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.

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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.

Teaching locations for this degree include:

UCFB Etihad Campus
Etihad Stadium
Manchester Sports Village, Belle Vue
UCFB Study Hub @ Piccadilly Place
Curzon Ashton FC
FC United of Manchester

UCFB Wembley
Wembley Stadium
The Hive, London

In addition to our teaching locations, we also use specialist facilities throughout the academic year as well as additional facilities where required.

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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.

Benchmark statements

UCFB degrees fall under five subject benchmark statements – Business and Management (2019); Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies (2019); Events, Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism (2019); Law (2019); and Psychology (2019). Visit the QAA website to access each of these benchmark statements.

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 Female Development Officer at Manchester United Foundation

Modules

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
  • Coaching and Skill Acquisition
  • Introduction to Talent Development
  • Industry Competencies (Mental Wealth)
  • Coaching in the Foundation Phase
  • Introduction to Talent Identification
  • Professional Practice
Second Year
  • Coaching Within Small Sided Games
  • International Player Development
  • Industry Readiness (Mental Wealth)
  • Coaching in the Youth Development Phase
  • The Reflective Coach
  • Research Methods
Third Year
  • Coaching with Tactics and Strategies
  • Match Analysis
  • Professional Project
  • Coaching in the Professional Development Phase
  • Industry Engagement (Mental Wealth)

Entry requirements

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

 

  • UCFB Wembley course code: FCTD
  • Institution: U10
  • Campus: W
Requirements

The minimum academic requirement for this degree course is 112 UCAS points and an FA Level 2 Coaching Award.

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We have revised our coaching entry requirements for 2021 to account for the difficulty in completing FA coaching qualifications due to COVID-19. Please find our 2021 coaching entry requirements here.

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 applicants will be asked to achieve Duolingo 95 or IELTS for UKVI at grade 6.0 overall or above.
  • International Baccalaureate (minimum of 30 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 admissions@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.

Find out more about your career journey at UCFB

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Mental Wealth

Each of our UCFB undergraduate degrees is underpinned by an embedded strand of learning and skills development, including a formalised a short work-placement opportunity, to better equip students for the 21st century workplace and enhance employability opportunities.

This allows students to develop a set of key transferrable skills to ensure they are ready for the modern workplace when they graduate, including emotional, social, physical, cultural and cognitive intelligence, digital proficiency, industry and community connections, and giving back to the community through projects and volunteering.

Every UCFB degree has one Mental Wealth module in each academic year to cover these skills, and our learning outcomes for all modules are closely mapped to these same competencies in order to maximise graduate's industry readiness and career opportunities.

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Fees

Home students

Home tuition fees 2021

£9,250 per year
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International students

International tuition fees 2021

£14,950 per year
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Additional information about fees and costs

Visit our dedicated page about fees and student finance.

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.

UCFB students may also be asked for an additional contribution fee of £10-20 for trips.

Scholarships & bursaries

UCFB has a range of scholarship and bursary options to help with the cost of studying and to encourage students to embrace their time at UCFB and graduate with more than just their university degree. Click here to learn more.

Our UK campuses

UCFB provides an exceptional environment to live and learn in, with state-of-the-art facilities in two inspirational campuses in London and Manchester, which have the iconic Wembley and Etihad stadiums at their heart.

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