(Hons) Coaching for Performance in Football, B.Sc.

(Hons) Coaching for Performance in Football, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #301 (WUR) Online
Anglia Ruskin University has created this unique degree programme to improve performance and success in football teams. It has been specifically designed to be studied around the unconventional working patterns of sports professionals.


The on-going consultations with education professionals in the football community, including associations and clubs in the Premiership, Championship, Leagues One and Two, and England Women, ensure that this qualification delivers highly relevant and practical learning. It provides coaching professionals and players from both men and women's football with the skills and techniques for coaching success, for both today and tomorrow.

This course is delivered online, with a compulsory residential study week in June for each year, in Cambridge, UK.

The full Bachelor degree course will take three years to complete.

The course provides a good deal of practical application and so some of your learning will take place during normal work duties (if you are already coaching) or in the club context if you are a player. However, you will also need to commit private time for studying. On average, you can expect to study for around 7-10 hours per week. This will include a variety of activities including analysing training sessions, blogging, participating in online forums, researching and writing reports, and much of it can be achieved as you coach your team.

You will be assessed during each module. The assessment has been designed to utilise skills you can use in coaching and the wider world of work and therefore will include a mixture of video uploads, blog writing, discussion boards, written assignments, presentations and project work.

If you are a player: This course provides you with an exceptional opportunity to learn a wide range of transferable and highly practical skills while you train on the pitch, preparing you for a career in coaching in the future.

If you are a coach: This qualification builds on your existing badges and coaching experience by reinforcing the theories and concepts behind the practices you have developed so far, giving breadth to your knowledge and coaching techniques and further enhancing your personal coaching style and career success.


Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Privy Council, Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 15,000-19,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Core Modules Year 1 - Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE)
  • Application of Football Data II
    Researching and reporting skills are for success in work and study. This module develops your skills in gathering, interpreting and reporting information, particularly in the context of football.
  • Reflective Practice and Applied Pedagogy in Football
    This module develops skills which are essential to learning and coaching. It also addresses important ethical and legislative considerations that coaches need to be aware of.
  • Technical Principles of Coaching
    What makes a good coach? What is the role of the coach, and what are the techniques and skills that back this up? This introductory module forms a platform for the interdisciplinary learning on the rest of the course.
  • Fundamentals of Sports Science in Coaching
    Within an athlete centred approach, sports science support is integral to achieving optimal performance. This module looks at three key areas of sport science and examines how they can support the football coach.
  • Applied Sports Psychology for the Football Coach
    Here you will discuss how psychological factors will influence performance and how interventions can be applied. The latest research within the topic areas will be examined and debated and you will be encouraged to apply your research to case study scenarios and real-life situations.
  • Conditioning for Football (Residential)
    This is a residential module that will address the principles of training and consider how the body ‘adapts’ to physical exertion. 

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • 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.

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Academic Requirements

Due to the specialist nature of this course, applicants are required to have either:

  • A player contract with a Premiership, Football League or Football Conference club or equivalent in the UK or other countries outside of the UK.
  • A coaching contract with a Premiership, Football League or Football Conference club or equivalent in the UK or other countries outside of the UK.
  • Additionally, the following specific entry requirements apply for the course BSc (Hons), FdSc entry requirements (entry level 4):

    A. Direct entry into level 4:

    Applicants should have in the range of 180-200 UCAS tariff points.

    Candidate should possess:

    3 "C" grades inGCSE to include: English and Mathematics (or equivalent). And, GCE A levels (or equivalent) from one of the following subjects: any science, Psychology, Physical Education or Sports Studies, or

    BTEC Diploma / Certificate in Sport or Sport and Exercise Science (or equivalent), or NVQ Diploma / Certificate Achieving Excellence in Sports Performance.

    Getting a Student Visa

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    Tuition Fee

    • International Applies to you

      6100 GBP/year
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      Based on the original amount of 6100 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
    • EU/EEA Applies to you

      6100 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 6100 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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