Please note: there is a mandatory 1 week residential in Cambridge, UK, in June each year.
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- Build a network of peers, sports academics and highly-qualified sports professionals
- Innovative online degree enriched by a lively residential each June
- Designed to improve your performance in youth or community football
What our students say
The course has broadened my outlook on the footballing industry and provided me with the opportunity to build contacts around the world.
About your course
Enhance your personal development as a football coach and join our innovative coaching degree programme. Designed to improve your performance and career opportunities in community and youth football (soccer), this course is delivered mainly online to provide ultimate flexibility around the unconventional working patterns of sports professionals, wherever your global location.
Whether you're involved in boys' or girls', men's or women's football, you will develop your skills and techniques as a development coach within the context of today's ever-evolving footballing landscape. Our on-going consultations with education professionals from community football ensure that this qualification delivers relevant, contemporary, practical learning, placing emphasis on practical skills and experiential learning.
Our specialist and practising tutors share their knowledge and expertise as they guide you through the programme, helping you to achieve your aspirations. You'll learn in an innovative, supportive and challenging environment with other players and coaches, facilitated through our innovative Learning Management System, and enriched by a lively and packed Cambridge Residential each June.
The Cambridge Residential
Each year in June, you’ll attend a mandatory residential at our Cambridge (UK) campus. Here you will meet your year group and tutors in person, attend practical learning sessions, hear from guest lecturers, take part in practical activities facilitated by renowned experts, and form meaningful life-long connections.
This Degree qualification will 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.
For professional players and coaches looking ahead please see our Coaching for Performance in Football BSc (Hons)
Modules and assessment
Application of Football Data
Develop fundamental research skills which will show you how to assimilate information from various sources and how to interpret this information. You will explore concepts of research techniques which will focus on information gathering methods such as experimental and questionnaire design, sampling processes and data handling.
Technical and Tactical Principles of Coaching in Football 1
Develop your practical application of teaching and learning skills required for the coaching process and build on your understanding of skills, tactics, strategies and systems of play from previous coaching experience. Begin to develop your problem solving and communicate effectively in relevance to the coaching process.
Reflective Practice and Applied Pedagogy in Football
Explore the fundamental areas of effective coaching; namely the ability to reflect and apply pedagogical principles to enhance practice within the wider coaching environment. By the end of the module you will have developed skills and understanding to improve your professionalism as an effective sports coach operating within a particular coaching context.
Fundamentals of Sports Science in Coaching 1
Learn the role of the sports scientist within football and the three specific areas of scientific support: physiological, biomechanical and nutritional. Discover how sports science support is integral to achieving optimal performance. By the end of the module you will develop your own scientific skills and the transferable skills such as IT, numeracy and communication.
Introduction to Football Business
Learn the organisational environment of football and the basic principles of management that are needed to run a football organisation effectively. Explore the structure and function of organisations and how they are managed, co-ordinated, resourced, financed, and marketed to achieve certain outcomes. Understanding and reflecting upon this broader organisational environment and the principles that underpin its management are foundational for being a credible football practitioner and navigating the football industry effectively.
Fundamentals of Sports Science in Coaching 2 (including residential)
Learn the role of conditioning and sport psychology in the development of players of all standards and ages. As a coach you will need to be able to understand the principles of these modalities to communicate with and make effective use of the support of these specialists. Within both modalities develop your theoretical understanding and examine the scientific background to the methods of providing this athlete centred support.
The conditioning element of the module will address the principles of training, considering 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).
The second part of the module will focus on sport psychology and how psychological factors will influence performance and how interventions can be applied. The latest research within the topic areas will be examined and discussed and you will be encouraged to apply this research to case study scenarios and real-life situations.
Talent Development Pathways in Football
The identification and development of talent is a complex and challenging process that is of central interest and concern to all sport practitioners. Explore the theory and practice of talent identification and development within the context of football/soccer. The module will consider various elements in the development of an athlete including talent identification, talent development models/frameworks, relative-age effect, peak-height velocity, early/late specialisation and principles of skill acquisition. The module highlights the importance of developing athletes holistically (physical, psychological, environmental, social) over their lifespan.
Applied Football Development
Learn the principles, processes and practices of sport development applied to the football context. Throughout the module, you will explore the sport development process and draw upon political and management theory in an applied manner. The module also builds on themes from the introduction to football business by examining further the broader organisational football context and considers the role of community trusts and other organisations in working with and enhancing local communities and promoting the game.
Football and Society
Learn a critical awareness of how broader “social” processes and a range of how “social” issues affect coaches. The purpose of this module will be to introduce you to some of the key concepts and main issues in the contemporary “social” coaching literature. In addition, a number of contemporary issues that cause debate and controversy in football will be examined from the newly acquired social theoretical perspective.
Coaching Youth Football
Explore the development pathways of young football players, the importance of holistic athlete development, and the application of pedagogical techniques to support the development of young football players. You will learn the process of identifying and understanding the club’s philosophy and strategy related to youth development. Additionally, methods of analysing the effectiveness of the development strategy will be presented.
Football Event Management (including residential)
This is an applied module will enable you to develop necessary and important skills to organise, plan and deliver a sporting event within your local community. Explore the principles and practices of event management and be required to apply the management principles learnt from previous years. In working in teams and conjunction with a local School of Psychology and Sport Science partner, for example Cambridge United Football Trust, students will plan and deliver a local football camp, which will take place during residential week. By the end of the module the student will have direct practical experience in delivery on a football camp, but also in working with stakeholders in running a successful event.
Technology in Football
Learn an array of novel and innovative technology and equipment in the football coaching domain. Companies will showcase their technologies and you will have an opportunity to examine and try-out the technologies in your own coaching environment. You will need to critique the technologies and identify best practices and integrate and reflect on one technology in your own coaching practice.
Strategic Football Development
This outward facing, employability driven, and industry focused module introduces and applies the key principles and processes of strategic management. In building on previous football development modules, you will explore contemporary strategic management related issues
surrounding the management of public, private and voluntary sports organisations specifically within the football industry; appreciate the importance of the strategic planning process for the development of sporting opportunities; and understand sport practitioners can develop and contribute shared organisational objectives in order to achieve wider social outcomes.
Football across the Lifespan
Develop your knowledge and understanding of how football can be used to promote equal opportunities to take part in sport and physical activity. The module will explore the development of football players across the lifespan, touching upon the social, cultural and economic factors that influence engagement.
Global Coaching Perspectives
Explore coaching perspectives across countries and sports. Guest speakers from various countries and sports present their coaching philosophy emphasising technical and tactical principles in their team and culture. Learning from diverse perspectives enables thinking outside of the box, advancing the coaching domain and acquiring additional coaching tools to use in your own training.
Advanced Coach Placement OR Undergraduate Research Project
Advanced Coach Placement
Independently explore aspects of your own coaching or professional practice and (via progressive reflective practice) develop or enhance personal philosophies relating to coaching for performance in football.
Identify a suitable placement setting at the end of level 5, and in doing so develop a clear placement objective at the beginning of the module with the support of an allocated University supervisor.
You will be expected to immerse yourselves within your chosen placement, gaining insight and appreciation of the diverse roles, skills and challenges associated with real-world practice in a coaching domain.
You will complete a minimum of 50 hours within a placement setting throughout this module.
Undergraduate Research Project
Select an area within Sport and Exercise Sciences or Sports Coaching and Physical Education and determine and apply ethical standards, undertake an in-depth review of the literature, and create research questions derived from the review. Furthermore this module provides an opportunity to develop, conceptualise, execute, analyse and reflect upon their own independent research.
The module is supported by 4 x 1 hour taught sessions where project management and development will be addressed. Additionally a nominal 12 hours are allocated for personal supervision during the module.
Player Scouting and Recruiting OR PE and School Sport
Player Scouting and Recruiting
Learn best practices for scouting and recruiting players across countries, ages and levels. Build on knowledge and skills provided in the Talent Development Pathways in Football module at level 5.
Identify the key characteristics of potential players the club is interested in and develop the skills for long term and succession planning of the scouting strategy. This will be linked with putting in place an assessment process of the scouting and recruiting process.
PE and School Sport
Examine 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.
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.
How you'll study
Our Coaching for Development in Football BSc (Hons) degree is studied primarily online. There is a mandatory one week residential in Cambridge, UK, in June each year. The residential is optional in year three.
You’ll study through Canvas, our world-class online Learning Management System (LMS), which can be accessed from your phone, pc or tablet at home or on the move. Canvas provides instant access to study materials, forums, and support from tutors and classmates, as well as enabling easy submission of your assignments.
On successful completion of your studies you’ll be invited to attend a graduation ceremony on campus. If attending the ceremony in person is not possible then we’ll arrange to have your certificate sent to you.
To help you land your dream job, our Employability Service will work with you throughout your time at ARU and after you graduate.
- careers advice, including one-to-one online and telephone appointments with our experienced advisers
- help with your CV, job searches, applications and interview preparation
- an online portal packed with useful careers resources
- our Employability Programme, which helps you hone the skills employers say they want in graduates.
Due to the specialist nature of this course, applicants are required to have:
- An FA level 1 or equivalent qualification in any sport.
- A contract within 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 the 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, either with a GCSE in English (Grade C or above) or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5.
ARU’s 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; You must be prepared and able to travel to the UK to take part in the residential. Travel costs to and within the UK are not covered by the tuition fees, however accommodation is provided.
Entry to the course is through one of three routes:
- I am a 2nd year Academy scholar/ Football player meeting the above entry requirements: You can apply directly for the degree course.
- 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).
- I am an experienced coach with FA awards and the UEFA B (or equivalent): Within 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.
As a distance learner, you'll also need a suitable computer with internet connection, together with sufficient IT competence to make effective use our online learning management system (LMS) with high-speed internet and email.
For professional players and coaches looking ahead please see our Coaching for Performance in Football BSc (Hons)
Fees & funding
The full tuition fee for this course is £18,300.
The tuition fees you pay each year for the full Coaching for Development in Football BSc (Hons) will be £6,100. The course is studied over 3 years.
Accredited prior learning may reduce the tuition fees. This will be confirmed once your application has been submitted.
Please note that accommodation for the annual residential is provided by ARU. 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.
Government-backed part time student loans are available to cover the cost of studying this course. These are subject to eligibility and terms and conditions.
We offer payment by instalments, so you can spread the cost of studying with us.
For military students: You can use your ELCs towards this course. ARU is a recognised ELCAS provider (number 1007). Please contact your Learning Centre for details of ELC, eligibility and how to apply.
For more information on how you fund your studies please see our funding page.
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