Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development with Female Football Academy

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Study for a sports qualification while being part of a football academy. Our Level 3 Diploma at Writtle College includes dedicated time for coaching and games.

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Professional partnership

Our Level 3 Diploma is delivered in partnership with Leyton Orient FC.

As a student at Writtle College, you’ll benefit from our partnership with Leyton Orient FC, receiving professional football coaching and competing in games against other schools and colleges.

You’ll take part in eight hours of coaching and games per week, training in the morning and having lessons on the afternoon. You’ll also gain practical coaching experience at college, and in local schools.

There’s the opportunity to take extra, industry-relevant qualifications too, such as a recognised first aid certificate and a gym instructor award.

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Hands-on learning

As a student at Writtle College you’ll benefit from:

  • extensive sporting facilities including floodlit tennis and netball courts, football and rugby pitches, a squash court, cricket square, and sports hall
  • recreation and fitness centre equipped with cardiovascular and resistance machinery, functional fitness and free-weights area, and fitness studio
  • access to the latest equipment such as watt bikes, video analysis, and health-screening tools.
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Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • learn from experienced tutors, who'll provide encouragement and feedback
  • make full use of facilities including library and IT resources
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.


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Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity

This qualification is endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA). It maps to CIMPSA’s professional standards of 'Assistant Coach' and 'Safeguarding and Protecting Children'. You’ll be able to apply for CIMSPA membership after successfully completing this course.

Awarding body

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Pearson is the UK's largest awarding organisation offering academic, vocational and work-based learning qualifications.


This Level 3 National Foundation Diploma will prepare you for further study, or for employment.

As the course is endorsed by CIMPSA, it’s recognised by employers as being suitable for entry to employment as an assistant coach.

As an assistant coach, you may work in youth sport or with children at beginner levels, for example primary-school age.

Many primary schools are 'buying in' support for PE teaching, both during school hours and for after-school clubs and holiday activities. This area has grown substantially in recent years since the introduction of the Government’s PE and sport premium.

If you want to continue your studies, there are two main options:

Apply now for Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development with Female Football Academy

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