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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.


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.

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.

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.

Worried about your grades?

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 don’t meet the grades you need
  • One-to-one reviews with your academic tutor to ensure you are progressing and achieving well

Our course enquiries and admissions team are available remotely throughout this unprecedented period. They can be contacted at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any further questions.

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 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. 

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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With the skills and experience I have gained at New College Stamford studying Sport I have been able to secure a job as a Sports Coach at Little Kickers!

Tom Sutton



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