The Premier League was recognised as an ‘outstanding’ education provider, following an Ofsted Inspection in September 2010 and have since been awarded the coveted Beacon Status by LSIS. They have seen both completion and progression rates increase significantly over the past five years. In the 2009-10 season, their completion rate was 93% - significantly above the national average and exceeding the set target of 87%. Some 71% of the League’s apprentices now go on to secure a contract with a professional club.
The Premier League’s Curriculum Manager, Julia Caunt commented how "the AASE framework gives apprentices the opportunity to study their game at the highest level whilst reflecting upon their continuous development. This supports the football development programme in the Clubs to give them the best possible opportunity to achieve their goal of becoming a professional footballer at a Premier League Club.
“We have found that the players are becoming more tuned into their own development and ways in which to improve their own performance to compete at the highest level. If they want to move on into university, the education credits that they have gained on the AASE programme will give them a good chance of progressing down this route.
“We have found Pearson to be approachable and helpful whenever we have required their support. Any issues with registrations have been quickly resolved by polite and courteous staff,” says Julia. “The Edexcel online system has been very useful and has removed the need for large amounts of paperwork, also helping with certification.”