Foundation Degree in Football Coaching and Development

Do you want to be a football coach? If so, the Foundation Degree in Football Coaching and Development will set you on the path to an exciting career in a football coaching or football 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.

Our football coaching 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, both of whom offer work placements to students. On successful completion of the Foundation Degree, students can top up to a degree by completing the third year of the BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Performance (top-up) or the BSc (Hons) Football Coaching, Development and Administration (top-up).

What you will study


Year One

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

Year Two

  • Football Coaching Adolescent Performers
  • Sport Placement: Football
  • Football in Society
  • Physical Education & School Sport (Optional)
  • Performance Analysis (Optional)

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).

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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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Tuition Fees

Home & EU Students

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International Students

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  • Full Time 2 Years Start Date: Sep 2016
    • Part Time 4 Years Start Date: Sep 2016
      • Full Time 2 Years Start Date: Sep 2017
        • Part Time 4 Years Start Date: Sep 2017

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