Foundation Degree Community Football Coaching and Development

Are you passionate about a career in the football industry? The Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development provides you with an opportunity to gain an industry-recognised coaching award while being affiliated to a specific football club.

This award-winning community football coaching course, designed in conjunction with the English Football League Trust, develops the skills and qualities that are required to work within professional football clubs community departments or national governing bodies in areas of growth such as social inclusion, community coaching and football development.

You’ll learn about children and youth coaching, football coaching, football development, social inclusion, and sports management skills. You will be based predominantly within your own football club, with a minimum of five days a year at the USW Sport Park, our £15m state-of-the-art coaching and performance development centre with full size indoor 3g pitch, equipped with the latest GPS, Video and Audio technology to support your coach education development. 


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UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
45R9 Full-time 2 Years September Glyntaff A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
45R9 Full-time 2 Years September Glyntaff A

The Foundation Degree Community Football Coaching and Development will be based within the student’s football club, and lectures, seminars and tutorials will be delivered on site and via provided material.

Our football coaching course allows students to study all sub disciplines of coaching and gain valuable industry recognised qualifications. The course will teach you aspects of generic children and youth coaching, football coaching, football development, social inclusion, and sports management skills.

There will be further opportunity to apply your knowledge with an extensive work based learning programme provided by the club, working within specific roles and real life football projects.

Year One: Foundation Degree Community Football Coaching 

  • Football Event Management
  • Academic Research and Study Skills
  • Introduction to Sports Development
  • Introduction to Sports Science for Football
  • Football Coaching: Theory to Practice 
  • Technical Planning and Reflective Practice in Football 

Year Two: Foundation Degree Community Football Coaching 

  • Football In Society
  • Project Operations Management
  • Youth Football Coaching
  • PE and School Sport
  • Sport Placement


You will be enrolled as a student at the University of South Wales and have access to a number of learning materials. Also, you will spend a minimum of five days per year at the University of South Wales High Performance Centre at the USW Sport Park and receive full accommodation during these teaching blocks.

You will have access to an online library, blackboard and other learning materials, and will spend a time at the USW Sport Park to complete practical teaching. You will complete coaching (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.

In year two you will complete up to 200 hours of coaching (work based learning) that is managed through weekly tutorials and a comprehensive mentoring programme. The work based learning programme will be completed within the professional football clubs and will provide opportunities to gain experience in areas such as social inclusion, school and grass root club development, football development, and coaching.

Also, you will study towards your Level 2 Football Coaching Certificate and will have numerous opportunities to undertake additional vocational awards.

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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 here.

This course has been recognised with national Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) from the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and was shortlisted for a Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Award 2018 in the ‘Outstanding Digital Innovation of the Year’ category.

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.

Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers 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.

All applicants for the course need to be affiliated with one of our partner EFL Clubs.

Typical A-Level Offer

DD to include at least one A Level in Science, 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)

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade D and D at A Level to include at least one Science, Mathematics, Physical Education or Psychology subject but to exclude General Studies. Level 1 in football coaching or equivalent foundation level football coaching qualification from a football (NGB)

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Diploma Merit Pass or BTEC Extended Diploma Merit Pass Pass in a relevant subject. Level 1 in football coaching or equivalent foundation level football coaching qualification from a football (NGB).

Typical IB Offer

Pass IB Diploma or two IB Certficates at Higher level. Level 1 in football coaching or equivalent foundation level football coaching qualification from a football (NGB)

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass Access to HE Diploma in Science or Maths with a minimum of 48 UCAS Tariff points

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 3 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.

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Full-time UK:  £8000

  • Full-time International:  £14000 

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.

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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.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS * £55.42
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: Travel to Residential *
Students will have to fund the cost of travel to the residential elements of the course.
Other: Placement *
Students will need to fund their travel and subsistence costs when on placement. Costs vary, depending on location.

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. 

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Admissions statement

Graduates of the Foundation Degree Community Football Coaching and Development can pursue careers as a 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.