• 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: Course location: Course Type:
September 2 years Level 3 Bede Campus Full-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 the Foundation of Light, whilst studying on a full time qualification from level 1-3 (depending on GCSE’s at entry).

Our sport academy is home to industry standard faciltiies to support students to progress to a range of careers in sport. The academy has an impressive fitness suite, equipped with a range of cardio and weight training equipment along with a sports hall designed to facilitate a wide range of sports and access to Martin Nugent’s Elite Performance Centre.

Within the academy, students will have the opportunity to make use of our state-of-the-art physiology and sports therapy labs along with two outdoor 11v11 football pitches, a 9v9 training football pitch and access to 10 4G all weather sports pitches at GOALS.

Alongside our excellent facilities we provide a welcoming, supportive learning environment for students to ensure they reach their true potential both on and off the pitch.

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 3 A-Levels.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire You will need to provide your own stationery and you will be given the opportunity to take part in trips and visits. Costs for kit payment are subject to bursary terms and conditions.

Alongside your main qualification you will develop advanced skills under the guidance of UEFA Pro licensed coaches – the highest coaching qualifications in this industry.

As part of your Football Development Centre programme you will also study a Sport course from level 1 -3 (depending on your career goals and previous qualifications) or A-Levels.

Teaching, learning and assessment will be taught flexibly, you will develop relevant skills and knowledge through classroom learning and practical activities as well as some remote learning to help develop digital literacy skills in the future. You will experience some of the best facilities in the North East within our multi million pound Sports Academy.

We will support you through both academic and skills focused interventions that not only identify strengths and areas of improvement but help create meaningful lessons that cater for all needs.

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 and resit these GCSE's.

Days and times of study are subject to change, timetables are confirmed at the start of term. Typically the timetable will run across Mon-Fri 9am to 4.30pm. Training and competitive games are scheduled around your main programme course commitments to create the best environment for our student athletes to achieve their sporting and academic goals.

Throughout your studies, we will help you to develop your skills to ensure you hold the qualities employers look for.
Embedded within our skills development lessons are English, Maths and digital literacy skills. All of which are essential in providing you with the best possible opportunity for job success.

As well as gaining your qualification and developing your football skills you will also develop the main skills employers are looking for (communication, self-belief, independence and critical thinking).

What’s next?

Our Football Development Centre programme has been successfully running in the North East for over 5 years, with players regularly moving on to football academies at various professional and semi-professional football clubs as well as international scholarships.

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93.1%of our students progressed to further study, university of employment.

(*Based on 16-18 year olds destination data, 2019/20 academic year)

Why choose Sunderland College?

Consistently high achievement rates

Rated Good by Ofsted

*Ofsted June 2016

Excellent student support

Recognised regionally and nationally for our high-quality approach to careers education