Pulse Premier Academy - Tomlinscote


A 2-year, full-time education and football development programme for 16-18 year olds, with the option of a third year

Year 1 - BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Sport
Year 2 - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport
Year 3 - Active IQ Level 2 Fitness Instructor & Active IQ Level 3 Personal Training

Year 1 - NCFE Level 2 Diploma in Sport
Year 2 - NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Sport
Year 3 - Active IQ Level 2 Fitness Instructor & Active IQ Level 3 Personal Training

SCL Development League and Tactic League

FREE for 16-18 year olds - There will be a subsidised cost for purchasing training kit

Pulse Premier Football

SCL Education Group

BTEC Level 3 - 4-5 GCSE's Level 9-4 including English or Maths, or both.

NCFE Level 2 - 4 GCSES Level 1-9, including English or Maths, or both.

September 2019
For 2019 course information, please request a prospectus below.

Vocational Centre at Tomlinscote School, Tomlinscote Way, Frimley, Surrey GU16 8PY

USA scholarship, access to University, SCL Foundation Degree, Apprenticeships, play professional and semi-professional football,  Football coaching, Sport, Leisure and Fitness jobs.

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    • Select your chosen Academy and Book trial
    • Provide the information requested

    • Demonstrate your skills
    • All players will be offered an interview

    • One hour Education interview
    • Your chance to ask any questions about the education programme and show your passion for sport

    • For you and your parents
    • Hear about the Education and Football programme
    • Meet the SCL teachers and Academy coaches
    • Understand your exit routes when you graduate from the academy
    • Ask any questions

If successful you will be given a conditional offer and then accepted depending on your results in August.


Players will study a variety of nationally-recognised qualifications within sport, coaching and fitness managed by SCL. There are two pathways available:

  • PATHWAY A: Study a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport in year 1, progressing onto a Level 3 Diploma in Sport in year 2* 

  • PATHWAY B: Study a City & Guilds Level 2 Increasing Participation in Sport in year 1, progressing onto City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Sport in year 2*

*Level of qualification studied will be dependant on the student meeting the entry requirements, where required students will study Maths and English GCSE or Functional Skills.

All students will be offered the option to study FA Level 1 & 2 Football Coaching Qualifications, allowing students to coach part-time while learning.

SCL Education Group is one of the UK’s leading independent providers of education through sport

  • Government approved post-16 private education provider
  • Experts in the field of sport and education delivery with over 15 years' experience
  • Nationally recognised for high quality advice and guidance 
  • Programmes delivered in real sports environments 
  • Proven Progression routes


In addition to classroom based learning delivered by our outstanding teachers and training by highly qualified coaches, students will have access Pro-VLE, our Digital Learning Environment. Pro-VLE has been specifically designed to create a personalised, first class, digital learning experience for our students and has been tailored to support their education and development.

  • Access study resources any place and at any time
  • Simple submission of assignments online
  • Students can interact with their class, teachers and coaches using Yammer
  • Direct access to timetables, learner plans and emails 
  • Immediate access to tutor support
  • Coaches will share Football performance and grades directly with students online
  • A section of the Pro-VLE solely dedicated to information, advice and guidance on Career Progression
  • Policies, Procedures, bursary forms and safeguarding information available at the click of a button
  • FREE Microsoft Office 365


  • Play in the SCL Development League and Tactic League
  • Daily training from highly qualified FA coaches
  • Guidance on individual football fitness
  • Nutritional advice
  • Regular appraisal to monitor development both on and off the pitch

There will be a subsidised cost for purchasing training kit at the start of the season. Further details about this will be provided upon the player’s acceptance into The Football Academy.

Pulse Premier Football aims to help young footballers achieve their dreams as a footballer

Over the past three years, 42 graduates from the Football Academy have gone to America on USA Scholarships and to New Zealand and Australia on playing and coaching placements.

The record speaks for itself in that if you are young player or coach wanting a career in the game then these real opportunities can happen.

The support, advice and guidance given to young people at The Football Academy shows how much they care and the relationships built between staff and learner are everlasting.


Pulse Premier Football Academy at Tomlinsote School is coached and managed by Mark Anderson and Steve Laidler, both experienced footballers in the local area.

Both are also highly qualified FA football coaches who share a vision and passion for helping young players to succeed. 

They will be assisted by an extensive team of coaches, support staff such as fitness coaches, sports therapists and masseurs who have applied their trade extensively at the highest levels of football both in the UK and abroad.

They believe that education plays a huge part in the development of a player. From playing as a professional to managing and coaching, in partnership with SCL they have carefully organised programmes to provide players with a full foundation for a successful future.



The Tomlinscote Vocational Centre is a purpose-built education setting with excellent teaching, study and sports facilities. It has been the home of SCL and Pulse Premier Football for 10 years. It offers an inspiring environment in which to learn and provides great facilities to enhance your football performance. 


  • Grass pitches
  • Astro-turf pitch
  • Gymnasium
  • Two sports halls
  • Classrooms with state-of-the-art teaching aids
  • Private study areas
  • MAC and PC desk computers
  • Library
  • Canteen
  • Student common room

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Josh completed his 1 year American Scholarship Prep Centre Course after graduating from Pulse Academy Tomlinscote and was offered a 2 year, 98% Scholarship to Andrews College in Chicago.

Joyal completed his 1st year at College in Canada after graduating from Pulse Academy Tomlinscote, he was a finalist for rookie of the year and was a Canadian league all star. He is currently training with Toronto FC in the MLS for a place in their U21 Team.




Graduated from PULSE Tomlinscote Year 13 having studied the VRQ Programme and secured a 1 Year Junior College Scholarship to Eastern State College in Florida.

Graduated from PULSE Tomlinscote having studied the VRQ & BTEC Programme and went on to complete a 1 year 100% Junior College Scholarship at Owens Community College. She was then offered a 3 Year 100% Degree at Indiana Tech University.


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The Champion of Champions match saw the culmination of the inaugural season of the SCL Youth Development League season 2015-2016. This evening saw the regional division champions compete for the Champion of Champions Cup. Educoach College having won the East Division Championship, and Pulse “Elite” heading up the West Division.

A word from Pulse Academy Manager, Mark Anderson. 

"We are delighted with how the inaugural season of the SCL development league has gone, to be west division champions against other great programmes was brilliant but to be crowned champion of champions against East division winners Educoach college has capped off a tremendous season for all the Pulse Tomlinscote boys and to remain unbeaten throughout was an incredible feat.

This was a reflection not only on the 15 boys that played in the Pulse Elite team but every lad on our programme who buy into what are we are trying to achieve in developing them as footballers and young men."


Sports Education Prospectus

Kick off your career in sport
Request a copy of our Sports Education Prospectus to find out more about our programmes and how you can kick off your career in sport.
  • Pulse Premier Football Academy ethos has and always will be about opportunities that players do not always get at football clubs. Paul Harkness - Pulse Premier Football Academy Founder & Director.

  • We are independent so our emphasis is on the best interest of the player and their career. Paul Harkness - Pulse Premier Football Academy Founder & Director.

  • Learners develop their confidence and they are highly motivated to gain specialist skills in the sports industries. OFSTED INSPECTOR – 2016

  • Current learners benefit from good-quality teaching in English and mathematics. OFSTED INSPECTOR – 2016

  • Learners develop and apply their English and mathematical skills well. OFSTED INSPECTOR – 2016

  • Support from employers is good across all aspects of provision. OFSTED INSPECTOR – 2016

  • Well-planned and well-monitored assignments ensure that learners manage their coursework very effectively. OFSTED INSPECTOR – 2016

  • In sports, learners confidently use league tables, aggregates and numerical imbalance within football coaching sessions. OFSTED INSPECTOR – 2016

  • Tutors hold high expectations and ambitions for their learners and as a consequence most learners make good progress from their starting points. OFSTED INSPECTOR – 2016

  • SCL are pleased to announce that they are Finalists for the Apprenticeship Provider of the Year!

  • SCL are an Ofsted registered Childcare provider.

  • SCL have partnered with De Montfort University to launch a Sports Coaching Degree programme,

  • The Flame Awards are the largest celebration of innovation and excellence from across the sector.

  • SCL are strategic partners with UKactive.

  • EU EFS

  • Matrix

  • Traineeships are a stepping stone to future success for young people, businesses and the wider economy.

  • Our Saturday Soccer Coaches are FA qualified, Level 2 and above

  • SCL's School Sport Apprenticeship programme has been designed specifically to give those wanting a career in coaching and physical education the skills, knowledge and qualifications to help make it happen.

  • SCL is an employer partner of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity.

  • SCL were awarded an Ofsted outstanding in 2015 for their Holiday Activities.

  • HITZ is Premiership Rugby’s award-winning education and employability programme.