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Boldmere St. Michaels FC Football Academy

Academic Pathway: Level 3 Extended Certificate in Sport (equivalent of 1 A Level in Year 1)

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
This course develops skills and knowledge by studying a wide range of topics. These will enable the learner to understand key elements and components within the Sport Industry. On this programme, you can develop your knowledge using examples from specifically the Football Industry but generally across the Sports Industry. Units that you will study may include:
– Anatomy
– Physiology of fitness
– Sport Psychology
– Fitness Testing
– Fitness Training
– Assessing Risks
– Sports Legacy
– Technical and Tactical Demands of Sport
– Practical Sport
– Sports Coaching
– Rules and Regulations in Sport

Course Info

Level 3 - Advanced
Subject Area
Sport & Exercise Sciences
Course Type
16-19 Full-Time
Sutton Coldfield College
Next Start Date
Course Length
35 weeks

Entry Requirements

To study on the Boldmere St. Michaels FC Programme, scholars are required to gain 4 GCSE’s at Grade 4 (equivalent to Grade C) or above which should include Maths and English. Scholars who do not achieve Maths or English will be required to retake whilst on the Programme.

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 Level 3 Foundation Diploma you have the opportunity to progress onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport the following year if you have a) achieved and b) attended well. Alternatively, you may like to consider a career or apprenticeship within the sport industry. Scholars who have progressed onto the Extended Diploma use the course to gain entry to Higher Education; with many going into careers in teaching, coaching, sports therapy, sports analysis, fitness or nutrition.