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Course Level:Undergraduate
Next Start Date: October 2022
Duration: 3 Years
Campus Location: Bedford Campus
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time day
UCAS Code:C670

About the course


The rapid growth of the football sector has created many opportunities to become a sports professional in an expanding, borderless industry. This course prepares you to work as a skilled coach across a range of football-related settings.

On the course, you learn a range of coaching skills enabling you to deliver and plan training sessions relevant to team/player standard. You also learn to evaluate the performance of a player, team or match and have a range of strategies for their development. You can put your learning into practice in football-related scenarios and realistic simulations.

The course offers a broad overview of sport and the football industry in the first year before focusing on coaching, when it covers areas such as performance analysis (player and match); coaching alternative populations; performance coaching; player potential and development; and psychology for football.

You also have the opportunity to gain recognised awards such as FA Coaching Level 1 and 2.

Why choose this course?

  • Benefit from work experience linked to elite and sub-elite football, and within the University of Bedfordshire Football Academy
  • Take up coaching opportunities at local schools
  • Be taught by top-class professionals within the field, working with governing bodies such as the FA, UEFA and FIFA as well as experts from professional football teams
  • Become an independent, critical learner with the skills and knowledge to review current and future trends within the game as well as develop the professional values associated with high-quality coaching and player support
  • As a coaching professional, you could move into a range of football-related health, education, community and social settings as well as working at club and league levels
  • Take the course over four years and include a fee-free year in industry (see below), gaining experience, building your CV and making contacts for the future
  • If you need to step up into higher education, start with a Foundation Year (see below) which guarantees a place on the degree course

Course Leader - Simon Robinson

Before coming into lecturing, I worked as a Football Development Officer, Director of Sport and Recreation, Regional Training Unit Coordinator and as a Football Coach.

I enjoy playing and watching football and am a keen supporter of Barnsley Football Club. I also like to play golf, go skiing and I have ran the London Marathon raising money for Diabetes UK.

 
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A Degree with a Foundation Year gives you guaranteed entry to an Undergraduate course.

Whether you’re returning to learning and require additional help and support to up-skill, or if you didn’t quite meet the grades to pursue an Undergraduate course, our Degrees with Foundation Year provide a fantastic entry route for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

With our guidance and support you’ll get up to speed within one year, and will be ready to seamlessly progress on to undergraduate study at Bedfordshire.

The Foundation Year provides an opportunity to build up your academic writing skills and numeracy, and will also cover a range of subject specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

This is an integrated four-year degree, with the foundation year as a key part of the course. You will need to successfully complete the Foundation Year to progress on to the first year of your bachelor’s degree.

Why study a degree with a Foundation Year?

  • Broad-based yet enough depth to give you credible vocational skills
  • Coverage of a variety of areas typically delivered by an expert in this area
  • Gain an understanding of a subject before choosing which route you wish to specialise in
  • Great introduction to further study, and guaranteed progression on to one of our Undergraduate degrees

The degrees offering a Foundation Year provide excellent preparation for your future studies.

During your Foundation Year you will get the opportunity to talk to tutors about your degree study and future career aspirations, and receive guidance on the most appropriate Undergraduate course to help you achieve this; providing you meet the entry requirements and pass the Foundation Year.

 


This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.

There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

*Only available to UK/EU students.


Units

  • Academic Writing Skills (SPO048-1) Compulsory
  • Foundations For Football Coaching (SPO060-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Football Studies (SPO085-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Research Methods (SPO052-1) Compulsory
  • Sport In Action: Management (SPO087-1) Compulsory
  • Sport, Physical Activity And Life Story (SPO088-1) Compulsory
  • The Football Industry (SPO083-1) Compulsory
  • Working In Sport (SPO047-1) Compulsory
  • Applied Football Coaching (SPO093-2) Compulsory
  • Dissertation Preparation (SPO095-2) Compulsory
  • Football Development (SPO096-2) Compulsory
  • Football Governance (SPO102-2) Compulsory
  • Football In The Community (SPO097-2) Compulsory
  • Performance Analysis (Player And Match) (SPO035-2) Compulsory
  • Research Methods For Sport And Physical Activity (SPO100-2) Compulsory
  • Social Psychology Of Sport (SPO026-2) Compulsory
  • Advanced Coaching For Football (SPO086-3) Compulsory
  • Coaching Alternative Populations (SPO087-3) Compulsory
  • Dissertation For Sport And Physical Activity (SPO042-3) Compulsory
  • Performance Analysis For Football (SPO090-3) Compulsory
  • Performance Coaching (SPO058-3) Compulsory
  • Player Potential And Development (SPO091-3) Compulsory
  • Work Placement Project (SPO057-3) Compulsory
  • Psychology For Football (SPO092-3) Optional
  • Running A Business (SPO093-3) Optional

You will be required to undertake a variety of assessment that vary depending upon the learning outcomes of the unit delivered. The range of assessment styles includes: written reports and essays, oral presentations, e-portfolios, phase tests, collaborative projects. In addition, you will undertake practical assessments related to the design, planning and delivery aspects relevant to a wide variety of football coaching projects providing opportunity to develop and demonstrate critical analysis, problem solving, communication styles needed in coaching. Assessment of these activities will be based on tasks which develop vocational skills, underpinned by subject knowledge, requiring higher levels of cognition in the upper levels of the course. As you progress through the levels of study the marking criteria for all assessment styles undertaken will be that much more rigorous, with the expectation you progressively demonstrate a more theory driven understanding of football coaching issues and practices. The workshop approach of the teaching and learning strategy enables formative assessment to be ongoing. Units combines formal -summative' (e.g. individual and group-based assignments) and informal -formative' (e.g. reflective tasks) modes of assessment, drawing also upon peer review and peer support techniques, staggered periodically throughout the units so as to emphasise and support incremental individual student learning as process.

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Our students say our courses, teaching and support are a winning combination, that’s why we are 51st out of 122 for Sport in the Guardian University Guide 2022.

We’re 12th for employability because our courses get you a degree-level job.

We have more one-to-one time for you which is why we are in the top 10 for staff/student ratio.

Entry Requirements

To learn more about the following UCAS entry requirement tariffs:

  • 80 – 96 tariff points
  • 96 – 112 tariff points
  • 112- 120 tariff points

and information on qualifications to achieve those points visit beds.ac.uk/entryrequirements

You can check your qualifications are valid for UK universities through the UCAS Tariff Calculator

For International and EU entry requirements please visit your country page

Don't forget you may be eligible for one of our scholarships or bursaries

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Entry Requirements


To learn more about the following UCAS entry requirement tariffs:

  • 80 – 96 tariff points
  • 96 – 112 tariff points
  • 112- 120 tariff points

and information on qualifications to achieve those points visit beds.ac.uk/entryrequirements

You can check your qualifications are valid for UK universities through the UCAS Tariff Calculator


For International and EU entry requirements please visit your country page

Don't forget you may be eligible for one of our scholarships or bursaries


Career paths for graduates of this course include football and sport development, football and sport coaching,
and specialised posts in the leisure, sport and recreation industries.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2022/23 is £13,500 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2022/23 is £13,500 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

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How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student