Arsenal in the Community

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Available to 16-18 year olds & providing the equivalent of three A levels, the BTEC Level 3 course will allows students to develop coaching skills and offers real life work-experience opportunities within the sports industry. Combining education with the opportunity to gain coaching experience within the community department of a professional football club is invaluable.

Practical Delivery

Students will experience practical coaching and work experience delivered by FA / UEFA qualified Arsenal in the Community football coaches. There will be opportunities to gain an insight into a wide range of Arsenal in the Community projects including school sports, soccer schools, social inclusion, disability sport and football development.


2 years, Full-time


Arsenal Hub, Emirates Stadium N7

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Assessment Methods:

On-going assessment will be through assignments, presentations and practical activities.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants should have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, or other relevant qualifications. Preference will be given to applicants that have GCSE Grade 4 or above in English Language and Maths.


Successful students will achieve a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Sports, Development, Coaching and Fitness holding the direct equivalent of 3 ‘A’ Levels.


In addition to the BTEC Level 3 Qualification, depending on suitability, students will be offered a range of opportunities from the following:

• FA Level 1 in Football Coaching
• FA Level 2 Block 1 in Football Coaching • FA Small sided officiating course
• FA Safeguarding Children
• FA Emergency First Aid
• Employability Courses
• Education visits & Guest Speakers
• A variety of workshops

On average 8 hours per week will be devoted to work experience, practical coaching/coach education and enrichment. We see the additionality of Arsenal’s enrichment programme as a unique and valuable element of the course.


The coach education & experience the students are gaining within a professional football club environment is invaluable. This coupled with a strong academic delivery are the perfect ingredients for a successful course. The course seems to offer more & more every year. The opportunities given to young people through the club excels the program.

Martin Davis – Course Co-ordinator


Course Detail

Units delivered:

Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport The Physiology of Fitness
Assessing Risk in Sport
Fitness Training and Programming

Sports Coaching
Sports Development
Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
Practical Team Sports
Practical Individual Sports
Sports Nutrition
Current Issues in Sport
Leadership in Sport
Exercise for Specific Groups
Psychology for Sports Performance
Sports Injuries
Talent Identification and Development in Sport Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport Organising Sports Events
Work Experience in Sport


168 (Max)



Previous students have been supported to gain direct employment in some of the following areas:

• Sporting apprenticeships
• Arsenal Football Club Academy Coaching • Arsenal in the Community Coaching
• Personal Training
• Teaching assistants
• Leisure centre staffing


If the student’s decision is to undertake a University pathway, our education team offer support throughout the application process in order to secure conditional offers. Previous students have undertaken a variety of degrees including
• Sports Therapy
• Data Analysis
• Sports Management
• Teacher Training
• Sports Coaching
• Physiotherapy
• Journalism
• Event Management

Combining education alongside the opportunity to gain community coaching experience within the environment of a professional football club is invaluable, and gives students a great platform for further development.

Anthony David – Course Tutor




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