BSc (Hons) Community Football Coaching and Administration (Top Up)

This is a unique and exclusive course, run in partnership with the EFL Trust. The course has been specifically designed for students who have already obtained a football-related Foundation Degree or equivalent qualification.

The BSc (Hons) Community Football Coaching and Administration (Top-Up) allows you to gain a full Bachelor of Science degree in less than a year. The 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) Community Football Coaching and Administration course is a natural continuation of the Foundation Community Football Coaching & Development course, which is also delivered through blended learning. You will undertake studies at your local EFL club and attend 3 residential blocks at our world-leading USW Sport Park Campus in September, January and April.

As part of the partnership agreement between USW and the Football Association of Wales (FAW), USW football courses staff will operate a FAW UEFA B License course as an additional option. This course is exclusive to USW students and sits outside the regular domestic courses operated by FAW Coach Education. Places on the course are limited and as such, students interested in obtaining the additional qualification must meet the eligibility criteria and undergo a rigorous selection process.

2022/23 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for delivering our courses in the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to change during the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. Whether you’re on-campus full time, part-time with online study, or full-time online, USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Glyntaff A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Glyntaff A

Students will study a broad array of subjects including Community Football Coaching, Strategic Sports Development, The Business of Football, Critical Issues in Sport Coaching and Leadership. You will also be required to complete an Applied Professional Project throughout the year.

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

Core modules delivered via Blended learning

• Business of Football (20 credits)
• Critical Issues in Sports Coaching (20 credits)
• Strategic Sports Development (20 credits)
• Community Football Coaching: Theory to Practice (20 credits)
• Applied Professional Project (40 credits)

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


Blended learning students have access to an online library, Blackboard (online virtual learning environment), as well as other learning materials, and will also get the opportunity to spend time at the USW Sport Park to complete practical teaching/coaching and assessments.

Students will complete 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 and students will undertake studies at their local EFL club.

Students will be required to attend 3 residential blocks at our world-leading USW Sport Park Campus in September (induction), January and April. On average, there will be 12 hours of content to view per week and it is expected that students spend a further 10/15 hours a week on further independent/directed study.

Guest lectures with extensive knowledge and experience across the industry are often invited to deliver across various modules (e.g., David Adams, Jane Ludlow MBE, Paul McGuinness).



Students will have a large support network in place around them. Each student will be supported by academic module leaders, course leaders and the student support services team at USW. Students will also receive the support of a National Academic Support Coach whose role is to travel the UK and set up 1 to 1 academic support sessions with students and their local EFL club.


Students will be provided with a range of assessment types including:

  • MCQ tests
  • Essays and written assignments
  • Practical assessments
  • Work-based learning portfolio’s and projects
  • Applied professional project
  • Poster presentation
  • Oral presentations

Assessment support and resource will be provided to students who have additional needs.


Work Experience placements are organised for students within community trust clubs in various roles and departments to cater for the learners interest and desired career paths.


We have a brand-new specially designed sporting performance facility that focuses on football coaching. Our full-size indoor 3G pitch is built to the Fifa Pro standard.

There are audio and video recording software to support the coach education programme that students will be immersed in during studies. We are the only university in England and Wales to offer this facility.

You'll also find a notational analysis suite with Apple Macs installed with industry leading software for students to use at your disposal. A full-size FIFA approved 3G pitch was installed in 2019.

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.


We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

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 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • Full-time UK:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £13800 

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

August 2023 - July 2024 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment. Below we’ve listed what types of additional costs are associated with this course:

UK students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK 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.

International and EU students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK.

Admissions statement

Admissions statement

Students who graduate from this course can pursue careers as:

  • Performance coach
  • Sports or football development officer
  • Multi-skills sports coach
  • School sport coordinator
  • Talent coach
  • Club coach
  • Participation coach
  • PE teacher
  • FE college lecturer
  • Primary school teacher
  • Coaches, workforce and coach education coordinators
  • Sports management and administration positions
  • Self-employed business managers

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.