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Welcome to Sheffield United - Football Education Academy

Thank you for considering Sheffield United to further your education and inspire you to reach your future goals. We know that leaving school can be scary but once you experience the life as a student with us, you will never look back.

The Sheffield United Football Education Academy is a bespoke, high quality education and training provider specialising in the delivery of accredited sports based qualifications in both further and higher education. We not only provide high quality education but also work extremely hard to allow our learners the possibility of achieving their future goals.

We have a very successful record in student completion and achievement. In the last two years we are above 90% on pass rates across all our study programmes and of that figure 100% of the learner’s progress to the next level.

We offer a very stimulating curriculum to all of our learners. As part of the learning environment we offer state of the art ICT equipped classrooms as well as embed practical sessions, trips, and visits. In addition, we offer professional guest speakers such as forst team players and staff as well as utilise modern technology by offering each learner their own personal virtual classroom.

Students at Sheffield United get support from a Personal Tutor and Progress Tutor to help achieve their academic and employment targets. Furthermore, each learner follows a pathway as part of their Study Programme with Sheffield United.

Futsal Development:

We have five Futsal teams who train weekly and play in the English Football League Trust's Futsal league at EIS, Sheffield. We have had recent success winning regional leagues and progressing into the Nationals. We have won the Nationals with several teams since 2013 and came runners up in the Soccer AM Futsal cup.

Football development:

We have two football teams who play in a bespoke league just for Football League Trust teams. We compete against Nottingham Forest, Barnsley, Leeds and many more local clubs.

Football training and fixtures are weekly and played at state of the art facilities such as SUFC Academy in Shircliffe, Thorpe Arch and Oakwell training ground.

Work experience:

We have a good working relationship with the club to allow learners to experience sports coaching within some of the SUFC Academy phases. Furthermore, we offer unique and exclusive opportunities within the sports science department that include physio workshops and sports analysis.

We have a wide range of work experience opportunities at Sheffield United Community Foundation working in the community as a multi-skills coach, PE teacher, sports developer as well as health instructor.


Please visit our website to find out what life could be like as a student here at the Sheffield United Football Education Academy.

Please read our prospectus to find out more about the courses you can study with us.

About us


Sheffield United Community Foundation is Sheffield United's charitable arms and offers education in association with The Sheffield College and The English Football League Trust. 

What you do and what you achieve at Sheffield United Community Foundation will hopefully have a positive impact on the rest of your life, so please make the most of the opportunities available. We will help you do that by providing you with passionate and excellent teaching, facilities and support.

We’ll give you hands on experience that will make your CV stand out from the pile, the confidence to shine in an interview and the ability to handle yourself when you start at work. It’s hard work, but you’ll enjoy it. And we’ll put in everything we’ve got to make sure you succeed.



Facilities available

Learning will take place in 3 state of the art education facilities at SUFC.

The SuperBox is the largest corporate box at Bramall Lane stadium and hosts education lessons throughout the week for our students. The SuperBox is fully equipped with WIFI and laptops for each student.

The Study Centre is Bramall Lane's purpose built education area with 17 bespoke ICT stations and own kitchen facility.

The SUFC Academy boasts two onsite classrooms equipped with WIFI, PC's, laptops and interactive smartboards for all lessons whilst also being central to our fantastic full size indoor and outdoor 4G pitches and state of the art fitness suite.

There will be opportunities to volunteer at the Academy and with the Community Foundation in local schools and clubs. Opportunities to access home games at Bramall Lane and trips to other clubs are a regular feature for successful students.


Additional support

You will be supported from start to finish by our fully qualified education staff and support staff from appropriate departments at Sheffield College.

Additional financial support is also available through The Sheffield College. e.g.

At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire. You can apply for a student pass at or purchase a value pass from us at reception, including a college specific product for all ages.

Learner Support Fund If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of: — Travel — Books and materials — Uniform and equipment — Essential course trips — NUS extra — DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB) — UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university


Learner success

OUR SUCCESS is an available tab on our new website

We strive to exceed expectations and gain the best possible outcomes for our learners.

100% of our L3 graduates were offered higher education

100% of our level 2 learners progressed onto a positive destination 

100% learners recommend our course (via our 2017/8 student survey) 

Join the 100 club!


How to apply

You can apply for courses at Sheffield United - Football Education Academy through UCAS Progress. Add courses to your favourites to apply to this provider.

Last updated date: 15 November 2018
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