Oldham College has teamed up with Manchester City Football Club’s foundation, City in the Community to provide young people the opportunity to gain a sports qualification equivalent to three A Levels whilst accessing a quality coaching and football development programme.
The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport, which complements the college’s own sports programmes, is aimed at 16-18 year olds who would like to pursue a career in the sport and active leisure sectors such as sport coaches, instructors and leaders. It is also an ideal pathway for students wishing to progress onto higher education to study a sports related degree such as coaching, sports development or sports science.
The two year, full–time course includes teaching and practical sessions based at Oldham College, the chance to compete in weekly league fixtures, and access to world class facilities at Manchester City’s Etihad Campus. The programme also includes work experience in a variety of sport settings. Learning will include participation in a range of sporting roles including organising sports events, refereeing and officiating, designing fitness programmes and coaching. Entry requirements for this Extended Diploma are four GCSEs grade C/4 or above, including English Language and Maths.
Alun Francis, Principal and Chief Executive, Oldham College said “We are delighted to partner with City in the Community. This is an excellent programme which will prepare students for a career in an increasingly important sector, and Manchester City can offer an unparalleled experience for Oldham’s young people. It is the first of a series of outstanding employer partnerships which we are developing to make sure our students get the best available support. Places for September are in demand, but it is not too late to come and talk to us and City in the Community.
Lisa McKay, Education Manager, City in the Community said “City in the Community is delighted to be partnering with Oldham College to offer this BTEC course. Working with partners like this ensures that we can consistently provide students with exciting, challenging and memorable experiences.
“Using the power of football to educate people is one of our core pillars and that is why we are so proud to be able to deliver this level of education to young people across Manchester.
“We look forward to welcoming students to the course next season.”