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Study At PNE

The education programme at the Preston North End Community and Education Trust is an exciting opportunity for both males and females aged 16 and over to continue their education, and career development through playing football and Futsal representing Preston North End Football Club.

This unique and high quality experience combines engaging, small group educational lessons and sports modules with our tutors, with the opportunity to train and develop with UEFA/FA qualified coaches, gain exclusive work experience and represent Preston North End in various regional and national competitions.

Preston North End offer both a Level Two and a Level Three Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise and a Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching. 

Level two diploma

The Level Two Extended Diploma requires students to have a minimum of two GCSE’s at grade D (9-3) or above including English and Maths. Under the new grading system, we will accept the following grades:
Grade 4 = C or above
Grade 3 = D
Grade 2 = E

Level Three Diploma

The Level Three Extended Diploma requires students to have a minimum of four GCSE’s at A* to C (9-4) grade, including a GCSE at grade C in English and a minimum grade D in maths. Under the new grading system, we will accept the following grades:
Grade 4 = C or above
Grade 3 = D
Grade 2 = E

 Foundation Degree

The Foundation, ran in conjunction with the University of South Wales requires students to have a minimum of Level Three Diploma or BTEC, or three A Levels. As well as current students, the course welcomes those who have studied elsewhere.

As a student of Preston North End, you will study classroom based modules, either at Deepdale stadium or at the Preston North End Community Training Centre at PlayFootball, Ingol.

Such modules will include the Principals of Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise Health and Lifestyle and Fitness Testing which students will combine theoretical and practical exercises in such areas.

Modules will be taught by our fully qualified tutors who not only have the relevant qualifications, but also a wealth of experience in the sports and leisure industry. Students will also gain an insight from experienced professionals within the sporting industry, such as former and current first team players of PNE.

Students of the education programme will train and compete in regional and national tournaments, playing Futsal and 11-a-side football representing Preston North End parallel to their studies.

North End will take on local colleges and fellow EFL Trust sides such as Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers in the ECFA North West League. Since introducing the 11-a-side format to the course, the club have attained strong links with Fulwood Amateurs and their Academy. This has allowed our scholars the opportunity to play 11-a-side at a higher level, during and after their college studies.

Students will compete in a small-sided form of the game called Futsal which encourages close ball control, decision making skills and creativity.

North End will be represented in regional and national tournaments by its students, with tournaments run by the EFL Trust. The teams entered by Preston North End are always competitive, exemplified in 2016 when PNE’s Futsal team were crowned EFL National Champions!

The Level Three in Sport and Exercise with Preston North End provides students with the opportunities to enter employment or higher education within the sport and leisure industry/field of study.

The carefully selected modules within this course will allow students to sample a variety of fields within the sports industry with potential career pathways including but not limited to: sports development, sports science, sports medicine, sports coaching, sports nutrition, sports therapy, personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, sports journalism and law in sport.


In addition to this, our students will have the opportunity to gain ‘hands on’ experience throughout the duration of the course. Current students have taken advantage of these opportunities to work alongside our coaches, sports therapists and the media department to name a few in a professional football club environment.


We feel the work experience on offer at Preston North End provides our students with unique career development opportunities within the sport and leisure industry that cannot be experienced on other college courses.

Upon completion of the Level three course, students are offered the opportunity to attain a Foundation Degree (two-year course) in conjunction with the University of South Wales.

Although students will be predominantly based at our facilities, students will also have the opportunity to attend a yearly residential at USW. Lectures are sent from the University to the students' learning platform. Learners are mentored through their work and through their practical deliveries.

Designed in conjunction with the EFL Trust, the course will allow its students to study all sub-disciplines of coaching and football development whilst attaining valuable industry recognised qualifications. Its content fits in line with the varied work coaching in the community is renowned for - learning all about football coaching, development, social inclusion and sports management skills.

As well as current students, the course welcomes those who have studied elsewhere. Entry requirements include BTEC level three or three A Levels.

Applications can be made through the University of South Wales with Preston North End being your chosen link club.