Further Education Programme

Studying with us at Nottingham Forest

At Nottingham Forest in the Community we offer further education opportunities for young people following GCSEs and A-Levels.

For 16-18 year olds there is an opportunity to study full time towards a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport at Nottingham Forest’s state of the art Champions Centre. Students can also earn the opportunity to represent the club in eleven aside competitions.

Students looking to further their football education after sixth-form or college can now study for a University level degree at the world famous City Ground. In partnership with the University of South Wales students will explore principles of children and youth coaching, social inclusion theory and sports management.

Information about our Post-16 courses can be found here

Information about our Foundation Degree can be found here

In 2015 73% of our BTEC students went on to University in the UK and USA

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance & Excellence)

The equivalent of three A-Levels our BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport gives students the opportunity to work towards a vocational qualification for a career in the sport industry or further study at University.
As a student with Nottingham Forest in the Community there will also be opportunities to represent the club in competitive tournaments and national college eleven-a-side competitions.

Students are expected to have met the entry requirements of the Level 3 course with 5 GCSE grades 9-4 (equivalent to A-C).

Assessments for the BTEC combine observed practical assessments, written reports, presentations, discussions, case studies and work booklets.

Our FA qualified coaches and tutors link innovative classroom learning with the practical experience of coaching and playing. Above all we ensure that our students develop their understanding through a first class education and within a professional football experience.

Post 18 Opportunities: Employment or Further Study

Many of our BTEC Sport Extended Diploma Students go on to University** to study a range of Sport related courses such as; Sport Science, Sport Therapy, Sports Nutrition, Sport Psychology, Sport Studies and Sports Leadership.
At Nottingham Forest we also run a Foundation Degree around ‘Community Football Coaching’. This has provided a fantastic platform for past students to move onto community sports coach roles or become a member of staff with us.
At Nottingham Forest in the Community we also have excellent links with universities here in the UK and at both colleges and universities in the USA that offer football based scholarships.

Football Development Programme

Over two years students develop their understanding of sport performance through practical coaching experience in local communities with sports science lessons taking place at the Djanogly School within their excellent post-16 Level 3 department. We work closely with Djanogly to ensure that the highest standards of education are provided.
As a student with us you will represent Nottingham Forest in a competitive College league and cup competitions. You will train a minimum 3 times a week and play competitive fixtures on a Wednesday. All training sessions and home fixtures will be played at our new state of the art 4G facility.
Our Football Development Programme includes:
The Physiology of Fitness
Psychology for Sport
Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport
Technical and Tactical Skills in Sport
Organising Sports Events
A full overview of the course content can be found here

How to Apply for the Futsal and Football Development Programmes
To express your interest in joining and begin the application process for either the Futsal of Football Development Programme please complete this form.

If you have any questions about the course, our entry requirements or would like more information please email Ady Osborne, Head Coach & Tutor (


Foundation Degree in Football Coaching and Development

Studying with Nottingham Forest in the Community is that next step in achieving your goal of a career in the football industry. Overseen by the University of South Wales our two year foundation degree offers you the opportunity to gain valuable coaching experience and qualifications.
Over two years you will develop your football and coaching practice in communities across Nottinghamshire whilst attending lectures and seminars at the City Ground. Over two years you will attend lectures and seminars that will develop your understanding of engaging children and young people in sport, social inclusion theory and sports management.
At the end of the two year programme alongside your FA Level 2 Coaching award there will be an opportunity to convert your Foundation Degree into a BA (hons) degree.

What You Need to Apply:

160 UCAS points
Three GCSE A*-C’s including English and maths
Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check
FA Level 1 Award in Coaching Football

During Year One:

Football Coaching; Theory to Practice
Technical Planning & Reflective Practice in Football
Academic Research & Professional Skills
Introduction to Sports Development
Managing & Developing Football in the Community
Sports Development in Practice
FA Level 2 Award in Coaching Football

During Year Two:

Football Coaching Adolescent Performers
Work Based Learning
Football in Society
Physical Education & School Sport (Optional)
Learning and teaching methods
Complete up to 300 hours coaching practice

To find out more about the course and apply visit the University of South Wales website here

You will also study towards your Level 2 Football Coaching Certificate and will have numerous opportunities to undertake additional vocational awards.



Required UCAS Points


After the degree…

After you graduate with us at Nottingham Forest you are in a strong position to develop a career in football. These careers include:
Community manager
Social inclusion officer
Womens and girls officer at a professional football club
Football development officer
Football in the community coach
Sports development officer

If you have any questions about the course, our entry requirements or would like more information please email Paul Whitworth, Education Manager (

Please note

* Students who enrol with a grade D at GCSE in Maths or English will be expected to attend GCSE lessons in either subject area until a grade C is achieved. Students who achieve a grade E or below at GCSE will be expected to attend functional skills lessons at Level 1 or 2 depending on the outcome of initial diagnostic tests during the college induction period.
**Grades achieved at the end of the course can be converted to UCAS points for university. A PPP grade is equivalent to 120 UCAS points, A MMM grade is equal to 240 UCAS points, A DDD grade is equal to 360 UCAS points and a D*D*D* is equal to 420 UCAS points.