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Stamford Football Academy Diploma Level 3

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

Gain the 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. 9 units- 6 mandatory and consisting of 3 externally assessed/​exam based units. Equivalent in size to two A Levels. 30 hours of work experience to be completed.


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 in one weeks work experience to give you a real insight in to the industry and spend some volunteer football coaching time within the community.

Entry Requirements

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

Need to re-sit? No problem. If you don’t achieve a Grade 4/​C in GCSE maths or English, you’ll resit the exams with us and we’ll help you prepare.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

You will be assessed mainly through course work including presentations, reports and iPad 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, this will also cover your trips for the year.

Potential Future Career

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to study the HND in Sports and Exercise Science at University Centre Stamford, or other football or specific sports related degrees at University.

Course Content

You will study the following units:

  • Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
  • The Physiology of Fitness
  • Assessing Risk in Sport
  • Fitness Training and Programming
  • Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise


  • Sports Coaching
  • Practical Team Sport
  • Exercise, Health and Lifestyle
  • Work Experience
  • Sports Nutrition


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My tutors encouraged me to get real experience writing a sports column for the local paper, I now have a place on a Sports Journalism Degree at University.

Sarah Drew



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