Teaching & Learning
Not just playing & winning

Make Mistakes. Learn From Them. Move On.


Through our unique partnership with Hall Cross Academy, we offer the BTEC National Diploma (2 A-level equivalent) or Extended Diploma (3 A-Level equivalent) in Sport and Exercise Science and the choice of additional A-Levels to supplement your studies. Our academic programmes allow students to develop the essential skills, knowledge and qualifications required to progress into a career in sport, leisure and health, either directly, or through higher education. Students will study full-time under the guidance of the Doncaster Elite Academy coaches and qualified teachers. Lessons are delivered over a period of two-years with a mixture of theory and practical sessions and assessed through external exams, observed practical assessments, written reports, presentations, discussions, case studies and workbooks. Your curriculum will include an elite football pathway which takes theory from the classroom and applies it practically through coaching, practice and competitive gameplay. You will study a selection of mandatory and optional units including Sport and Exercise Physiology, Sport and Exercise Psychology, Sports Coaching, Sport and Exercise Massage and Sports Nutrition. *The Diploma (2 a-level) pathway allows students to study a wide range of additional A Levels. This route may limit access to football due to the academic timetable, but each student would have a bespoke experience dependent on their subjects.

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Students will train up to five days per week focusing on the Principles of play and game intelligence. We use a games based approach which is progressive and realistic and instils in players a sense of confidence and creativity. Coaching programmes are designed to mirror the ethos and schedule of players attending professional academies. Players will be given individual learning opportunities as well as position specific training.


Students will represent Doncaster Elite Football Academy in the English Colleges League, and also have the option to join the U19 Junior Premier League as part of DEFA, competing in their National Saturday leagues. We will host a series of fixtures against football league academy sides and there will also be elite coaching sessions from our partner clubs including Sheffield United and Atletico Madrid. There will also be the opportunity to access an annual international football tour.

Personalised Experience

As a player in our Academy, you will receive a bespoke student pathway. You will be mentored by your tutor on academic progress and practical performance and will receive regular reviews and guidance. You will have the opportunity to complete further qualifications in coaching, sports injuries and officiating as part of the course.

For more information about the course from one of our Football specialists please get in touch with n.limber@doncasterfootballacademy.co.uk

Your Future

Access to higher education

Partnership with Leeds Beckett University and Sheffield Hallam University

Direct employment in the Sport and Leisure industry

Showcase games with semi-professional and English Football League clubs

Opportunity to showcase talent as an English schools representative

Coaching and officiating opportunities within Doncaster Elite Football Academy

Apprenticeship / employment opportunities within Doncaster Elite Football Academy