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Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

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Course Summary

The Football Academy programme gives aspiring young footballers the opportunity to develop their 11-a-side football skills while studying academic qualifications in Sport to enhance their career prospects.

The College’s partnership with the Association of Colleges enables students to benefit from the expertise of highly qualified and respected coaches, which enhances the football-focussed curriculum.

Training sessions and competitive fixtures are carried out alongside your main programme of study.

Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from individuals who regularly participate in football and who show a desire and willingness to develop their sporting performance.

Entry to the Level 3 Extended Certificate in Sport requires candidates to have a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A*- C) including English and Maths.

Students may also be able to access the AoC Football Academy programme by studying at Level 2 or A-levels, depending on whether the timetable fits in with training sessions and fixtures. However, any GCSE resit requirements will take priority over your access to training.

Course Content

The Academy includes:
  • A dedicated training calendar
  • Opportunities to progress to elite level pathways
  • Access to AoC Sport regional and national trials
  • A comprehensive competitions programme
  • Technical and tactical coaching
  • Psychological, physiological and lifestyle management
  • Strength and conditioning support

How will I be assessed?

Assessment on the study programme will be continuous over the year. Assessment methods will vary depending on the subjects delivered. See our Sports and Exercise Science pages for further details.

 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to have a uniform that is worn every day and when you are at fixtures. The minimum expectation for the uniform is that you wear a plain black T-shirt or polo shirt and sweatshirt etc. DC Uniforms can be purchased for £50.
 
All learners must have a tablet or laptop to aid them with their studies.
 
There may be additional costs incurred for selected trips or visits.
 
Overseas work placements are available.

For applicants from outside the region or who travel over distance, the College has residential accommodation if required.

Residential accommodation is based at Broomfield Hall Campus. It is single occupancy with a daily meal allowance included in the fees. For further information about our 'outstanding' Ofsted-rated accommodation provision, please contact maria.banks@derby-college.ac.uk
 

What can I do after this course?

On successful completion of the course, students may wish to progress to the Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching at Derby College or to seek employment within the sport and leisure sector.

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Kirsty Peinelt

Kirsty Peinelt

Runner Kirsty is well on road to diploma in sports therapy

Keen runner Kirsty Peinelt has always wanted a health related career but hadn't considered sports therapy until her partner needed physiotherapy after an illness a few years ago.
His physiotherapist explained to her how soft tissue massages work so she decided to look into that area of health and fitness and found her ideal course at Derby College.
And Kirsty who is 22 and from Heanor, has been gaining valuable hands-on experience as she works towards completing her BTEC level 3 Sports Science Advanced Diploma.
Over the summer break she worked part-time at Belper Life Fitness giving sports massage treatments to people of all ages and fitness levels.
As part of her therapist's role she has treated everyone from keen athletes in training for gruelling triathlons through to older people who just want a massage in order to feel better.
Kirsty, who is soon to start the second year of her two year diploma course, hopes to go on to university and study for a degree in physiotherapy.
Once qualified she would like to work in the NHS and ideally specialise in paediatric, neurological or malignancy physiotherapy.

Luckily I found just the course I was looking for at Derby College.


My Level 2 course, which I took in 2013/2014, was fantastic – there wasn't a thing about it that I didn't love.


To be a good sports massage therapist you need to thoroughly understand physiology and anatomy, so there is a lot to learn.

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