Foundation Degree in Football Coaching and Development

Football is a multi-million pound business and in order to achieve success, players need knowledgeable and experienced coaches. The two-year Foundation Degree in Football Coaching and Development is aimed at aspiring football coaches and development officers and has been developed in consultation with our key partner Welsh Football Trust to provide you with a unique learning experience. The course will enable you to apply knowledge and skills in the field through a well-established work-based learning programme – this includes both paid and voluntary placements with professional football clubs, National Governing Bodies and professional soccer organisations in the UK and USA.

Another strong element is work-based learning, including football coaching, football development and fitness testing with elite young players. You have the opportunity to gain vocational skills with a comprehensive work placement module embedded in year two where you can gain employability and coaching skills and applied knowledge of football development. Upon successful completion of the course, you can choose to graduate with your Foundation Degree, or study for one further year and graduate with a BSc (Hons) in Football Coaching, Development and Administration – Top Up. Students also have the option of completing their top-up year in the USA.

What you will study

Focusing on the importance of attaining excellence in coaching, the course provides a thorough grounding in the key areas related to coaching and football development. This includes Strength and Conditioning, Performance Analysis, Football in the Community, Football in Society, PE and School Sport and Sports Development.

Year One

  • Football Coaching Young Performers
  • Strength and Conditioning: Principles and Applications
  • Academic Research and Professional Skills
  • Introduction to Sports Development
  • Managing and Developing Football in the Community

Year Two

  • Football Coaching Adolescent Performers
  • Sport...
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At USW Sport Park, just a few miles from the Glyntaff Campus, we have a notational analysis suite, an impressive strength and conditioning room and over 30 acres of playing fields, including five floodlit pitches, a new artificial training pitch and 3G rubber crumb floodlit football pitch.

Our sport facilities are regularly used by international professional teams, such as the Wales national football team and Cardiff City Football Club. Plus, Cardiff City Football Club Academy is based at our...

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Work and Study Placements

Students can undertake placements within professional clubs or community football settings. This may involve hands on coaching, community development work or indeed supporting clubs with funding applications or designing marketing plans. All students complete a minimum of 140hours across the academic year and students have been working with Swansea City Academy, Cardiff City Foundation as well as at the Welsh Football Trust. As part of their degree, students complete their FAW Level 2 Coaching...

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This course is taught at: Glyntaff Campus, Pontypridd


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  • Full Time 2 Years Start Date: Sep 2017
    • Part Time 4 Years Start Date: Sep 2017
      • Full Time 2 Years Start Date: Sep 2018
        • Part Time 4 Years Start Date: Sep 2018

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