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Football Academy NVQ Level 3 at Bolton College

Course description

Our full-time study programmes are designed to maximise your career prospects and widen your options for further or higher study.

If you love football and would like to gain a qualification that could help you crack the football industry, then this is the course for you.

The College can provide you with the chance to gain coaching qualifications and experience under the guidance of expert tutors – some of whom are also Manchester United Academy Coaches!

The course is work-based and incorporates NVQ Level 3 Sports Coaching (football), Teaching and Instructing. As well as following the NVQ, you will complete the FA Level 2 Certificate.

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

Course content

What you'll learn

You will gain valuable experience watching and learning from top coaches in an enriching and supportive environment, including the opportunity to visit different Premiership/European football clubs.

You’ll also have to apply the theories of coaching in a practical community-coaching scheme arranged by the College, and you’ll have the chance to play regularly in 5-a-side and 11-a-side tournaments.

Level 3 is a continuation of the Level 2 Football Academy NVQ.

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 programme)
  • 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

We ask that you:

  • Have at least four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above
  • Have the Level 1 FA Coaching Award
  • Have a reasonable standard of football ability
  • Are committed and enthusiastic about a career in football coaching

We will ask you to attend an interview and provide a satisfactory school reference.


Throughout the course you’ll undertake continual assessment with practical and written assignments and you’ll submit a final written portfolio.

You’ll also have to apply the theories of coaching in a practical community-coaching scheme arranged by the College.

Financial information

Government-funded Further Education courses are usually free if you are aged 16-18 and are a British or European Union resident.  Financial help is available for some students, whose families are on low income. If you’re worried about the cost of going to College, why not pop in for a friendly chat with our Student Services team?

For any financial queries or information about available bursaries, feel free to contact Student Services at Deane Road by calling 01204 482 181/195 and asking for a member of the Student Finance Team; or alternatively, come by and see us – we’re here to help!

Future opportunities

After you have completed the course you could progress on to a higher education course at college or university, or explore the possibility of doing a Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4).

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Following further study you could work as:

  • A PE Teacher and earn between £22,000 and £32,000 a year, depending on experience.
  • A Football Coach, earning between £14,000 and £30,000 a year in a community setting.
  • A Sports Development Officer, with a wage somewhere between £21,000 and £40,000 a year depending on experience and ability.

Further information

Our £75 million campus offers:

  • A fitness suite and sports hall
  • Apple Mac suites
  • Libraries
  • A theatre and dance studios
  • A café selling Costa coffee
  • Wella-approved hair salons

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

Number 1 for Achievement Rates

We’re the number one General FE and Tertiary College for 16-18 achievement rates in Greater Manchester.

Ofsted Grade 2 ‘Good’

Ofsted also agrees; in February we were inspected and graded 2 for ‘Good’. Ofsted highlighted the fact that our learners develop good employability and personal skills and that a high proportion progress to Apprenticeships, employment or Higher Education.


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:

  • 11-a-side football matches
  • Opportunity to join football teams and basketball teams
  • Activity trips including Mountain Biking, Skiing and Go Ape!


The College will support you throughout your time here; you will receive personal support from both your tutor and your Learning & Development Mentor. Support is also available from our dedicated Student Services team for personal, financial and careers guidance.

During their recent visit in February 2017, Ofsted commended the College for its provision of “well targeted information, advice and careers guidance, which meets individual needs and enables learners to make informed choices about the next steps in their learning and career”.

Open Events

Discover what Bolton College can do for you by attending one of our Young People’s Open Events at our Deane Road campus.

Thursday 12th October 2017, 4.30pm - 8pm

Wednesday 22nd November 2017, 4.30pm - 8pm

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 4.30pm - 8pm

Futures4Me Event

Thursday 28th September 2017, 3.30pm – 7pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 22 September 2017
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