Foundation Degree:  Community Football Coaching & Development


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In partnership with the University of South Wales, Sheffield United Community Foundation are your local providers of the Community Football Coaching and Development degree which enables learners to gain their university qualifications in a professional football club environment.

Starting every September, we provide an initial two-year foundation degree with the opportunity to top up to convert this to a full BSc (Hons) in Football Coaching, Development and Administration in your third year.

Course Background

Are you passionate about a career in the football industry? 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 English Football League 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. A core focus of the Foundation degree is to provide practical work-experience opportunities to the students, allowing them to develop the necessary skills needed for direct employment within the industry.

The flexible design of this degree allows you to study alongside existing work commitments. Likewise, there is an opportunity to obtain part-time paid coaching work throughout the duration of your study, leading to potential full-time work upon completion of the course.

Sheffield United Community Foundation

Primarily, the degree will be based at Sheffield United FC using our excellent facilities including the Study Centres at Bramall Lane and the SteelPhalt Academy. Lectures, seminars and workshops will be delivered within the football club setting and cover topics including: sports science, physical education and school sport, strategic sports development and sports coaching.

As part of your course you are required to completed 200 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 throughout the club’s many community settings and projects, including in areas such as social inclusion, school and grassroots club development, schools PE, football development and academy coaching.

During your study you will have numerous opportunities to undertake additional vocational awards and workshop designed to help facilitate your personal and professional development. This includes both the FA Level 2 and Level 3 Certificate in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport qualifications, which are fully funded at expense of the course.


You will be enrolled as a student at the University of South Wales and have access to a number of learning materials. You will have access to an online library, blackboard and other learning materials, as well as University course tutors and support staff, in order to support you with your academic, personal and professional development. As part of the course requirement, you will spend a minimum of five days per year at the University of South Wales High Performance Centre at the USW Sports Park, whereby you will experience practical assessments, introductory workshops, one-to-one support tutorials and groups activities. You will receive full accommodation, breakfast and lunch during these teaching blocks.

Entry Requirements

  • Three GCSEs including Maths and English at level 4/C or above
  • DD at A Level or Merit Merit in a vocational course (BTEC/Cambridge National/NCFE)
  • FA Level 1 and basic coaching experience desirable

“My role as the club’s foundation degree mentor is to connect the University with the football club in order to create a coherent experience for the students. The small classes sizes add to the personal and bespoke quality of the course, I am able to offer around the clock support, enabling my students to achieve the grades they deserve. Likewise, being connected to a professional football club helps connect our students with a vast variety of work experience opportunities which really help their CV’s to stand out.” Ryan Collins (Foundation Degree Programme Leader)

Further Information

For further information or general course enquires please get in touch with the education team via the contact details below:

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