Coaching for Development in Football BSc (Hons)

Distance learning, part-time undergraduate (3 years)

Distance learning


Intermediate awards: BSc (without honours), CertHE, DipHE, 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
    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
    A crucial aspect of coaching is the ability to identify, assess and solve problems in context. You’ll develop two fundamental areas of knowledge and skill that underpin effective coaching; namely the ability to reflect and apply pedagogical principles to enhance practice.
  • 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.

Year two, core modules

  • Talent Development Pathways in Football
    Identifying, recruiting, nurturing and developing talent is crucial to success in team sports like football. This module examines strategies taken in a number of countries and sports and how they could be applied to football. You will also look at physiological, bi-motor and psychological profiling techniques.
  • Football and Society
    Football does not exist in a vacuum; what happens in football influences and is influenced by what happens in sport. Exploring a contemporary research base will offer you fresh and leading perspectives in football coaching.

Year three, core modules

  • Global Coaching Perspectives
    This module explores coaching perspective across countries and sports. The module builds on the Technical and Tactical Principles of Coaching in Football 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
Person using laptop

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.

Funding for international students

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

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