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Leisure, Travel and Tourism

Leisure, Travel and Tourism
Leisure, Travel and Tourism

What will you be working towards?

Code 1Y-L2
Qualification Type National Diploma (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 2


This popular level 2 course provides a superb pathway towards a career in sport! Applications are welcome whatever your GCSE targets/results.  Upon successful completion of this 1 year course you then have the option to progress onto our 2 year level 3 / level 3 extended course (if you gain 4 GCSE's level 4-9 you could change to the level 3 course right from the start).

Enjoy your sports education, sandwiched between a daily football and futsal training programme. On-site facilities include grass pitches and training areas, gym, clubhouse, kitchen, classrooms, briefing/presentation area and changing rooms. In order to maintain high training standards all year round we also have regular use of local astro-turf, indoor futsal facilities and a dedicated mixed martial arts gym, with competition ring. This high quality course continues to offer more:

  • Sport, education & life skills
  • Advanced and Elite football training
  • Fitness, strength & conditioning (on site gym)
  • Speed and reaction training
  • Technical, tactical, physical, psychological and social development
  • NEW! Performance analysis
  • NEW! Regular futsal programme



FSD Academy use FA & UEFA qualfied football/futsal coaches, qualified gym / personal training instructors and a professional MMA/UFC fighter within our programme. Coaches put your development first whilst allowing you to experience the competitve nature of sport. You should be competent in sport to join this course but the aim is for you to improve significantly within our programme and realise your potential.

Within this level 2 course you can choose 1, 2 or 3 sports from; football/futsal, fitness/gym and mixed martial arts. This will enable you to pursue your passion by specialising in one sport or enhance your overall sport and fitness capabilities, experience, knowledge and understanding by combining 2 or 3 areas.

If you choose the football/futsal pathway then we operate two training programmes:

> Advanced training programme
> Elite training programme

Both of these programmes are intensive, with the Elite programme aiming towards securing semi-profesional and professional trials for individuals. It is possiible to move between programmes, based upon progress.

Typical Training Hours (Per Week)
6-10 hours.
(Elite Football - 8-10 hours)


Founders Matthew Piper (former Premier League player with LCFC & Sunderland) and Owen Johnson (former LCFC academy player and founder of have extensive football connections in the professional and semi-professional game and will seek trials for individual players that consistently demonstrate the required ability, effort and attitude. Opportunities for semi-pro or professional fighting can also be provided where appropriate in mixed martial arts.


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, alongside optional extras of FA coaching and refereeing qualifications. You may be required to take Maths and/or English (GCSE or Functional Skills) alongside this course depending on your GSCE results.

Typical Education Hours (Per Week)

BTEC only - 10.5 hours.
BTEC plus Maths and/or English where required (GCSE or Functional Skills) - 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 an active football or futsal focus but you haven't chosen football/futsal, students are still encouraged to participate with roles in 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.

Level 2 Mandatory Units

  • Participating in Sport
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise (The Human Body and How It Works)
  • Introduction to Healthy Exercise and Nutrition

Level 2 Optional Units

  • Sports Coaching
  • Physical Fitness and Injuries in Sport
  • Developing Sporting Skills and Tactical Awareness
  • Performance Analysis for Sport
  • Psychology for Sports Performance
  • Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
  • Planning and Running a Sports Event
  • Understanding Business in Sport
  • Lifestyle and the Sports Performer
  • Sports Volunteering
  • Work Experience in the Sports Industry
  • Plan and Set Up a Sports Business
  • Strength and Conditioning Training
  • Development of Personal Fitness Through Training
  • Introduction to Sports Massage
  • Factors Affecting Participation in Sport and Physical Activity
  • Sport and Society
  • Preparing to Work in the Sport and Leisure Industry
  • Plan, Deliver and Evaluate an Activity Session 

Entry requirements

  • Age 16 by 31st August, ready to start early September.
  • Level 2 - Individual offers may vary, but normally you will need 4 GCSE's, level 1-9, including English and Maths.
    Maths and/or English GCSE re-sits or Functional Skills can be taken alongside the course.
  • 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 Englishand 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...

  • Level 3 Course and University
  • Apprenticeships
  • Football / Sports Coaching
  • Fitness Instruction and Personal Trainer
  • Careers in Sport & Leisure
  • Semi-Pro or Professional Football
  • Semi-Pro or Professional Sport
  • National League / Series Futsal



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