Football Coaching and Development

Football Coaching and Development BA (Hons)

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 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.

The course has been designed to allow students to choose options that reflect their personal interests and aspirations and allow flexibility through module choices at second and third year.

Our focus is on learning not testing; therefore, we have no formal examinations but an emphasis on developing independent, resourceful, problem solving coaches who have developed transferable skills that can be applied across many contexts. 

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: 3 Years (Delivery is over 3 days; Tuesday, Thursday and Wednesday mornings)

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Burnley (Campus code: A)

  • Start Date:


  • Through our networks you’ll have the opportunity to work with professional sports organisations and community clubs to undertake work experience and research opportunities.
  • The programme is aligned to the professional standards and practices developed and advocated by UK Coaching, allowing you to graduate with the skills, knowledge and experience you need to become an effective coach and leader in the sports sector.
  • Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism at UCLan is ranked in the UK's top 15 according to the Complete University Guide 2021.

Course Overview

Year 1

  • Coaching Toolkit
  • Improving Performance
  • The Development Environment

Year 2

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

Year 3

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

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104-112 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: Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 106 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 104-112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications, industry professional qualifications, relevant work or life experience and who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from degree-level studies are welcome and considered on an individual basis.

International Students

View our entry requirements for your country

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

Check your points

Not sure how many points you have? Use our handy calculator and find out.

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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.

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.

Masters Programme, PhD, Professional Doctorates.
Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching
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Careers Map

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

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

Teaching on the course will consist of lectures, workshops, seminars, case studies and these will be supplemented by self-directed learning. There will be opportunities to visit local, national and international sports related projects/initiatives.

You will face a variety of assessments that are predominantly coursework based and include essays, reports, presentations, group work, e-portfolios and project based work.

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions. Please take a look at our staff profiles: Andrew Procter, Craig Lawlor, Craig WrightCliff OlssonSean Burgess.

Course Enquiries

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Lewis Childs

Lewis Childs


Lewis Childs has his dream career: working for his hometown football team, Premier League giants Manchester City, as Football Delivery Manager at the Club’s base in Abu Dhabi. It was at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) where Lewis’ journey began.

Jason Todd

Jason Todd

BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching & Performance, 2012

Getting the job at the FA is a huge highlight and without UCLan that wouldn’t have been possible, the University has given me the basic fundamentals of what my job is. Without the core work that I did here, I don’t think I would’ve been able to go on and do what I do now.

Aaron Briggs

Aaron Briggs

BA (Hons) Sports Coaching, 2008

From studying Sports Coaching and taking advantage of work experience, Aaron’s career has gone from strength to strength where he now leads the Academy Performance Analyst Department for Manchester City FC.

Benefitting from the work experience available to him at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Aaron was working part-time with Preston North End’s first team in his final year, when he was offered a full-time contract after graduating.

Liam Sweeting

Liam Sweeting

BA (Hons) Sport Coaching, 2013

Liam always had an interest in coaching football as a career so decided to study at UCLan because of the solid links between the University and many football clubs in the North West. He was also impressed by the international summer placements on offer.

During his degree, Liam opted to do a 12-month industry placement where he worked at Blackpool Football Club as their First Team Performance Analyst.

Important Information

This course is based in the School of Sport and Health Sciences

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.