Do you want to be a football coach? The BSc (Hons) Football Coaching and Performance course is aimed at individuals who want to work in the football industry, as a coach or as a member of support staff that provides sport science support, strength and conditioning advice or performance analysis.
Endorsed by Sports Coach UK and designed in conjunction with Cardiff City Football Club and the Welsh Football Trust, this football coaching course will give you the skills to work within professional football clubs and/or national governing bodies. You will develop a coaching profile and work towards your Football Association of Wales (FAW) Level 2 (UEFA C) and Level 3 (UEFA B) coaching licenses.
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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.
You will have opportunities to gain vocational experience working with our football partners Cardiff City Football Club, Swansea City Football Club, Football Association of Wales and Welsh Football Trust.
In years two and three of the football coaching degree 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 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 Certificate and have an opportunity to gain their UEFA B licence.
At USW Sport Park 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 Sport Park.
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 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.
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.