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Football Academy Level 1

Full-Time Study Programmes

  • Overview of the course

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    This Sports Performance Academy is for those who have a talent for football. The academy is delivered alongside educational qualifications and places are subject to maintaining the required academic standard and attendance.

    The Academy is aimed at boys and girls and run in partnership with Bolton Wanderers Community Trust with access to professional coaching and participation in the AOC Sport College leagues. This is a chance to enjoy your studies and explore your competitive edge. A ‘work hard play hard’ ethos is expected of all students and a balanced approach to the sporting/academic demands of the programme is essential.

    The Level 1 course provides a comprehensive introduction into the health, fitness and sports industry.

    You’ll investigate how the body works, and how to plan and take part in improving your own fitness and that of others. You’ll also learn how to lead sporting activities as well as assist in organising and running a sports event.

    Focus will be given to exploring job opportunities and the skills required to work in the industry, such as assessing risks and hazards, and dealing with accidents and emergency situations.

    Work experience is also an integral part of our study programmes, enabling you to gain essential exposure to the world of work.
  • What you'll learn

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    Topics that you will cover include:
    • Taking Part in Exercise & Fitness
    • Planning Your Own Fitness Programme
    • Improving Own Fitness
    • Work Skills
    • Job Opportunities in Sport & Active Leisure
    • Working in Sport & Active Leisure
    • How the Body Works
    • Risks and Hazards in Sport & Active Leisure Students get to go on day-trips and attend various active events.

    We encourage our students to continue their English & maths study to Level 3.

    Elements of Study
    Your programme consists of the following elements:
    • Study of your chosen vocational subject (50% of your
    • English and maths (continued until the achievement of GCSE grade 4 (C) or equivalent)
    • Employability skills (e.g. punctuality, attendance, communication and team work)
    • Work experience (giving you a taste of working life)
    • Tutorial & personal development (e.g. healthy living, volunteering and citizenship skills)
  • Entry requirements

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    To do this course, we ask that you have GCSE grades 3-1 and that you demonstrate a commitment to sport. We will also invite you to come for an interview and ask to see a satisfactory school reference.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    You will be assessed via a variety of written and practical assignments for each unit, and a final portfolio.
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    You need to speak to one of our Tutors before you can enrol on to this course therefore, please use the ‘apply’ button on this screen to register your interest. Once we have your details a Tutor will contact you by phone. Please be aware that our number will be displayed as unknown/private/withheld
  • Supporting your learning and wellbeing

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    We want you to enjoy every minute of College, both in the classroom and out of it, so we have a range of dedicated support and wellbeing services. These include FREE travel; FREE breakfast; dedicated Learning
    Development Mentors; impartial advice and guidance; dedicated one-to-one support for learners with additional needs; and support with the cost of College, plus much more.
  • Future opportunities

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    Alongside your studies, you’ll have a unique opportunity to be part of the University of Bolton’s EXCEED programme. This will give you a range of additional skills and experiences, and includes master classes; university visits; access to industry experts; and mentoring and support with your university application, perfect for that next step into Higher Education.

    After you have completed the course you could remain in College and progress on to the Football Academy Level 2.

    Alternatively, if you choose to look for paid work you could opt for an Apprenticeship.

    Check out opportunities at the University of Bolton by visiting

    Following further study, you could work as:
    • A Football Coach, earning between £14,000 and £250,000 per year, depending on experience
    • A Sports Coach, earning between £14,000 to £35,000 per year
    • A Professional Footballer, with a variable pay scale
  • Enrichment

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    We want to give you a positive experience at College and a rounded view of the industry you could one day be working in. So, during your time at College, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities, including:
    • Meeting guest speakers from the sport/fitness sector
    • Participating in regional and national tournaments
    • Taking part in enrichment activities such as social and sporting events, and getting involved in fundraising activities
  • Pre-Professionals Programme

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    As part of our Pre-Professionals Programme, you’ll have your own personal Learning Development Mentor and Careers Coach. They’ll help you to manage your studies, oversee your progress and aid in your personal development.

    You’ll also benefit from quality work experience and industry placements, ensuring that you’re ready for the world of work.

    You could also benefit from getting involved in volunteering opportunities, both locally and abroad, and youth social action projects, perfect for enhancing your CV.
  • Why choose us?

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    We’re part of the University of Bolton Group, which means you’ll benefit from all that the University has to offer, including world-class facilities and access to industry experts.

    Throughout your time at College, we’ll reward your achievements, with trips to The Anderton Outdoor Activity Centre, the University’s outdoor pursuits centre, and so much more. You’ll also have the opportunity to apply for the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award.

    In our last Ofsted inspection, we were graded

    Our £75 million campus offers:
    • A newly refurbished fitness suite and sports hall
    • Apple Mac suites
    • Libraries
    • A theatre and dance studios
    • A café selling Costa coffee
    • The Academy Hair & Beauty Salon
    • Signature restaurant

    We also have a wide range of events throughout the year, including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations.
  • How to apply?

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    Click 'Apply' to submit your application.
  • Disclaimer

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    Every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within these course information sheets was accurate at the time of publishing.
    Bolton College is constantly evaluating its services to meet the needs of learners; therefore programmes/courses/Apprenticeships, resources and facilities may be subject to change without prior notice.
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  • Time:

    09:00 - 17:00
    10.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    36 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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