Foundation Degree in Football Coaching and Development


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Pontypridd (Campus code - A )



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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.

An enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) disclosure (additional cost applies) is required.


Our foundation degree in football coaching and performance is a fantastic opportunity if you want to work as a coach or sports development officer in the football industry

About Foundation Degree in Football Coaching and Development

Essential Information

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This foundation degree is supported by the Professional Footballer’s Association (PFA) and League Football Education (LFE), and has been designed in consultation with the Welsh Football Trust and Cardiff City Football Club to provide a unique experience. This means that what you learn meets industry standards, giving you an advantage when you apply for jobs. Work-based learning is an important part of the course and you can gain coaching certificates at the same time as your academic qualification.

All students who enrol on this course will receive appropriate University of South Wales Sport kit at no additional cost.

What you will study


Year One
  • Football Coaching: Young Performers
  • Introduction to Sport Development
  • The Developing Athlete
  • Academic Research and Professional Skills
  • Principles and Applications of Strength & Conditioning
Year Two
  • Football Coaching: Adolescent Performers
  • Sport Placement: Football
  • Performance Analysis
  • Research Methods

Specific football coaching modules involve completion of FAW Level 2 licence in year one and UEFA B licence Level 3 in year two (subject to successful completion).

On successful completion of the Foundation Degree, students can access the third year of BSc (Hons) Football Coaching and Performance

Learning, Teaching and Assessment for Foundation Degree in Football Coaching and Development

Learning and Teaching methods

You will learn through classroom-based lectures and seminars, as well as practical learning in the field and laboratories. In the second year, you will complete up to 300 hours of coaching (work-based learning) that is managed through weekly tutorials and a mentoring programme.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed using a range of methods including essays, presentations and practical sessions.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects for Foundation Degree in Football Coaching and Development


This course is endorsed by Skills Active It awards accreditation to undergraduate sports coaching degrees who produce graduates that are knowledgeable about sports coaching and have the practical skills necessary to deliver safe, effective and enjoyable coaching sessions to a range of participants.

You can enter a number of careers when you graduate, such as an academy coach at a professional football club, football development officer, community coach, sports development officer, strength and conditioning coach, personal fitness instructor or teacher. Some graduates join the armed forces or emergency services.

Additional Information for Foundation Degree in Football Coaching and Development


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