Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport 

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


16 - 19 year olds


Full Time Education + UCAS Points for University


Full Time Football


UEFA A + B Coaches


Exit routes into sports industry

our next open day


Join us to gain a full insight into how our programme works and how we can help you achieve your goals.

ACE Football Academy – FE Programme
Welcome to ACE Football Academy, where you can expect to receive a top-quality
education, professional coaching, and access to state-of-the-art facilities. We cater to aspiring footballers aged 16-18, providing them with the opportunity to train, play and perform like a professional footballer.


Here at ACE, we believe that academic excellence is just as important as sporting
success, which is why all our students receive top-quality education and resources, along with professional coaching by our UEFA Licensed coaches. Our players receive intense coaching 5 days a week, Monday to Friday, the performance and development squad compete in a competitive league every Wednesday afternoon and the Elite Squad play on Saturdays in the Hellenic League.

We offer our students a range of qualifications, including BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance & Excellence), FA Level 1 Certificate in Coaching, FA Level 2 Certificate in Coaching, various First Aid and Safeguarding Certificates, GCSE English (if required), and GCSE Maths (if required).


At ACE, we understand that every student has different aspirations and goals. That’s
why we provide a range of exit routes, including university (Sport and other subject areas), BSC Honours degree in Sports coaching (with ACE academy), Professional football opportunities, Sports Coaching (with Advanced Coaching & Education), Coaching in USA, international football scholarships and Sport and Leisure industry jobs. Our tutors and staff work with students throughout their time with us to ensure that they are able to make informed decisions and have the best opportunities available to them in order to achieve their dreams.


If you’re interested in joining our academy, please note that there are only 30 squad
places available. Interviews will take place shortly after each open day. All applicants will be considered on an individual basis, and entry requirements include 4 GCSEs at grade 4- 9, attendance at an open day and a successful interview.


Contact Us

Course Overview



September 2024


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




We recommend you have 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including Maths and English, to be best suited for this programme.


For 16-18-year olds


The cost of this tuition is fully funded for 16-18-year old’s.

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.

Higher National Diploma

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



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.