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Sports, Fitness & Outdoor Education

Sports, Fitness & Outdoor Education

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The course has been designed to prepare you for a career in leading sport and active leisure sessions and/or outdoor activities. The course will be delivered with an emphasis on football.

Course details

Wirral Met College Football Development Centre combines this academic activity leadership qualification with practical skills and technical/tactical development, coaching and the option of competitive or recreational weekly football fixtures depending on ability.

Throughout this qualification you will develop the knowledge and skills needed to prepare you to plan, lead, conclude and review activity sessions in the sports environment.

Areas of Study (to include)

  • Health, safety and welfare in a sports environment
  • Equality and diversity in sport
  • Working in a team or organisation
  • Prepare for activity sessions
  • Lead activity sessions
  • Conclude and review activity sessions
  • Enable disabled people to take part in sport
  • Contribute to adventurous activities
  • Set up, take down and store activity equipment

Entry guidelines

Priority will be given to those aged 16-18 years old.

4 GCSEs graded A* - C (grade 4 or above), preferably including English and maths.

You will be invited for a practical assessment to determine your current football level.

Satisfactory interview, school report and/or satisfactory reference..

If English is not your first language, you may need an assessment before enrolling on this course. To discuss further, please contact the ESOL department on 0151 551 7144.

Equipment Required

You will need to purchase and maintain a college specified uniform. Details will be discussed at interview.

Assessment Method

The course is assessed using a combination of practical and portfolio-based activities.

Additional Information

There will be a fee payable to contribute to the residential costs for overnight expeditions and visits, costs will be advised at interview. Students will take part in a variety of activities as part of the course, examples of these are:

  • College Football Development Centre representation in The Merseyside Schools & College's League (depending on playing ability)
  • Intra College competitions
  • Manchester City FC stadium tour
  • National Football Museum visit
  • Residential visit to London including a visit to Arsenal FC for a festival of football and an Emirates stadium tour as well as a Wembley stadium visit
  • Training session at The FA's national football centre St George's Park (training facility of the England national squad)
  • Adventurous activities which may include gorge walking, abseiling, rock climbing, canoeing, and kayaking
  • Planning and leading sports coaching sessions to local primary school children
  • Work experience placements


Are you aged 16-18?
Study programmes are full-time courses for 16-18 year olds which include:

  • A qualification such as BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Meaningful work experience or preparation for work
  • English and maths, if you don't already have GCSE grade A* - C (grade 4 or above) in English and maths
  • Non-study activities such as tutorials, voluntary work, fund-raising/charity work, sport or trips

Where can I progress to?

At the end of the course you could progress to employment in the sports and fitness industry or continue studying sports, fitness or outdoor adventure at Wirral Met College.

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When does this course run?

  • Starts 04th Sep 2017 - Ends 28th Jun 2019 Ref K085J001

    If you are aged 16-18:

    This study programme will be FREE for most students who are aged 16-18 on 31 August, or students aged 19-24 with an Education, Health & Care Plan.

    If you are aged 19 or over:

    Fee : £4100.00

    Depending on your personal circumstances, this course could be FREE for you if you are aged 19-23 and you do not already have a level 3 qualification. Please see our Fees and Discounts leaflet for details, or call 0151 551 7777.

    If you are aged 19+, you may be able to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan (which is available for this course).

    The fee quoted is for the academic year 2017-18. Course fees for 2018-19 will be confirmed in due course.

    Planned Timetable
    Day Times Campus
    Monday 09:00 — 15:00 Oval Campus
    Tuesday 10:00 — 15:00 Oval Campus
    Wednesday 10:00 — 11:00 Oval Campus
    Thursday 10:00 — 15:00 Oval Campus
  • Starts 03rd Sep 2018 - Ends 26th Jun 2020 Ref K085K001

    If you are aged 16-18:

    This study programme will be FREE for most students who are aged 16-18 on 31 August, or students aged 19-24 with an Education, Health & Care Plan.

    If you are aged 19 or over:

    Fee : £4100.00

    The fee quoted is for the academic year 2017-18. Course fees for 2018-19 will be confirmed in due course.

For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or call into our Conway Park Campus Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm (all year round) and Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-6.30pm (term time only).

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