Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development

Gain a university level qualification at the home of the Iron, with lectures, seminars and tutorials delivered at Glanford Park via online material from the University of South Wales.

An Overview…

The Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development provides 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 EFL 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 £3.7m state-of-the-art coaching and performance development centre. 


The Course…

Further progression in the industry...

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.


Year One: Foundation Degree Community Football Coaching 

> Football Event Management
> Academic Research and Professional 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

Prerequisites to apply...

Entry requirements vary depending on route entry. Please click here for typical offers.

Students following on from our NCFE course are typically required to have achieved the following…

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

More information…


The University of South Wales 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.

Their 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. They 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. They 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.

The 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.


Their 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.

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.

Fees and Funding…

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 2019 – July 2020 Fees

> Full-time UK and EU:  £8000
> Full-time International:  £12600 

August 2020 – July 2021 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 provided. 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.

Students are advised to apply via UCAS and also apply for Student Finance.

Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development
Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development
Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development
Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development


The remit of Scunthorpe United CSET is to use the power of football as the catalyst to enact positive change within our local community.