Extended Diploma Level 3 Sport (Football)




2 year(s) Full Time

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Summary & Entry Requirements

Course Includes

This course is suitable for those interested in developing their knowledge and understanding of the coaching and development aspects of sport. The course provides the opportunity to make a specialist study of football and to develop practical skills in this sport as well as studying broader areas such as fitness testing, working with different groups and coaching techniques.


As part of the Football Academy you will have training sessions every day (3 times a week); this will be with the whole team to develop your understanding of the game and these session will aid your skill development. You will also have access to a Strength and Conditioning coach, who will work with the group for one hour a week; this will compliment your training sessions with your coaches to develop you as a player.


Every Wednesday there will be fixtures to fulfil. We are currently playing in the ECFA Category 1 and ECFA East Midlands Region; Category 2A and Category 3D leagues; with 3 squads getting games every week.

Principal Qualification

Diploma 90 credit Level 3 Sport.

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at 9-4 or a relevant Level 2 qualification. Additionally, you must have achieved at least a C grade in English and maths.

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Facilities & Location

Course Facilities

Artificial pitches

The college’s rubber crumb artificial pitch – specifically designed to accommodate both football and rugby – was the first third-generation pitch to be developed in the county and is sanctioned by the Football Association for tournament match play. This means less fixtures have to be cancelled and the quality of the natural grass surfaces can be more easily maintained.

The 93 x 97-metre pitch can be set out as two 7-a-side or four 5-a-side pitches, is home to the Intersoccer small-sided football leagues, several football clubs and is used for the FA’s coaching and various college academic programmes.

A floodlit, full-size sand artificial pitch for hockey and football has been added, which can be divided into thirds and is used for training and matches by several teams from both sports.

Our floodlit, water-based hockey pitch at Pitsford offers a carpet surface that utilises water cannons to wet the playing area prior to play in order to reduce ball friction and enhance speed. The pitch is used by a number of local and regional teams, as well as the England Hockey team for training and development.


All classrooms at the college are fitted out with modern and specialist equipment related to the area of study. They are also regularly upgraded to ensure they remain state of the art and provide inspirational places to learn and grow your knowledge.

Fitness Suite

Our fully air conditioned fitness suite and studio contains 17 stations with cardio and resistance machines, free weights and a stretching area. It is also home to DanceScene, a dance school offering lessons in a variety of disciplines and the venue for our regular spinning classes.

Trained fitness instructors and personal trainers are on hand to help you achieve your goals, while full-time sports students and those living in halls of residence are offered membership as part of their course or residency. Membership is offered at competitive rates to other students and staff at the college.

IT Facilities

Significant investment has been made in I.T. facilities over recent years, teaching is enhanced with IT in the majority of classrooms and a number of I.T. Suites operate throughout the different campuses utilising a mixture of PC’s, Laptops and Netbooks.  A cutting edge Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) system means that Students at all sites receive a consistent IT experience. 

Fast WiFi networks cover the majority of the campus, and students are enabled to bring their own devices for use during informal study periods. 

We run Microsoft Windows and Office 2010 with a range of specialist software to support each curriculum area.  Each student is provided with a College email address and a home area to store their files alongside this 24/7 access from home is available to the College’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where lesson notes, interactive study aids, and videos support and reinforce teaching from both the classroom and practical sessions.

John Ashby Sports Centre

Opened in 2000, this multi-purpose sports hall is used extensively for teaching purposes and is also available to hire commercially out of college hours. Clients that use the facility include Northampton Town FC, Kettering Town FC, Northampton Saints Rugby Club, Northampton Fencing Club and a number of other sports teams.

Sports catered for include badminton, basketball, volleyball, archery, fencing and karate, with all the associated equipment needed, while the hall is also used to host conferences and the annual college awards ceremony.

Learning Resource Centres

The college has learning resource centres at the main Moulton site, at the East Northants and Daventry vocational skills academies. The Moulton LRC provides access for 240 people, including a designated IT area for our higher education students.

Each learning resource centre offers a range of services such as libraries, careers advice, learning support and study spaces, as well as access to resources including books, journals, newspapers, trade literature, online resources and DVDs.

Each centre also has a computer suite that provides access to network drives, the internet and Moodle, as well as hardware such as printers, copiers and scanners. Specialist software includes AutoCAD and packages for horse management, farm management, garden design, accounting, statistics and mind mapping.

For anyone requiring additional support, the learning resource centres at Moulton and at the vocational skills academies offer learning support, where needs can be discussed and arrangements put in place.

Sports Pitches

The Holcot site includes two full-size football pitches, one rugby pitch and three training areas, all of which are used by our students at the football and rugby academies.

They are also used by Northampton Town FC as training facilities and are home to Moulton Fields FC, a community club with 15 teams in all age groups.

The pitches at our Pitsford site were opened in 2007/08, include two football pitches and one floodlit rugby pitch, and are used by our academies and Northampton Town FC’s Centre of Excellence and youth squads.

Sports Therapy

Since offering our first sports studies course in 1999 we have responded to the enormous growth in demand by investing heavily in new facilities.

The John Ashby Sports Hall, opened in 2000, contains a sports therapy clinic, while more recently our purpose-built Chris Moody Sports Therapy and Injury Rehabilitation Centre was opened in 2012.

The first of its kind in the UK and only the second one in Europe, the centre aims to become a centre of excellence in the provision of neuromuscular rehabilitation. It provides a base for clinicians looking to build their own private practice and offers opportunity for established clinicians, athletes, sports clubs and other medical staff to access world-class rehabilitation facilities.

Facilities include:

  • A whole-body cryotherapy chamber (the only liquid nitrogen chamber in the UK not affiliated to a professional football club)
  • A hyperbaric chamber
  • Six thermal, infrared saunas
  • A water therapy pool
  • A hydrotherapy pool
  • A 25-metre swimming pool with moveable floor

Sitting alongside this clinical provision is our education provision, where students can learn about sports therapy and rehabilitation in the very best training environment.

Teaching areas include therapy suites, a biomechanics analysis laboratory and changing facilities for the pool and other sports facilities.

Students manage an in-house Sports Therapy Clinic which is open to fellow students.

Strength and Conditioning

Strength and Conditioning provision is catered for in a modern state of the art training facility that contains a specialist free weights facility designed for use by teams and academies, as well as providing a training resource for professional clubs.

Swimming Pool

Opened in 2012 as part of the unique Chris Moody Sports Injury and Rehabilitation Centre, our 25-metre pool has a moveable floor and is used for teaching purposes with our 750 full-time sports students.

It is also used recreationally by other students and staff, and available for use by the community, including local schools, clubs and other organisations.

Course Location

Moulton Campus
Moulton Campus

Moulton College is one of the longest established Colleges in the country. This history of providing education and training gives the campus a unique feel, combining tradition with the latest and most up to date resources.

Moulton now provides a wide range of courses specialising in the natural, built and recreational environment, which is not only spacious and attractive, but provides an ideal location in which to study.

The College is proud of its record since beoming an independent Further Education Corporation in 1992. The number of students has increased significantly, and the courses on offer now range from pre-entry through to degree and post-graduate level. Staffing breadth and expertise have increased, and the buildings and specialist resources are now amongst the best in Great Britain.

Moulton is situated close to major motorway networks and main railway lines, provising easy access from all parts of the country.

Study Progression & Careers

Progression Opportunities

Students generally progress onto a higher level of Sports Studies course, move into a job with training (such as an apprenticeship) or move into full time employment.

This Course

Extended Diploma Level 3 Sport (Football)

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Further Information

Course Overview

Modules you may study include:

Anatomy and Physiology
Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being
Application of Fitness Testing
Professional Development in the Sports Industry
Sports Leadership
Coaching for Sports Performance Practical Sports Performance
Development and Provision of Sport and Physical Activity
Investigating Business in Sport and the Active Leisure Industry
Skill Acquisition
Research Methods in Sport
Sports Performance Analysis
Sports Psychology
Sport Event Organisation

Learning & Assessment Methods

Vocational and professional qualifications are taught through college based theory and practical lessons with further learning and understanding developed via directed self-study. Assessment consists of internally set coursework and assignments, although some professional and vocational qualifications may require the achievement of externally set assessments.