Coaching for Performance in Football BSc (Hons)

Part-time undergraduate (3 years)

Blended learning


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


This course is delivered online, with a compulsory residential study week in June for each year, in Cambridge, UK.

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


If you're a player: this course provides you with an exceptional opportunity to learn a wide range of transferable and highly practical skills while you train on the pitch, preparing you for a career in coaching in the future.

If you're a coach: this qualification builds on your existing badges and coaching experience by reinforcing the theories and concepts behind the practices you have developed so far, giving breadth to your knowledge and coaching techniques and further enhancing your personal coaching style and career success.

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.
  • Technical and Tactical Principles of Coaching in Football
    What makes a good coach? What is the role of the coach, and what are the techniques and skills that back this up? This introductory module forms a platform for the interdisciplinary learning on the rest of the course.
  • 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.
  • Conditioning for Football (residential)
    This module addresses the principles of training and considers how the body ‘adapts’ to physical exertion. This response will be considered in relation to the physiological components of football (endurance, speed, strength, power, flexibility and agility). You’ll study these components of football fitness both in the context of training methods but also in relation to how progression is attained. The practical elements of this module are covered in the Year 1 residential week.
  • Sports Psychology for the Football Coach
    Here you will discuss how psychological factors will influence performance and how interventions can be applied. The latest research within the topic areas will be examined and debated and you will be encouraged to apply your research to case study scenarios and real-life situations.

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.
  • Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation
    This module will examine football injuries, and develop your awareness of how they need to be managed, and appropriate rehabilitation. Emphasis will be placed on strategies to prevent injuries and the importance of this focus. There will also be an examination of how you, as the coach, can facilitate a positive, injury-free playing environment.
  • 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.
  • Football Leadership
    The leaders of football are its temporary guardians, charged with protecting the game’s integrity and overseeing the development of the sport. This module introduces you to the fundamentals of club administration and practice. It explores the opportunities club administration offers in the future and addresses potential challenges.
  • Interpretation and Integration of Sports Science Data for Coaching
    Delve into the physiological, nutritional and psychological approaches that can be used by coach and player to optimise performance. Emphasis will be placed on the specificity, reliability and validity of the various approaches that can be adopted in order to develop a ‘tool-box’ of scientific support options. A key emphasis of this module is the interdisciplinary nature of sports science support and how these three key areas come together to provide an integrated appraisal of the ‘state’ of the player.
  • Performance Analysis in Football (residential)
    This module examines different methods of biomechanical and notational analysis and how such analyses can be applied to a variety of coaching environments in order for you to monitor, analyse, diagnose and prescribe feedback and actions to enhance the learning and performance of the component elements of sport. This module is delivered using a blend of distance learning, and also you will be taught face-to-face during a residential.

Year three, core modules

  • Technical and Tactical Principles of Coaching in Football 2
    Gain a deeper and more thorough understanding of tactics in football and adjusting tactics according to the club characteristics and philosophy and within game situations.
  • Team Management
    Explore team management from a coach’s perspective, eg leadership issues, team dynamics, budget and crisis management. This module builds on the Football Leadership module from Year 2 and aims to expand your understanding of the different roles required to be a team manager.
  • 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.

Year three, optional modules

  • Player Scouting and Recruiting
    This module provides information on best practices for scouting and recruiting players across countries, ages and levels. It builds on knowledge and skills provided in the Talent Development Pathways in Football module at level 5.
  • Physical Education and School Sport
    This module examines the interface between Physical Education, school sport and football development. Many football coaches are now working within and/or alongside schools and are a young player’s first introduction to football as it often occurs within the school setting through PE lessons or on the playground.
  • Advanced Coach-Based Placement
    The Advanced Coach Placement module builds upon modules from level 5 with a view to exploring the application of coaching theory in a practical or workplace setting. This module provides students an opportunity to independently explore aspects of their own coaching or professional practice and (via progressive reflective practice) develop or enhance personal philosophies relating to coaching for performance in football.
  • Undergraduate Research Project
    Examine an aspect of coaching in greater depth. With the help of your tutor, you will identify an area of coaching that you would like to investigate, develop a research questions and then plan and implement a project to examine your question.


We'll assess you in a number of ways, including patchwork texts (smaller pieces of work, or 'patches' that are built up into a whole), presentations, 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

The residentials take place in June of each year, and are between 3-4 days in duration. Residentials take place on our Cambridge, UK campus.

Fees & funding

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 undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes EU, EEA and Swiss students 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.

The annual fee for this course includes learning materials, teaching, guest lectures, and board and lodging for the residential weeks.

Please note that personal travel to and from the residential venues is not included, nor any fees relating to learning delivered by external providers, such as FA Badges.

The residentials take place in June of each year, and are between three to four days in duration. Residentials take place on our Cambridge campus.

If you are a UK student, loans are now available to cover the cost of studying this course (subject to eligibility, terms and conditions). Ask us about payment by instalments.

For employers considering this course for a group of employees, please call our Degrees at Work team on (+44) 01245 686707 or email to discuss your specific requirements.

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 either:

  1. A player contract with a Premiership, Football League or Football Conference club or equivalent in the UK or other countries outside of the UK or
  2. A coaching contract with a Premiership, Football League or Football Conference club or equivalent in the UK or other countries outside of the UK.

Additionally, the following specific entry requirements apply.

  • A UEFA B, or above, or equivalent football coaching qualification.
  • 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, either with a GCSE in English (Grade C or above) or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5.

Our standard procedures for Admission with Credit apply.

As part of the admissions process, an applicant is required to have an interview (which can be online) with the admissions tutor, or equivalent.

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.

Important additional notes

Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of face-to-face and online learning in September 2021, 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. Our website also has general information for new students about starting university in 2021-22.

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

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