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BTEC Level 3 - Extended Diploma in Sports Studies

Education and Training

Education and Training
Education and Training
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

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



Study a reputable BTEC course equivalent to 3 A-Levels whilst playing competitive football 4 times a week!

Do you want to work with former Premier League Footballers Muzzy Izzet and Steve Walsh?

Launched in 2014 the Advanced Football Development Academy offers learners the opportunity to develop their football skills under the guidance of former Leicester City players.

Our 2-year academic programme will allow you to play competitive football in the English Colleges Football League each week, as well as receive daily football training from Muzzy Izzet, Steve Walsh and our coaching staff.

We currently have over 50 students on roll on our BTEC programme, 9 degree students, with 3 men’s teams operating.

Wrapped around the football development programme is a reputable education programme with an excellent support structure to help you achieve a BTEC level 3 extended diploma sports qualification, which would prepare you for AFDA's Higher education programme, University, Employment, USA Scholarship or even, for those good enough, into professional/semi-pro football.

2017 saw 36% of our students graduate with a triple distinction star profile (equivalent of 3 A*’s at A-Level), all of who progressed onto University degrees around the country. Remaining students achieved no less than a triple Merit profile. Other students entered into the armed forces, overseas football scholarships, our AFDA sports coaching apprenticeship or employment. At AFDA we boast a 100% pass rate.

Our highly qualified sports lecturers will deliver a minimum of 12 hours BTEC Sports content per week and cover units such as Sports Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology and Sports Nutrition

All AFDA students will receive a David Lloyd Gym membership to use in their own time to further enhance their fitness levels.

All education will take place in our well-equipped, modern, full-size classrooms, which can accommodate up to 30 students in each. Both equipped with individual student laptops, interactive white boards and essential teaching and learning resources.

What we do not do at our academy is the promise of our students obtaining professional club trials or a pathway into pro clubs. Muzzy and Steve will however work with you intensively over the period of the two years and any who show the ability, attitude and work ethic during this time to progress onto a pro club then they will certainly send you down this pathway using their extensive contacts in professional football cubs.




The BTEC Sport Level 3 is a 2 year 180 Credit Extended Diploma with up to 168 UCAS tariff points available. The course modules include but are not limited to:

  • Anatomy & Physiology in Sport
  • The Physiology of Fitness
  • Assessing Risk in Sport
  • Fitness Training and Programming
  • Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Psychology for Sports Performance
  • Technical and Tactical Skills in Sport
  • The Athletes Lifestyle
  • Sports Coaching
  • Practical Team Sports
  • Current Issues In Sport
  • Exercise, Health and Lifestyle
  • Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise
  • Sports Injuries
  • Analysis of Sports Performance
  • Talent Identification and Development in Sport
  • Sport and Exercise Massage
  • Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport
  • Organising Sports Events
  • Sport as a Business
  • Work Experience in Sport

How will it be delivered?

The course comprises of several assessment methods to include:


Written Assignments



Practical Elements

NO Examinations

we assess our students this way as we believe it enables us to get the best out of our students academically and put them under less stress and pressure that exams bring.

Entry requirements

Entry on to the BTEC Level 3 Course requires five 4-9 GCSE grades (GCSE Maths and English retakes are available on our course.) we do take this on individual merit as we also like to accept students on to our course who have good attendance, are disciplined and well-mannered and have a passion for sport.

Your next steps...

The academy has a strong association with LCFC Youth Academy, of whom we've played on numerous occasions, most recently with pour first team playing LCFC u18's at Belvoir Drive, with this in mind ongoing scouting opportunities are available for outstanding players at LCFC and other pro clubs. 

On completion of the BTEC Level 3, learners have the opportunity to progress on to University to study a sport related qualification as well as the opportunity to move on to the academy's BRAND NEW BSc in Sport and Exercise Science

Muzzy Izzet and Steve Walsh have strong links with many organisations, clubs and individuals in the sports industry who would recommend any exceptional learners for work. There is also the opportunity to work for Muzzy Izzet and Steve Walsh's Future Foxes Foundation and at AFDA as an assistant coach.

We have American Scholarship Companies come in and deliver presentations to our learners to give them an insight into the benefits of completing a football scholarship abroad. Students over the years have gone to America to study at University and play collegiate Soccer


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