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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Are you passionate about working in the football industry? This degree will set you on the path to an exciting career in this fast-paced industry, in a coaching or development role.
Based at the USW Sport Park, our £3.7m state-of-the-art coaching and performance development centre, you’ll learn about sport psychology, strength and conditioning, match and performance analysis, exercise physiology, sports nutrition and sports development.

The course has been designed in consultation with the Welsh Football Trust, Football Association of Wales (FAW) and Cardiff City Football Club. This ensures that the course meets industry needs, and will provide you with the skills required to work within professional football clubs and/or national governing bodies. Other key partners include Swansea City Football Club and UK Elite Soccer who offer a number of bespoke placements to our football students.

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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Further Reading

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