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Total Pro Soccer Football Education Programme (TPS) at St Brendan's Sixth Form College

Course description

This programme has been designed for young people, both male and female, who have a passion and talent for football and who wish to pursue their football development alongside developing and enhancing their academic status.

The programme is unique in that its primary focus is one of ‘Academics First’ which is strongly supported by a professional academy standard training programme that allows students to develop as a player, whilst preparing themselves for either Higher Education, Football Scholarships Abroad, Further Training or Employment.

Training is planned in to the students’ timetable to allow for them to train three times per week and play on a Wednesday afternoon. Students will play in either Category 2 or 3 of the British Colleges League. They will also represent the college in the British Colleges Cup and English Schools Football Association Cup. Where appropriate, students will also be nominated for trials with the County, South West and England Schools Trials.

The programme is based on an annual participation basis meaning that students can be a part of the programme for as long as they are a student here at college studying on a Sport & PE course, provided they pass the annual trial and, whilst on the course, meet all academic, behavioural and playing expectations.

Course content

Level 3 Study

In all cases, a student wishing to study a Level 3 programme must achieve a minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade A*-C inclusive of GCSE English.

The preferable and most suited route is to undertake the BTEC Level 3 Diploma Sport and one other A-Level/BTEC from a selected suite of courses. This will ensure that students can access all training and playing slots within the timetable.

Students may wish to undertake the A-Level Physical Education course and two other A-Levels from a selected suite of courses. Students in this situation should be aware that there is potential there will be a clash in their timetable and they could miss one or more training sessions per week. Where possible, we will do our best to avoid this. In addition to English at Grade C, students must also achieve a minimum of CC in their GCSE Double Science.

Level 2 study

From September 2014 the Level 2 Sport Course will also be available to students. Again there is some possibility that additional courses the student will take alongside this will clash with the training timetable. Students will be advised of any clashes at the point of enrolment in August. In all cases, a student wishing to study a Level 2 programme must achieve a minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grade D inclusive of GCSE English.

Entry requirements

  • To become a member of the TPS Football Education Programme students MUST study on one of the College's Sport & PE courses and complete a trial where they will be notified of suitability.
  • The preferable and most suited route is to undertake the BTEC Level 3 Diploma Sport and one other A-Level/BTEC alongside the TPS programme.

Assessment

This programme offers the opportunity for both verbal and written assessment throughout the year and will be carried out in an official capacity alongside academic reviews.

Future opportunities

Students on the TPS Football Education Programme will typically be considering similar progression routes to those of their academic peers.

In addition to university and or employment, students may also wish to pursue their footballing career and thus progression onto Scholarships in America is one of the exit routes that we explore with the students.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Brendan's Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2016

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