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Foundation Degree in Football Coaching and Development

19 August 2014

Entry Requirements

160 UCAS tariff points e.g. CC at A-level.

A-levels: must include a relevant subject but exclude General Studies.

GCSEs: Three GCSE passes at grade C or above, including Mathematics and English language.

Additional criteria: Level 1 in football coaching or equivalent foundation level football coaching qualification from a football NGB.

What you will study

The degree will be based within the student’s football club, and lectures, seminars and tutorials will be delivered on site and via provided material.

Our football coaching course allows students to study all sub disciplines of coaching and gain valuable industry recognised qualifications. The course will teach you aspects of generic children and youth coaching, football coaching, football development, social inclusion, and sports management skills.

There will be further opportunity to apply your knowledge with an extensive work based learning programme provided by the club, working within specific roles and real life football projects.

Year One

  • Football Coaching; Theory to Practice
  • Technical Planning & Reflective Practice in Football
  • Academic Research & Professional Skills
  • Introduction to Sports Development
  • Managing & Developing Football in the Community
  • Sports Development in Practice

Year Two

  • Football Coaching Adolescent Performers
  • Work Based Learning (Football & Rugby)
  • Football in Society
  • Physical Education & School Sport (Optional)

Learning and teaching methods

You will be enrolled as a student at the University of South Wales and have access to a number of learning materials. Also, you will spend a minimum of 7 days per year at the University of South Wales High Performance Centre at the USW Sport Park and receive full accommodation during these teaching blocks.

In year two you will complete up to 300 hours of coaching (work based learning) that is managed through weekly tutorials and a comprehensive mentoring programme. The work based learning programme will be completed within the professional football clubs and will provide opportunities to gain experience in areas such as social inclusion, school and grass root club development, football development, and coaching.

Also, you will study towards your Level 2 Football Coaching Certificate and will have numerous opportunities to undertake additional vocational awards.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

You can enter a number of careers when you graduate, such as community manager, social inclusion officer, womens and girls officer at a professional football club, football development officer, football in the community coach, or sports development officer. You could even enter other careers, such as the armed forces or emergency services.

Assessment methods

This will be completed via a range of methods including practical field assessment, written assignments, projects, and presentations.

Start Date

The week commencing 6th October 2014 – Timetable tbc

For further information contact

Mark Wilkinson, Education Manager

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