Full Time

Subject Area

Sport and Public Services




16-18 Year Olds



Course Level


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Who is this course for?

This course is for students looking to progress their football skills to an elite level with dedicated training while studying on a full time sports qualification.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You will need to have a history of achievement in football at professional clubs, county or district representation or a good reference from your school.

You will also need to have four GCSEs at a grade C or above including or a suitable Level 2 qualification.

What are the key things you'll learn?

This course will cover a range of areas involved with sports and exercise including:

  • Coaching
  • Technical, tactical and skills in sport
  • Instructing physical activity
  • Psychology for sports performance
  • Sports massage
  • Sports injuries

The course content will support your development as an elite footballer including free physiotherapy, strength and conditioning and nutritional advice.

How you will learn

This course is taught through a mixture of theory and practical lessons in our brand new Sports Academy at Bede Campus.

Where could this course take you?

After successfully graduation from the Football Development Centre you could progress on to a higher education course at Sunderland College or university including Foundation Degrees in Sports Coaching or Exercise, Health and Fitness.

The dedicated football coaching will also give you the training required to compete at a professional level at national and international competitions.

What costs will you incur?

A 50% contribution to football kit will be required.

If you are aged between 19 and 23 years old (on the first day of your course) and do not already have a full Level 3 of higher qualification, you will not have to pay course fees. This may be different for learners studying on a course in the workplace.


If you are aged 19 or over, on the first day of your course, studying at Level 3 or above, you are able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs of your course, similar to arrangements for higher education students.