BA (Hons) Football Development & CoachingS3H6

    Course Overview

    Duration: 3 years full-time
  • Our football coaching degree prepares you for a career in the football industry. The course is packed with real-life, hands-on experience, allowing our students plenty of opportunity to put learned theory into practice. We work closely with our partners (Plymouth Argyle Football Club’s Argyle Community Trust) to ensure that you have the very best learning experience, with sessions delivered by both academic staff, and industry professionals. This helps us deliver a blend of academic learning and industry expertise to students on our football coaching degree. This academic programme considers the role of football within the wider sports industry and provides lots of opportunities to apply theory to practice in real-life situations in football development projects, coaching, and performance analysis. You will also get the chance to gain a number of football coaching qualifications alongside the comprehensive academic and industry programme.  These will improve your practice and boost employability prospects.



    You will be able to run football development programmes, organise events, and develop a critical understanding of how the football industry works through the programme’s strong academic underpinning.  You will gain skills and experiences to improve your communication, leadership, and teamwork, alongside developing research and evaluation skills - all key aspects that are valued by future employers. Our students are offered the chance to gain an array of industry-recognised football coaching qualifications. It’s all part of our commitment to boosting students’ employability and delivering the richest learning experience possible

    During the course, you’ll delve into a wealth of football-related topics including issues affecting coaches, plus the general administration, development and governance of football as a whole. You will also be introduced to the application of sport science principles, performance analysis, and football event management and their role in the successful development of football programmes and initiatives.

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Students take six modules in each year and * denotes an optional module:

1st Year
  • Engaging with learning: football development & coaching
  • Sport coaching & the coaching process
  • Foundations in sport development
  • An introduction to sport management
  • Football in the community
  • An introduction to analysis in sport coaching
2nd Year
  • Work-based learning*
  • Sports event management*
  • Research methods
  • Sport policy & governance*
  • Sport and education*
  • Sport marketing
  • Performance analysis in sport*
  • Applied sport science for sport & physical education*
  • Coaching theory & practice
  • Inclusion in sport*
  • Independent study*
3rd Year
  • Honours project
  • Strategic sport development*
  • Sport and excellence*
  • Pedagogy in practice*
  • Performance coaching*
  • Applied resource management in sport development*
  • Sport & disability*
  • Sport in society*
  • Advanced analysis for coaching*
  • Coaching children in sport*
  • Independent study*

Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

Students undertaking our football coaching degree enjoy the chance to explore the great game from a variety of fresh angles. Football is a truly global sport and therefore football coaching graduates have a huge potential to seek employment all over the world. Our football coaching course prepares you for a range of career opportunities including work as a football coach (in a variety of settings), football development officer or sport scientist and in the management of specific football projects. Graduates have the opportunity to work in commercial football (professional football clubs or commercial coaching providers) the charitable sector (in professional football clubs’ Community Football programmes) or in the public sector for Local Authorities, within Schools, School Sport Partnerships or County Sport Partnerships.

The FA provide employment opportunities directly and indirectly from a local to national level; from grass roots through to performance, sponsorship and commercial activity, marketing, competition structures  and the general administration/governance of football. Some graduates will go on to set up their own businesses.

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Course Leader

Our football teaching team are highly experienced and qualified in the field of sports development and a number of sessions are taught by our partners from Plymouth Argyle.Together they lead the course with enthusiasm and energy, and take great pride in developing students’ individual skills and employability.


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    The football degree  is taught in partnership with the Plymouth Argyle Community Trust to enable students to apply learning to practical experience. The football teaching team includes experts from both the University and the Trust.

    Key Facts

    The football development and coaching programmes share modules with other sport development and coaching modules.  The programme ensures football is contextualised within the broader sporting environment where seminars, applied activities and assessment all relate directly to football. Students develop excellent relationships with the supportive and caring programme team and football professionals from Plymouth Argyle.  The programme is designed develop increasing independence to ensure students are fully independent and competent football development and coaching professionals upon graduation.  

    In addition to a rigorous academic programme, this programme provides the opportunity to gain a number of industry-relevant coaching qualifications, which enhance your coaching skills for the course, but moreover enhance your CV and employability.  By the end of the programme you will have access to:

    • FA Level 1 (including FA Emergency Aid and FA Safeguarding Children in Football)
    • FA Level 2
    • FA Futsal Level 1
    • ISSA Street Soccer Level 1
    • FA Coaching Disabled Footballers

    You will also have the opportunity to put what you have learnt into practice through formal partnerships developed by the University with local coaching centres.  The University, and specifically this course, is recognised by the FA and BUCS as both a ‘Young Coach Development Centre’ and ‘Football Hub’.  You will be able to access our Coach Mentor programme supported by academics and community coaches and gain access a range of CPD events.