FA Level 3

in Advanced Principles of Talent Identification


What’s the course about?This course on the Talent ID pathway focuses on the knowledge, understanding and skills required for player recruitment in the professional game.

Building on the principles developed on the Level 2 course, it explores sophisticated scouting strategies, how to make justified, evidence based decisions when recruiting players to your team and the most effective ways to manage the talent identification environment at your club.


How's it structured?This course is made up of six two-day blocks that take place over 10 months, with a two-month gap between each block to give you the chance to put your learning into practice.

You will take part in a blend of learning tasks and assessments and receive on-course theory delivered by industry experts, on-course practical group tasks, group meetings between learning blocks and independent study so that you can apply learning in context.

Applications for courses starting in October 2022 are now open until 5 June 2022. Find out more and begin your application by following the link below.

what are the learning outcomes?

After completing this course you will have a much better understanding of what makes an effective scout working in the professional game and how to make evidence informed decisions relating to the recruitment of players within professional football.

During the programme you will work to achieve four objectives

  • Examine and evaluate your current decision making process
  • Review your reporting process to establish best practice guidelines and consistency
  • Understand how the FA 4 Corner Development Model can influence decision making
  • Explore practical scouting strategies that inform talent identification practices


Who’s it for?This course is ideal if you're working in a full-time scout or talent identification role with responsibility for driving standards within a department. 

Every applicant looking to start this course must already be in an appropriate job role and should ideally have already completed:

What you’ll be able to do with this qualificationThe FA Level 3 in Advanced Principles of Talent Identification is a great way to increase your employability as a scout and help build a career in talent identification. By completing this course you will be in a much stronger position to pursue full time employment within a professional clubs talent ID and recruitment department

For those who want to continue their learning in this field, the next step is the FA Level 4 in Talent Management, Strategy and Leadership in Football.

This is a course specifically designed to support heads of recruitment and senior scouting staff who have management responsibilities in talent identification teams within the professional game.

Course frequently asked questions

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No. We receive high levels of interest on these courses every season and so only those who meet all of the pre-requisites will be considered for a place on a course.

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