Football + BTEC year 12 and 13

Football + BTEC Year 12 & 13

Established in 2007, the IH Manchester football academy offers a full range of football
education and coaching programmes, show case days and trial opportunities. Our
programmes combine professional football training, academic learning and trial/exposure
opportunities, putting you in the best position to develop your game and showcase your talent to professional club scouts and coaches and start your career in football. Our UEFA trained professional football coaches work with our squads on all aspects of their game including; fitness training, stamina,endurance training and both technical and tactical match play skills.

Show Case Opportunities
Our academy players regularly compete in friendly matches against youth teams from pro and semi pro clubs, academies and local college teams. IH Manchester academy players also benefit from regular guest coaching sessions led by prominent coaches (many who are accomplished ex-professional players) from professional clubs from the north west of
England. A formal Show Case Day is arranged 3 times per year allowing our players to demonstrate their skills in front of invited pro-club scouts representing clubs from Premier League to semi-pro. Finally, our players also visit local professional football club academies for coaching days throughout the year.

Match Play
The squad compete weekly against other local sides, academies, travelling teams and professional sides. These competitive fixtures give the players an opportunity to showcase their talent to the coaches and visiting scouts/club coaches and to put into practice the skills learnt during training. Throughout the football programme we offers a variety of excursions and opportunities depending on your time of stay, all participants on the programme can have the option to sign up for these events. Events include trips to professional football clubs for coaching sessions, show case and trial days, visiting guest speakers and attending live games in the northwest of England.

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Training Ground

Our training facilities are located near the city centre school. The facilities include:
– Full size rubber crumb pile 3G pitch with floodlighting
– Grass pitch
– Fully equipped gym
– Classroom for game and player analysis
– Indoor sports hall

City Centre School
Our city centre school is just a five minute walk from Piccadilly Gardens and is located in Brook House, 64-72 Spring Gardens, off Mosley Street, M2 2BQ.


The facilities at the city centre gym include: sauna, steam room, swimming pool, large free weights area, cardio & resistance equipment, functional training, group exercise studio & spin studio.

Photos show typical Sports Direct gym.


Programme details

Educational options BTEC Diploma and Extended Diploma in Sport Performance and Excellence 16+
Students per class maximum 15
Hours of lessons per week BTEC – 17.5 hours
Hours of football training per week 10 hours per week at our training ground
Additional Benefits Free gym membership                                                                                   

Training and match kit provided

Training led by UEFA qualified coaches                                                   

Showcase events with scouts

Visits to pro-club academies and club representatives

Match play + post-match video analysis                                                  

Coaching sessions with ex professional

Talks by guest speakers footballers

Access to large network of pro-club coach and scout contacts


BTEC Diploma and Extended Diploma in Sport Performance and Excellence

Year 1

Course Duration
Term Dates
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

Level of
NQF Level 3 – Broadly equivalent to 2 A levels
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.
Applicants will be invited to attend a free trial day where our coaches will assess their ability and suitability for the course.
Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Sports Performance and Excellence (Year 2)
Career prospects Job opportunities include: professional football, sports/football coach, PE teacher, sports development, fitness professional, sports media.


Year 2

Course Duration 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

Level of
NQF Level 3 – Broadly equivalent to three A Levels
Students are required to have passed the year 1 diploma to progress to the extended diploma.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma prepares students for
employment in the vocational sector. Students can also progress to a
foundation degree, HND or other professional development
Foundation degree in Sport and Exercise Science.
University BA (Hons) Degree related to Sport, Business or Marketing.


Academic Study
Each player is enrolled onto the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport Performance and
Excellence and completes 12 modules including the following:
Principles of anatomy – Fitness testing – Training and Programming – Assessing risk in sport – Psychology of sport – Technical and tactical aspects of sport.
These modules have been specifically chosen for their relevance to the professional game and complement the coaching work done on the training ground.

At IH Manchester equal importance is given to academic achievement as it is to progress made with football. A contemporary athlete needs to continue with their education in order to have career choices available for the inevitable time when they can no longer compete at the highest level.

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.

QCF BTEC Level 3
A / S Level Equivalent Total number of modules to be
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Certificate 1 AS Level 4
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Sub Diploma 1 A level 7
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma 2 A levels 12
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended
3 A levels 16


“Training at the academy has easily been the best football experience any of us has had.
Training is changed everyday in terms of the drills and intensity and this makes it very interesting as you are eager to see what the coach has prepared for the next session.
Training is balanced between intensive gym work, fitness and technical skills which is any footballer’s wish. “

Emmanuelle, 2017-2018 season

Get in Touch

Brook House
64-72 Spring Gardens
M2 2BQ

Tel: +44 1452 619021
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