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Football Academy Level 3 : 2021 intake

Full-Time Study Programmes & Apprenticeships

  • Overview of the course

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    This Sports Performance Academy is for those who have a talent for football. The academy is delivered alongside educational qualifications and places are subject to maintaining the required academic standard and attendance.

    The Academy is aimed at boys and girls and run in
    partnership with Bolton Wanderers Community Trust with access to professional coaching and participation in the AOC Sport College leagues. This is a chance to enjoy your studies and explore your competitive edge.

    A ‘work hard play hard’ ethos is expected of all students and a balanced approach to the sporting/academic demands of the programme is essential.

    The course provides a comprehensive
    introduction into the health, fitness and sports industry.

    You’ll investigate how the body works, and how to plan and take part in improving your own fitness and that of others. You’ll also learn how to lead sporting activities as well as assist in organising and running a sports event.

    Focus will be given to exploring job opportunities and the skills required to work in the industry, such as assessing risks and hazards, and dealing with accidents and emergency situations.

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

    You will build on the skills that you gained on the Level 2 course.
  • What you'll learn

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    On this course you will learn about:
    • Instructing, Observing & Assisting Gym-Based
    • Evaluating and Developing Own Practice in
    Instructing Exercise & Fitness
    • Motivating and Supporting Clients to Develop
    Maintain Fitness
    • Planning & preparing Gym-Based Activities with
    • Dealing with Accidents & Emergencies (First aid)

    Additional Qualifications:
    • Personal Learning & Thinking Skills (PLTS)
    • Level 2 Award in Employment Awareness in Active
    Leisure & Learning

    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

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    We’d like to see a proven track record of very good
    attendance at school/work, along with a good reference from school/a previous employer. We also ask that you have two GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, or a Level 2 qualification in Sports and a satisfactory level of English and maths.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    You’ll be assessed by assignments, projects, practical work and case studies.
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    In the first instance please send a message to
  • Future opportunities

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    Alongside your studies, you’ll have a unique opportunity to be part of the University of Bolton’s EXCEED programme. This will give you a range of additional skills and experiences, and includes masterclasses; university visits; access to industry experts; and mentoring and support with your university application, perfect for that
    next step into Higher Education.

    Alternatively, if you choose to look for paid work
    you could opt for an Apprenticeship and work as an Apprentice Personal Trainer.

    Check out opportunities at the University of Bolton by visiting

    Following further study, you could work as:
    • A Football Coach, earning between £14,000 and
    £250,000 per year, depending on experience
    • A Sports Coach, earning between £14,000 to £35,000 per year
    • A Professional Footballer, with a variable pay scale
  • Supporting your learning and wellbeing

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    We want you to enjoy every minute of College, both in the classroom and out of it, so we have a range of dedicated support and wellbeing services. These include FREE travel; FREE breakfast; dedicated Learning
    Development Mentors; impartial advice and guidance; dedicated one-to-one support for learners with additional needs; and support with the cost of College, plus much more.
  • Enrichment

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    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 havethe opportunity to enjoy a range of activities, including:
    • Meeting guest speakers from the sport/fitness sector
    • Participating in regional and national tournaments
    • Taking part in enrichment activities such as social and sporting events, and getting involved in fundraising activities
  • Pre-Professionals Programme

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    As part of our Pre-Professionals Programme, you’ll have your own personal Learning Development Mentor and Careers Coach. They’ll help you to manage your studies, oversee your progress and aid in your personal development.

    You’ll also benefit from quality work experience and industry placements, ensuring that you’re ready for the world of work.

    You could also benefit from getting involved in volunteering opportunities, both locally and abroad, and youth social action projects, perfect for enhancing your CV.
  • Why choose us?

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    We’re part of the University of Bolton Group, which
    means you’ll benefit from all that the University has
    to offer, including world-class facilities and access to industry experts.

    Throughout your time at College, we’ll reward your
    achievements, with trips to The Anderton Outdoor
    Activity Centre, the University’s outdoor pursuits centre, and so much more. You’ll also have the opportunity to apply for the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award.

    In our last Ofsted inspection, we were graded ‘Good’.

    Our £75 million campus offers:
    • A newly refurbished fitness suite and sports hall
    • Apple Mac suites
    • Libraries
    • A theatre and dance studios
    • A café selling Costa coffee
    • The Academy Hair & Beauty Salon
    • Signature restaurant

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

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    Click the ‘Apply’ button. Log in to your Learner Hub account (you will be able to create an account if you do not already have one) so that you can track your application and enrol online in August. If you have any difficulties please contact us via Live Chat from any of our website pages
  • Disclaimer

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    You may be aware that Bolton College currently has some limitations on the way it works, due to COVID-19. Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, due to the changeable nature of the situation and updates to government guidance, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
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  • Time:

    14.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    36 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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