Degree overview

This programme reflects the needs of the football industry by understanding strategies used around the world, relating theory to practice, and gives students the knowledge and skills to work in youth development departments at clubs domestically and overseas. Identifying and developing talent is an imperative facet of the modern game, with more and more clubs vying for the stars of tomorrow as transfer fees continue to break records.

BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Talent Development

 

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Degree content

This programme will provide highly fulfilling learning and education to those who have experience of coaching and currently hold The FA Level 2 football coaching qualification.

Students will receive high quality teaching, learning and coaching provision from professionals with backgrounds in academia, professional football, elite sport and business, and the course will provide an inclusive, current and versatile curriculum of study which reflects the needs of the football industry, evaluating policies and strategies that have been employed nationally and internationally to support youth development.

The majority of classes for this programme will be taught in the state-of-the-art facilities at Belle Vue Sports Village in order to allow a combination of practical and theoretical learning. All UCFB Etihad Campus students have access to the array of first-class UCFB facilities in the Etihad Stadium and surrounding Etihad Campus.

Degree specification documents and information

Graduates of the BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Talent Development degree will be awarded degrees by our esteemed academic partner institution, Bucks New University. 

Benchmark statements

UCFB degrees fall under three subject benchmark statements – Business and Management (2015); Events, Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism (2016); and Psychology (2016). Visit the QAA website to access each of these benchmark statements.

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Please click here to download the BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Talent programme specification documentation.

Jemma Entwistle, Blackburn Rovers

My favourite aspect to working in sport is that every day is different. The people that you meet, the players that you meet and the impact you get to have on their journeys, for me it’s really valuable to know that you can look back and think you had an impact on them.

Jemma EntwistleUCFB graduate and Girls’ Regional Talent Club Coach at Blackburn Rovers

Modules

First Year

Semester 1

Fundamentals of Coaching

This module will enable you to develop awareness and understanding of the key fundamentals and principles of sports coaching, integrating theory with practice and sharing knowledge and understanding through discussion and debate.

The practical element of coaching will allow you to gain experience in and an understanding of the cognitive process of coaching. You will learn what a coach needs to function effectively and safely in a variety of situations, developing reflective skills and identifying which theories are most applicable when working in a specific coaching context.

You will learn how to reflect on and evaluate your own strengths and weaknesses and develop a plan to improve both your technical and behavioural skills relevant to a career in the coaching industry.

Introduction to Youth Development

You will identify the literature and evidence behind the different types of talent and the predictors of talent in football. You will review a variety of different performance pathways that exist in football now and historically in the UK.

This will allow you to identify key predictors of talent within football and have the appreciation to apply key theories of talent development and review talent development pathways. Furthermore you will examine the support mechanisms which aid the development of footballing ability and skills that help to fulfil young people’s potential.

Semester 2

Coaching in the Foundation Phase

This module will enable you to develop awareness and understanding of the key coaching principles when coaching within the Foundation Phase of a player’s development, where the majority of practice content is focused on the player having the ball.

This phase of development is known as the golden years of learning and you will gain the knowledge and insight needed to plan and deliver effective practices that will make the most of this ‘window of opportunity’ for learning. Your learning will take place through integrating theory with practice as well as sharing knowledge and understanding through discussion and debate.

You will learn the academic theories and models needed to coach effectively within this particular phase of a player’s development, covering all four areas of performance; technical, physical, psychological and social, before being given the opportunity to apply these in a practical context.

Football Principles and Practice

This module is designed to provide you with an essential ‘coaching toolkit’ with which to develop the technical performance of young players.

Firstly, you will examine key technical components used in football. Secondly, you will explore the principles of play (both attacking and defending), how you can develop individuals understanding of the game and how to manage mistakes within practice situations.

Taking a player-centred approach which allows the player to be actively involved in their own learning and development through decision-making and problem-solving rather than being coach-led, you will design practices which will develop players game craft and game understanding and learn what constrains lead coaching principles.

Second Year

Semester 1

International Player Development

Increasingly the Premier League has become an international league with currently more foreign players than English playing in its teams.

Does this mean that international country and club development processes are more effective? Investigate these and other factors that combine to develop the array of international talent in football.

Learn about different country and club factors that impact on development processes creating an array of solutions to the same challenges. Dig into the processes and define what is success for one club and how that might differ for another. Look outside the norm to the creative solutions that have been designed that take into account the varying environments that exist.

Coaching in the Youth Development Phase

This module will enable you to develop awareness and understanding of the key coaching principles when coaching within the Youth Development Phase of a player’s development, where the majority of practice content is focused on the player learning about 11 a-side football. This phase of development covers players going through physiological change and having their final growth spurt. During this phase the players focus will narrow and become more sport specific as career decisions are made.

You will learn how to design practices that start on the journey of teaching the players about how the game is played. Your learning will take place through integrating theory with practice as well as sharing knowledge and understanding through discussion and debate. You will learn the academic theories and models needed to coach effectively within this particular phase of a player’s development, covering all four areas of performance; technical, physical, psychological and social, before being given the opportunity to apply these in a practical context.

Semester 2

Research Methods

The aim of this module is to provide the student with an understanding of research principles, a range of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and appropriate analysis for these. This will enable the student to develop the research skills and knowledge necessary to undertake an independent research project. Students will be provided with support in developing their writing style to incorporate citations and make use of referencing.

They will be introduced to Academic Journals and will use these to inform their understanding of the research approaches used in the sector. This will also serve to familiarise the learners with the role of Journals in their wider study. The final aspect of this module will introduce hypothesis testing, with learners making use of a computer package to undertake simple statistical tests commonly used within their subject area.

Football Tactics & Strategies

You will acquire a systematic understanding of the principles of play, appropriate to Association Football and advanced tactical and strategic knowledge relevant to the 11 vs. 11 format of the game. You will explore different formations and the roles and responsibilities of players, looking specifically at movement off the ball and key movement triggers to develop patterns of play.

Coaches will develop their understanding of progression starting with specific aspects of team play, working with individuals (13-21 years), with units and then whole team triggers in functional practices and phases of play in 11 vs. 11 game situations. You will design practices which will develop players’ positional play and understanding through functional practices and phases of play.

Third Year

Semester 1

Research Project

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity for independent learning through the completion of an individual, extended research project.

The project requires a high level of individual application and commitment to research and enquiry. It provides students with the opportunity to identify, reflect upon and explore a topic that has implications for their own professional development.

Evaluation of Coaching Performance

Using reflective theory and models, you will learn how to work through situations that appear within your practice and develop new strategies that aid in your coach development. You will learn about other methods of evaluation and places to seek feedback in an effective manner.

With this you will develop your own working model that enables self-development and maximises your experiential learning opportunities. You will become familiar with communities of practice and their increasing role in sector development. Coaching competency frameworks are used to structure coach development in clubs. You will gain an understanding of these and how they are used within individual development plans.

Semester 2

Coaching in the Professional Development Phase

This module will enable you to develop awareness and understanding of the key coaching principles when coaching within the Professional Development Phase of a player’s development, where practice content is on the player learning about 11 a-side football in a competitive environment. Players leave behind youth football and become young adults operating at a professional level. During this phase the players will look to gain their first professional contract and learn to perform as a professional footballer.

You will learn how to design practices that cover the periodisation of a season and advanced systems of play. Your learning will take place through integrating theory with practice as well as sharing knowledge and understanding through discussion and debate. You will learn the academic theories and models needed to coach effectively within this particular phase of a player’s development, covering all four areas of performance; technical, physical, psychological and social, before being given the opportunity to apply these in a practical context.

Match Analysis

This module aims to provide you with a framework to support the ongoing cycle of the coaching process. Coaches are required to observe, analyse, evaluate and provide feedback to players after performance. You will explore key performance indicators with particular reference to both technical and tactical analysis.

You will establish how to use a range of match analysis methods from notational to applying technological advancements to enhance your efficiency in providing feedback. You will develop techniques to evaluate teams’ overall performance both technical and tactical in order to provide feedback for intervention planning.

Entry requirements

Three Year Degree
UCAS codes
  • UCFB Etihad Campus course code: FCTD
  • Institution: U10
  • Campus: E
Requirements

The minimum academic requirement for this degree course is 128 UCAS points and an FA Level 2 Coaching Award.

Other minimum requirements
  • A minimum of 2 A Levels including two C grades
  • A BTEC Extended diploma grade DDM
  • A combination of BTEC and A-Level qualifications with at least two C graded A levels or Merit graded BTEC equivalents.
  • International Baccalaureate (minimum of 32 points)
  • An Advanced GNVQ in an appropriate subject at Distinction level
  • An Access Course achieving 128 UCAS points
  • An equivalent level 3 qualification

Applicants should hold FA Level 2 Certificate in Coaching (or equivalent see below) as a minimum and have coaching experience in a team environment that they can evidence. Applicants presenting these additional qualifications and considerable coaching experience may be accepted without them meeting formal entry requirements. (for more information or to complete your FA Level 2 coaching, please contact your local County FA)

Applicants should have a strong GCSE profile, including English at Grade 4 or Grade C, or equivalent and Maths at Grade 4 or Grade C (specifically for Football Business & Finance, Sports Business & Sports Law and Sports Psychology)

We accept the following qualifications as an alternative to the English FA Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Football:

  • Scotland – SFA Level 2 Coaching Licence
  • Wales – FAW C Certificate
  • Northern Ireland – IFA ‘C’ Certificate in Football Coaching
  • Europe – UEFA C Licence in Coaching Football

Other equivalent qualifications, including those from your own country, will be considered for entry.

Applicants for whom English is a second language will need a valid Academic IELTS certificate with an overall score of 6.0 with no lower than 5.5 in each component for entry on to a degree programme (Level 4).

All qualifications are subject to approval by the UCFB Admissions team, based on UKVI requirements.

We also welcome applications from mature students who may not possess the above qualifications but may have relevant experience.

Applications need to have a strong background of football coaching experience, holding the FA Level 2 as a requirement. Students will require a good understanding of principles of football and will need to synthesise and translate theory and knowledge in a practical setting. Being able to demonstrate is an important attribute to succeed on the course and experience of playing at a professional football academy or semi-professional football club will be an advantage.

International students

UCFB cannot currently sponsor non-EU students’ visas.

You will not need a visa to study in the UK if:

  • You are a British citizen
  • You are a citizen of a European Economic Area (EEA) member state or Switzerland
  • You have a visa to stay in the UK for another purpose that allows you to study

If you are still unsure whether you would need a visa to study in the UK, or for more information, please contact compliance@ucfb.com.

Career prospects

Career prospects for graduates of the BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Talent Development degree programme include football coaching and scouting roles within professional football academies, allowing students to work across The Foundation Phase, The Youth Development and Professional Development Phase, including the ability to rise to academy leadership roles. Graduates may wish to also consider more traditional business, sport management or leadership roles using transferable skills gained throughout the programme.

The UCFB Employability & Enrichment programme

Over 90% of UCFB graduates are in employment within six months of graduating and almost two-thirds of them work within the global sports industry.

At UCFB we bridge the gap between education and business, allowing a unique approach to education. We provide two curricula; the academic curriculum which encompasses exams and coursework and the Employability & Enrichment programme – a three year journey of professional and personal development.

This provides access to best-in-class industry guest speakers, additional qualifications and exceptional opportunities to apply for work experience placements to ensure our students graduate as well-rounded, empowered professionals.

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Fees

UK/EU students

UK/EU tuition fees 2019

£9,250 per year
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International students

International tuition fees 2019

£14,250 per year
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Additional costs

The provision of a facility or service including accommodation may be subject to an additional charge (i.e. separate from tuition fees). Where this is the case, we will make this clear in advance and payment for such service shall be made in accordance with any additional contract made between you and UCFB.

In some instances, optional Employability & Enrichment activities provided by UCFB may carry an additional cost for participants (e.g. qualifications with external certification such as FA Coaching Badges). Any additional costs will be provided to students in advance of any such sessions running.

Students will be required to purchase UCFB branded kit for their studies, which costs £120-150. UCFB students may also be asked for an additional contribution fee of £10-20 for trips.

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