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Football Development and Coaching (Honours), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
Plymouth, United Kingdom
The Football Development and Coaching (Honours) course offered by Plymouth Marjon University is packed with real-life, hands-on experience, allowing our students plenty of opportunity to put learned theory into practice.
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Course Overview

On the Football Development and Coaching (Honours) course offered by Plymouth Marjon University you’ll consider and debate many football-related topics including issues affecting coaches, general administration, development and governance of football as a whole. You will also be introduced to the application of sport science principles, performance analysis, and football event management and their role in the successful development of football programmes and initiatives.

This degree is part of a pilot scheme with the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) which ensures it meets professional standards required by employers in the sport and physical activity sector.

You’ll consider the role of football within the wider sports industry, applying your learning to real-life situations through football development projects, coaching, and performance analysis.

You will be able to run football development programmes, organise events, and develop a critical understanding of how the football industry works. You will gain skills and experiences to improve your communication, leadership, and teamwork, alongside developing research and evaluation skills - all important qualities that are valued by future employers. You will have the chance to gain an array of industry-recognised football coaching qualifications. The University is able to fund coach education awards from FA Level, 1 Level 2, and UEFA B. Awards will be matched to your level of experience and expertise. The UEFA B licence is for experienced coaches and subject to a successful application with Devon FA. The UEFA B licence is a minimum qualification to coach at a professional football club academies. Coaching awards will boost your employability and give you a richer variety of experiences.

Why this course at Marjon?

  • Our close partnerships with Plymouth Argyle’s Community Trust and Devon FA give you real world experience of working in football.
  • You'll gain recognised coaching qualifications as well as your degree, these include FA level 1 and 2, coaching disabled footballers, SCUK Safeguarding and Street Games qualifications.
  • Lots of opportunities to work part-time for Plymouth Argyle Community Trust alongside your studies.
  • A work placement develops your skills and employability for the football and sports sectors.
  • You’ll go on field trips that take you behind-the-scenes to explore how professional football clubs are run.
  • You'll have the opportunity to study in the United States and we work closely with Camp America to give you the chance to work there during the summer.
  • A Licence FA Coaches, FA Coach Mentors, and ex-professional footballers make up the teaching team, along with our experienced professionals from Plymouth Argyle’s Community Trust.

Perfect if you're curious about:

  • What can the FIFA world Cup teach me about how I can run amazing football events?
  • What are the secrets of the football industry beyond what we see on TV?
  • Why aren’t there more women in football? Why aren’t there openly gay players in the Premier League?
  • Why does so much Premier League money end up in the pockets of players and agents? How could more money go to community football?
  • Is the bidding process for the FIFA World Cup fair?
  • How could I increase participation in football?
  • What makes a great football coach? Are technical skills more important than personal relationships?
  • Is football a force for good to bring people together, or does it cause division?

What might you become?

Graduates have the opportunity to work in professional football clubs, commercial coaching providers, the charitable sector or in the public sector for local authorities, within schools, school sport partnerships or county sport partnerships. A number of our graduates now work for the FA and Plymouth Argyle Community Trust in a variety of football development, social inclusion (disability football, women and girls football), football coaching, and educational roles.  Some students have gone on to take postgraduate teaching qualifications to become primary or secondary teachers. Given the global nature of the football industry the world really is your oyster!

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Football in the Community
  • Sport Coaching and the Coaching Process
  • Introducing Analysis in Sport Coaching
  • Foundations in Sport Development
  • Introduction to the Management of Sport
  • Engaging with Learning: Football Development & Coaching

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

Admission requirements

  • Applicants must have three A-levels at grades CCC or above, BTEC triple grades MMM or above, or Access 23-45 D/M with min 6D and GCSE English Language at grade 4 or grade C or above.
  • Applicants with other qualifications and/or experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11000 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Plymouth

  • 731 - 1390 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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