BTEC and Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn Rovers Development Programme with BTEC Level 3 Qualification


The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport commenced in September 2016, since then the course programme has made huge strides in its development of student athlete’s across their studies & football programme.

Upon completion of the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport our class of 2016 will achieve a 100% Pass rate with grade profiles ranging from: MMM to D*D*D*.

All 2nd-year learners are now in the process of completing UCAS applications to progress onto Sport Degree courses at some of the top University establishments in the UK.

Some learners are also in the process of applying to continue their football development as apart of a Scholarship programme within the USA through our links with various colleges and universities.

Our close partnership with Blackburn Rovers FC allows our students full access to the Category 1 training facilities utilising multidisciplinary support from Blackburn Rovers FC Academy staff in areas such as; Sports Science, Analysis, Education & Coaching.

We have also created strong links with local non-league clubs such as Clitheroe FC & Darwen FC to provide a pathway for our student players to develop their footballing attributes alongside the games & training programme within the school.

Our partnership with Moorland has enabled us to develop a first class education programme linked with a first class football programme for pre-18 players.

- Stuart Jones - Academy Manager


Entry requirements for the BTEC Level 3 course: 5 A*-C at GCSE including English & Mathematics.

This BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports provides an introduction to the sector for learners looking to build a career in sport, within one of its occupational areas. These areas include careers in Exercise and Fitness, Coaching and Leadership, Sports Development and the Outdoors. At the BTEC Diploma and Extended Diploma level, there are three specialist pathways to choose from:

  • Performance and Excellence
  • Development, Coaching and Fitness
  • Outdoor Adventure

The specification has been structured to allow learners maximum flexibility in selecting optional units, so that particular interests and career aspirations within the sport and active leisure sector can be directed in the choice of unit combinations.

  • Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
  • The Physiology of Fitness
  • Assessing Risk in Sport
  • Fitness Training and Programming
  • Fitness Training for Sport and Exercise
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Psychology for Sports Performance
  • Technical and Tactical Skills in Sport
  • The Athlete’s 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
  • Physical Education and the Care of Children and Young People
  • Sport as a Business
  • Work Experience in Sport
  • Sports Facilities and Operational Management
  • Profiling Sports Performance
  • Research Investigation in Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Laboratory and Experimental Methods in Sport and Exercise Sciences
The partnership is very much about each side supporting the others needs in the development of young people reaching their full potential and beyond.

- Neil Chadwick - Head of Education at Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn Rovers Partnership