Football Academy Programme with Level 2 National Extended Certificate

Course type: Level 2 Diplomas • Awarding/exam body: Edexcel
Equivalent to 4 GCSEs.
The Football Academy Programme is taken alongside either BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science or BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Business.

Students on the SFX Football Academy Programme will take part in:

1. Football Training & Competitions
• Football training sessions twice a week on an off-site full size 3G pitch
• Futsal sessions (Brazilian Indoor Football) every week
• Training led by UEFA qualified coaches
• Take part in the FA Youth Cup as well as a league cup, two London cups and the English College’s League.
• Specialised strength and conditioning sessions in the fitness suite

2. Video Analysis – Hudl
Hudl are the market leaders in performance analysis, which involves watching games of football to analyse how players and teams play through video and statistics, just like the pundits on TV. Students will analyse three main areas; notational analysis, team analysis, and individual player analysis to produce mini presentations on their findings. Students can complete an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), which is worth an additional half an A-Level and can significantly support their university application as well as their own sporting development.

Course Assessment

The course is assessed via coursework including written assignments, presentations, consultations, practical assessments, video evidence and creative work such as posters or models produced.

This Course Can Lead To…

Our main exit route partner is Future Elite Sports who specialise in Football scholarships in the USA, Australia and the UK. For more information, visit 

Students can progress from this programme into a full-time football career, university degrees in a variety of Sports Science courses including Sport & Exercise Science, Physiotherapy, Performance Analysis, Personal training as well as Engineering, Business and Education. Pupils can also have the opportunity to take part in a Football Scholarship abroad, in particular in the USA, Australia and New Zealand. 

Entry Requirements

Grade 4 in Core Science and Grade 4 in Maths. High level of football ability demonstrated at SFX football trials.

Course Highlights

Previous trips have included watching England play USA at Wembley Stadium.