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;
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.
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.
Dependent on subjects we may accept students onto the second year of A Level if they have already completed their first year elsewhere.
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.
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
The following topics will be covered in team training sessions:
The following topics will be covered in personal training sessions:
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.
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:
Your suitability for the course will be discussed at interview.
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:
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:
Two Year IFP students must:
These can be taken over 1 or 2 years depending on a student’s age and level of English.
To be considered students must:
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.
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.
|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|
* 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.
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
Academic Studies with Football (IFP) | Applied Computing at Manchester Metropolitan University