Foundation Degree in Football Coaching and Performance


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Pontypridd (Campus code - A )



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Entry Requirements

160 UCAS tariff points. A-levels to include at least one science or Mathematics or Physical Education or Psychology, but to exclude General Studies. 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.

A satisfactory Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau disclosure (no offences are considered spent) is part of the entry requirements.


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 Performance

Essential Information

While gaining invaluable practical coaching experience and industry-recognised coaching awards, the foundation degree in football coaching and performance also develops skills that will help you gain employment in a number of related areas.

Our foundation degree in football coaching and performance 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 and requirements, giving you an advantage when you apply for jobs.

Work-based learning is an important part of the foundation degree in football coaching and performance and you can gain coaching certificates at the same time as your academic qualification. You can develop a coaching profile and earn your Football Association of Wales (FAW) Level 2 (UEFA C) and Level 3 (UEFA B) coaching licences. For an insight into the world of professional coaching, work placement opportunities exist with Cardiff City FC, Swansea City Football Club Centre of Excellence, FAW Trust, local authority sports development departments, and primary or secondary schools. Summer paid placements exist in the USA with UK Elite, or more locally with Cardiff City FC and with Manchester United Soccer Schools.

All students who enrol on this course will receive appropriate University of South Wales Sport kit at no additional cost. The kit requirement varies according to the actual course being studied but it will include at least a tracksuit and t-shirt. A Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check is also required and this cost is also included in the course fee.

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What you will study

You will cover all the key areas of coaching, including sport psychology, strength and conditioning, sports development, and match and performance analysis. Specific football coaching modules involve completion of FAW Level 2 licence in year one and UEFA B licence Level 3 in year two. (on successful completion of external assessment)


First Year

  • Developing Sport
  • Introduction to Sport Psychology
  • Measurement and Evaluation of Human Performance
  • Principles of Coaching I
  • Coaching and Performance in Football I
  • The Anatomy and Physiology of Strength and Conditioning

Second Year

  • Work Based Learning (Football & Rugby Coaching)
  • Performance Analysis
  • Principles of Coaching II
  • Coaching and Performance in Football II
  • Fitness Testing and Evaluation in Rugby/Football

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

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 (ie, work-based learning) to give you vital skills for a career in the sports coaching, health and fitness, and sports development industries.

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


You can enter a number of careers when you graduate, such as an academy coach at a professional football club, football development officer, football in the community coach, sports development officer, strength and conditioning coach or personal fitness instructor. You could even enter other careers, such as the armed or emergency forces. On successful completion of the Foundation Degree, students can access the third year of BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Performance.

The Active Endorsement Scheme for Higher Education has been developed by the leading national organisations in the sport and active leisure sector. It awards accreditation to those undergraduate sports coaching degrees producing graduates who are both knowledgeable about sports coaching and have the practical skills necessary to deliver safe, effective and enjoyable coaching sessions to a range of participants.

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