The Derby County Community Trust Education and Football programme gives aspiring young footballers the opportunity to develop their 11-a-side football skills while studying Level 3 academic qualifications in Sport to enhance their career prospects.
The College’s partnership with the award-winning DCCT enables students to benefit from the expertise of highly qualified and respected coaches, which enhances the football-focused curriculum.
Training sessions and competitive fixtures are carried out alongside your main programme of study. Your academic performance will impact your access to matches and training, so you must maintain high levels of attendance and keep up to date with your assessments.
The course duration is set in line with VISA conditions, with a minimum of six months of study required.
Applications are welcomed from individuals who regularly participate in football and who show a desire and willingness to develop their sporting performance.
Entry to the Level 3 Sport programme requires candidates to have an equivalent minimum of five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*- C) grades (including English and Maths).
Pre-reading around the subject areas identified below is recommended.
The Academy includes:
- A dedicated training calendar
- Access to AoC Sport regional and national trials
- A comprehensive competitions programme
- Technical and tactical coaching
- Psychological, physiological and lifestyle management
- Strength and conditioning support
The Level 3 Extended Certificate consists of anatomy and physiology, fitness training and wellbeing, professional development and practical sport.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment will be continuous for your duration of study. Assessment methods will vary depending on the subjects delivered and will include an externally set and moderated exam, externally set synoptic assessment and two internally assessed units.
Are there any additional costs or special equipment required?
The Academy fees are £8750 in total. This includes the costs of your residential accommodation, daily meal allowance, trips and speakers, free gym membership, plus your Academy and College kit. The kit is to be worn in every lesson and while training or representing the College or Academy.
The Derby County Academy kit should also be purchased in agreement with DCCT. Students are encouraged to secure their place on College courses before arranging for the Academy kits to be ordered.
Residential accommodation is based at Broomfield Hall Campus. It is single occupancy, with a daily meal allowance included in the Academy fees.
What can I do after this course?
On successful completion of the course, students may wish to progress to other Level 3 qualifications and then to the Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching at Derby College or to seek employment within the sport and leisure sector.