BSc (Hons) in Football Coaching

Follow your passion for football with this industryfocused coaching degree and gain the skills needed for employment within the industry. 

This three-year course will provide you with a solid foundation in the key practices of coaching in a football related context so once you graduate, you’ll be ready to achieve your career goals.

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Course Overview

During this course, you will have lots of opportunities for both practical and theoretical study, to learn the key principles, theories and perspectives of sports coaching, in areas such as anatomy and physiology, psychology and match analysis as well as exploring complementary roles in football, such as business development and performance analysis. 

You will also develop your knowledge and skills further by undertaking research activities, learning how to gather and use data to support athletes. You will do this by using the latest video software and geographical navigation vests, and use these to statistically analyse individual plays and player performance. This is a key skill to master, as analysis is an ever-growing part of the football and coaching industry, and is essential to any coach for monitoring player progression.

Course Features

  • Work experience
  • Sports psychology
  • Evaluating sport leadership styles
  • Current football coaching legislation
  • Safeguarding and the Football Offences Acts
  • Anatomical workings of the human body and core biological principles
  • Injury prevention, assessment
  • Exercise physiology activities

Career Options

  • Football coach
  • Football analyst
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Sports therapist
  • Football manager
  • Sports development officer 

Course Information

We are committed to ensuring you gain as much experience as possible, so during your studies, you will also have the chance to complete work experience shadowing or supporting coaches alongside our partner football clubs for that all important extra experience, to make you and your CV well and truly stand out.

  • A minimum of 104 UCAS points from A & AS levels
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) – a minimum of grade DMM
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) a minimum grade D*D
  • City & Guilds Level 3 Technical Advanced Extended Diploma (1080 – first awarded in 2019) – a minimum of grade DMM
  • City& Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (720 – first awarded in 2019) – a minimum of grade D*D
  • Access to Higher Education – a minimum of 104 tariff points
  • Mature students (21 years of age or over) will be considered on an individual basis on their prior knowledge and experience. This may be assessed by interview, completion of coursework/essay or other methods. There may be a requirement for a formal qualification to be completed first e.g Access to Higher Education course
  • Fundamentals of Football Coaching
  • Introduction to Sports Psychology
  • Introduction to Football Science
  • Introduction to Performance Based Coaching and Match Analysis
  • Coach in Society
  • Introduction to Sports Injuries and Injury Prevention
  • Player Development and Performance Analysis
  • Player Maintenance and Rehabilitation
  • Coaching: Grassroots and Diverse Populations
  • Sports Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Work Based Learning 
  • Applied Sports Coaching
  • Applied Performance Analysis
  • Enhancing Player Performance
  • Contemporary Issues in Football and Team Management
  • Dissertation

Students workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity, plus field trips.


Assessments are designed to determine both academic skills and qualities required for the work place. They include a combination of coursework, practical work and examinations. Coursework may take many forms including: essays, reports, data processing, presentations, academic posters, seminar discussions, interviews, critical reviews, portfolios of evidence and practical competency assessments. The examinations vary, depending on the nature of the module, but may take the form of multiple-choice papers, essays, data handling questions, short answer quizzes, and in class examinations. Practical assessments take place through video evidence and tutor observations.


Feedback is supplied via VLE or directly from the module tutor. Written feedback will be supported verbally should the student require clarification. Formative assessment feedback will be provided at the time of completion where possible, with more detailed summative feedback for reports.

Students will be able to access course timetables for the academic year in September.

Students will have at least two study days when they are expected to conduct independent learning.

Students are responsible for obtaining their own work placements for their modules such as Work Based Learning. Opportunities will be provided to shadow industry specialists as part of module delivery.

Students are encouraged to acquire a regular additional sports related placement outside the programme.

Tuition Fees

As a student at UCR, you will have two main costs to meet; your tuition fees and living costs.

Our full-time tuition fees for UK and EU students, entering University, can be found on our student finance page. These fees are charged for each academic year of a course and are set by the college annually.

Tuition fees for international students can also be found on our student finance page.

Additional Costs

In addition to the tuition fees students will be expected to pay for their Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check – current Fee £44 with £13 per year for the annual update.

As an additional enhancement to their study programme (but not a mandatory requirement), students will be provided with the opportunity to access field trips and sports tours.

Approximate costs of these optional activities to students:

Sports Tour – £500-£1000
Facilities trips – £300

Whilst studying on the programme students can also acquire optional additional qualifications at an additional cost to themselves.

Examples of qualifications and approximate costs are as follows:

UEFA B – £3500-£4000
Additional coaching qualifications such as Sports Leaders – £350-£400

Equipment Costs

Recommended equipment:

  • Resistance band, approx. £20
  • Foam roller, approx. £20
    Whistle, approx. £5
  • Reaseheath branded sports kit, approx. £100

Prices of equipment are subject to change dependent on retailer.

Apply directly through UCAS

A minimum of 104 UCAS points

September 2022
September 2023

Full-time: 3 years

Useful Information

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University Centre Reaseheath is committed to providing additional financial support to those who need it. To find out about the bursary schemes available visit our additional financial support page.

For students to get the best out of their time at University Centre Reaseheath, we must both recognise that we owe obligations to each other. These obligations are set out in our UCR Student Contract. Before you accept an offer of a place at University Centre Reaseheath, it is important that you read these contract conditions. If you are going to be living in Halls of Residence, you will also need to read the Student Accommodation Licence Conditions. Both of these contracts can be found here.

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All UCR students are given the opportunity to apply for residential accommodation. First year students are guaranteed accommodation and this offer is made to all applicants who live more than a reasonable daily travelling distance from Reaseheath (providing you have applied before the UCAS equal considerations deadline. For full details on our halls of residence visit our accommodation page.

We have a team of dedicated professionals on hand to offer you support. These include our Student Services Team, Inclusive Learning Team, Library and Learning Resources Team and the Reaseheath Careers Service. You can find more information on the support provided at Reaseheath on our support page.

University Centre Reaseheath is proud to welcome international students. For more information, please visit our international students page.