• A Level 1 qualification (e.g. BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Sport and Active Leisure)

A GCSE PE/Sports Studies qualification would also be advantageous and you will need to be able to demonstrate a reasonable degree of fitness.

On receipt of your application to study this course you will be invited to attend an admissions interview and football assessment to discuss the course and its requirements further.


During this course you will study twelve units in total. Three mandatory core units will provide a general foundation and nine specialist units will introduce you to particular topics in more depth.

Core units:

• Fitness for sport and exercise
• Practical sports performance
• Anatomy and physiology for sports performance

Specialist units will include:

• The mind and sports performance
• The sports performer in action
• Training for personal fitness
• Leading sports activities
• Lifestyle and well-being
• Injury and the sports performer
• Running a sports event

Alongside your main programme of study you will also study either GCSE or Functional Skills in English and Maths if you have not achieved a GCSE grade 4 or above. If you have achieved a grade 4 or above in GCSE English and Maths, you will engage in extending these skills through a Directed Study Programme.


All BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Sport units are assessed through internal project and assignment work and external assessments. Each unit is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction and then an overall grade of Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* is awarded on completion of the course.

GCSE and Functional Skills qualifications are assessed through external examination and portfolio work.

Awarding body

Pearson Edexcel


On successful achievement of this course you may wish to;

• Apply to study the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport, ideally you will need to have achieved a Pass or above
• Pursue a Sport related subject such as Gym Instruction, Leisure Management, Sports Coaching and Development or Teacher Training.
• University Courses (i.e. Sports Business/Coaching/Media).
• Pursue career opportunities within Sport &Leisure/Football Coaching & Fitness/ Private Gyms/Sports Business etc.
• Opportunities abroad. USA/Australia: Coaching/Playing/Studying.
• Football Apprenticeship Programme (More info TBC)

Additional information

Additional help and support is available should you require it and you can discuss this further at your admissions interview.
You will have the opportunity to take part in educational and industrial visits and outdoor activities during your course. A financial contribution of £100 per year towards the costs of sports kit, visits and activities is to be paid during the first term.

Possible visits may include football stadium tours, kayaking and other outdoor activities but could be subject to change.

Macclesfield FC will provide some base level training kit for free for students to use. Extra kit can be purchased via the Football Club supplier. All players will be expected (where possible) to wear Football Club leisure wear and training kit whilst participating on the football academy course.

Football participation will be varied with both football and physical gym training taking place throughout the duration of the course.

Matches will typically take place in the:
EFL – CEFA League, FA Youth Cup, British Colleges League, Cheshire Senior Cup (senior), Central Reserve League (senior), and potentially EFL League Two (senior).

It’s the goal of the football academy staff to provide opportunities for elite players to participate in training with the Macclesfield FC senior team squad and be back to college in time for education classes.

For further information please contact Paul McGuire at paul@macclesfieldfc.com.

Further Information

For further information, advice and guidance call The Learner Experience Team on 01625 410062.

Duration and Times

Start date: 05/09/2022

End date: 23/06/2023

Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Days of week: TBA

Number of Weeks: 35

Weekly hours: 11.00

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