BSc (Hons) Football Coaching, Development and Administration (Top Up)

Specifically designed for students who have already obtained a football-related Foundation Degree or equivalent qualification, the BSc (Hons) Football Coaching, Development and Administration (Top Up) allows you to gain a full Bachelor of Science degree in less than year.

This unique football coaching course focuses on both the football and business related knowledge needed to develop professionals for the football industry. You will consolidate your learning and start to specialise your work-based learning experience in line with your career ambitions. Developed in partnership with professional coaching organisations, this football coaching course allows you to study and gain work placements across the globe. The BSc (Hons) Football Coaching, Development and Administration course has two possible study routes – on campus or via distance learning. Whichever option you choose, you will be provided with knowledge of a holistic approach to community coaching, sports development and management that incorporates the impact of leadership, strategy, management and marketing in sport.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Years September Treforest A

You will study a broad array of subjects including Performance Football Coaching, Strategic Sports Development and The Business of Football.

The Year Three – the top up year of study – will consolidate your learning and start to specialise your work-based learning experience in line with your career ambitions.


  • Applied Professional Project
  • Strategic Sports Development
  • Performance Football Coaching: Theory to Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in Sports Coaching
  • Applied Sports Management and Administration
  • The Business of Football


You will have access to an online library, Blackboard (online learning) and other learning materials, and will spend a time at the USW Sport Park to complete practical teaching.
You will complete coaching (work based learning) that is managed through tutorials and a mentoring programme. The work based learning programme can be completed within your own football work environment.

Learning and teaching methods include lectures, interactive workshops, practical sessions, work-based learning, tutorials and online delivery methods. This range of teaching and learning approaches ensures that you gain a wide variety of skills.


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, an 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 Sport Park.


Our teaching staff have worked in the industry for many years and have experience of coordinating and managing sport in both local authorities and national governing bodies. Many continue to work as Coach Educators (UEFA) and high performance coaches.

Lyn Jehu, Course Leader
Rob Griffiths, Head of Football Coaching and Development
Jay Probert
Rachel Murray
Hannah Mawson
Craig Gill

The successful completion of an appropriate Foundation Degree or equivalent. USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience.

In addition a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check is required (additional cost applies, no offences are considered spent).

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £11900 

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International:  £12300 

Additional Costs

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.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS * £57.2
This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service £13
Whilst optional it is strongly recommended signing up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to persue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
Other: Placement *
Students on work placement will need to pay for their own travel and subsistence costs. Costs will vary depending on location.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 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

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

The BSc (Hons) Football Coaching, Development and Administration course, designed in consultation with Professional Football Clubs and National Governing Bodies to ensure it meets industry needs, offers the opportunity for students to complete an Applied Professional Project which will lead to excellent employment prospects in a range of professions. You will study a broad array of subjects including Performance Football Coaching, Strategic Sports Development and The Business of Football.

Our Careers and Employability Service

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.