Higher National Diploma in Sport 

Equivalent to a university degree, our higher education courses equip students with both practical skills and academic qualifications.


18 year olds +


Full Time Education


Full time Football


UEFA A + B Coaches


Exit routes into sports industry

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ACE Football Academy – HE Programme

At the ACE Football Academy Higher Education Programme we strive to embody the characteristics of confidence, approachability, and amiability in our communication.

At ACE, we take pride in providing a University Programme that offers
students a path to continue their education while pursuing their passion for football. Our team of dedicated tutors provide exceptional teaching and support, empowering students to achieve their career aspirations.

We believe that practical experience is just as significant as classroom learning, which is why we offer our students opportunities to coach and play within the wider academy. These experiences provide invaluable life and work skills, preparing our students for their future careers.

Year 1:

If you’re interested in pursuing a career in the sports industry, the Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Sport can provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed. This Level 4 qualification is comprised of 120 credits and is designed to offer career planning support and opportunities for career enhancement.

Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to an array of resources, including in-depth
input from lecturers, tutors, and guest speakers who are all specialists in the field of Sport. This will allow you to gain valuable insights into the industry, as well as the latest trends and developments.

The HNC consists of eight units, covering topics such as physical activity, lifestyle and
health, the sports landscape, project management, activity leadership, inclusive sport, sports marketing, technology in sport, and work exposure. By completing these units, you’ll develop a deep understanding of the sports industry and the skills needed to succeed in a variety of roles.

Overall, the HNC is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to pursue a career in the
sports industry. With its comprehensive curriculum and access to industry experts, you’ll be well-equipped to take on the challenges and opportunities of this exciting field.

Year 2:

Year 2 of our higher education programme will take your knowledge and skills in sport to the next level. The Higher National Diploma (HND) is a Level 5 qualification that consists of 240 credits. With a multidisciplinary approach, you’ll dive into the principles of sports science and coaching that are essential to enhancing athletic performance. Throughout the course, you’ll have the opportunity to explore a diverse range of units, ranging from the research project to sport-specific nutrition. You’ll also delve into important topics such as physical literacy, health and society, as well as personal and professional development.

With an HND in sport, you’ll be well equipped to take your place in the exciting and diverse world of sports management, coaching, or fitness. We’re thrilled to support our students in achieving their dreams both on and off the field. To learn more about the ACE Football Academy Higher Education Programme, please contact us.

Contact Us

Course Overview


September 2024


All students attend ACE Academy college at Whitelands Farm Sports Ground Bicester


Rolling 1-year course for a maximium of 3-years.


You need a minimium of 96 UCAS Points


For 18-year olds +


Goverment funded through the student loan scheme

Sports kit will be required. However, bursary/financial support is available for those eligible.

Core Values





ACADEMY programmes

We have a variety of courses to support you with your education. We work with you to support you on journey into employment.

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport

Taught by specialist educators and UEFA-licensed coaches, our course is for students who’ve completed their GCSEs. 



US Scholorships

We provide tailored support to students aiming to further their football experience by playing in competitive leagues in the US. 



Our fully trained teaches are always on hand to support you with your course. We also can support students with retaking Maths and English exams if needed.

Elite Coaches

Our Uefa A and B coaches keeps your practical training engaging whilst keeping it within the curiculum. You will compete within the tactics league as part of your course.

Exit Routes

Our Main aim is to give you the best oppotunities possible and to prepare you for a career in sport pathway. We have a vast network within the sport industry.


“My son started at ACE Football Academy in September 2022. At school he was always shy and struggled to make friends. The staff and students at ACE have really helped him with his confidence and he now has a lovely circle of friends and is even hoping to continue there for University.”

“After visiting many Football Academy’s in the local area ACE Football Academy stood out beyond measure. From our first meeting with Paul it was obvious that he really cared about each student and their future. Thanks to Paul and all the staff at ACE football academy, my son is now currently at University studying sport psychology and is on course to gain a 1st.”

“ACE Football Academy has been great for my son! At school he always struggled with work and exams and didn’t leave with very good GCSE’s. During his time at the academy he has grown in confidence and is getting distinctions in all his work. He once was a boy who didn’t want to go to school but now he is keen to get out the door and to work and training!”

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up to register?

You will need to complete a form with your details and someone will contact you to confirm your attendance.

What do I need for an open day?

You will need equipment to train in, ie: Boots, training wear.

Where is the academy based?

Whitelands Farm Sports Ground, Bicester, OX26 1AJ.

WANT to join our academy...

September 2024 is fast approaching! Get in touch with us today by either securing your place on our next open day or by registering your interest and one of our team will get in contact with you shortly.