• 98%

    of our students have progressed to a positive destination.

    Sunderland College destination data, 16-18 year olds, 2017/18 academic year.

  • 93%

    of our students agreed that the teaching on their course is good.

    Sunderland College On-programme Survey 2018

  • Free meals

    Eligible students may be entitled to bursaries and free meals.

Start Date:Duration:Level:Study mode:Course location:Course Type:
08/09/20201 Year3Full-TimeBerwick CampusFull-time Vocational

What’s it all about?

This course is for students looking to progress their football skills to an elite level with dedicated football training from Improtech, whilst studying on a full time qualification from level 1-3 (depending on GCSE’s at entry).

Football Development Centre players must be studying a full time qualification. The majority of our players will study a Sport qualification at our Bede Campus. However players can also study an A level programme or Public Services at our Bede Campus, o

Study levelCostAdditional fees
16-18FREEYou will need to provide your own stationery and you will be given the opportunity to take part in trips and visits.
19+4670.00*You will need to provide your own stationery and you will be given the opportunity to take part in trips and visits.

Alongside your main qualification at either Bede Campus or City Campus our men and women’s Football Development Centre players will develop advanced skills under the guidance of Martin Scott (UEFA Pro license coach – the highest coaching qualification in

English and Maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career. If you have not already achieved grade 9-4 in GCSE Maths and/ or English at school, we will support you to improve your skills.

Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm. Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term

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What’s next?

The Improtech programme has been successfully running in the North East for over 5 years, with players regularly moving on to football academies at Sunderland, Newcastle United, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool. The very first Improtech student, Ethan Robson, is now a first team squad member at Sunderland Football Club. Our Football Development Centre will support you with progressing into professional and semi-professional football as well as international scholarships.

98%of our students progress to a positive destination

(*Destination data for Sunderland College students aged 16-18, academic year 2017/18).

Why choose Sunderland College?

Our achievement rates are well above the national average.

We are the College of the Year.

(*Top college nationally for BTECs, Pearson 2019)

100% of our HND and HNC students progressed to employment or further study. 

(*Destination data, academic year 2016/17, HNC 19+)

We have recently invested £50 million in our facilities.