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Education Opportunities At PNE

6 July 2013

Continue your education with a L2, L3 Diploma or a Foundation degree at PNE's Community and Education Trust

Below is an overview of the course that we run at PNE, including details on:

1. The Programme
2. Entry Requirements
3. Education
4. Eleven-A-Side Academy
5. What Is Futsal?
6. Training
7. Fixtures
8. Work: Exit Routes?
9. Foundation Degree
10. Next Steps

1. The Programme

The education programme at Preston North End's Community and Education Trust is an exciting opportunity for young people 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 with our tutors and the opportunity to train and develop with UEFA/FA qualified coaches and represent Preston North End in the ECFA North West Division.

Preston North End offer both a Level two and a Level three extended diploma in Sport and Exercise. The Level three extended diploma is equivalent  to three A levels and provides students with the opportunity to go onto higher education as well as preparing them for the sport and leisure industry.

For more details on the course and its content, click here.


Entry Requirements

Students wishing to enrol onto the BTEC level three extended diploma will need a minimum of four C grades or higher at GCSE level (including English and Maths) and have a keen interest in football.

Students wishing to enrol onto the BTEC level two will need minimum of four D grades or higher at GCSE level (including English and Maths) and have a keen interest in football. 



Scholars will study a Level two or Level three extended diploma in sport over a two year period and will follow a carefully planned pathway of modules to provide scholars with a broad range of knowledge and experience preparing them for potential career pathways.

Units will be graded on a ‘distinction’, ‘merit’ and ‘pass’ criteria.

Rather than taking exams, our scholars will build a portfolio of evidence throughout the course. Assessments will be in the form of presentations, written work, video evidence and practical work which will cater for a number of learning styles.


Eleven-A-Side Academy

Preston North End will take on local colleges such as Myerscough College, Preston’s College and Runshaw College in the ECFA North West League.

The club have strong links with a number of local semi-professional teams from the region, which have enabled Preston North End to establish partnerships, allowing our scholars the opportunity to play 11-a-side at a higher level, during and after their college studies.


What is Futsal?

Futsal is a small-sided form of football that encourages close ball control, decision making skills and creativity. Futsal was developed in South America before reaching European nations such as Spain and Germany and is widely credited with contributing to their recent success.

Futsal is a fast paced game with frequent one versus one situations and was developed to improve touch and technique. Games are high-scoring and are played at a high intensity with flare, tricks and skills encouraged.



Scholars will receive a minimum of four hours specialised football and futsal training per week with full time FA and UEFA qualifies coaches.

Each football and futsal session will be from a dedicated syllabus intended to improve each player.

The curriculum will cover, but not be limited to:

- Technical work
- Ball manipulation
- Problem solving and decision making skills
- Tactical work
- Strength and conditioning
- Gameplay



Once again, Preston North End will compete in the EFL Trust National Futsal League for the 2016/17 season.

Matchday is on a Wednesday and Preston North End will compete in the North-West league, which is one of six regional divisions in the UK.

The club are set to be very competitive once again in a strong league with some exciting local derbies against Blackpool, Burnley and Blackburn.

The champions will represent our region and go head to head with all other regional champions in the end of season national finals.


Work: Exit Routes?

The Level three in sport and performance excellence 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 sport industry and potential career pathways include: 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 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.


Foundation Degree

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.

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

For more information on the course content and what it offers, click here.

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

If you would like to speak to a member of the team at Preston North End, email


Next Steps

Any student who wishes to enrol onto this course will need to contact the Sir Tom Finney Foundation by phone on 01772 693309 or by emailing

Prospective students and parents/guardians will be invited to open training days/parents evenings. This will serve as an opportunity for students to sample what being a Preston North End student is all about and to clarify any questions from either the student or parents/guardians.

Prospective students will then be contacted with either a conditional or unconditional placement offer onto the course, which will be dependent on GCSE results.

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