This course is aimed at 16-18 year-old learners who have a passion for football and an ambition to work in the industry, and/or compete in semi-professional or professional football. It’s vital that you are prepared to work towards an academic qualification in Sport as well as developing your footballing ability.
You will need four GCSEs at grade 4/C or above or equivalent, although lower entry qualifications may be accepted with further study embedded into the programme. You will also need to pass assessment at an open football trial.
The course combines an academic qualification with football development, involving study for a BTEC Level 3 in Sport as well as weekly football training and playing in competitive fixtures. Education takes place in the classroom, computer suite, sports hall and fitness suite at Central Campus. The football element is run by The Albion Foundation, and is delivered by UEFA B Licence Coaches who have direct links to WBA Academy and Scouts. You will participate in an average of 14 hours of teaching, four hours of coaching and one fixture per week. WBA training kit will need to be purchased through The Albion Foundation, to be worn during all college activities; WBA match kit will be provided for fixtures.
The football academy will visit one Premier League game during the season, visit the WBA Academy and tour the stadium, as well as playing one match on The Hawthorns main pitch during the close season.
Ongoing assessment is carried out through written assignment work, practical observations and presentations. Each learner will receive an individual player assessment report at the end of the academic year.
Successful completion of this course gives you the opportunity to progress into Higher Education or into employment in Sports Coaching and Development. Exceptional players may earn the opportunity to pursue a career as a professional or semi-professional player.
Success Rates on courses for 16-18 year-olds nearly 7% better than national average*