Academic Studies With Basketball Training

This is an exciting course for male and female students who are aged between 14 – 19 years of age who have a passion for Basketball. It offers the opportunity to study our academic courses in the mornings and have Basketball training sessions led by professional coaches in the afternoon.

This is a unique opportunity for students to gain qualifications for entry to university alongside an intensive, structured Basketball training which could lead to students pursuing careers in professional Basketball, not just in the UK, but also Europe and other basketball playing countries.


The Basketball Training takes place at the home of the British Basketball League club, Manchester Giants, and is led by Jamie Edwards, former Basketball International.


Jamie is one of Europe’s leading mental performance coaches, an identity he has established through his ability to help organisations and peak-performing athletes create the results they aspire to. His name is linked to some of the world’s top sports professionals; Lee Westwood, Lewis Moody, Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff and Joe Hart to name a few.

A combined philosophy that has developed from bringing the benefits of elite sports training to both sports performance and academic studies. We call it the 5 Rs; Routine, Rigour, Responsibility, Resilience and Reflection and they are skills which benefit the students for the rest of their lives, in sport and work.

What are the academic course options and entry requirements?

For students joining us in January 2021 the courses available are 18 month GCSE or International Foundation Programme or an extended A-level course (study for 2.5 years).  To have access to the full range of courses students would need to join in September 2020 and then transfer to the Basketball programme in January.  For students joining in September 2021 the full range of courses are available.

Students will be able to choose from the following educational pathways depending on prior attainment and level of English if not from the UK.


  • Biology, Chemistry Mathematics and Physics (three can be chosen from these four)
  • Business Studies, Economics and Mathematics

Dependent on subjects we may accept students onto the second year of A Level if they have already completed their first year elsewhere.


  • Business Pathway
  • Science Pathway

Students wishing to access the One Year International Foundation Programme must already have the equivalent of the first year of Level 3 study in their home country and an overall IELTS for UKVI score of at least 6.0.


Most subjects can be taken with this option.

These pathways will equip students to apply to a wide range of universities to pursue Science or Business related courses which could link to their sporting aspirations or they could apply for courses unrelated to sport. The subject combinations and qualifications offered allow students great flexibility as they move forward. Students will be taught in small classes (a maximum of 12 in each) and follow the routine and rigour of all Abbey College Manchester programmes.


Students who wish to only access a course for a shorter period of time should contact the college to find out the subjects that are available.

Further details about international entry requirements can be found by clicking here.

What is the daily routine?

  • Students will have academic classes each weekday from 9.00am until 12.40pm at the Abbey College Manchester campus on their chosen academic programme.
  • Our basketball training sessions will be delivered each afternoon programme by professional and experienced coaches at the Manchester Giants practice facilities.  Our student athletes will develop beyond the game with focus on integrating the development of basketball skills “on court” with the development of life skills “off court”.

  • Students will have the option to undertake fitness programmes during the late afternoon or alternatively will be able to attend study/booster classes in the college.

How do I apply?

Please contact Admissions at Abbey College Manchester with the completed application form, with a covering e-mail stating that you wish to apply for the Basketball programme and give an overview of your Basketball experience to date.   We will also require a copy of your passport and school reports. Admissions will arrange an interview and all the necessary support with the application onto the programme and with the subsequent visa application if applicable.

Please click here to download the application form for the programme.

Fees 2022/23

Academic studies with Basketball training Full Year
UK/EU Students excluding accommodation* £15,500
International Students including standard room accommodation at Clydesdale House £32,950


* The cost for UK/EU students who require accommodation is available from the college on request

Why come to the UK to study Basketball?

The UK has a strong basketball culture of developing young players and offers opportunities to top quality coaching, pathways to British and US universities, in a city with a heritage of basketball.  

To watch an interview with student Yetu and Jamie Edwards, please see below.