Pearson and Liverpool Football Club release new BTEC International Level 3 qualifications and resources in Sport

15 September 2020

Pearson, the world's learning company, and Premier League Champions, Liverpool Football Club, have launched brand new BTEC International Level 3 qualifications and resources in sport, which are now available for teaching as part of their recent partnership.

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Pearson has been working with Liverpool FC to create co-branded BTEC sport, fitness and physical activity sector qualifications, available to overseas learners from September 2020.

The exclusive partnership will transform the learning experience for young people and adults who aspire to pursue careers in the global sports industry. The qualifications include pathways in Sport, Sport Fitness Instructing and Personal Training, Sport Coaching and Development, Sport Business and Management and Sports Facilities Operations and Management, and will support the growing global sports industry within which new careers are emerging and developing all the time.

Internationally recognised

BTEC International Level 3 qualifications are recognised internationally by governments, industry and higher education institutions and support learners’ progression into the workplace – either directly or via higher education.

Young people and adults wishing to pursue and make progress in the sport and leisure industry will acquire up-to-date industry knowledge, as well as transferable skills and behaviours that are highly valued by employers through units in business, technology and self-employment. These skills are especially valuable in a changing world where job roles continue to evolve and the emphasis from industry and employers is increasingly on flexibility, adaptability and transferable skills.

Diverse and inclusive

Pearson and the LFC believe that everyone should be able to participate in sports - regardless of ethnicity, gender, background, faith, beliefs or sexual orientation. The qualifications and resources reflect this and includes units in ethical principles and LFC’s specific units on their history and sporting methodology.

As one of the world's most successful sports clubs that runs senior teams for men and women, LFC holds a philosophy of values called The Liverpool Way, which is central to everything the club does. Coaching Football the Liverpool Way (Unit 38 of the specification) examines the LFC International Academy’s coaching techniques, coaching principles and the player development model that have been adopted over the years to make LFC a world-leading football club.

Cindy Rampersaud, Senior Vice President BTEC and Apprenticeships at Pearson, commented:

“We are delighted to be working with Liverpool Football Club to develop a high-quality suite of qualifications and resources for learners. Our BTEC International Level 3 in Sport responds to the growing demand for talent in the global sports industry where new careers are emerging all the time for young people and adults. Those wishing to work in sport and leisure can acquire up-to-date industry knowledge and skills that open doors to a range of careers and also support career progression through up-skilling for many. The design and content of these qualifications combines technical knowledge, application of the learning and transferable skills - enabling learners to access careers in sport and more widely into other sectors including into STEM, media, hospitality, retail, health and well-being to name but a few”.

Dan White, Vice President of the International Academies at Liverpool Football Club, commented:

“We are delighted that the BTEC International Level 3 qualifications and resources in sport are now available for teaching. We have worked hand in hand with our partners at Pearson to develop a unique offering that will help young people and adults advance their careers as well as creating pathways into the workplace. Pearson is a global leader in the education industry and, through this unique collaboration, we can help to open up new career opportunities in this sector and develop sports education around the world.”

To find out more about BTEC International Level 3 qualifications in sport and to download the course specification, please visit btec-intl.pearson.com/level3sport.

About Liverpool Football Club

Founded in 1892, Liverpool FC is one of the world’s most historic and famous football clubs, having won 19 League Titles, seven FA Cups, eight League Cups, six European Cups, three UEFA Cups, four UEFA Super Cups, one FIFA Club World Cup and 15 Community Shields.

As a socially responsible Club, Liverpool FC is proud of its heritage and plays a proactive role in its communities through its official charity, Liverpool FC Foundation, which aims to create life-changing opportunities for children and young people in Merseyside and beyond, and the Red Neighbours programme, which creates events and experiences specifically aimed at improving the lives of those living in and around the Anfield area (L4, L5 and L6).

Liverpool FC is a global brand and works with cutting edge partners around the world providing unparalleled commercial opportunities. For more information, visit www.liverpoolfc.com.

For press enquiries or for more information, please contact duncan.roberts@pearson.com

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3 June 2020

A new partnership launching today brings together leading Premier League football club and current Club World Cup Champions, Liverpool FC and Pearson, the world's learning company, to offer international sports industry qualifications designed to provide pathways to careers in sport, fitness and physical activity for young people and adults.

Pearson and Liverpool FC will create co-branded BTEC sport, fitness and physical activity sector qualifications, available to overseas learners from September 2020.

The new qualifications will combine the club's experience of delivering an authentic club coaching programme to young people around the world through its international academy programme, with Pearson's global expertise in developing high quality qualifications that meet the needs of the industry and employers.

Young people and adults wishing to pursue and make progress in their careers will acquire up-to-date industry knowledge, skills and behaviours that open doors to a range of exciting careers in sport, such as coaching, management, facilities operations and fitness instruction. Building on Liverpool FC's experience as a major sports employer, the BTEC will ensure that learners have their learning brought to life in real world sports contexts. 

The easy-to-access modular BTEC qualifications will enable learners to engage in bitesize learning, take short courses or a full 2-year programme. Units include health and wellbeing, sports psychology, nutrition and fitness.

The BTEC will provide learners with a range of transferable skills and behaviours that are highly valued by employers through units in business, technology and self-employment, as well as developing the skills and knowledge to tackle two of the biggest health issues of our age - physical fitness and mental wellbeing. 

The new BTEC aims to inspire learners among Liverpool FC's millions of fans to develop their skills and knowledge and gain a high-quality qualification that opens up new global career opportunities and elevates sports education and professionalisation around the world.

Cindy Rampersaud, Senior Vice President BTEC and Apprenticeships at Pearson, commented: "The sport and physical activity sector offers a wide range of exciting and rewarding career opportunities. Through our collaboration with Liverpool FC, learners will benefit from the most cutting-edge knowledge and skills they need to build a career in this industry, and gain a BTEC qualification that is recognised as relevant and high quality by employers around the world."

Billy Hogan, Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer, Liverpool FC said: "Pearson is a global leader in the education industry, helping young people and adults get their foot on the career ladder by creating pathways into the workplace. We're looking forward to working closely with them to develop these new sports-specific BTEC qualifications to open up new global career opportunities and develop sports education around the world."

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About Liverpool FC

Liverpool Football Club

  • Founded in 1892, Liverpool FC is one of the world’s most historic and famous football clubs, having won 18 League Titles, seven FA Cups, eight League Cups, six European Cups, three UEFA Cups, four European Super Cups and 15 Charity Shields.

  • As a socially responsible Club, Liverpool FC is proud of its heritage and plays a proactive role in its communities through its official charity, Liverpool FC Foundation, which aims to create life changing opportunities for children and young people in Merseyside and beyond, and the Red Neighbours programme, which creates events and experiences specifically aimed at improving the lives of those living in and around the Anfield area (L4, L5 and L6).

  • Liverpool FC is a global brand and works with leading edge commercial partners around the world providing unparalleled commercial opportunities.

About Pearson

Pearson is the world’s learning company with more than 24,000 employees operating in 70 countries. 

It combines world-class educational content and assessment, powered by services and technology, to enable more effective teaching and personalised learning at scale. Pearson believes that wherever learning flourishes so do people.

www.pearson.com

Contact 

For press enquiries or for more information, please contact janet.clark@pearson.com

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