Study with Tyne Met and Newcastle Thunder

The Newcastle Rugby Foundation and TyneMet College’s rugby league programme is welcoming new applicants for 2020/21.

This is the course for you if you want a career in the sport or rugby industry and have a passion for and a strong ability within rugby.

Based at Kingston Park Stadium, not only will you complete a NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching & Rugby Excellence, but you will have the opportunity to train and learn within a professional rugby environment.

You will train like a professional, with all participants receiving Thunder training kit and expert coaches from the Newcastle Rugby Foundation, and learn integral Rugby League techniques.

Playing games in the RFL elite college league, students will gain valuable experience with regular game time against their contemporaries affiliated with Betfred Super League clubs.

You will experience media training and post-game video analysis whilst taking part in a wide range of work experience opportunities. You will also examine the ethics and values in sport, the role of the professional sports person, sports psychology and the principles of coaching.

Students will then have the option to complete a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing, which will enable you to work in the fitness industry.

100% of participants from last year’s course are set to achieve the equivalent of three A grades at A Level with 80% set to progress on to university studies.


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 Cs (4s) at GCSE in English and Maths. An interview with a course tutor and a reference from a personal tutor are also required.


You will be assessed through your coursework, which 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 Newcastle Rugby Foundation 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, Community Rugby Coach, Professional Rugby Coach, Sport Development Officer, Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer, Health Promotion Worker, Sport/Health/Leisure Centre Manager, Strength and Conditioning Coach or Sport Psychologist.


If you are interested and would like more information, please contact  michael [email protected]

Applications are accepted online by clicking here.

Once an online application is completed, players are invited to weekly pre-season training sessions in the lead-up to a full time September start date. These training sessions are in accordance with current RFL/Government guidelines.