BSc (Hons) Football Coaching and Performance

Football is a fast-growing industry that needs specialist professionals. 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 football coaching course content 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. This input means you’ll get the opportunity to learn on a daily basis from well-qualified football coaches and UEFA coach educators, some of whom work at an international level.

One of a number of FAW courses we offer, this football coaching course combines a football-specific qualification with the opportunity to apply your knowledge in industry through our excellent placement opportunities, also available in the USA. You can develop a coaching profile and work towards your FAW C Certificate and FAW/UEFA B licence. 

You’ll study in world-class facilities and conduct most of your work at USW Sport Park, which is designed to support a high- performance coaching environment.

100% of our BSc (Hons) Football Coaching and Performance graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduating Graduate Destination Survey 2016

UCAS Code Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
C610 Full-time 3 Years September Glyntaff A
N/A Part-time 6 Years September Glyntaff A
UCAS Code Study Mode
2019
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
C610 Full-time 3 Years September Glyntaff A
N/A Part-time 6 Years September Glyntaff A

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.

On this course you can study all disciplines of coaching, with distinct pathways allowing focus on football- specific modules. These include performance analysis, psychology, physiology, and strength and conditioning, in addition to performance coaching, and community football management.

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.

Year One: Football Coaching Degree

  • Football coaching: young performers in practice - 20 credits
  • Coaching process: theory to practice - 20 credits
  • Academic research and professional skills - 20 credits
  • Introduction to football performance analysis - 20 credits
  • Introduction to SS for football - 20 credits
  • Managing and developing FITC - 20 credits

Year Two: Football Coaching Degree

  • Football coaching: adolescent performers in practice - 20 credits
  • Football coaching pedagogy - 20 credits
  • Research methods - 20 credits
  • Football performance analysis - 20 credits
  • Sport science for football - 20 credits
  • Sport placement: football - 20 credits (optional)
  • Football development and mentoring - 20 credits (optional)

Year Three: Football Coaching Degree

  • Performance football coaching - 40 credits
  • Applied professional project / Dissertation - 40 credits
  • Analysis in football coaching and performance - 20 credits
  • Football psychology - 20 credits (optional)
  • Work-based learning - 20 credits (optional)
  • Strength and conditioning - 20 credits (optional)

If you have any questions about the modules above, please contact Dr Ceri Bowley.

Teaching

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.

Assessment

You will be assessed via a range of methods including: coursework, reports, examinations, practical sports delivery sessions and presentations.

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. Excellent summer placements are also available in the USA with a range of providers.

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.

Facilities

We have a brand-new specially designed sporting performance facility that focuses on rugby and football coaching. It includes a specialist centre for strength and conditioning with 12 lifting platforms, providing a high performance environment for aspiring athletes. Our full-size indoor 3G pitch is built to the Fifa Pro standard and World Rugby 22 standard. It will guarantee training all year round for our rugby, football and coaching students. We are the only university in England and Wales to offer this facility.

You'll also 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, three grass rugby pitches, and a large changing pavilion. 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.

Lecturers

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.nsiders all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

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

Typical A-Level Offer

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).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

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).

Typical BTEC Offer

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).

Typical IB Offer

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)

Typical Access to HE Offer

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)

Additional Requirements

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.

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

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.

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.

Find out how to pay your tuition fees in full or by payment plan.

This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.

International Scholarships are available for self-funding international students.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees


  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £12300 

  • Part-time UK and EU:  £640 per 20 credits

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees


  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

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 * £57.20
The cost includes the DBS check, Post Office verification service and online administrative fee. Admission requirement.
DBS Updating Service * £13
Years 2 & 3
Other: Placement *
Students have to pay travel and subsistence costs for their placement. Costs vary, depending on location.

UK and EU students

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

International students

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

Admissions statement

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.

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.