This football coaching degree will give you the skills, experience and contacts to help gain employment in the football industry, whether as a coach, performance analyst, or as a member of sport science support staff. We have designed our course content with a number of professional clubs to identify the skills and qualities needed to work in the professional football industry. This input means you’ll learn from well-qualified football coaches and UEFA coach educators, some of whom work at an international level.
Our unique coaching course combines a football specific qualification with the opportunity to apply your knowledge in industry through our excellent placement opportunities, both locally and in the USA. You will study all disciplines of coaching, covering modules in strength and conditioning, community football management, coaching science, performance analysis, and fitness testing and evaluation. What's more, you can develop a coaching profile and work towards your FAW C Certificate and FAW/UEFA B licence.
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We have designed our football coaching course with a number of professional clubs, including Swansea City AFC, Cardiff City FC, and the Football Association of Wales (FAW) Trust, to identify the skills and qualities needed to work in the professional football industry.
You’ll study football coaching, sport psychology, strength and conditioning, performance analysis, and fitness testing and evaluation. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop a coaching profile and work towards your Football Association of Wales (FAW) Level 2 (UEFA C) and Level 3 (UEFA B) coaching licenses.
In years two and three you will complete a comprehensive work based learning programme that is managed through weekly tutorials and a comprehensive mentoring programme.
You will be assessed via a range of methods including: coursework, reports, examinations, practical sports delivery sessions and presentations.
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 140 hours 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 football coaching degree, students complete their FAW Level 2 Coaching Certificate and have an opportunity to gain their UEFA B licence.
The football coaching course is taught in world-class facilities and you willconduct most of your work at USW Sport Park, which is designed to support a high performance coaching environment.
At USW Sport Park, you’ll find a notational analysis suite and over 30 acres of playing fields, including five floodlit pitches. We have a sand-dressed ‘astroturf’ pitch, as well as a full-size FIFA-approved 3G pitch. In addition to these all-weather pitches, there are six grass football pitches and a large changing pavilion, and the HQ for Cardiff City Football Club Academy.
Our facilities are regularly used by international professional teams, such as the Wales national football team and Cardiff City Football Club, as well as the touring New Zealand, South Africa and Australia rugby squads. This confirms the high quality of our pitches and the versatility of our equipment.
The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.
BCC - CDD to include one Science such as Mathematics, Physical Education or Psychology, but excluding General Studies. Level 1 in football coaching or equivalent foundation level football coaching qualification from a football (NGB) (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level to include one Science (which may be Mathematics, Physical Education or Psychology) but to exclude General Studies. Level 1 in football coaching or equivalent foundation level football coaching qualification from a football (NGB) (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant subject. Level 1 in football coaching or equivalent foundation level football coaching qualification from a football (NGB) (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 to include one Science, Mathematics or Psychology at Higher Level. Level 1 in football coaching or equivalent foundation level football coaching qualification from a football (NGB) (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)
Pass the Access to HE Maths or Science Diploma with 60 credits overall and Level 1 in football coaching or equivalent foundation level football coaching qualification from a football (NGB) – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes (106 UCAS Tariff Points)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes (80 UCAS Tariff Points)
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English Language at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances Other: You will also need an enhanced DBS check.
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.
However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.
All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
The cost includes the DBS check, Post Office verification service and online administrative fee. Admission requirement.
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Students have to pay travel and subsistence costs for their placement. Costs vary, depending on location.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
You can enter a range of careers when you graduate, such as an academy coach or skills coach at a professional club, football development officer, community coach, sports development officer, strength and conditioning coach or performance analyst. Some graduates find employment in the armed forces, emergency services or continue to study to become a teacher.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.