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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.
Staffordshire University works in close partnership with the Staffordshire F.A. to support the delivery of our accelerated (two-year) BSc Football Coaching and Performance degree. We are a Top 20 UK Sports Science department [Guardian League Tables 2020] and our curriculum is supported and enhanced by the Staffordshire F.A.’s contributions of their subject specific expertise. The Staffordshire F.A. further support students by providing valuable work experience opportunities that allow our students to improve their employability, as well as giving them the chance to achieve ‘The F.A.’ coaching pathway qualifications via our own in-house Coach Education Programme.
On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Football Coaching and Performance
The Sport and Exercise Department works with local, regional and national employers alongside international university partners to provide students with placement and work experience opportunities both in the UK and abroad. In 2018/19 our students visited Nippon Sport Science University in Japan and we are currently planning this years’ trip to ILEPS in Paris.
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 programmes, which are used within professional football clubs.
Incorporated into your study will be a 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 Staffordshire FA, the Junior Premier League, and English Premier League (EPL) club Stoke City FC.
The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.
Find out more about the great range of Sport and Exercise undergraduate degrees available at Staffordshire University.
The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.
This module aims to provide you with an introduction to the coaching and teaching process and the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in coaching and teaching groups and individuals. Principles of effective planning, organising, reflecting and conducting coaching sessions will be covered and introduced in lectures and further developed in practical sessions. In addition, you will be introduced to risk management issues that affect coaches and coaching sessions.
Module code: SPOR40914
The purpose of this module is to provide you with an introduction to human anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics and the principles of strength and conditioning. Various systems of the body (such as the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic and nervous) will be explored in the context of biomechanics and/or exercise physiology. In biomechanics, you will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of human movement analysis through studying basic anatomical and mechanical principles, including an analysis of the musculo-skeletal system and movement patterns. Techniques for assessing sports-related kinematics and kinetics, will be developed, through the use of laboratory exploration. In exercise physiology, techniques for monitoring physiological performance and responses to exercise will be learnt and evaluated, such as methods of assessing aerobic and anaerobic capability (e.g., via laboratory- and field-based assessment of VO2max, lactate response, maximal intensity exercise, and flexibility). In the strength and conditioning context, you will be introduced to specific laboratory and applied physical test protocols and exercise prescriptions for the development of athletic performance. Practical and technical skills in data collection, and skills in data analysis will also be taught and developed.
Module code: SPOR40925
This module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of training principles, specifically those surrounding practice design through a series of lectures and practical sessions. You are required to participate in a series of sessions, which are both tutor and student-led (where appropriate), with a specific focus on training principles, periodising training, position specific training, and practices appropriate for differing ages, maturity, ability and experience levels. You need to be able to understand age and maturation, unopposed and opposed practice development, dealing with talented players, methods and techniques of observing and analysing performance, and issues in planning and evaluating performance.
Module code: SPOR50909
You will attend a series of lectures and interactive student-centred Skills Workshops, which will include the appreciation and development of CV writing, study skills, employability skills, self and career management guidance. In particular, you will review the skills and qualities you already possess, with reference to how they relate to those skills and attributes regarded as crucial for research and critical by employers. During this module you will develop: 1. Effective Learning Skills: Time management, different learning styles, effective note-taking, behaving professionally in Sport and Exercise settings; compare and evaluate information from a variety of sources; prepare for and learn from assessment and feedback. 2. Communication Skills (a) Written communication: preparing, writing and presenting an essay including referencing and citing of information; preparing, writing and presenting an individual research project including a literature review, methodology, results and discussion section; (b) Reading and verbal skills: asking effective questions in class and group discussions; recognizing and constructing an argument and taking into account other students' views; selecting, analysing and comparing a range of print-based information; (c) personal communication skills: giving effective presentations to groups. 3. Information Technology Skills: The use of a Windows environment to communicate ideas via word processing and/or spreadsheets. Use e-mail and access WWW in terms of locating, selecting and evaluating internet-based information. The use of an e-portfolio system to aid with Personal Development Planning (PDP). You will also have the opportunity to reflect on the Staffordshire Graduate Skills:Engaging in internal and external events. University-wide events and lectures - programme specific and/or industry related to any area of the University curriculum. Identifying knowledge and skills used in the workplace. Constructing a CV and identifying areas for further development.
Module code: SPOR40904
This module aims to develop your understanding of the principles of performance testing and monitoring in football through a series of lectures and practical workshops. You will be required to perform essential practical tests to accurately measure performance attributes such as repeated sprint ability, acceleration, power, strength and speed and agility. You will be required to produce an individual needs analysis report based on performance testing along with proposed intervention strategies. You will be required to develop a good working knowledge of performance monitoring and diagnosis and produce a final case study report of an individual player.
Module code: SPOR40909
This module will require you to build upon your knowledge of research gained in the level 4 Developing Research Skills module. Within this module you will gain knowledge and understanding of research design, data collection methods, and data analysis skills. You will complete further data analysis skills in either quantitative or qualitative analysis as per the area of expertise their programme demands of them. You will be required to apply your research skills by planning, conducting and analysing data for a small research project of qualitative or quantitative design relevant to their programme.You will also start to think about areas of interest for your dissertation which you will undertake in your final year. This will include developing an understanding of how to construct a proposal and one to one meetings with relevant dissertation supervisors
Module code: SPOR50908
You will attend a series of lectures and interactive student-centred workshops focussed on sport and exercise research methods and analysis. In particular, you will be introduced to research methodologies and processes, including both qualitative and quantitative approaches to research design and to the ethical issues involved in sport and exercise research. You will develop your understanding of planning a research project and developing research questions. You will explore quantitative research methods and analysis, and use statistical packages (e.g., SPSS) to analyse, interpret and represent data as well as exploring qualitative research methods and analysis with a focus on data collection and analyses techniques.
Module code: SPOR40906
This module has an exclusive focus on football coaching and aims to provide you with an introduction to basic football techniques (e.g. passing, dribbling, shooting/scoring, etc.) and principles of play or tactics (e.g. support play, balance in defence, penetration in attack, etc.) in games. The application of these techniques and principles in a variety of situations and contexts will be considered. Furthermore, specific coaching pathways and qualifications for each sport delivered will be disseminated. The application of a variety of appropriate and effective coaching/teaching techniques will be applied in the team games setting.
Module code: SPOR40913
This flexible module enables you to choose an award relevant topic and type of assignment which is best suited to your current areas of interest and career aspirations. You may choose to conduct a research project where you identify a topic for research, design and conduct an appropriate study, analyse and interpret data you have collected, and write and submit a report in line with the Sport and Exercise format for dissertations. Alternatively, you may conduct a piece of work based on an identified need in Sport and Exercise. This need may emerge as a consequence of voluntary work experience or links with local employers within the field of study related to the award being undertaken. Examples of work in this area might include the production of web resources, guidelines for best practice, evaluation of local government sport policy, audit of coaching practice in a local sports club etc. etc.Aligned with this dissertation/project you will also have to produce a project proposal (including ethical approval and risk assessment when appropriate), which will outline the main background, methods, and evaluation strategies.Finally, based upon your dissertation/project and final year study, work or volunteering experiences, you will undertake a viva to outline how the current module (and other modules and experiences in your final year) has supported your transferable skills and readiness for the world of work in the context of the core elements of the `Staffordshire Graduate'.
Module code: SPOR60520
This module provides learning opportunities that will enable you to be critically aware of key issues relating to the effect of growth and maturation on physical performance during childhood and adolescence. You will critically examine the research literature to gain knowledge and understanding of the evidence based approach required to prescribe exercise to children and adolescents in a safe and effective manner. This acquired knowledge, along with taught practical guidelines, will allow you to critically formulate and prescribe training aimed to develop specific physical and physiological attributes (motor skills, strength, speed, plyometrics, agility, metabolic and mobility development) that will support the implementation of talent identification and long-term athletic development strategies. You will be required to develop a critical awareness of contemporary issues in youth strength and conditioning (periodisation, nutritional and injury prevention strategies and the myths of resistance training for children and adolescents).
Module code: SPOR60922
The topics will vary according to topical issues apparent at the time of delivery. The nature of a contemporary issues module means that the current issues in the subject area are fluid and constantly changing, therefore, this module will aim to keep you abreast of these current issues and integrate them into the teaching schedule of the module.
Module code: SPOR60534
This module will enable you to critically evaluate emerging practice, take responsibility for your own professional development and build upon existing knowledge skills and competencies to become confident, effective and enthusiastic education professionals.The content will include the topics outlined below, however, content may vary according to current issues in the area that are apparent at the time of delivery.Amongst others, here are a series of suggested teaching topics: The Coach as a Learner; What Do Coaches Learn and Can New Knowledge Be Applied?; Professionalism in Coaching; Coach Education: The F.A. Coach Education/Professional Development Pathways; The FAs Coach Education and Development Programme: Research Informing Practice; Examining the Impact of The F.A. Youth Coach Education Programme; International Models of Coach Development and Practice; CPD Provision for the Football Coaching Workforce: What can be learnt from other professions?; A Life and Career in Football Coaching; The Application of Reflective Practice: Reflective Learning in the Practices of FA Football Coaches; Working with Adults in a Professional Environment; Working with Children in a Professional Environment; Safeguarding: Sports Coaches and their Responsibilities; Future Directions in Coaching Research; The Future of Sports Coaching.
Module code: SPOR60923
The placement module for the Football Coaching and Performance course aims to provide experiential learning from conducting a work placement in the sector, and applying knowledge and skills developed throughout the degree. The module provides you with the opportunity to develop key personal and transferable skills by applying your knowledge and skills to a specific context relevant to your course or areas of interest. Whilst the placement module has generic aims and learning outcomes the detail of each placement will be determined by the module leader, and other supervisory lecturing staff.
Module code: SPOR50912
The aim of the module is to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop an understanding of the key factors that contribute to identifying and nurturing talented athletes in football. Module content would currently come under the disciplines of Talent Identification or Expertise, or both as is more commonly the case. The content will include the topics outlined below and be contextualised to football. However, this will vary according to current issues in the area that are apparent at the time of delivery.Amongst others, here are a series of suggested teaching topics: Nature vs. Nurture; Talent ID in Football - The F.As 4 Corner Model of Talent ID; Observation, Perception and Bias; International Talent ID Programmes; The Current Research Landscape of Talent ID; Rules and Regulations of Talent ID in Football; Agents in Football: Blessing or a Curse; Early Specialisation; 10,000 Hour Rule of Expertise; Speeding Up the Acquisition Process; Ages and Stages of Expertise and Relative Age Issues; Development of Expertise: The Role of Coaching, Families, and Cultural Contexts; The Role of Coaches and Mentors Who Work with Elite Performers; The Aspects of Performance That Best Reflect Expert Behaviours in Football; The Elite Football Players Journey.
Module code: SPOR60924
The module will initially provide detailed knowledge of the acquisition of sports skills theory and how this information can be used to inform football coaches and teachers practice. Utilising academic research to inform practical application, this will enable you to examine the rationale behind current teaching and coaching strategies and explore the theory behind learning sports skills, and ultimately applying these concepts to your football coaching. The module then further aims to develop your knowledge and abilities in coaching and teaching situations. Content will cover coaching and teaching models, styles, strategies and philosophies. Principles of effective teaching and coaching will be considered in football and in a range of specific contexts, for example, adapting activities to suit individual needs. Various methods of analysing football performance, including observation, GPS tracking, rotational analysis and performance analysis will be examined. Industry standard computer software, such as Dartfish, will be used to support performance analysis of football and inform the students football coaching.
Module code: SPOR50913
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You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, small group and practical sessions. Small group sessions 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.
Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.
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.
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Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.
Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. A typical composition of study time for this course is:
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 specialist teaching areas.
You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 80% of our full-time staff in Life Sciences and Education are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.
I have a multidisciplinary approach to sports education and aim to facilitate the learning of students to develop subject specific knowledge, and an overall understanding of sport and exercise.
For the course starting on 14 September 2020 the tuition fees are:
UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.
**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.
International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).
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This course will provide the opportunity to springboard me into education and become a PE teacher, I plan to complete my teacher training after the course. My main goal is to become a football coach within an academy and I feel the connections and knowledge I am gaining from this course will enable me to seriously fulfill my ambition.
Working in football is a very competitive environment and I believe the recognition of completing a sport related degree from Staffs Uni and the practical experience will help to make me stand out as an applicant.
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