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Boldmere St. Michaels FC Football Academy

Boldmere St. Michaels Football Club is one of the most established and historic Semi-Professional Football Clubs in the North Birmingham area. It has a coveted history within youth football with many players moving through the football non-league and league tiers.

Following its success in the Midland Floodlit Youth League, Boldmere St. Michaels FC Football Academy has been developed as a joint partnership between BMet and the Football Club. It utilises the excellent Church Road playing facilities as well as the Classrooms and Sports Facilities at Sutton Coldfield College. The bespoke programme has ensured that the Footballer Scholar has all the facilities and equipment to excel on both the academic and football pathways.

All scholars on the Boldmere St. Michaels FC Football Academy will enrol on a Programme of Study which is aligned to their Qualifications on Entry. Scholars will have 10-14 hours of Football Specific Training and Match play combined with Tutorial, Purposeful Work Experience, Maths* or English* (Subject to QoE) alongside their selected Academic Pathway.

Academic Pathway;
Players can select from a range of college courses, not just limited to Sport. However, in some curriculum areas, there may well be a limit on how many coaching sessions can be attended each week due to curriculum overlap. There are 4 different pathways in Level 3 Sport: (Exercise Sciences; Coaching & Development; Fitness and a General Sport pathway), with each pathway leading to a variety of career opportunities or HE courses.

Course Info

Level 3 - Advanced
Subject Area
Sport & Exercise Sciences
Course Type
16-19 Full-Time
Course Length
35 weeks

Entry Requirements

To study on the Boldmere St. Michaels FC Programme, Level 1 = Limited/Low GCSE Grades/Qualifications e.g. Mainly E/2’s. Level 2 = Level 1 Qualification or Range of Grades D/3’s. Level 3 = Level 2 Qualification + Grade 4’s in GCSE’s including Maths and English (Science if looking for the Sports & Exercise Science pathway).

Delivery and Assessment

Delivery will be split between Sutton Coldfield College and Boldmere St.Michaels FC. This will normally be in Morning or Afternoon blocks in order to minimise the travel between the college and the club. The Programme of study utilises the ‘state of the art’ 3G artificial pitch for the practical elements of the programme, whereas the College has the IT and Specialist Fitness, Massage and Classroom Resources for many of the taught units. Assessment will be varied and will include a portfolio of practical activities, case studies, projects, reports, presentations and written presentation. In addition, scholars will have externally-assessed work identified in the chosen pathway.


On completion of the Study Level, the student will have the option to progress to the next level at the college or move into another curriculum area. On completion of a Level 3 qualification, there are options internally to study on a HE programme or to apply for a Scholarship or University place of personal choice.