Coaching for Development in Football BSc (Hons)

Distance learning, part-time undergraduate (3 years)

Distance learning

January 2019, September 2018

Intermediate award: FdSc

Please note: there is a mandatory one-week residential in Cambridge, UK, in June each year of this course.


Improve your performance and career opportunities as a coach in community and youth football (soccer). Our new, innovative degree course is delivered mainly online, so you can fit your studies round your working patterns - and study from anywhere in the world.

Full description
The best coaches are the ones that continue to update their skills
Les Reed
Southampton FC


During this course, you'll build on your existing badges and coaching experience to reinforce the theories and concepts behind the practices you've developed so far, giving breadth to your knowledge and coaching techniques, and further enhancing your coaching style and career success.

If you're a professional player looking ahead, see our Coaching for Performance in Football course.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Application of Football Data
    The primary purpose of this module is to develop the student’s academic skills related to research. This module develops your skills in gathering, interpreting and reporting information, particularly in the context of football.
  • Reflective Practice and Applied Pedagogy in Football
    You'll acquire the knowledge and skills for learning necessary to operate effectively within the workplace as a coach and to succeed in the course. You'll develop learning beyond the academic curriculum and be given provide opportunities to acquire knowledge and skills which add to your range of individual capabilities. Additionally, these knowledge and skills will assist you in your career, supporting the needs of your employers.
  • Fundamentals of Sports Science in Coaching
    You’ll be introduced to the role of the sports scientist within football. You’ll study three key areas of scientific support: physiological, biomechanical and nutritional. Within each of these fields, you’ll discover the nature of their role within football. This will allow you to recognise that within an athlete centred approach, sports science support is integral to achieving optimal performance. Physiology: You’ll start to engage with the basic principles of exercise testing that are applicable to the football player and coach. In the context of the game and the components of fitness, there'll be an exploration of field based, noninvasive tests of: endurance (Multi Stage Fitness Test, Cooper run, Non-Exercise Model, Step tests); strength tests (one repetition maximum, grip strength), explosive power tests (vertical jump); speed tests (sprint speed, tapping tests); flexibility (Sit and Reach and modified versions); and agility. Each of these tests are explored in terms of the underlying physiology and their application to football. Additionally, you’ll start to appreciate the rationale of test selection in relation to validity and reliability and why the test needs to be fit for purpose. Nutrition: You’ll identify and explore the role of macronutrients for energy provision and the role of fluid balance for hydration within exercise. Following on from this you’ll explore the different ways a sports scientists can measure energy (food) intake. Biomechanics: You’ll explore how the Biomechanist can inform the coaching of football skills and training methods. The basic concepts of linear kinematics and kinetics will be studied within the context of the main movement patterns used in football including: running, jumping, landing, kicking and the throw-in. This module covers the Biomechanical fundamentals of: linear motion; forces and their actions and Newton’s laws, in order to understand how movement is produced and how the movement pattern can be improved to give a more effective outcome. The methodology that underpins the Biomechanical analysis of a movement pattern, its phases and its outcome will also be developed to include the use of the knowledge and understanding gained from this section. You’ll study and explore the content with the help of a set of self-study aids and exercises. These will enable you to develop your scientific skills and the transferable skills such as IT, numeracy and communication. You’ll be assessed by two coursework elements: a patchwork text (60%) and a report (40%).

Year two, core modules

  • Talent Development Pathways in Football
    Talent Development Pathways can be seen in the context of Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD), a structure for the delivery of coaching sessions based upon the developmental rather than the age of the athlete. Almost all National Governing Bodies (NGBs) have written their own LTAD plan that is sports specific in nature; the information in these plans is often relayed to coaches in short seminars which often do not fully justify the complexity of the content. Investigate talent development pathways in football, through an understanding of the underlying principles of the LTAD model, and consider paediatric physiology, the development of sport in relation to LTAD and the implementation of LTAD across sports. You’ll also consider the physiological,emotional, cognitive and psychological development of children and adolescents. You’ll be assessed through a patchwork text that will follow the stages an athlete goes through in order to excel, which will mean you’ll be able to use this patchwork text as a guide when coaching in the future. You’ll consider various elements in the development of an athlete including talent identification, talent development models, LTAD stages and skill acquisition in relation to child and adolescent athletes. You’ll develop the pedagogical, physiological and psychological understanding as well as their presentation and writing skills. LTAD is a relatively new concept in the UK that has been adopted by almost every sport, our module will give you a head start when working with their athletes and school children.

Year three, core modules

Optional modules


We'll assess you in a number of ways, recognising the practical field-based nature of your coaching role. These may include practical assessments, presentations, blog writing, case study development, video uploads and commentary, multiple choice tests, portfolios and written assessments.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate. 

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Distance learning
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Study at a time that suits you, using our Virtual Learning Environment.

More about distance learning

Fees & funding

Course fees

Distance learning, 2018/19 (per year)


How do I pay my fees?

Tuition fee loan

Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

How to apply for a tuition fee loan

Paying upfront

If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees

Funding for UK & EU students

Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.

We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree with us can access an £800 bursary.

Meanwhile, our £400 Books Plus scheme helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.

Funding for international students

We offer a number of scholarships, as well as an early payment discount. Explore your options:

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