New Sport Science Diploma

ARGYLE, in partnership with lvybridge Community College, has launched a new BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Exercise Sciences (Sport Therapy).

The course is a full time academic programme that lasts for two years. The course will be based at the football club and delivered by teachers, professionally qualified physiotherapists and sports therapists who work at the club. The course will see daily interaction with professional players to incorporate theoretical studies into practical delivery sessions.

What does the course involve?
The BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Exercise Sciences is a 120-credit qualification at Level 3 and includes modules such as:
  • Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Sport Biomechanics in Action
  • Sport and Exercise Massage
  • Fitness Training and Programming
The qualification is equivalent to 3 A Levels and is more theory based than other BTEC Sport programmes, which are aimed at learners who want to move into university and the field of sports.

It is a full time course and will incorporate theory and practical based lessons at the football club. Students will complete work placements with the first team, academy and community development teams at Argyle to enhance their learning and improve their career opportunities.

Students will also have the opportunity to enroll on a number of additional courses such as First Aid, SAQ qualifications and many more.

To enroll on this programme you need to be aged between 16 and 18 years old and have 5 GCSE’s grade A – C that include Science, Maths and English. You also need a desire to work in sports therapy and a good basic understanding of the human anatomy.

On completion of the 2 year programme your career opportunities will include the following:
•    University pathway – Physiotherapy, Sports Therapy, Physical Education, Sports Science, Strength and Conditioning and many more avenues.
•    Sports Industry – working at professional sports clubs
•    NHS/PCT private health professions
•    HM Forces

The course is fully endorsed by Argyle. The club's Head Physiotherapist Paul Atkinson, who will be tutoring on the programme along with his medical department, said: “This is a unique opportunity to ensure that not only do you get to complete nationally recognised qualifications but also the scope to convert the theory element into practical within a professional sports organisation. Our aim is to ensure that students complete the course with the best education, practical delivery and understanding to pursue careers in Higher Education and within the field of sports and therapy.”

Chief Executive Martyn Starnes said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people in the local area to become educated at a professional football club, go into higher education using the club as platform to develop and deliver their acquired skills within a professional sports club environment.”

Course numbers for the programme will be limited to ten per year ensuring that all students get vigorous education and opportunities to implement their learning within the football club.

For more information please contact Lee Britchford on 01752 562561 ext 4 or e-mail