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The Albion Foundation Football Academy at Sandwell College

Course description

This course is aimed at 16-18 year olds who have a passion for football and an ambition to work in the industry. It’s vital that you are prepared to work towards an academic qualification in Sport as well as developing your football playing ability.

Course content

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 12 hours of teaching, 4 hours of coaching and 1 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.

Entry requirements

You will need 4 GCSEs at grade A-C or equivalent, although lower entry qualifications may be accepted and further study embedded into the programme. You will also need to pass assessment at an open football trial.


On-going 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.

Future opportunities

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.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sandwell College directly.

Last updated date: 01 June 2016

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