Acquire the knowledge to successfully kick start your career within the football industry through our undergraduate degree courses. Unlike most university courses, you’ll have the opportunity to learn, develop and coach in a professional and exciting environment.


Delivered in partnership with the University of South Wales, our two-year foundation degree allows you to gain valuable coaching experience and industry-recognised qualifications. You’ll be able to develop your football and coaching expertise in communities across Nottinghamshire whilst attending lectures and seminars at The City Ground which aim to develop your understanding around engagement of children and young people in sport, social inclusion theory and sports management.

At the end of the two year programme, alongside your FA Level 2 Coaching award, you’ll have the opportunity to convert your Foundation Degree into a BSc (Hons) degree if you wish – perfect if you want to push yourself to the next level.

Year 1 syllabus

  • Football Coaching; Theory to Practice
  • Technical Planning & Reflective Practice in Football
  • Academic Research & Professional Skills
  • Introduction to Sports Development
  • Managing & Developing Football in the Community
  • Sports Development in Practice
  • FA Level 2 Award in Coaching Football
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Year 2 syllabus

  • Football Coaching Adolescent Performers
  • Work-Based Learning
  • Football in Society
  • Physical Education & School Sport (Optional)
  • Learning and teaching methods
  • 300 hours coaching practice
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Year 3 syllabus (optional) to progress to BSc (Hons)

  • Applied Professional Project
  • Performance Football Coaching: Theory to Practice
  • Strategic Sports Development
  • Contemporary Issues in Sports Coaching
  • The Business of Football
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