Football Academy Programme

Course type: BTEC/UAL Level 3 Extended Diplomas • Awarding/exam body: Edexcel
Equivalent to 3 A levels, the Football Academy Programme is an excellent way to develop your football sklils with the support of professional coaches alongside the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science or Business Studies.

To be selected for the Football Academy, you will need to book onto a trial by emailing

Students on the St Francis Xavier Catholic Sixth Form College Football Academy Programme will take part in:

Football Training & Competitions
  • Football training sessions twice a week on an off-site full size 3G pitch
  • Futsal sessions
  • Training led by UEFA qualified coaches
  • London cup competitions and the English Colleges League.
  • Weekly specialised strength and conditioning sessions in the College's fitness suite
Students can complete an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), which is worth an additional half an A-Level centred on their football development and can significantly support their university application as well as their own sporting development.

Course Assessment

The course is assessed via coursework including written assignments, presentations, consultations, practical assessments, video evidence and creative work such as posters or models produced.

This Course Can Lead To…

Students can progress from this course into a full-time football career or a variety of sports related degrees at University including Sport & Exercise Science, Physiotherapy, Performance Analysis, Personal Training as well as Engineering, Business and Education. 

Pupils also have the opportunity to take part in a football scholarship in the UK and abroad, in particular the USA.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above ideally including English Language at grade 4 or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma at Merit with English Language at grade 4.

In addition/ within those 5 GCSEs, for this subject you will need display a high level or footbsll ability and meet the entry requirements for Sport & Exercise Science

Course Highlights

  • Nike football kit for every player
  • The opportunity to recieve free tickets to football fixtures including England matches