BSc (Hons) Football Coaching, Development and Administration


The BSc (Hons) Football Coaching, Development and Administration is aimed at students who want to work in roles such as coaching, development and management, and focuses on both the football and business related knowledge needed to develop professionals for the football industry.

Developed in partnership with professional coaching organisations, this unique football coaching course has three possible study routes – in America with our partner UK International Soccer; on campus and via blended learning.

Whichever option you choose, you will study a broad array of subjects, from coaching to business management and sports development, leading to excellent employment prospects in a range of professions.

You will also study towards a Level 2 Coaching Certificate, and we will support you in working towards your UEFA licences.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
2F33 Full-time 3 Years September Glyntaff A
Full-time 3 Years January Glyntaff A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
2F33 Full-time 3 Years September Glyntaff A
Full-time 3 Years January Glyntaff A

The Football Coaching course, designed in consultation with National Governing Bodies and US Coaching Organisations to ensure it meets industry needs, offers the opportunity to complete paid work placements in the US in partnership with UK International Soccer. (Other partner placements outside the US will be considered).

There are three study options:

US Partnership
Partly based in the USA with UK International Soccer, you will complete paid work placements, and receive lectures, tutorials and support by visiting members of USW staff and UKIS mentors. Lectures, seminars and tutorials will be delivered on site at the University of South Wales. In addition, you will have access to on-line material. 

On Campus
Based at the USW Sport Park, our £3.7m state-of-the-art coaching and performance development centre, you’ll be taught face to face by leading specialists in the field. You will have the opportunity to undertake placements with some of our key partners, including the FAW Trust, Cardiff City and Swansea City.

Blended Learning
This is for students currently working in a football setting and looking to develop their knowledge and skills. Your work placements can be completed in your current football work setting and you will receive lectures, seminars and tutorials via online material and on campus block teaching periods. Applications accepted from both UK and international applicants.

Year One
Your first year will provide you with the underpinning theory and practice of football coaching, development and administration. You will gain knowledge of how football is organised and managed in the community, and will have the opportunity to lead football coaching sessions and events. Understanding fundamental coaching principles of how young children learn sports skills will help to inform your work-based learning experiences.


  • Football Coaching: Young
  • Managing and Developing Football in the Community
  • Children and Youth Sport
  • Professional Practice Placement
  • Academic Research and Professional Skills

Year Two
You will enhance your breadth of knowledge by studying football in society and football coaching for adolescent performers and complete a sport placement, which will enable you to put your ideas and knowledge into practice. You will expand your understanding of football development and coaching and the different career options available.


  • Football Coaching: Adolescent Performers
  • Sport Placement
  • Research Methods
  • Physical Education and School Sport
  • Football in Society

Year Three
Your final year 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 and other learning materials, and will spend a time at the the USW Sport Park to complete practical teaching/coaching awards.

You will complete coaching (work based learning) that is managed through weekly tutorials and a mentoring programme. The work based learning programme can be completed with UK International Soccer (UKIS) programmes or within your own football work environment. The UK International Soccer opportunities will provide opportunities to gain experience in areas such as, grass root club development, football development, and coaching, you will apply your knowledge working within specific roles and real life football projects.

Contact time varies over each year of study due to differences in modules; work placements and dissertation/project work in your final year.


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.


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.


Our 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. Find out more.

Find out about the great research happening in sport, health and exercise science.

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.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD to include one Science, Mathematics, Physical Education or Psychology but to exclude General Studies (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 Grade C and BC at A Level to include one Science, Mathematics, Physical Education or Psychology but to exclude General Studies (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 (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

 Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 29 overall including a score of 5 in a Science subject, Mathematics, or Psychology at higher level, and 5 or above in English at standard level

Typical Access to HE Offer

 Passing an Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject (mathematics, science or psychology) and obtain a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances. 


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 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £12600 

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £13500 

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: 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
Field Trips *
Visa and travel arel self-funded.
DBS * £47.20
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 pursue 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.
Other: Travel to Residential (Compulsory) *
Students will have to fund the cost of travel to the residential elements of the course.

UK and EU students

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

Graduates can pursue careers as a performance coach; performance analyst; 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.