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Football Excellence (Marple Campus) at Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College

Course description

Do you love to play football? Do you have football heroes you want to emulate? At Cheadle & Marple you can do this and much more on our established Football Excellence course. We offer a top class education both on and off the pitch. Aimed at combining an education with professional football coaching, the programme is a must for any 16-19 year old with an ambition to work in the expanding football industry.

Course content

Course outline - year one • 1st 4 Sport Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Football • 1st 4 Sport Level 1 NVQ Award in Sport and Active Leisure • Emergency Aid Certificate • Child Protection Certificate Course outline - year two • FA Level 2 Award in Leadership Through Football • Live Coaching Experience

Entry requirements

You will attend a football coaching day and, if successful, you will then choose the appropriate subjects to complete your programme.  Contact Admissions for information on the trials.  

First and foremost you will be assessed and selected on the basis of your football ability, including attitude and commitment. Whatever your level of academic ability and ambition we will have an appropriate course for you.

Entry requirements vary depending on your chosen route of study: 

  • Foundation Level course: General writing and comprehension skills
  • Intermediate Level course: 4 GCSEs grade D or above
  • Advanced Level course: 4 GCSEs grade C and above plus Advanced Level potential

At the interview and enrolment time our specialist guidance staff will help you choose the programmes of study appropriate to your abilities.


You will be assessed via practical coaching sessions and on written tasks as you go along.

Future opportunities

This course is ideal if you want a career in the football world. There are opportunities to advance, both on and off the playing field, and the practical football skills combined with academic or vocational qualifications make for an unbeatable combination. The academic nature of the course means that there are also excellent progression routes to further courses of study at Cheadle & Marple or elsewhere. Indeed, past students have been successful in attracting US College scholarships.

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: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years