Football + BTEC 16+

Dedicate yourself full-time to developing your football skills, showcasing your talent to professional clubs and continuing your education. You will live the professional football academy experience in Manchester, the home of English football, having BTEC lessons every morning and professional football training each afternoon.
IH Manchester will provide you with a carefully selected local homestay host. Or if you are over 18 years old, you can choose to live in an independent self-catering student residence (depending on availability).
Below you will see all the opportunities that we give you to be scouted by a professional football club. If you are serious about football and your future career as a professional player, contact us now to organise a visit / or trial week at our academy.

About the course

    • Suitable for age 16+
    • Maximum 20 students per class
    • 17.5 hours of BTEC lessons per week
    • 10 hours of football training per week

International Students:

  • Standard homestay accommodation (half board Mon-Fri, full board at weekends) Students may share a twin room with another player on the football programme
  • kit bundle – 1 tracksuit, 2 training kits, 2 polo shirts, 1 hoodie
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure, Manchester or Liverpool airport
  • GuardMe travel insurance – full details available on request
  • This course is suitable for all levels of English except absolute beginners

Course dates

UK Students

Year 1
35 weeks Monday 10th September 2018– Friday 14th December 2018 (with a one week half term at the end of October)
Monday 14th January 2019 – Friday 12th April 2019
Tuesday 23rd April 2019 – Friday 21st June 2019
Year 2
35 weeks Monday 9th September 2019 – Friday 13th December 2019 (with a one week half term at the end of October)
Monday 13th January 2020 – Thursday 9th April 2020
Monday 20th April 2020 – Friday 19th June 2020

International Students

Term 1 2018
Monday 15th January 2018 – Friday 15th June 2018
22 weeks

Term 2 2018
Monday 17th July 2018 – Friday 14th December 2018
22 weeks

BTEC Sub Diploma and Diploma in Sport Performance and Excellence

As well as football coaching, equal importance is given to academic study. Players are enrolled onto the Edexcel Level 3 BTEC Sub Diploma in Sport Performance and Excellence. Players will study the following modules:-
– Principles of anatomy and physiology
– Physiology of fitness
– Fitness testing
– Training and Programming
– Assessing risk in sport
– Psychology of sport
– Technical and tactical aspects of sport
All these modules link directly to all the practical elements of this program and are designed to allow the players to continue their education. Academically strong students can be guided towards higher level academic qualifications after successful completion of this initial gateway course.
The academic component of the program is of great importance. Successful completion of the BTEC qualifications allow players to access Higher Education either directly or by a Foundation programme. The completion of an undergraduate degree in Sport Science allows students to have maintain career choices in sport or football related industries. The course modules have also been carefully selected in order to compliment and reinforce all aspects of the football training, fitness and competitive match play programme.

BTEC Sub Diploma in Sport

Level of qualification

NQF Level 3 – Equivalent to 1 Advanced level qualification

Entry Requirements

UK and EEA Students:

  • 5 GCSEs A*-C to include English language
  • A BTEC First Diploma – Level 2 qualification in Sports Studies or a related discipline (merit/distinction profile)
  • Level 2 NVQ in Sports, or a related subject
  • English language assessment

International Students:

    • As above, or, equivalent international qualification PLUSIELTS 5.5 or equivalent in English Language

OR

  • You can take a pre-sessional English language course with us to allow you to reach this level

Core Units

Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport, The Physiology of Fitness, Assessing Risk in Sport, Fitness Testing form Sport & Exercise, Sports Nutrition, Technical and Tactical Skills in Sport, Sports Coaching

Academic pathway/progression

Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Sports Performance and Excellence

Career prospects

Job opportunities include: professional football, sports/football coach, PE teacher, sports development, fitness professional, sports media.

BTEC Diploma in Sport

Level of qualification

NQF Level 3 – Equivalent to 2 Advanced level qualification

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs A*-C to include Mathematics and ( we only ask for Maths for Sport & Exercise Sciences) English language A BTEC First Diploma – Level 2 qualification in Sports Studies or a related discipline (merit/distinction profile) Level 2 NVQ in Sports, or a related subject English language assessment

Core Units

Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport, The Physiology of Fitness, Assessing Risk in Sport, Fitness Testing for Sport & Exercise, Sports Nutrition, Technical and Tactical Skills in Sport, Sports Coaching, Fitness Training and Programming, Psychology for Sports Performance, The Athlete’s Lifestyle, Sports Injuries, Analysis of Sports Performance, Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport

Academic pathway/progression

-Foundation degree in Sport and Exercise Science-University BA (Hons) Degree related to Sport

Career prospects

Job opportunities include: professional football, sports/football coach, PE teacher, sports development, fitness professional, sports media.

Football Training

Technical

Simple repetitive drills will be introduced to ensure that players can master the basic skills of the game. These sessions will continue over the season to ensure steady improvement. Many players continue with training drills in order to maintain their level of skill. David Beckham famously practised free kicks alone after training each day. Adopting good habits in your training is key. Players are also encouraged to understand the importance of warming up and cooling down and are expected to quickly take personal responsibility for their warm up. Self-guided learning was introduced in the 2014/2015 season and is valuable to every player’s individual technical development. These comprise of short periods of time at the beginning or end of each session where all players are asked to choose an area of their game that they wish to work on. The choice is based around the skill targets set in tutorials and coaching sessions. During this time players are given the time to work at their own pace and the coaches are on hand to assist and advise if needed.

Tactical

Team play and tactics are an important part of the game. Being part of the Academy means being part of the team and competing weekly in competitive fixtures. Our coaches will work on tactical elements of the English game. The players will begin to develop their tactical awareness; including shape, movement, set plays, defending and attacking as a team. These elements of training will be worked on both on the pitch, where players will receive lectures on the English game, what to expect, the laws of the game and both basic and complex tactics. Throughout the season the team will film as many fixtures and training sessions as possible for post-match analysis. This is a great opportunity for players to reflect on and discuss their performance and identify exactly where they need to improve.

University pathways

Entry onto a number of UK university Foundation programmes eg. Business Studies, Sports Marketing is possible (conditional upon final grade – offers vary by institution) with the BTEC Level 3 Diploma. Direct entry onto certain UK undergraduate programmes is possible with the Extended Diploma. University Placement advice is available to all our students in school.

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Certificate
(4 modules)
Equivalent to 1 AS Level
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Sub Diploma
(7 modules)
Equivalent to 1 A level
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma
(12 modules)
Equivalent to 2 A levels
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
(16 modules)
Equivalent to 3 A levels

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