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Inspiring Your Future Through Sport
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Level 5 Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development

The Level 5 Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development has been designed by the University of South Wales in conjunction with the Football League Trust in order to identify the type of 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.

The degree will be based here using our prestigious Sheffield United facilities including the Study Centres at Bramall Lane and the SteelPhalt Academy. The Study Centre at Bramall Lane is a multifunctional IT suite with additional space for classroom activities. The Academy classroom is also equipped with IT facilities and breakout space for practical sports activities and is also home to the SUFC Academy scholars. Lectures, seminars and tutorials will be delivered on site by our fully qualified experienced Community Foundation lecturers via provided material from the University of South Wales.


What will you study?

The Foundation Community Football Coaching and Development 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. Below is a breakdown of the course:

Year One

• Football Coaching; Theory to Practice

• Technical Planning & Reflective Practice in Football

• Academic Research & Professional Skills

• Introduction to Sports Development

• Managing & Developing Football in the Community

• Sports Development in Practice

Year Two

• Football Coaching Adolescent Performers

• Work Based Learning (Football & Rugby)

• Football in Society

• Physical Education & School Sport (Optional)

In addition you will be enrolled as a student at the University of South Wales and have access to a number of the University’s learning materials. Also, you will spend a minimum of 7 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.

In year two you will complete up to 300 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 here at Sheffield United 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.


This will be completed via a range of methods including practical field assessment, written assignments, projects, and presentations.

Course Duration

Full time - 2 years

Start Date: September 2016

Option to continue your studies for a further year to gain full honours Level 6 degree

Entry Requirements

160 UCAS points e.g. MPP at BTEC. A-levels to include at least one Science, or Mathematics, Physical Education or Psychology but to exclude General Studies. Three GCSE passes at grade C or above, including Mathematics and English language.

Additional criteria: National Governing Level 1 or equivalent Football Coaching. An enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) disclosure is also required.


To apply for this course you need to visit the University of South Wales website by clicking here. To help you with the application process you can also use the downloadable booklet: How to submit an online application

For more information on this course contact our Education Manager Chris Bailey on 0114 2619883 or email chris.bailey@sufc.co.uk?