Football Coaching and Development Foundation Entry BA (Hons)

Football Coaching and Development Foundation Entry BA (Hons)

School of Sport and Health Sciences




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    4 Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    FD15; Short form:

  • Campus:

    Burnley (Campus code: A)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. Our Football Coaching and Development Programme is designed to provide students with the skills, experiences and networks that will establish our graduates at the forefront of football sport coaching and development practice. The programme is rooted in applied practice by linking theory to practice and provides many opportunities for students to apply their skills in real world contexts across a range of opportunities both in the UK and abroad.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 64 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Pass, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Merit, Merit
Pass Access Course: 64 UCAS Points plus English and Maths
GCSE: English at grade C or equivalent

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1 (Runs at Burnley only)

  • Target Award Extended Study
  • Introduction to Chosen Degree Subject
  • Volunteering and Community Action


  • Essential Study Skills for Higher Education
  • Developing Academic Knowledge
  • Learning by Experience

Year 2

  • Coaching Toolkit
  • Improving Performance
  • The Development Environment

Year 3

  • Research and Enterprise for Sport
  • The Reflective Coach
  • School and Community Sports Development
  • Performance Enhancement for Sport
  • Applied Technology in Sport

Year 4

  • Choose one from: Consultancy Project OR Entrepreneurship and Enterprise in Sport OR Double Research Project
  • The Critically Reflective Coach
  • The Performance Environment

Further Information

UCLan Sport Coaching Students working on a sports for development project in Zambia supporting the Sport In Action

UCLan Sport Coaching Students working on a sports for development project in Zambia supporting the Sport In Action

Sports Coaching Students experiencing high performance training and testing environments

Sports Coaching Students experiencing high performance training and testing environments

The programme covers a range of contemporary issues relating to the planning, programming and delivery of football coaching and development in the UK and abroad. Throughout this course, emphasis is placed on developing your professional skills, academic skills and the knowledge that is essential for a career in the football coaching and development industry. Additionally, emphasis is placed on supplementing the teaching with real world practical experiences and opportunities.

To ensure that you have a good understanding of the football coaching and development sector, you are introduced to the key concepts and components of the profession and encouraged to develop your own networks to establish yourself as a developing professional. There are opportunities for you to utilize paid and voluntary placements to claim academic credit and gain much valued experience.  Those students at this point in the programme that are hoping to pursue a career in the sport and education sector can tailor their work towards developing their skills and experiences in this area.

You will have the opportunity to undertake a 12-month sandwich placement with a sports organisation at home or overseas. Using the optional placement year extends the development of a professional approach and the successes after graduation.

In your final year, you will build upon your academic and vocational skills through the compulsory modules in coaching and development and demonstrate your ability to work independently and professionally by engaging in an independent research study. Graduates from the UCLan Sport programmes have traditionally entered a range of professions that include, Football Community Coach, Football Activator, Football Academy Coach, Community Sport Coaching Officers, Physical Education Teachers, Sports Development Managers, Performance Sports Coach, Performance Analyst, Technical Scout, Player Recruitment Manager, National Talent/Competition Manager etc. The range of skills that are acquired through the programme ensures that students are equipped to work in a wide range of contexts and are fit to enter the work place immediately.

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Great Industry Links

As a student on Football Coaching and Development there will be many opportunities to for you to engage with industry practitioners. The programme will work closely with Burnley FC in the Community and Burnley Leisure Trust to provide placement opportunities, mentoring and student enhancement opportunities.    In addition, we have many industry practitioners making a contribution to our modules throughout the programme.

We have extensive links with a range of employers both in the UK and abroad, that include USA and China, and if you want to study abroad we can arrange this for you through our International Student exchange programme (ISEP).

In partnership with:

Prairie Sports Village

Prairie Sports Village

Practical delivery at St Peters Leisure Centre Burnley

St Peters Leisure Centre Burnley

Burnley Leisure

Burnley Leisure

Burnley FC

Burnley Leisure

Burnley FC Women

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Exciting Opportunities

  • UCLan Sport for Development Project, Zambia 
  • International Student Exchange Programme
  • Cyprus Campus Study
  • American University of Sharjah Internships, Dubai
  • Manchester City FC, China Project
  • Challenger Soccer Camps, USA
  • British Soccer: Russia

Our graduates have gone into careers in sports coaching, sports development, teaching, lecturing, health and social work, fitness training, community coaching, sports performance analysis and research.

For detailed case studies please visit our blog.

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Careers Map

View our interactive map for guidance on progressing in a career in Sport.


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.