Pro:Direct Academy players study BTEC and NCFE qualifications with Tutors prioritising studies over match time.

Pro:Direct Academy players study BTEC and NCFE qualifications with Tutors prioritising studies over match time.

Pro:Direct Academy has approximately 800 registered players at the 16-20 years age group across the UK. We are delighted to be partnered with leading Ofsted regulated UK colleges and independent education providers such as SCL Education Group who work with 70 football, cricket and rugby clubs from professional level to grassroots including Premiership Rugby, Yorkshire Cricket and Millwall Community Trust, educating and developing over 2000 students.

Our proven and tested education programmes combine all the elements you need to succeed on your journey towards a career in sport. Our programmes are designed to build your knowledge and practical skills in real-life scenarios to develop the employability skills that businesses today are looking for, helping you to succeed in your career. 

Pro :Direct Academy is friends with many Pro and Semi-Pro football clubs

Pro:Direct Academy has built relationships with many different clubs enabling us to offer pathways in to pro or semi-pro football at a variety of levels.

PDA already works with a large group of clubs to supply players at a level that is correct for both player and club. Some of our players are lucky enough to play against pro club academies, club scouts visit our tournaments and we are also present at EFL Exit Trials. Our players are gaining pro contracts, for example PDA Birmingham graduate Taylor Allen who is now playing in League 2 for Forest Green Rovers.
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Pro:Direct Academy players study for a BTEC in Sport

Pro:Direct Academy players study for BTECs or NCFE in Sport.

If you’re at college and thinking about applying to uni in the next couple of years, you’ve probably heard a lot recently about vocational qualifications like BTECs. More and more students are opting to study BTECs over A-Levels these days, and universities are starting to pay attention to this educational trend. But what are BTECS all about?
BTEC stands for ‘Business and Technology Education Council’, named after the body which first governed the qualifications (it’s now Edexcel). BTECs are gaining popularity as an alternative to A-Levels, but they actually cover a whole range of academic levels. BTECs at levels 1 and 2 are equivalent to GCSEs, level 3 to A-Levels, and levels 4 -7 hold the same status of achievement as a degree. They are 'vocational' qualifications, rather than traditional academic courses, with typical subjects offered at BTEC level including Sport, Business Studies and Travel and Tourism – you can’t study subjects like History or English at BTEC level. 

One of the main differences between BTECs and A-Levels is the way both are assessed. A-Levels mainly involve two years of study geared towards a few big tests at the end, whereas BTECs are continually assessed via coursework and practical projects. You might only just be hearing about BTECs now, but they’re not a new qualification – they’ve actually been around since 
1984. Universities have learned that BTECs are a great alternative to A-Levels – even Oxford and Cambridge include BTECs as part of their overall course requirements, although usually alongside other qualifications as well. 

Pro:Direct Academy works with colleges and independent education providers

Pro:Direct Academy works with Universities, Colleges and the UK's largest independent education providers.

The highly qualified and passionate tutors at our PDA Centres are specialists in sports based learning, with extensive experience in teaching and guiding young people. Our programmes are built on our sporting excellence framework with proven progression routes into the world of sports. On your journey with us you will achieve anything from a level 1 to level 3 qualification in sport, and benefit from an outstanding learning and teaching experience!

An example timetable for Pro:Direct Academy learners

An example of a weekly timetable for Pro:Direct learners.

Pro:Direct Academy graduates become coaches, physios and HE Students

Pro:Direct Academy graduates move on to a variety of careers in sport or media.

Joining on the programme with PDA* means that not only will you benefit from outstanding teachers and great football training from FA qualified coaches, you will have access to relevant work experience opportunities and quality information, advice and guidance to help you throughout your course. Each week you will attend a 1.5 hour tutorial lesson covering 36 topics over the year, delivered by your personal tutor. In this session, you will have the opportunity to discuss and research a number of topics, including:

• Alcohol
• Mental health
• Safeguarding
• British values
• UCAS and job applications
• Career pathways, and much more…more about Devon Girls

* These examples are more common on our SCL partnered programmes.

Our learners move in to career pathways such as these: 
Sports Development & Management
Health & Fitness
Teaching & Coaching
Sports Science 
Marketing & Media

Pro:Direct Academy graduates move in to a variety of different pathways

Pro:Direct Academy graduates move in to a variety of different exit routes.

90% of BTEC students progress into full-time employment after graduation, with 74% of employers saying that they want a new hire with a mix of theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Over the course of your sports development programme, you will gain the underpinning knowledge and practical skills to begin your career in sport. The UK football industry currently employs over 100,000 people, with a further 600,000 employed in the sport and active leisure sector. You could go on to become a sports coach, secure a job in the leisure industry, or being a role in sports marketing.

Pro:Direct Academy graduates can join scholarships in the USA

Pro:Direct Academy graduates apply for and gain scholarships in the USA

Studying with Pro:Direct Academy and our education providers gives you with an opportunity to go down the path towards playing professional or nonprofessional football. You may want to consider scholarships in the USA or in other countries. Undertaking a football scholarship gives you the opportunity to experience life in other countries while playing your specialised sport and working towards a degree. You’ll have the opportunity to get involved in the game throughout your studies. Many of our students have gained an education while keeping an eye on making it in the game. We have seen many of our graduates go on to making it in professional or non-professional football.

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