Academic Studies With Football Training

This is an exciting course for male and female students who are 14 years of age and over who have a passion for football. It offers the opportunity to study our GCSE, A-Level, Combined Studies or International Foundation Programme in the mornings and have football training sessions led by professional coaches in the afternoon.

This is a unique opportunity for students to gain qualifications for entry to university alongside intensive football training which could lead to playing professional or semi-professional football in the future. Football training is added to students’ timetables without impacting on the core study requirements to gain their qualification.

New for September 2022, there are two streams available for this Course;

  1. Elite Football Course
    This course is suited for a serious footballer who has the drive and commitment to train 5 afternoons a week and is showing true football talent and wishes to progress to a football related career.
  2. Development Football Course
    This course is suited to someone who loves football and wishes to improve their game, football is seen as a great release to their studies, but progressing to a university course of a different discipline in their aim.  Students on this course will train up to 3 afternoons a week.

Please click here to view the course brochure.

Listen to what four of our current footballers have to say about the course.

Want to learn more? Register to attend our forthcoming webinar on 12th May 2022 at 10am BST.

What are the academic course options?

Students will be able to choose from the following educational pathways depending on prior attainment and level of English if not from the UK.  Also the courses are more limited if taking the Elite Football Stream.  We will discuss course options with you at interview.

A-Levels (2 or 2.5 Years)

  • 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.

International Foundation Programme (1 or 2 Years or 18 Months)

  • Business Pathway
  • Science Pathway
  • Engineering Pathway
  • Sport 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.

GCSEs (1 or 2 Years or 18 Months)

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.

One or Two term 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.

 

What is the daily routine?

  • Students will have academic classes each weekday from 9.30am until 13.05pm at the Abbey College Manchester campus on their chosen academic programme.
  • Two hour football training sessions will be delivered each afternoon by professional and experienced coaches.
  • 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.

A standard day for an Elite footballer would be:

7.30 – 8.00    Breakfast
8.40 – 9.20     Early Bird Study Session
9.30 – 13.05    Lessons
13.05 – 13.30  Lunch and Depart for training
14.00 – 16.00 Football Training session
16.30               Back to Boarding House / Host Family
18.00               Evening Meal

What does the training involve?

Training Topics

The following topics will be covered in team training sessions:

  • Basic techniques – dribbling, running with the ball, passing and receiving, decision making, finding space, developing possession, individual work and combination play, support play and turning
  • Defending – with appropriate numbers and recovery
  • Attacking – transition counter attack and attacking when outnumbered
  • Finishing – shooting repetition, crossing & finishing, individual and combined finishing, 1v1 finishing
  • Team Shape & formation

The following topics will be covered in personal training sessions:

  • Strength, Speed and flexibility
  • Aerobic endurance – Continuous & Interval
  • Muscular endurance

Video Analysis
We record each competitive match via remote controlled multi-view video. This enables the Head Coach to conduct post-match video analysis with the squad. Also, online links to all match footage / highlights and individual player edits are available for each player.

Diet & Nutrition
Diet & nutrition advice is woven into daily life. The importance of a good diet and how to manage nutrition is stressed at all times and integrated into general routine.

 

Entry Requirements

Elite Football Programme

To be considered for the Elite Football programme we need to see evidence that you have been playing football and have a commitment to the sport.

With your application can you please submit:

  • A reference from your current coach – from your club or school
  • Any other evidence you have to show your football experience

Your suitability for the course will be discussed at interview.

A-Levels

This is traditionally a Two Year Programme although in certain circumstances it might be possible for a Three Year option to be undertaken.

To be considered for A-Levels students must:

  • Have successfully completed GCSEs or IGCSEs, or the equivalent qualification in their home country if not from the UK, and have gained good pass grades in at least five subjects, including those to be studied at A-Level
  • Be at least 16 years of age by the start of the academic year, i.e. 1st September
  • Have achieved an IELTS for UKVI band score of at least 5.5 if a GCSE or IGCSE in English Language has not been gained

International Foundation Programme (IFP)

This is only available to students who do not have a British passport. The Programme can be undertaken over One or Two Years:

One Year IFP students must:

  • Have successfully completed GCSEs or IGCSEs, or the equivalent qualification in their home country, and have gained good pass grades in at least five subjects
  • Have also completed one year of A-Level study or equivalent from their home country
  • Be at least 17 years of age by the start of the academic year, i.e. 1st September
  • Have achieved an IELTS for UKVI band score of at least 6.0 for the Business or Science Pathways if a GCSE or IGCSE in English Language has not been gained

Two Year IFP students must:

  • Have successfully completed GCSEs or IGCSEs, or the equivalent qualification in their home country, and have gained good pass grades
  • Be at least 16 years of age by the start of the academic year, i.e. 1st September
  • Have achieved an IELTS for UKVI band score of at least 4.5 for the Business or Science Pathways if a GCSE or IGCSE in English Language has not been gained

GCSEs

These can be taken over 1 or 2 years depending on a student’s age and level of English.

To be considered students must:

  • Be at least 14 years of age by the start of the academic year, i.e. 1st September
  • Have a level of English that is above beginners, which will be assessed through an online test

One or Two Term Programmes

Students who wish to only access a course for a shorter period of time should contact the college to find out what the entry requirements are.

How do I apply?

Please contact Admissions at Abbey College Manchester with the completed application form together with a copy of your passport and school reports. They 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 apply online for the programme.

Fees 2022/23

Academic studies with football training Full Year Elite Full Year Development
EU Students excluding accommodation* £19,000 £16,415
International Students including standard room accommodation** £38,500 £35,000

Notes:

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

** Accommodation for students aged 16 years and over is at Clydesdale House.  Students under the age of 16 years will live with a host family.

Football Student Progression

Summer 2020 was the first year that we had graduating students from the Academic Studies with Football.  Over the last two years our footballers have progressed to:

University of Manchester – Chemical Engineering

University of Nottingham – Civil Engineering

University of Nottingham – Politics and International Relations

Sheffield Hallam University – Accounting and Finance

Loughborough University – Economics

Manchester Metropolitan University – International Business Management

UCLan – Sports Business Management

Manchester Metropolitan University – Applied Computing

In addition the academy has had student success with professional football clubs:

Andrew Kenya Training with Marine FC
Aykhan Azerbaijan Trials with Blackburn Rovers FC
Kieran UK Trials with St Helens
Julian Netherlands Signed for Italian Serie D club Sancataldese Calcio
Said Uzbekistan Trials with Oldham Athletic FC
Saidkhon Uzbekistan Trials with Oldham Athletic FC