Our Football and Education 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 Academy structure enables students to benefit from the expertise of highly qualified coaches, which enhances the football-focussed curriculum.
Training sessions and competitive fixtures are carried out alongside your main programme of study.
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 Sports Coaching and Development 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 Football Academy programme by studying at Level 2 or A-levels, depending on if the timetable fits in with training sessions and fixtures. However, any GCSE resit requirements will take priority over your access to training.
Students are expected to wear black tops (T-shirts, jumpers, hoodies etc) when in class and when representing the sports department during fixtures. They are free to wear what they choose on their lower half, as long as it is suitable for the activity being undertaken. Shin pads must be worn by all players. Footwear needs to be appropriate to the surface being played on.
We recommend the purchase of a DCG-branded top to aid team identity. This is, however, not mandatory: we merely expect compliance with our colour code.T-shirts would cost in the region of £15 each.
For applicants from outside the region or who travel over distance, the College has residential accommodation if required.
Progress to another course at DCG is determined by your academic success.
Derby College offer sport, health and leisure facilities for public use. This includes fitness centre, sports hall and outdoor pitch hire plus lots more. Located at Broomfield Hall, Johnson Building and Mackworth.
Sports enthusiast Beth Wood is weighing up study options and a potential career thanks to her college course and work placement. The seventeen-year-old Level 3 Sports Coaching and Development student has completed the first year of her course with the offer of an apprenticeship.
On work experience, as part of the course, she so impressed bosses at children' coaching company First Grade Sports that they first gave her a job teaching children in holidays and half terms.Now they have now gone one step further and offered an apprenticeship. Beth is also considering whether to go on to higher education at Derby College or whether to experience university life.
She said: "Without the college I wouldn't have got the chance of my work experience, or my job, or the offer an apprenticeship. My work experience helped me to understand how to teach different ages and abilities. It also helped improve my confidence, helping me feel comfortable in my own ability and knowledge."