BSc (Hons) Football Coaching & the Performance Specialist

Course details

  • UCAS Code6M0Q
  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration 3 YRS (FT)
  • UCAS Tariff 80-112
  • Institution Code G53
  • Location Wrexham
Football coaching students

Course Highlights


Designed in partnership with the Football Association of Wales


Work towards the FAW C Certificate and UEFA B Licence

2nd in Wales

for satisfaction with teaching (The Guardian University Guide 2022)*

Football coaching students

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Why choose this course?

The Football Coaching and the Performance Specialist degree is an innovative programme that integrates football coaching awards into an academic course to help you gain employment in the football industry.

The degree is designed in partnership with the Football Association of Wales (FAW), expanding your football-specific knowledge and its application to the football environment. 

You will:

  • Be prepared to work as a coach or performance specialist (Physiologist, Psychologist, Performance Analyst or Development Officer) in the world of football.
  • Develop practical coaching skills in addition to developing an understanding of the application of sports science (physiology, psychology, performance analysis) and the social context of the sport of football.
  • Develop your coaching profile by working towards the Football Association of Wales (Level 2) C Certificate  and (Level 3) UEFA B coaching licences.
  • Network with experienced coaches and practitioners from the professional environment within the United Kingdom and further afield.
  • Have access to world-class facilities at the Colliers Park National Football Development Centre.
  • *Study a course that is part of a subject area rated 2nd in Wales for satisfaction with teaching in the Sports Science subject league tables, The Guardian University Guide 2022.  

Key course features

  • The dynamic lecture environment supports and challenges students to engage in all aspects of the coaching process including hands-on practical coaching, physiology, psychology, performance analysis and coaching pedagogy.
  • Lecturers are research active, which means that the curriculum is engaging, current and relevant. The staff team includes specialists who have extensive applied knowledge and practical experience of working across the performance range, from grassroots to the elite environment.
  • Excellent student support from approachable staff. Students engage on a journey that takes them from personal development in the early part of their degree to professional development as they progress through the course.
  • Students will work towards Football Association of Wales (Level 2) C Certificate and (Level 3) UEFA B coaching licences as part of their degree, giving additional qualifications that enhance employability.
  • Additionally, students have the opportunity to gain applied experience working within a variety of football settings. Extensive links with partners provide students with the opportunity to develop vocational and industry-relevant skills.
  • Students will have access to world-class facilities at the Colliers Park National Football Development Centre, widely regarded in British football to be one of the best training grounds outside of the Football League. Redeveloped in 2019 in collaboration with the Football Association of Wales, the new facility includes two top quality grass pitches, a FIFA quality 3G pitch plus off-pitch support facilities such as activation areas, learning suites, education and changing facilities.
  • *This course is part of a subject area rated 2nd in Wales for satisfaction with teaching in the Sports Science subject league tables, The Guardian University Guide 2022.  

What you will study

The degree programme enables students to develop practical coaching skills and an understanding of the coaching process at a youth and senior level. You'll also develop an understanding of the extended elements of the coaching process, including how individual players and teams are prepared physiologically and psychologically to participate in football.

During the course, you will cover performance analysis, sports psychology, physiology, skill development, reflective practice, coaching pedagogy, coaching procedures and practices.

Modules are taught on a weekly basis and allow the students to link academic theory to football practice. As you progress through the degree you'll develop the personal, professional and academic skills required to personalise your learning to match your future career ambitions.


At Level 4, you will be introduced to all elements of the coaching process. You will gain an understanding of a range of disciplines including practical coaching skills, sport psychology, physiology, performance analysis, coaching processes and personal and academic skills. You will also engage with the Football Association of Wales (Level 2) C Certificate.


  • Introduction to Research Skills (20 Credits)
  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (20 Credits)
  • Football Coaching Pedagogy 1 (20 Credits)
  • Sport Psychology 1 (20 Credits) 
  • Introduction to Performance analysis in Football (20 Credits)
  • Football and Society (20 Credits)


At Level 5 you will be encouraged to personalise your learning in the context of future career ambitions. You will develop a strong understanding of the link between football theory and its application to the football environment, enabling you to develop vocationally relevant skills. You will also work towards the Football Association of Wales (Level 3) UEFA B Licence. 


  • Applied Research Methods (20 Credits)
  • Coaching Pedagogy 2 (20 Credits)
  • Sport Psychology 2 (20 Credits)
  • Applied Physiology: Training and  Testing (20 Credits)
  • Applied Performance Analysis in Football (20 Credits)
  • Football Applied Practice: Sport Placement (20 Credits)*
  • The Football Industry**

*module for non-International pathways

**module for International pathways


In the final year, you will continue to develop your knowledge of the coaching process and develop a specialism within football, which helps you to develop personal and professional skills that are essential for employment within the world of football. You will also continue to work towards the Football Association of Wales (Level 3) UEFA B Licence. 


  • Dissertation (Core Module 40 Credits) 
  • Football Coaching and Performance (Core Module 40 Credits)
  • Applied Sport Psychology (Option Module 20 Credits)
  • Environmental Physiology (Option Module 20 Credits)
  • Advanced Performance Analysis (Option Module 20 Credits)


The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

The academic requirements for the BSc (Hons) Football Coaching and the Performance Specialist are for at least 80-112 UCAS tariff points at GCE A Level or equivalent. Appropriate AS – Level and level 3 Key Skills Qualifications will be also taken into account. Coaching experience or experience of working in coaching will be an advantage.  

Before you are offered a place on this course you will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance (previously known as CRB), and pay the appropriate fee, so that a check can be made on your suitability for working with children and vulnerable adults.

Teaching & Assessment

A wide range of assessment methods will be used to test your knowledge and understanding. These include practical assessments, examinations, essays, portfolios, reports, presentations, online discussions and case study evaluations.   

You will be assessed on your ability to analyse coaching activities, use specialist video software, undertake lab-based work and conduct independent research.

You will be expected to complete a dissertation as part of your final assessment.


Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion Services can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.

Career prospects

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

Throughout the course, students will have developed the personal and professional skills which are essential for employment within the world of football, as well as worked towards two industry licences and gained practical experience out on placement - all contributing to excellent career prospects upon completion.

Career prospects include:

  • Football Coaching
  • Physiologist
  • Psychologist
  • Performance Analyst
  • Development Officer
  • Football Academies - within the UK and overseas


Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 for a full-time undergraduate degree course are £9000 per year.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages. You will also find information about what your fees include in the FAQs.


If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our accommodation pages to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.


If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.

For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section

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