• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe | Uxbridge
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2021

Course Overview

This course is offered as a four year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.

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. The programme also includes a number of opportunities to network and gain work experience with local community groups, schools and National Governing Bodies.

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.

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.

Course Details


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?

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to admissions@bucks.ac.uk

Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Foundation Year Modules

  • Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity
  • Preparing for Success Self‐development and Responsibility
  • Inquiry and Research Skills
  • Introduction to Sport Development and Performance

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 Operations Management
  • Performance Analysis
  • Applied Strength and Conditioning
  • Sports 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

Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £9,250 per year

Full Time International, Academic Year 2021-2022: £13,750 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.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks


What are my career prospects

Employment opportunities include football coaching roles, community coaching positions, performance analysts, football development officers and managers, as well as development roles in sports other than football. Successful graduates could expect to work within football clubs, local authorities (county and district councils). National Governing Bodies, including the FA and county FAs, and County Sport Partnerships. There also may be opportunities to work in education, in schools, colleges and universities. For those who wish to extend their studies at the end of their degree, opportunities to study at Masters Level, and beyond, are encouraged.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.