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Higher Education (Degree) Men's Football

Higher Education (Degree) Men's Football

Our Higher Education Football Academy has gone from strength to strength in recent years.

It is now playing at a competitive level in British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) after two promotions in the three years, with the majority of the squad playing semi-professional football outside of the college.

About the Football Academy

Talented footballers can access first-class coaching and sports development at Bishop Burton College.

Applicants to the academy programme must demonstrate outstanding ability and show evidence of achievement or potential at regional or national level, but the overarching aim is to provide the players with the best possible environment to achieve their academic and sporting goals.

The academy plays in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Tier 2 league.

Entry Critera

All prospective academy players must have applied for a course at Bishop Burton to be eligible for selection. Sporting selection is undertaken through a pre-season trial.

Players will have been playing at a high level of football – equivalent to the college’s own Elite Academy, or had a scholarship at a professional club.

The Programmes

Players in the academy system at Bishop Burton get a high quality programme balanced with their academic commitments.

Players receive technical and tactical field sessions, strength and conditioning, video analysis, team meetings and various additional sessions to improve their knowledge and performance in the game.

Take a look at our academy brochure here.

How to Apply for the Academy

Players can apply for any course at Bishop Burton College and still be considered for the Football Academy.

During the application process, prospective players have the opportunity to indicate their interest in joining the academy.

To apply direct to the Head of Football, James Bennett, please email

Partnered with Hull City

Bishop Burton College is the home of Hull City’s Academy, which is linked to the college’s own football academy, providing students with the possibility of securing a place with the club.