BSc (Hons) Football Coaching, Development and Administration

Earn while you study.

Unique learning in the workplace degree with opportunities for coaching placements in the US.

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 allows you to study and gain work placements across the globe.

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 licenses. 

2021/22 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 pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through 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. 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
2F33 Full-time 3 Years September 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).


Study options:

Route 1: US Partnership (January intake only)

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.

This video explains more:

For more information on UK International and the studying the degree programme in partnership with them, please click on the following link

Route 2: On-Campus

Complete year 1 on campus before deciding whether to head to the US in Year 2 and 3 of the course with UK International Soccer.
Based at the USW Sport Park, our 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 plan and deliver sports event with some of our key partners, including the FAW Trust, Cardiff City and local schools and clubs. Before heading to the US in years 2 and 3 of the course.

For more information on UK International and the studying the degree programme in partnership with them, please click on the following link

*At the end of year 1 if you decide you do not want to complete placements in the US in year 2 and 3- you will need to transfer onto the on-campus  BSc (Hons) Football coaching and performance course

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.


September intake

  • Football Coaching: Young performers
  • Professional Practice
  • Sport Science for Football
  • Academic Research Skills
  • Managing and Developing Football in the community
  • An Introduction to Football Performance Analysis

January intake

  • Football Coaching: Young performers
  • Professional Practice
  • Sport Science for Football
  • Academic Research Skills
  • Football Event Management
  • Children and Youth Sport

Year Two

You will enhance your breadth of knowledge by studying football in society. and project and operations management 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
  • Modern Football Coaching
  • Sport Placement
  • Project and Operations Management
  • 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
  • Performance Football Coaching
  • Critical Issues in Sports Coaching and Leadership
  • The Business of Football


You will have access to an online library, blackboard, and other learning materials, and will spend time at 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

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.

To learn more about how we teach on this course, take a look at the following video.


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


Students can undertake placements within clubs or community football settings through UK International soccer in the USA. This may involve hands-on coaching, community development work or supporting clubs with marketing and Administrations. 

Students on our football coaching course complete a minimum of 140 hours across the academic year.

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As part of their football coaching course, students complete their FAW Level 2 Coaching Certificate and have an opportunity to gain their UEFA B license.

More information on UK International soccer can be found at


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  2 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 about our staff and partners on our football pages.

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

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 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. 


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 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

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.
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.

As the placement element of the course is a paid position you will need to complete a coaching application and an Interview with UK International Soccer.

UK International Soccer coaching application form, please see the attached link to complete this:

Once you have completed the application you will be invited to an interview, which will comprise of an informational presentation from UKIS recruitment team, practical coaching assessment and an interview.

The interviews can be organised regionally across the UK.

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

You can enter a range of careers when you graduate, such as a football 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.

Ryan Smales explains what amazing experience earning a coaching degree in the USA has been - view the video:


Examples of recent graduate job roles: 

Director of Coaching

College Coach

Set up their own coaching business

Professional club coach

UK based academy coach

PE coordinator in a primary school


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.