Coaching for Development in Football BSc (Hons)

Part-time undergraduate (3 years)

Blended learning


Intermediate awards: BSc (without honours), CertHE, DipHE, FdSc

Please note: there is a mandatory one-week residential in Cambridge, UK, in June each year of this course.


Improve your performance and career opportunities as a coach in community and youth football (soccer). Our new, innovative degree course is delivered mainly online, so you can fit your studies round your working patterns - and study from anywhere in the world.

Full description
The best coaches are the ones that continue to update their skills
Les Reed
Southampton FC


During this course, you'll build on your existing badges and coaching experience to reinforce the theories and concepts behind the practices you've developed so far, giving breadth to your knowledge and coaching techniques, and further enhancing your coaching style and career success.

If you're a professional player looking ahead, see our Coaching for Performance in Football course.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Application of Football Data
    Researching and reporting skills are for success in work and study. This module develops your skills in gathering, interpreting and reporting information, particularly in the context of football.
  • Reflective Practice and Applied Pedagogy in Football
    A crucial aspect of coaching is the ability to identify, assess and solve problems in context. You’ll develop two fundamental areas of knowledge and skill that underpin effective coaching; namely the ability to reflect and apply pedagogical principles to enhance practice.
  • Fundamentals of Sports Science in Coaching
    Within an athlete centred approach, sports science support is integral to achieving optimal performance. This module looks at three key areas of sport science and examines how they can support the football coach.

Year two, core modules

  • Talent Development Pathways in Football
    Identifying, recruiting, nurturing and developing talent is crucial to success in team sports like football. This module examines strategies taken in a number of countries and sports and how they could be applied to football. You will also look at physiological, bi-motor and psychological profiling techniques.
  • Football and Society
    Football does not exist in a vacuum; what happens in football influences and is influenced by what happens in sport. Exploring a contemporary research base will offer you fresh and leading perspectives in football coaching.

Year three, core modules

  • Global Coaching Perspectives
    This module explores coaching perspective across countries and sports. The module builds on the Technical and Tactical Principles of Coaching in Football modules.

Optional modules (subject to availability)


We'll assess you in a number of ways, recognising the practical field-based nature of your coaching role. These may include practical assessments, presentations, blog writing, case study development, video uploads and commentary, multiple choice tests, portfolios and written assessments.

Distance learning students
Due to the structure of this course, there will be times when you'll study two modules simultaneously during a trimester. Our tutors will help you to manage your workload and assessment deadlines. Please contact us to discuss the pacing of this course and the options available to you. Email or call 01245 686707.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science, technology and engineering fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Blended learning
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Study at a time that suits you, using our learning management system.

More about blended learning

Fees & funding

Course fees

Distance learning, 2018/19 (per year)


How do I pay my fees?

Tuition fee loan

UK students can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or there's the option to pay your fees upfront.

Loans and fee payments

International students

You can pay your tuition fees upfront, in full or in two instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit of £4,000 or a sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees


We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Explore ARU scholarships

Funding for UK students

Most new UK undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This also applies to EU, EEA and Swiss nationals who have citizens' rights following Brexit.

Government funding includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.

We also offer a range of ARU scholarships, which can provide extra financial support while you’re at university.

Funding for international students

We offer a number of scholarships, as well as an early payment discount. Explore your options:

Entry requirements

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Due to the specialist nature of this course, applicants are required to have:

  1. An FA level 1 or equivalent qualification in any sport.
  2. A contract in a football domain (or related area) in a leadership position with access to football players for the purposes of coaching and completing assignments.

Additionally, the following specific entry requirements apply for this course.

  • A minimum of 48 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 1 A Level (or equivalent) including a pass in psychology, physical education, sports studies or a science subject.
  • C grades in GCSE English and mathematics (or equivalent).

The course is taught in English. Applicants whose first language in not English need to demonstrate proficiency in English. All international students must take an IELTS test on arrival. An IELTS score of 6 and above requires no further support; below this, students must enrol for one or more language support modules.

Our standard procedures for Admission with Credit apply. As part of the admissions process, an applicant is required to have an interview with the Admissions tutor, or equivalent.

NB The course includes residential study blocks which will be held in the UK; all students must be prepared and able to travel to the UK to take part in these residentials. Travel costs to and within the UK are the student's responsibility.

Entry to the course is through one of three routes:

  1. I am a 2nd year Academy scholar/football player meeting the above entry requirements: you can apply directly for the degree course.
  2. I am an experienced coach with university-level qualifications: you may be able to claim credit to use against any modules you feel you've already covered. Please ensure you supply all relevant information about your qualifications during the application process, so our Admissions team can identify mapping and potential Accredited Prior Learning (APL).
  3. I am an experienced coach with FA awards and the UEFA B (or equivalent): in your application, you can request for your experiential learning to be considered for the course, and you may be asked to document your personal reflections on the previous learning you've gained in your career from an academic perspective.

Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of face-to-face and online learning in September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning.

This course is not available through UCAS. Please apply to us directly using the application link on this page.

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