Extended Diploma in Rugby Excellence (Falcons Community Foundation) – Level 3

This course is for you if...

You want a career in the sport or rugby industry and have a passion for and a strong ability within rugby. In partnership with Newcastle Falcons, this course will allow you to complete a NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport while training and learning within a professional rugby environment.

You will train like a professional with expert coaches from Newcastle Falcons, experience media training, post-match analysis as well as access to superb strength & conditioning recovery sessions.




Topics on this course include:

  • Sports Coaching
  • Fitness Testing
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Sports Psychology

You will also have the opportunity to experience life in a high performance environment as well as gaining fitness and coaching qualification alongside your main course.

Minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C (4) or above, including English and Maths OR Merit in a Sport qualification at Level 2 along with C’s (4’s) at GCSE in English and Maths. An interview with a course tutor and a reference from a personal tutor are also required.

Depending on which pathway you choose, you will be assessed by exams and coursework.

The coursework includes projects, group presentations and practical work. There will also be a range of externally assessed units which will be in the form of an external exam as well as a controlled assessment.

The Falcons Community Foundation Rugby Programme also offers excellent progression routes through links with Northumbria University. You could progress onto a wide range of university degrees in areas such as, Sport & Exercise Science, Sports Coaching, Sports Development, Sports Management, Sports Therapy, Strength and Conditioning, Sports Psychology or Sports Nutrition.

You also have the option to progress onto a Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching or Exercise Health & Fitness at TyneMet, awarded by the University of Sunderland. Careers include: Teacher, Professional Rugby Coach, Sport Development Officer, Rugby Development Officer, Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer, Health Promotion Worker, Sport/Health/Leisure Centre Manager, Strength and Conditioning Coach or Sport Psychologist.

As part of the course, our students also have the opportunity to enjoy exciting trips and visits including international fixtures.

In summer 2023, our rugby students took a trip to Barcelona to compete in an international fixture against Unio Esportivo Santboiana Rugby Club.

Read more about the trip here.

For more information, contact Deputy Head of Sport, Ben Pollock, ben.pollock@tynecoast.ac.uk

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