Football Coaching and Performance (two-year accelerated)

BSc (Hons)

Key facts

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Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 2 years full-time
UCAS code: C610
Academic year: 10 September 2018 – 6 September 2019


Our two-year Football Coaching and Performance degree will equip you with the skills and knowledge to gain employment in the football industry.

If you are considering a career in the football industry, perhaps have an interest in football and coaching, or have an ambition to further develop your theoretical and practical knowledge and skills within the sector, then our Football Coaching and Performance degree is ideal for you.

This is an accelerated degree, which is delivered over two years instead of the typical three years for an undergraduate course. The course aims to provide aspiring football coaches with the opportunity to acquire the appropriate skills and develop the specific knowledge required to gain employment in the football industry, both in the UK and internationally.

This course is delivered by a highly motivated and well-qualified team of academics, as well as expert UEFA licensed football coaches.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Football Coaching and Performance

Course content

The course combines the disciplines of football coaching, FA coach education, performance and match analysis, as well as training and conditioning to enhance football players’ development and maximise their performance. The knowledge and theories developed from these disciplines will be applied to football coaching and ultimately put in to practice on the field.

You will gain insight and experience of using industry standard performance analysis software, for example Dartfish and Focus programmes, which are used within professional football clubs.

Incorporated in to your study will be a guaranteed work placement, which will provide you with the opportunity to gain a valuable insight in to the inner-workings of a professional football club, or the development of football in the UK at a community level. Currently, placements are offered at employers including the English Premier League (EPL) club Stoke City FC or the Sir Stanley Matthews Coaching Foundation.

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations


You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, a range of laboratories and performance and studio spaces.

Study time

Your overall workload will consist of class contact hours, independent learning, assessment activity and study visits where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. However, you can normally expect that time spent in scheduled teaching and learning activity will be highest in Level 4, decreasing in Levels 5 and 6 as independent learning becomes more significant.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management). Our Student Enabling Centre supports students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.


This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Developing Research Skills in Sport and Exercise Compulsory
Fundamentals of Exercise Physiology & Biomechanics Compulsory
Coaching & Teaching in Sport Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Performance Testing and Monitoring in Football Compulsory
Academic and Employability Skills in Sport and Exercise Compulsory
Coaching & Teaching in Sport (Invasion Games: Football) Compulsory
Semester 3
Module title
Research & Graduate Employability in Sport & Exercise Compulsory
Training Principles for Football Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Coaching, Analysis and Skill Acquisition, (Applied Football) Compulsory
Placement: Football Coaching and Performance Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Paediatric Strength and Conditioning (Football) Compulsory
Personal & Professional Development in Sport & Exercise Compulsory
Contemporary Issues in Sports Coaching Compulsory
Semester 3
Module title
Talent Identification and Development in Football Compulsory
Professional Practice in Football Compulsory

Progression routes to masters

  • MSc Sports Coaching
  • MSc Applied Research
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science
  • MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • MPhil/PhD Sport Science

Teaching staff

Different people learn in different ways, so we teach students through a blend lectures, practical sessions, guest speakers, tutorials, workshops, seminars and virtual learning environments. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course.