Currently viewingCancel
Hey, it looks like you're new! Why not discover the benefits of PS16.


Leisure, Travel and Tourism

Leisure, Travel and Tourism
Leisure, Travel and Tourism

What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type National Diploma (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This course is a new course from FSD Academy which allows you to choose a Mixed Martial Arts pathway. You can enjoy your sports education, sandwiched between a regular mixed martial arts training programme, led by UFC professional fighter, Andre Winner. Boxing, Kick-Boxing, Wrestling, Gappling and competition MMA are all options within this course. On-site facilities include; gym, clubhouse, kitchen, classrooms, briefing/presentation area, changing rooms and grass sports fields. In addition, with this course you will also use a local gym which fully dedictated to mixed martial arts training (complete with ring, punching bags and all related training equipment). This high quality course continues to offer more:

  • Sport, education & life skills
  • Advanced Mixed Martial Arts training (led by professional UFC fighter)
  • Fitness, strength & conditioning
  • Speed and reaction training
  • Technical, tactical, physical, psychological and social development



Led by Andre Winner (professional MMA/UFC fighter) your development is put first whilst allowing you to experience the competitive nature of sport. You will learn  crucial ingredients of controlled agression, discipline, self-motivation, perseverance, effort and resilience. You should be competent in sport to join this course but applications are welcome from students with or without previous mixed martial arts experience (boxing, kick-boxing, wrestling, grappling, MMA, etc). The aim is for you to improve significantly within our programme and realise your potential. During 2019, an FSD student (with no previous MMA experience) won his first semi-professional kick boxing fight in front of a packed audience at a central Leicester venue. This was a very proud moment for the student and FSD Academy and inspires us to offer similar opportunities for future students. Pathways for semi-professional or professional competition are available for students that demonstrate the required effort, ability and attitude.

Typical Training Hours (Per Week)
6-10 hours


With the majority of your learning linked to sport, you will need to work hard, but the environment is not like school. Your education will be completed through group discussion and activities, combined with practical / written tasks and assignments. Example learning units include; participation in sport, the human body, muscle groups / functions, sports nutrition, sports coaching, tactical awareness, sports psychology, performance analysis, sports events / business and more. Opportunities for voluntering and work experience can also enhance your career opportunities.

Typical Education Hours (Per Week)
BTEC/NFER only - 10.5 hours.
BTEC/NFER, plus Maths and or English GCSE (where required) - 14.5 hours


At FSD, we offer more than sports and education! Our ‘LIFE SKILLS’ programme is the extra ‘magic ingredient’ that provides a superb foundation for everything we do. Visitors often comment about the ‘positive vibes’ in the academy and our unique life skills focus no doubt makes a difference. In addition to inspirational guest speakers, (such as; ex. pro football players, professional UFC fighters, current LCFC staff, Sergeant Majors and more) we now offer additional experiences such as playing at the King Power Stadium or Belvoir Drive, trips to Premier League grounds (such as Old Trafford) and memorable overseas experiences for competiton and team-building (in 2019 we travelled to Marbella, Spain). Where trips have a football or futsal focus, mixed martial arts students are encouraged to attend with a role to play in areas such as: coaching, warm up, cool down, sports nutrition, performance analysis, sports psychology or physio.

Day to day, we promote manners, good social skills and a positive mindset. FSD staff make time to get to know you individually and you will ‘feel at home’ in our academy. This all helps you to fully enjoy your time here; progressing in sport and education, whilst becoming a better person, who will make a good first impression and a bigger impact in life.

How will it be delivered?

Assessment is by coursework, including written work and evidence of practical activities. This evidence can include pictures, witness statements, posters, presentations and other tutor agreed criteria. There are no examinations.

Example modules (year 1) could be:
•    Principals of Anatomy & Physiology in Sport (The Human Body and how it works)
•    Sports Coaching
•    Technical & Tactical
•    Fitness Training & Programming
•    The Physiology of Fitness
•    Fitness Testing for Sport & Exercise
•    Assessing Risk in Sport
•    Current Issues in Sport
•    Instructing Physical Activity & Fitness

Example modules (year 2) could be:
•    Performance Analysis
•    Rules, Regulations & Officiating Sport
•    The Athlete's Lifestyle
•    Sports Psychology
•    Sports Nutrition
•    Talent Identification & Development in Sport
•    Sports Injuries
•    Organising Sports Events

Entry requirements

•  Age 16 by 31st August, ready to start early September.
•  Level 3 - Individual offers may vary, but normally you will need 4 GCSE's level 4-9, preferably one being English or Maths.
•  Level 3 (Extended) - Individual offers may vary, but you will normally need 5 GCSE's level 4-9, including English and Maths.
•  Maths and/or English re-sits can be taken alongside the course.
•  UK or EEA resident 3 years.
•  Cost of tuition is fully funded.
•  Bursaries and free meals on application (household income below £25k).

Your next steps...

This course leads to:
•    University & Apprenticeships
•    Semi-Pro or Professional Fighting
•    Mixed Martial Arts / Sports Coaching
•    Careers in Sport & Leisure



Home Courses Apprenticeships Help & Guidance Upcoming Events
Sign In
Favourites Get in touch