Advanced Technical Diploma Sport & Fitness

Opportunities To An Exciting Career In This Global Industry

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Clare Powell

Entry Requirements

The Isle of Wight College has standard entry requirements for full-time college courses, depending on the level of the course to be studied.

There may be additional entry requirements for a small number of specialist courses. If this course is one of these specialist courses, additional entry requirements will be stated below.

The Advanced Technical Football Coaching Programme is run in conjunction with Portsmouth In The Community. The programme will cover theoretical and practical aspects of sport and coaching, and provide a detailed understanding of the leisure and football industries. You will also have the chance to develop practical coaching experience by assisting with community football programmes run by Portsmouth across the Island.


This course is for students who enjoy academically rigorous learning. It is for anyone who wants to be prepared for work in a professional sport & leisure setting, or within sports teaching, or who plan to continue their studies at university.


This is an opportunity to gain nationally recognised qualifications in sport, coaching, and the leisure industry. The programme will also cover employability skills, to prepare learners for future careers.

On the Level 3 course you will gain a wide range of skills including how to:

  • Design and conduct training sessions for skilled players.
  • Develop the skills used by particular playing positions (defender, midfielder, and striker).
  • Skills and qualities required for managing and leading a team.
  • How to technical and tactical skills.
  • Develop strategies including formations, team shape, etc.
  • Design training programmes, including fitness routines, etc.
  • Identify and adapt football activities and sessions for a variety of age groups.
  • Identify personal development opportunities in football including administration and officiating.
  • Promote and establish working relationships between players, coaches, parents and officials.
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Nutritional requirements for athletes

You will be assessed by a mixture of written projects and assignments and practical assessment.


Students who successfully complete this course may progress onto a related degree programme. Alternatively, successful students will be in a position to apply for employment in professional football settings. Degree programmes which learners could progress to include:

  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • BA (Hons) Physical Education
  • BA (Hons) Football Studies
  • BA (Hons) Football Business Management
  • BSc (Hons) Fitness and Personal Training
  • BA (Hons) Adventure and Outdoor Management
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Therapy
  • BA (Hons) Sport Coaching and Sport Development
  • BSc (Hons) Sport Performance Coaching


All full time students pay a resource fee plus approx. £200 for a Portsmouth In The Community Kit Pack which all learners who are part of the football squads are required to purchase. For information on support and funding available to students, please call Student Services on 01983 550581. Exact fees will be confirmed during the interview process.

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