Sports Academy & BTEC Sport

The Aston Manor Sports Academy is aimed at Post 16 students who have an interest in playing sport on a regular basis within nationwide leagues, competitions and tournaments. Students involved within the Football, Basketball and Boxing Academy take part in regular fixtures and competitions against schools and colleges across the West Midlands. Alongside the sports academy, students will study a BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport alongside a wide selection of other courses which Aston Manor Sixth Form has to offer. This tailored sporting programme allows students to develop their sporting repertoire both practically and theoretically. Students are involved within regular specialised sport-specific training sessions throughout the two year programme and provided with personalised training programmes which are monitored and evaluated throughout the year by specialised coaches and trainers. This allows coaches to gain an insight on the physical fi tness levels of each athlete alongside regular analysis of performances within weekly fixtures. The Aston Manor Sports Academy programme allows students a direct pathway and opportunities to gain a first-hand experience within the sports industry, careers include sports coaching, PE teacher, personal trainer etc.


The BTEC Level 3 Diploma in sport can be taken as either one of your timetabled lessons or as a full-time course as a member of our sports academy in football, basketball or boxing (See Below for more information the sports academy).


The BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport will provide students with a solid and sound foundation of knowledge within the sports sector. This course will also enable students to develop the essential skills required for employment, career progression, or progression to further qualifications and training. The BTEC qualification has been structured to allow maximum flexibility when selecting specialist units, so that particular interests within the sports industry can be reflected in the choice of units. Depending on your career choices and the other subjects which you choose to study, there are several sizes of this qualification:
• BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport – Equivalent to 1 A Level
• BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness) – Equivalent to 2 A Levels
• BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness) – Equivalent to 3 A Levels

Mandatory Units:
1 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
2 The Physiology of Fitness
3 Assessing Risk in Sport
4 Fitness Training and Programming
5 Sports Coaching
6 Sports Development
7 Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
8 Practical Team Sport
9 Practical Individual Sports

Optional Units:
11 Sports Nutrition
12 Current Issues in Sport
13 Leadership in Sport
14 Exercise, Health and Lifestyle
15 Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise
18 Sports Injuries
20 Talent Identification and Development in Sport
22 Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport
23 Organising Sports Events
24 Physical Education and the Care of Children and Young People

100% Coursework.
Practical Assessment also included within selected units.

• Sports related degree at a university (Sports Coaching, Sports Exercise Physiology, Sport Psychology)
• Direct pathway to the sports industry, range of careers including; Sports Coach, PE Teacher, Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer, Leisure Centre Manager, Physiotherapist
• Full-time employment within the Sport and Leisure industry

• 5 GCSEs (A* to C).
• Interest and experience playing within a specialised sport.


This course can lead to a sports related degree at a university (Sports Coaching, Sports Exercise Physiology, Sport Psychology) as well as direct pathways to the sports industry which are listed below:

  • Sports Coach
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Personal Trainer
  • PE Teacher
  • Leisure Centre Manager
  • Physiotherapist

Sports Academy & BTEC Sport Courses Available

Football Academy

The Football Academy is run in conjunction with Aston Villa Football Club. The two-year course aims to provide students with the opportunity to study for a nationally recognised qualification in BTEC National Diploma in Sport, there is a further option to study the BTEC Extended National Diploma in Sport which equates to 3 A Levels. Students receive expert coaching and guidance from Aston Villa football coaches throughout the programme. The Football Academy compete in British College League and the West Midlands Club, there are additional friendlies and tournaments played throughout the season.

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Basketball Academy

Aston Manor Basketball provides the balance between challenging academics and rigorous on-court teaching, instruction and coaching delivered by our outstanding staff, who have had successful team and individual success as well as playing in the Professional Level in Britain and Europe as well as supporting students into Scholarships in the USA.

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Boxing Academy

Aston Manor Academy and Aston Amateur Boxing Club have joined together to deliver a unique Boxing experience for the Aston Manor Academy students from the 2016/2017 academic year. The Boxing Academy is aimed at individuals with a range of boxing experience from novice through to competitive level boxers. Aston Boxing Club alongside Boxing Director (John Homer) will be overseeing the development of the boxers both physically and mentally. Emphasis will be made on improving the technical, physical and mental ability of each student athlete at the academy, we aim to achieve this through rigorous fitness testing, video analysis and boxing educational visits nationally.

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