Foundation Degree | Norwich City Community Sports Foundation
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Study for a Community Sports Coaching & Development degree with the Foundation

Are you passionate about a career in the sports industry? Our Foundation degree in Community Sports Coaching & Development provides the perfect opportunity to combine your passion with a higher education qualification.

Based at the Foundation’s new hub, The Nest, the award-winning course, designed in conjunction with the English Football League Trust, develops the skills and qualities that are required to work within professional football clubs community departments or national governing bodies in areas of growth such as social inclusion, community coaching and football development.

At the end of the two years, students will have the opportunity to complete a “top up” year allowing you to leave with a full BSc (Hons) degree either  Football Coaching, Development and Administration or Sports Coaching & Development.

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Learning and teaching methods include lectures, interactive workshops, practical sessions, work-based learning, tutorials and online delivery methods. This range of teaching and learning approaches means that you gain a wide variety of skills.

Students will be under the guidance of the our degree lead, ensuring that attendance and attainment are to the high standards expected. The degree lead is a constant point of support which, alongside the digital learning platform, provides a full wrap around academic experience.

Throughout the course students will complete “work-based learning” placements as part of their ongoing learning and development.

The work-based learning programme will provide opportunities to gain experience in areas such as social inclusion, schools, and football development. In year one, students will complete a minimum of four hours per week, increasing to seven hours in the second year. As students progress there are opportunities for elements of these delivery hours to be on a paid basis on behalf of the Foundation.

In addition, students will have the opportunity to study towards the Level 2 Coaching Certificate, and will have numerous opportunities to undertake additional vocational awards.

In year one, students wishing to continue their football development will also have the opportunity to access a full training programme. For those who are still eligible to play under 19 football and show the necessary ability, there is also the opportunity to be a part of a fixture programme representing Norwich City Football Club.

All students on the degree are enrolled through the University of South Wales, and as a result have the opportunity to spend a minimum of five days per year at the High Performance Centre at the USW Sport Park. Students will receive funded accommodation during these teaching blocks.

Both degree pathways are designed in consultation with Professional Football Clubs and National Governing Bodies to ensure it meets industry needs.

It offers the opportunity for students to complete an Applied Professional Project, which will lead to excellent employment prospects in a range of professions.

Recent graduates have found employment working as coaches within community foundations within the UK. Others have progressed to completing teaching qualifications.

In addition to those who are currently working within the UK-based football industry, a number of graduates are also working overseas.

Course structure

Year One

• Academic Research and Study Skills
• Introduction to Sports Coaching
• Introduction to Sports Science for Coaching
• Managing Sport
• Sports Development in Practice

Year Two

• Project Management
• Sport Placement (Double Module)
• Community Sports Development
• Physical Education and School Sport
• Sports Coaching & Leadership

Foundation degree in Sports Coaching & Development

Year Three (Top up)

• Creatively Teaching Physical Education, Health & Wellbeing
• Critical issues in Sports Coaching & Leadership
• Strategic Sports Development
• Leadership in Sport
• Applied Professional Project

BSc (Hons) in Sports Coaching & Development


Year Three (Top up)

• Community Football Coaching: Theory to Practice
• Critical Issues in Sports Coaching
• Strategic Sports Development
• Business of football
• Applied Professional Project

BSc (Hons) in Football Coaching, Development & Administration

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"The opportunity to gain a football-based degree with Norwich City FC opens up a series of exciting exit routes for our students."

Stevie Bramble

Head of Curriculum