Degree overview

The BA (Hons) Football Coaching (Blended) degree qualification is designed for those who wish to further their knowledge and understanding of working in football coaching settings. In addition to providing the opportunity to develop coaching practice, the programme provides opportunities to engage in a range of underpinning areas such as player scouting and recruitment, psychological and sociological considerations, nutrition and conditioning, talent development, technical and tactical awareness, reflective practice and performance analysis. It is ideal for current professionals working within the football industry who prefer a more flexible mode of delivery instead of a purely campus based programme.

By having the opportunity to learn from the comfort of their own home or workplace, programme participants will be able to gain a further qualification to enhance their career prospects in a format that offers flexible hours and the chance to dictate their own work-life balance to fit around other commitments.

This programme is a Blended degree, meaning the majority of your studies will take place online through UCFB’s dedicated Online Hub. However, there will be the opportunity to learn on-campus at either UCFB Wembley, London or UCFB Etihad Campus, Manchester, for two weeks of each academic year.

UCFB will be looking to deliver the on-campus elements of this blended degree at UCFB’s global study hub locations from 2021.


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Degree specification documents and information

From September 2021, University Campus of Football Business is an embedded college of the University of East London. All graduates that begin their degrees with UCFB from September 2021 onwards will receive a degree from the University of East London.

Together with the University of East London, we are taking the opportunity to review and reinvigorate our curriculum. While at present we cannot confirm specific details of our new modules before they have been confirmed at a validation event, we are able to confirm that the new curriculum will have:

  • More overall teaching hours
  • Updated, fit for purpose, content
  • A strand of academic and research skills to support your learning journey
  • A strand of learning to better equip you for the 21st century workplace and enhance your employability opportunities
  • More alignment to the needs of local, national and global industry

The structure of the advertised programme may therefore change prior to it beginning in September 2021, however, all applicants will be notified of any such changes prior to enrolment.

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The programme specification for this degree will be available soon.

Declan Jackson, SFA

I chose UCFB as it was something different, unique, and an opportunity to gain entry into a career I’ve wanted to pursue for a long time.

Declan JacksonUCFB graduate and Talent ID Development Coach at Football Talents


Together with the University of East London, we are taking the opportunity to review and reinvigorate our curriculum. The modules below are planned for delivery on the programme beginning in September 2021, but are still to be confirmed at a validation event beforehand:

First Year
  • An Introduction to Football Coaching (Blended)
  • Coaching and Skill Acquisition (Blended)
  • Football in the Community (Blended)
  • Injury Prevention in Football (Blended)
  • Introduction to Talent Development (Blended)
  • Industry Competencies (Mental Wealth)
Second Year
  • Scouting and Recruitment (Blended)
  • Coaching Within Small Sided Games (Blended)
  • The Reflective Coach (Blended)
  • Research Methods
  • Sports Psychology for Football (Blended)
  • Industry Readiness (Mental Wealth)
Third year
  • Match Analysis (Blended)
  • Professional Project
  • Working in an Elite Environment (Blended)
  • Coaching with Tactics and Strategies (Blended)
  • Industry Engagement (Mental Wealth)

Entry requirements

Requirements overview

The standard entry requirements for the programme are as follows:

Applicants will be asked to achieve 112 UCAS points under the UCAS point scheme. Professional experience and industry qualifications can be assessed for applicants without the necessary UCAS points.

Additionally, it would be advantageous for candidates to already hold a FA level 1 and even more so working towards a FA level 2 or equivalent qualifications.

All applicants are provided with information relating to student services, with whom they can make contact, should they require additional support or advice as well as information related to appropriate bursaries and funds.

Applicants from non-majority English speaking countries will be asked for an English qualification which tests Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing and will be asked to achieve an IELTS of 6.0 (5.5) or equivalent.

We also accept the Duolingo English Test, grade 95, which is available to complete online.

International students can study this blended degree programme. They would just need to secure a Short Term Study Visa for the on-campus elements of the blended degree. Please contact for further information on Short Term Study Visas.

How to apply

UCAS codes:

  • Online course code: FCB1
  • Institution: U10
  • Campus: W or E

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Career prospects

Career prospects for graduates of the BA (Hons) Football Coaching (Blended) degree programme at UCFB include football coaching within football clubs. Students may wish to also apply for more traditional business, sports management or leadership roles on the basis of the graduate attributes they have developed throughout the programme. During the programme UCFB gets to know each student's needs and expectations. This enables individual support around each student’s career development. Ultimately this will help them in finding their place in the football and sport industry. For those who wish to extend their studies at the end of their degree, opportunities to study at Master’s Level will be encouraged.

The UCFB Employability & Enrichment programme

Over 90% of UCFB 2018 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 experienced 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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Global Insight Series

The UCFB Global Insight Series is a thought leadership series, exclusively collated and made available for all UCFB on-campus and online students. The UCFB Global Insight Series provides unprecedented access to UCFB’s elite sports network; including interviews with LMA managers and other UCFB guest speakers, and content from UCFB’s Global Sports Summits at New York’s Red Bull Arena, Atlanta’s brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Toronto FC’s BMO Field and the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

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Employer endorsement

The relationship we have with UCFB and their students is a significant one, and something we are delighted with. The students have been a fantastic addition to the team and have all displayed a very professional attitude with a real emphasis on using their time with us to build and develop their knowledge and understanding of our events and the relationships we have with our club partners – many of whom are regarded as the most powerful brands in world football.

David DaleChief Executive Officer of Football Aid & Field of Dreams
UCFB student Jawahir Roble

UCFB coaching student Jawahir Roble has been recognised for her significant contributions to the game by being named as one of the ‘ones to watch’ in the prestigious 2019 Football Black List awards.

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Graduate and Co-founder of The Coaching Edge Jemma Entwistle

During her time as a coaching student, Jemma undertook a number of coaching work placements to bolster her CV and knowledge ahead of graduating. Jemma has now co-founded The Coaching Edge.

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Jemma Entwistle


Home students

2021 tuition fees

£9,250 per year
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International students

2021 tuition fees

£9,250 per year
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Additional costs
Blended learning

There will be costs involved in attending UCFB’s campuses for the concentrated classes as part of the blended learning. These costs will include travel, accommodation and sustenance.

Employability & Enrichment

If Online students wish to attend Employability & Enrichment networking opportunities such as the UCFB Global Sports Summits, Future Leaders in Football & Sport Conference, Careers Fair, Leadership Challenge or Graduation, then they can do so at their own expense. Costs will include travel to the events.