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FdSc Community Football Coaching & Development

Course overview

This award-winning community football coaching course, designed in conjunction with the English Football League Trust, develops the skills and qualities that are required to work within professional football club’s community departments or national governing bodies in areas of growth such as social inclusion, community coaching and football development.

You’ll learn about children and youth coaching, football coaching, football development, social inclusion, and sports management skills. You will be based predominantly within your own football club, with a minimum of five days a year at the USW Sport Park, our £15m state-of-the-art coaching and performance development centre with full size indoor 3g pitch, equipped with the latest GPS, Video and Audio technology to support your coach education development.

Course details

  • Entry Requirements

    • BTEC Diploma – Merit/ Merit in a relevant subject

    • A Levels – DD, to include at least one A Level in Mathematics, Science, Physical Education or Psychology but excluding General Studies.

    • The university requires a minimum of 3 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at grade C or grade 4 or above or their equivalent.

    • Consideration is given to individual circumstances, if you do not meet the above, please speak with a member of the education and learning team who may be able to offer a solution or alternative pathway qualification.

  • Course Programme

    Units Year 1

    • Football event management
    • Academic research and professional skills Introduction to sports development
    • Introduction to sports science for football
    • Football coaching: Theory to practice
    • Technical planning and reflective practice in football

    Units Year 2

    Football in society

    Project operations management Youth football coaching

    PE and school sport

    Sports placement (double module)
    To find the full course breakdown, please download our prospectus:

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  • Work Experience

    Students have the opportunity to gain experience across multiple programmes within Shrewsbury Town FC Foundation, ranging from Football & Participation, Business Administration, Media & Marketing, and Health & Wellbeing. Each student on the degree programme will be required to complete placement hours.

  • Career Opportunities

    Our Education Mentors will help students progress and set personal goals whilst studying with us. Upon successful completion of your degree, you will receive information, support and guidance on a variety of aspects to support you in securing employment. Students may also gain full time employment within Shrewsbury Town FC.


“I believe that these experiences have developed me not only as a coach, but as a person.”

Teddy Munroe | Higher Education Student

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