The BSc (Hons) Football Development and Performance programme is ideal for those with a keen interest in community development through football, from grass-roots to performance. If you aspire to become a qualified football coach, the programme will give you the opportunity to gain recognised coaching awards, such as the FA Level 1 and 2.
The course aims to help you become a fully inclusive and reflective football development strategist and coach by introducing elements of sport development, policy and the sport sciences. This programme includes a number of opportunities to network and gain work experience with local community groups, schools and National Governing Bodies as well as a year out of your studies on an extended placement in the football industry.
What will this course cover?
The (BSc) Hons Football Development and Performance focuses on the contextual and operational challenges facing the football industry and will help guide you through the process of how to engage with communities in order to contribute to the betterment of people’s lives through football. You will be given the opportunity to gain recognised coaching awards, such as the FA Level 1 and FA Level 2, building on your coaching repertoire beyond football. You will learn how to establish and maintain networks, organise and run sports events and initiatives, and create, implement and evaluate important sport policy concerning such things as health, social inclusion and crime and anti-social behaviours.
You can choose to take your placement anywhere, but we work with three US-based soccer camp organisations: UK Soccer, Challenger Sport, and United Soccer Academy but not exclusively. These coaching opportunities are usually March to November and there are also other placements available in areas such as marketing, depending on your aptitude and commitment.
Costs vary depending on the organisation and there are some up-front costs for flights, insurance and visa applications but all include accommodation and food once you are there. You will also be paid for your work and all three organisations provide prospective students full support with applications.
More placements, more choices
Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
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Bucks New University has a strong reputation for delivering vocational sport courses and is a pioneer in football-related studies. We work closely with football partners including Wycombe Wanderers Football Club, Wycombe Wanderers Sports and Education Trust and Watford Football Club, so you will learn both within the University and ‘in the field’. You will also benefit by having access to the University’s modern, well-equipped human performance laboratory. The course includes a compulsory placement at Level 5, and you will also have the opportunity for a placement year coaching abroad through our football partners which includes US-based soccer schools.
Across the programme you will benefit from regular contact through: lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and practical sessions. You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, such as essays, reports and a portfolio, as well as practical assessments that include individual and group presentations.
The course includes modules to develop both industry and academic skills, and at Level 6, students will take an employability module.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will be a UCAS Tariff score of 80. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more
Year 1 Modules
- Introduction to Coaching Theory and Practice
- Applied Sport Field Study
- Understanding Sport Development
- Human Anatomy
- Human Sciences for Physical Education
- Games in Sport and Education
- The Global Football Industry
- Football and Society
Year 2 Modules
- Coaching and Athlete Development
- Research in Sport and Exercise
- Sport Event Planning
- Performance Analysis
- Applied Strength and Conditioning
- Energy and Nutrition
- Football in the Community
- Working in Community Football Schemes
Year 3 Modules
- Club Business: Football
- Research Dissertation
- Professional Development and Employability
- Applied Performance Analysis
- Psychology of Football
- Contemporary Issues in Football
- Performance Testing in Football
How much does it cost
Sandwich Home and EU, September 2019: £9,250 per year
Sandwich International, September 2019: £12,000 per year
Sandwich Home and EU, February 2020: £9,250 per year
Sandwich International, February 2020: £12,000 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks