Football Coaching and Development
Faculty of Sport, Leisure and Tourism
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Higher Education - Foundation Degree Victoria House This is a two year, full time programme. You can also study part time. CC67 FdA/FCD Click here for info

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

The Football Coaching and Development Foundation Degree is a two year full-time course which will enhance your ability to apply the theoretical concepts of coaching and development in the world of football. This is a very exciting course that offers a broad range of modules including Football Development in the Community, Applying Science to the Game and An Introduction to Performance Analysis. All the modules have been specifically designed to help amplify employability opportunities post completion of the course.

The course includes a work placement module to provide learners with the opportunity to practically apply their extensive knowledge base gained throughout the course. In addition to the course, opportunities will be provided to help maximise the learners ability to apply their skills developed in the world of football coaching. The course runs in partnership with Exeter City Football Club, utilising their extensive knowledge of Football Coaching and Development from their community enhancement to their elite performance programme.

The course ensures learners gain valuable experiences and work placements within the football coaching and development environment.
The programme is delivered by a combination of lectures, seminars, practical sessions, lab sessions and group work. The majority of the programme is assessed through course work which will take the form of written reports, presentations, practical sessions, case studies and seminars. There are some timed assessments and examinations.

Additional Inclusive Qualifications:
In conjunction with the programme, further relative qualifications are available, including Futsal Level 1, FA Level 1 & 2 coaching courses, FA Youth Awards (Module 1 & 2), and ISSA Street Soccer Level 1.

What topics will I study?

Year 1 Modules

  • Football Development
  • Football Business and Finance
  • An introduction to Performance Analysis
  • Football in the Community

Year 2 Modules

  • Talent Identification and Player Development in Football
  • Managing Football Events
  • Essentials of Sports Science for Coaching
  • Coaching Theory and Methods

Academic Enhancement Modules (across year 1 and 2)

  • Academic, Personal and Professional Development
  • Foundations of Coaching and Instructing
  • Critical Investigation in Sport Leisure and Outdoor Adventure.
  • Placement Learning: Integrating Theory with Practice.

Please click here to view the programme specification.

What experiences will I get?

The programme incorporates work placements modules for learners to apply and develop their knowledge and experience in the industry. Moreover, during the second year, learners are provided with the opportunity to both plan and implement a football related event as means of increasing participation within the community. A number of guest speakers will attend lectures and seminars from a range of potential areas of employment for learners; this as means of boosting vocational context and highlighting sectors of prospective career progression.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need 64 UCAS tariff points (minimum) from AS, A Level or AVCE programmes, BTEC National Diploma/ Certificate, GNVQ Advanced, an appropriate NVQ at level 3, an Access qualification or other qualifications deemed equivalent to the above. Please note, an A Level in General Studies does not count towards the 64 UCAS tariff points. GCSE Maths and English is required at grade C (or 4) or above (or equivalent O Level). 

What facilities are there?

You will have access to our brand new state of the art fitness centre Central Fitness. Additionally, both lectures and practical sessions are based at the recent development of Exwick Sports Hub, an innovative centre for teaching and learning. There is a refectory and learning centre in the Victoria House Building.

What can the course lead on to?

Football Coaching and Development provides a platform for a variety of careers in rapidly expanding industries. The course encompasses learners gaining valuable experiences and work placements within the football coaching and development environment which can lead directly in to full time employment. Other opportunities include progressing on to the third year of the BSc (Hons) Coach and Fitness Education, BSc (Hons) Coach and Physical Education or the BA (Hons) Sports Development and Coaching degrees at the University of St Mark & St John.

Are there any additional costs?

  • Sports Coach UK courses £40 (offered in each year).
  • First Aid (optional) £40. Induction Activity £15
  • DBS check- approx £44
  • Sports Coaching Insurance £70/year (unless you already have personal coaching insurance).
  • Visits £15
  • CYQ level 2 course in year 2 (optional)-£75

What do our students think?

The balance of practical and theory based lectures really helps to keep you on your toes throughout this course. The link with Exeter City F.C. provides an excellent opportunity to apply classroom-based content to a vocational environment. The atmosphere at Exeter College is always positive with a range of lecturers that are passionate about the subject. I would recommend this course to anyone aspiring to pursue a career in the football industry."

I chose this course because I have a passion for football. I have enjoyed the environment and the lectures on this course and I hope to go on to a career in coaching."

The tutors and students on my course are really enthusiastic and we all get along really well because we have the same interests. The tutors are very experienced, so my advice to future students is to get stuck in and learn from them!"

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