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Stamford Football Academy Diploma Level 3

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

Gain an expert train­ing to become a semi-pro­fes­sion­al foot­baller, or the knowl­edge for a career in foot­ball man­age­ment or coach­ing. You will gain coach­ing from indus­try spe­cial­ists and for­mer pro­fes­sion­al foot­ball play­ers, whilst earn­ing an accred­it­ed sport­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion and play­ing reg­u­lar foot­ball match­es against oth­er teams in com­pet­i­tive leagues. Train­ing will take place at our Bor­derville Sports Com­plex, home to Stam­ford AFC’s Zeeco Stadium.

Learn­ers will study a Lev­el 3 Diplo­ma in Sport course for 12.75 hours per week, along­side 6 hours train­ing and Wednes­day match­days (home and away). Please be aware learn­ers will be enrolled onto the course along­side the Foot­ball Acad­e­my com­mit­ments so will be required to com­plete and engage in both aspects


What Does The Pro­gramme Include

You will learn through under­tak­ing research assign­ments and prac­ti­cal activ­i­ties that have been designed to relate to the Foot­ball indus­try. You will have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to take part a week of work expe­ri­ence to give you a real insight into the indus­try and also spend some vol­un­teer foot­ball coach­ing time with­in the community.

Entry Require­ments

4 GCSEs at grades 4/C or above includ­ing either Eng­lish or maths, or a Foot­ball Devel­op­ment Diplo­ma Lev­el 2 at Distinction 

Regret­tably we cur­rent­ly do not have the num­bers to run a female foot­ball team, and as FA rules state mixed foot­ball is not allowed over the age of 16 we can­not accept appli­ca­tions from female candidates.

How­ev­er, if you are female and inter­est­ed in a career in foot­ball, our Sports cours­es are the next best alter­na­tive and will still allow you to play foot­ball and oth­er sports.

What­ev­er your results, we want to assure you that exten­u­at­ing cir­cum­stances will be con­sid­ered should you not have the grades indi­cat­ed above. 

We will review each appli­ca­tion on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suit­able for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effec­tive 6 weeks to suc­cess pro­gramme’ that oper­ates from the first day you start your course. This includes sup­port such as (but not lim­it­ed to):

  • Allow­ing you to change cours­es if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks
  • Mov­ing you between course lev­els if you are find­ing your cur­rent lev­el too easy / too hard
  • Incor­po­rat­ing Eng­lish and maths GCSE resits in to your timetable if you pas GCSE maths and Eng­lish at a grade 4
  • One-to-one reviews with your aca­d­e­m­ic tutor to ensure you are pro­gress­ing and achiev­ing well

Our course enquiries and admis­sions team can be con­tact­ed at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any fur­ther questions.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

You will be assessed through course work includ­ing pre­sen­ta­tions, reports and assign­ments which are uploaded online.

Two units will be assessed by exams.

Addi­tion­al Information

The acad­e­my is designed to improve you as a per­son and a play­er to ensure by the end of your stud­ies you will be tac­ti­cal­ly and tech­ni­cal­ly bet­ter on the field and more con­fi­dent and organ­ised with­in the classroom.

You will need to pro­vide £150.00 towards uni­form to be worn at train­ing, match­es and with­in the class­room, and £100 for trips across the year local­ly and fur­ther afield includ­ing Eti­hand Sta­di­um Tour and Nation­al BMX cen­tre prac­ti­cal, St Georges Park and paint­ball. Stu­dents pur­chase a spe­cif­ic foot­baller kit pack­age at the begin­ning of the course for £150, this is to be worn at train­ing, match­es and with­in the classroom.

Finan­cial sup­port is avail­able for stu­dents if need­ed, vis­it https://​www​.stam​ford​.ac​.uk/​c​o​l​l​e​g​e​-​l​i​f​e​/​f​i​n​a​n​c​i​a​l​-​s​u​pport to find out more.

Poten­tial Future Career

On suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of this course, you can progress to study foot­ball or spe­cif­ic sports relat­ed degrees at Uni­ver­si­ty. You could also progress onto an Inspire+ Appren­tice­ship who offer over 100 oppor­tu­ni­ties all over Lin­colnshire to be a train­er PE spe­cial­ist with­in a Pri­ma­ry School https://​www​.inspire​plus​.org​.uk/​b​e​c​o​m​e​-​a​-​p​e​-​a​p​p​r​e​n​tice/

Course Con­tent

You will study the fol­low­ing units: 

  • Careers in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry
  • Health, Well­be­ing and Sport 
  • Devel­op­ing Coach­ing Skills 
  • Applied Coach­ing Skills 
  • Sport Devel­op­ment
  • Self-Employ­ment in Sport and Phys­i­cal Activity 
  • Organ­is­ing Events in Sports and Phys­i­cal Activities


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This course has allowed me to gain knowl­edge in foot­ball coach­ing. I now have a Sports Leader Award whilst study­ing here and have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to progress to Uni!

Liam Harper



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