Plymouth Argyle FC Football Programme

Duchy College Stoke Climsland LEVEL: 3 Sports & Fitness

Kick off your career in football with training from Plymouth Argyle FC (PAFC). Whether you want to be an elite athlete, sports enthusiast or potential inspirational coach, our partnership with industry professionals PAFC will ensure the knowledge you gain is not only relevant and current, but will set you apart in the workplace.

We offer two options for you to start your career in football depending on your GCSE results. Our Level 3 course offers you the choice of university study or employment on successful completion of your course. Our Level 2 course is ideal should your GCSE results not be what you expected with the option to progress to Level 3.

Our courses will put you on the road to a great future; we have developed our qualifications in partnership with industry professionals to ensure the knowledge you gain is not only relevant and current, but will set you apart in the workplace. Whether an elite athlete, sports enthusiast or potential inspirational coach, we can take your sporting journey to the next level with our range of qualifications and training. We’ve got commercial gyms, sports pitches and fantastic training partnerships including with Plymouth Argyle Football Club.


Share this course with someone you know...

Ideal if:

You would like the opportunity to be coached by the staff at Plymouth Argyle FC (PAFC) and you want a career in football development, community coaching, fitness, nutrition, injury prevention or as a PE teacher.

You’ll need:

Four GCSEs at grade 4, including English and/or maths, or a Sports Diploma Level 2 at merit grade, plus a strong desire to work in the sport, health and fitness industry.

You’ll learn:

During this two-year course you will be coached by the staff at PAFC for three hours a week, take part in weekly football and futsal fixtures, carry out community coaching work placements and be given the opportunity to take FA Level 1 and 2 qualifications.

You will also study a wide range of modules that are essential to the sporting sector including nutrition, injury prevention, fitness testing, sports leadership and coaching, how to assess risk in sport, and the principles of anatomy and physiology.


To be in college for three to four days a week, complete work experience placements and employability workshops. Assessments will be both practical and written.

You’ll love:

The three hours you'll spend every week being coached by PAFC, plus the weekly football and futsal fixtures and your work placement with PAFC community coaching.

You’ll go on to:

University study such as our FdSc Sport Health & Fitness with possible progression on to our BSc (Hons) Sport, Health & Exercise Science (top-up).

Employment in the industry.

Careers in this industry 

- Community coach
- Fitness instructor
- Nutritionist
- Injury prevention
- PE teacher

Progression Courses

During the course we work closely with the Cornwall FA in order to offer extra coaching and refereeing qualifications for our students" Jordan Goodison-Powell - Lecturer


Sports & Fitness
Sports & Fitness
Sports & Fitness
Sports & Fitness


Plymouth Argyle FC Football Programme

Start Date

September 2019


Stoke Climsland


2 years


Gemma Wickett Community Coach at PAFC

Gemma Wickett has just gained her dream job as a community coach with Plymouth Argyle FC. After successfully completing the Plymouth Argyle Football Education Programme, Gemma is now combining the role with her sports coaching studies at university.

"The chance to become a community coach is brilliant; my role is to
work with schools and help coach their PE sessions and after school
clubs. I really enjoyed the PAFC course, it was well structured and I
learnt a lot, as well as developing some great contacts at Argyle. I would
definitely recommend the course as it opens up so many opportunities,
not just to become a professional football player, but also a coach in
football and other sports.”

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.