FdSc Football Coaching and Youth Development

UCAS Code: C6G2 Credit Level: 5 Credit Value: 240 Course Start Date: September Course Duration: 2 years full time
FdSc Football Coaching and Youth Development Awarding body

Your Programme

About the FdSc Football Coaching and Youth Development programme

Football coaching has become a multi-disciplinary vocation; today’s football coaches are expected to have a wide knowledge base surrounding the coaching process. No longer is football coaching just about the provision of football related drills and activities. This programme aims to provide you with the necessary underpinning theory required by the modern football coach. Alongside the theoretical input you will also be able to gain experience in ‘real world’ coaching environments as you apply what has been taught onto the pitch.

This programme is a unique concept in the local area and has been designed to allow students to experience the football coaching environment in both a grassroots setting as well as a professional setting. Not only will students engage in practical coaching practices they will also develop additional theoretical knowledge which is required for employment in the professional game. Coaching specialists will deliver bespoke sessions in order to develop the students understanding of session planning and structure. Visits and observations of sessions delivered by first team coaches and performance analysts at professional clubs will also be a key feature of the programme. These visits will increase the student experience as well as introducing them to the professional football environment.

Entry Requirements

Standard offer

80 UCAS points and students are also required to hold a minimum grade C/5 in English and Maths GCSE. All applicants will be required to undertake a target skills assessment as part of their admissions process.

Non-standard offer

If students do not have the standard academic qualifications then applicants must demonstrate a clear commitment to the programme and a passion for football coaching.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to include evidence of relevant practice experience in the sector. This would be demonstrated at the application stage. It is also the intention to promote an open event where all applicants will be invited to a football coaching development day to participate in 20 minute micro coaching activities and interview with programme tutors.

Students will also be expected to have received their FA Number (FAN) or commenced the application process, so they can instantly access the FA online learning programmes.

What you will learn

Level 4 – Certificate Stage

  • Football Coaching
  • Youth Development and Learning through Football
  • Professional Skills
  • Introduction to Football Science
  • The Culture of Football
  • Football Placement 1

Level 5 – Foundation Degree Stage

  • Applied Football Coaching
  • Football Performance Analysis
  • Football Initiatives and Coaching Diverse Groups
  • Fundamentals of Football Fitness
  • Research Methods for Football Coaching
  • Football Placement 2

Learning & Teaching Methods

The programme design does acknowledge that people on the course will come from a variety of backgrounds and with a diverse range of skills and academic abilities. The first-year modules will be designed to help build the foundations of your football coaching knowledge, your practical application and also to teach you the skills needed to be an effective football coach, regardless of your background or academic abilities. Behind all first-year modules there are both key theoretical and practical skills that you will use to apply and develop throughout the entirety of the programme. In the second-year there will be a holistic approach to further developing the skills required. Students will be afforded increased coaching opportunities as well as increased level of player participants. Application of first year knowledge will be critical in year two as well as the development of increased awareness in new subject matter. Students will also be encouraged to engage in critical thinking particularly in preparation for their ‘Research Methods in Football Coaching Module’

Programme Benefits

Studying with us at the University Centre Grimsby means that you become a member and part of our open community that values doing education the way that suits you. We have a great culture of support that is available to you, with supporting tutors, library staff, academic achievement coaches, study skills coaches and a great team of administrative staff. We also have smaller group sizes compared with other universities, which means you do not become a face in the crowd, but an important member of our team.

This is your opportunity to study and learn from    ‘UEFA A’ licenced coaches as well as specialists in their fields of football study. A football coaching programme which places you at the centre of the learning experience.

What next?

Upon the successful completion of this programme there are a range of opportunities to continue your studies or enter the work place. Following this Foundation Degree you can elect to complete a top-up year in a football related programme of study or on a generic ‘Sports Coaching degree programme. An additional option is to study a Cert Ed programme should you be interested in teaching as a career option.

For those wishing to enter in to employment, there are numerous football providers working at grass roots level as well as the semi and professional game. Coaches who can combine theoretical knowledge alongside coaching qualifications and a wide range of coaching experience will be highly sought after within grass roots provision. Students who are seeking employment at  higher level will have experienced working at that level during the second year and will be are of what is required to meet the needs of professional and semi-professional clubs.

Alternatively students can apply for coaching positions abroad in countries who are looking to develop their football coaching infrastructure. Students will be offered the opportunity to meet with and discuss coaching opportunities abroad and be supported in their application.