Education & Training

Southend United Community & Educational Trust offers a wide range of inclusive education and training models which support progression at all levels.

Our Education department provides alternative learning opportunities for young people, including vocational and academic pathways.

Educational courses focus on reintegrating young people into learning or employment, whilst building their CVs and developing transferable key and life skills that will be vital across many of the career paths that the learners choose to take.

Regardless of current attainment levels, we operate an inclusive end-to-end education and training model offering entry-level programmes, Prince’s Trust Team, Traineeships, Apprenticeships, Post-16 Education courses and even Degree level qualifications – we’re here to inspire people to achieve their potential.

If you’d like to be one in a million – contact us today.

Going into NCS, I felt really shy but I felt so confident around everyone and I enjoyed the experience a lot. I think I've made friends for life and I am very grateful for the opportunity to take part.


Football and Education

Utilising the vehicle of Southend United, we engage with young people aged 16-18 by offering them the opportunity to continue their studies at Roots Hall and gain qualifications through our Post-16 Football and Education programme.

The Football and Education programme - provided through League Football Education (LFE) - also involves representing SUCET in Football and Futsal matches.


Minimum of four GCSE’s 9-4 grade
GCSE grade C in English and a minimum of grade D for Maths

We would accept:

Grade 4 C and above
Grade 3 D
Grade 2 E

Please note all places are subject to interview.


Level 3:

Unit A - Careers in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry
Unit B - Health, Wellbeing and Sport
Unit C1 - Developing Coaching Skills
Unit D1 - Applied Coaching Skills
Unit E - Research Project in Sport
Unit 1 - Sport Development
Unit 2 – Self-employment in Sport and Physical Activity
Unit 5 - Anatomy and Physiology
Unit 11 - Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport
Unit 12 - Practical Sports Application
Unit 13 - Influence of Technology in Sport and Physical Activity
Unit 14 - Organising Events in Sport and Physical Activity

NCFE Level 2:

Participating in sport
Anatomy & Physiology
Physical fitness and injuries
Developing skills and tactics
Preparing to work in the sport and leisure industry
Lifestyle and the sports performer
Sports Coaching


Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development

This qualification is intended for Post-16 learners wanting to progress directly to employment in the coaching and development sector as a coach. When studied alongside another Level 3 qualification as part of the study programme, it supports progression to higher education programmes related to sport and coaching.

NCFE Level 2 Diploma in Sport

This qualification is for learners aged Pre-16 and above and is suitable for use within a Study Programme. It will give learners the introductory skills to either start a career in sport or progress within employment in the sector. This qualification can also prepare learners for higher or further education and gives a good introduction to the sport vocation.


Stuart Avis – Education Tutor
Andy Edmunds – Education Tutor
John Search – Education Tutor
Ross Johnson – Head of Coaching / Recruitment
Reece Latimer / Dan Alzapiedi – UEFA Qualified coaches


Whilst studying at the college, learners will have the opportunity to represent Southend United within the Football and Education programme. This involves daily training with our UEFA and FA qualified coaching staff as well as a full weekly games programme.

Our players will follow an individual coaching programme, written by UEFA qualified coaches, that is relevant to the squad they represent. Our coaching sessions include a variety of technical practices, game related practices and small sided games, and physical sessions at our 4G floodlit venue, Garon Park.

Whilst at college our students will play in the EFL’s CEFA League against other professional clubs that run similar programmes. Our students will play in both the South East Regional League as well as the National Cup competitions playing against Norwich City, Fulham FC, Charlton Athletic FC, Brentford FC and others.

Our Football and Education programme has had great success over the last few years in producing players who have gone onto American Scholarships and also playing within the Non-League set up.


3 classrooms equipped with Wi-Fi and IT facilities
4G Floodlit FIFA-approved grass pitches


Here at SUCET, our students are provided with opportunities to enter employment or Higher Education within the sport and leisure industry. As we are based within a Professional Football Club, our students have the opportunity to gain valuable experience throughout the duration of the course, supporting with our community coaches with sessions in schools, working alongside our Media team and Education department.

We feel the work experience on offer at SUCET provides our students with unique career development opportunities within the sport and leisure industry that cannot be experienced at other colleges. Students have successfully applied to go to University to study Sports Coaching and Sports Therapy as well as gaining full-time employment within the sporting sector.


For more information, please contact Ross Johnson on 01702 341351 or [email protected]


Several learners have progressed into Apprenticeships with SUCET, where they work as Coaches in the local community while completing their NVQ Level 2 in Activity Leadership and then NVQ Level 3 in PE in School Sports.

Harry, former Community Coach Apprentice, said: "It's a great starting point - through the Apprenticeship I gained plenty of qualifications in a variety of sports such as football, futsal and handball. It's a good way of interacting with the local community and making a difference through the power of sport."

For more information, please contact Dan King on 01702 341351 or [email protected]

Prince’s Trust Team

The Prince's Trust Team programme is aimed at supporting 16-25 year olds who may be unemployed, in care, struggling at school and at risk of exclusion, facing issues such as homelessness and mental health problems or have been in trouble with the law.

Spread across 12 weeks, young people take part in a variety of activities that are designed to help them develop and build their confidence, motivation and teamwork skills. These activities include a residential trip away, working on a local community project, work placements and more.

The young people work towards a nationally recognised qualification – Prince’s Trust Certificate in Employment, Teamwork and Community Skills.

For more information, please contact Faye Lambert on 01702 341351 or [email protected] .


Our Traineeship is a 12-week education and training programme running at Roots Hall with the primary objective to secure positive employment or apprenticeship outcomes for participants through high-quality work experience, work preparation and training. If you're aged 16 to 24 and not currently in employment, education or training (NEET) – or hold a Level 3 Qualification or below – then this makes you eligible for a Traineeship.


During this week, you'll meet the other students completing the 12-week programme. You'll complete the following during your first week; an induction with your team leader, complete all your sign-up paperwork and take part in some assessments. So, we know where you are in terms of your academic study and if you require English/Math tuition.


During your employability lessons, you'll receive professional employability training from your programme leader covering a variety of employability topics, such as:

 CV & Cover letters
 Identifying workplace behaviour & values
 Types of interviews & assessments
 Interview skills
 Self-confidence building
 Personal brands and values
 Job Searching
 Problem solving & critical thinking

This is to help you whilst completing your work placement and for future job applications, interviews, and employment.


You'll start your work placement and complete a total of 4 weeks. In order to prepare for this, you'll attend an interview prior to the start of your course where you'll discuss with your programme leader which industry you would like to pursue when completing your work placement.

You'll be expected to take responsibility on the following when completing your work placement:

- Punctuality
- Hard work ethic
- Professionalism
- Enthusiasm


During this week, you'll continue with your employability lessons covering the topics you didn't learn during week 2/3.


You'll continue your work placement during Week 9. If during your first month of work placement, you feel the industry/placement wasn’t suited to you, then during any week you and your programme leader can discuss and confirm an alternative placement for you, so you can start it during Week 9.

Week 11 will be your final week on placement. By this point, you should have a clear understanding of the industry you've been working in and understand the roles and responsibility within the workplace. You'll leave that placement with a reference and an opportunity to be able to update your CV with vital experience.


Week 12 is your final week on the programme; you'll complete your logbook and work logbook and then an exit interview with your programme lead to go through your target goals that were set in Week 1. You'll also discuss everything you covered throughout the course and what your next steps are going to be.


For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Zac Smith on 01702 341351 or [email protected]

National Citizen Service

The National Citizen Service (NCS) programme is a life-changing programme open to all teenagers aged 15-17, to discover who they are and what they can do.

Broken down into four phases, NCS is specifically designed to provide young people with all sorts of new experiences, such as visiting new places, meeting new people and taking on new challenges.

NCS consists of residential activities as well as the planning and running of a Social Action project. Previously teams have completed projects such as decorating a community youth centre and running a community fun day as well as raising considerable funds for local charities such as HARP, Southend Hospital Charity & Southend YMCA.

For more information, please contact Hayley Wren on 01702 341351 or [email protected]