Durham University is a world renowned institution for Higher Education, set in the beautiful surroundings of a historic cathedral city. The University prides itself on its ability to help develop the leaders of the future and has the highest of academic standards.

Currently ranked by The Times and Sunday Times as the Sports University of the Year (2015), the philosophy at Durham is to provide opportunities in sport which ‘enable exceptional people to do exceptional things’.

The University and its students are about far more than academic success. The diverse collection of talented students and staff pursuing a vast array of interests, often at the highest of levels, provides a memorable atmosphere and vibrancy that remains with its members for the rest of their lives.

With the University ranked 25th globally for employer reputation – based on the quality and demand for its graduates (QS World University Rankings) – and 2nd in British University Sport, there are few institutions which more seamlessly, successfully and consistently combine sporting and academic excellence.

High Performance Sport and Study at Durham

Studying at Durham will give you the opportunity to study at a top class academic university whilst training and competing at the highest level of university sport. As well as top-class facilities, Durham can offer student-athletes a wide range of performance services including;

  • 4 hours football coaching per week (higher in pre-season and mid-season)
  • Professionally structured Strength and Conditioning support (2/3 sessions per week)
  • Injury support and prevention
  • Match analysis
  • Nutritional guidance
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Discounted gym membership

Entry routes for adult and non-traditional learners:

  • Degree courses with a Foundation Year
  • No previous academic qualifications required*
  • Preparation for study in Higher Education
  • High proportion of adult learners
  • Access to Student Finance
  • Academic English language and writing support
  • Straight forward progression to Durham University degrees
  • Full University membership and student status
  • Taught at Durham University, by Durham University

*some programmes require GCSE Math at grade C

Entry routes for those who are currently engaged in, or recently finished, studying in Further Education and have a successful academic record:

Undergraduate Degrees – Supporting Applications from Talented Athletes

When you study at Durham University you will have access to an education led by world-leading experts, in award-winning study facilities, with extensive collections of books and learning resources to support your studies. Whether you wish to study in arts and humanities, the sciences, or social sciences or health, here at Durham University we have 25 departments and over 200 undergraduate degree programmes for you to choose from

What our past students say ....

Oliver Gill – Economics 2014 (under-graduate entry)

Prior to Durham, Olly represented Manchester United, where he won Reserve Team Player of the Year, before deciding to pursue education and come to Durham. He has now embarked on a career with PriceWaterhouseCooper.

“Whilst I chose Durham primarily for its fantastic academic reputation, I quickly realised I would learn a lot on the sports field as well.

“I had three great years as a member of DUAFC during which the club helped me develop massively both and off the pitch.”

Mike King – Economics 2014 (Foundation Year Entry)

Mike previously played for Burnley FC, where he played for 1 year as a professional, as well as playing professionally for a year in Singapore.

“Durham is a fantastic, well respected and all-inclusive university. The collegiate system sets it apart and my time here has been incredible.

“I was instantly made to feel comfortable and part of the team in what was a very new experience. The football is of a high standard and the social side is also good. The best part of being here is training and playing with mates you will have your entire uni experience – there is nothing quite like a DUAFC Wednesday when both teams have won.”

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If you are interested in studying at Durham University please contact a member of the PFA Education team. Email: education@thepfa.co.uk. Telephone: 01612360637.