BSc (Hons) Football Coaching, Performance and Development (with Scottish FA)

Undergraduate, Full-time

Football Coaching, Performance and Development (with Scottish FA) BSc (Hons)



There’s more to coaching football than technical development as you'll discover on this programme in collaboration with
the Scottish FA.

Overview

This degree programme – the first of its kind in Scotland - has been designed in collaboration with the Scottish Football Association to provide an holistic view of coaching within a football setting, using evidence based knowledge and learning to support the UEFA awards embedded into each year of the degree. At all times considering reality-based learning. 

Upon successful completion of the programme, you will be a degree qualified coach in the many different facets of football, whilst also graduating with the UEFA C, Scottish FA Children’s Licence, UEFA B and UEFA Youth B licence diplomas. In your 4th year of study, you will be able to specialise by carrying out a relevant piece of research and where appropriate, start working towards your UEFA A Licence, UEFA Elite Youth A Licence, UEFA Goalkeeping A, or Scottish FA Advanced Children’s Licence as an integral part of the Work-Based Learning module.

In addition, upon successful completion of the modules relating to Performance Analysis and appropriate experience within a performance analysis role, you will be eligible for accreditation to the International Society for Performance Analysis of Sport (ISPAS) at levels 1 and 2 (membership fee payable to ISPAS by individuals).  

You will be supported to find suitable voluntary work place experiences throughout your degree aligned to your stage of development through our own contacts and those of the Scottish FA. These will enable you to further develop your skills on and off the pitch, gaining valuable insight into the working practices of clubs at different levels of football from grassroots to professional.


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Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

4 years

Start date:

Sep

UCAS code:

C6R5


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Course details

This degree will enable you to become an evidence-based practitioner and as such, is taught with a significant emphasis on developing applied skills, based on scientific evidence specifically aligned to reality-based learning and specific football workforce needs. You will become an independent, self-reflective practitioner capable of integrating into relevant employment upon graduation.


Additional costs

Fees agreed for the 2020 cohort (fixed and subsidised by both Edinburgh Napier and Scottish FA) are detailed below.

CHILDREN'S LICENCE   £275
UEFA C LICENCE   £275
UEFA B LICENCE   £1400
UEFA B YOUTH LICENCE     £800

The typical fee for each coaching licence will be subsidised, but students should expect to cover the costs of these awards as above, either individually or via your club or organisation. In addition, upon successful completion of the modules relating to Performance Analysis and appropriate experience within a performance analysis role, you will be eligible for accreditation to the International Society for Performance Analysis of Sport (ISPAS) at levels 1 and 2 (membership fee payable to ISPAS by individuals). 

  • briefcase Work placement While not a compulsory part of the programme, you will be supported and encouraged to undertake voluntary work experience in support of your development.

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Fundamentals of Sport Science and Coaching
  • Introduction to Research Methods in Football
  • Coaching Children (Scottish FA Children’s Licence)
  • Coach Education 1 (UEFA C Licence)
  • Psychology in Football
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Football

Year 2

  • Coach Education 2 (40 credits) (UEFA B Licence)
  • Introduction to Performance Analysis
  • Applied Football Physiology
  • Player Welfare
  • Leadership and Management in Football

Year 3

  • Coach Education 3 (40 credits) (UEFA B Youth Licence)
  • Physiology for the Developing Athlete
  • Performance Psychology
  • Research Methods in Football Coaching
  • Performance Analysis in Football

Year 4

  • Sport Science in Football
  • Performance Development and Expertise
  • Advanced Performance Analysis
  • Work-based Learning in Football (60 credits)

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Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Our entry requirements indicate both Standard and Minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.


Minimum Year 1

SQA Higher

Standard Entry Requirement

BBBC including Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Psychology at grade C. Please note SQA Higher PE at grade B will be accepted in lieu of a Science if studied alongside SQA Higher Maths (Minimum Grade C required) 

National 5 C in Maths (excluding Lifeskills), English and an additional science including one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

In addition to the above academic requirements you require the following football specific awards prior to course commencement;
Scottish FA Youth/ Adult Coaching Award or Children’s Coaching Award (Level 1.3) or equivalent
Scottish FA Children’s Wellbeing in Scottish Football (eLearning) or equivalent
Scottish FA Mental Health Awareness (eLearning) or equivalent

Minimum Offer Entry Requirements

BCCC including Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Psychology at grade C. Please note SQA Higher PE at grade B will be accepted in lieu of a Science if studied alongside SQA Higher Maths (Minimum grade C required) 

National 5 C in Maths (Excluding Lifeskills), English and an additional science including one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics. 

In addition to the above academic requirements you require the following football specific awards prior to course commencement;
Scottish FA Youth/ Adult Coaching Award or Children’s Coaching Award (Level 1.3) or equivalent
Scottish FA Children’s Wellbeing in Scottish Football (eLearning) or equivalent
Scottish FA Mental Health Awareness (eLearning) or equivalent

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet our specified minimum entry requirements within our widening participation criteria, and outlined in our Contextual Admissions Policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies

A Level

BCC including Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Psychology or PE. 

GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths, English and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Double Award Science at Grades C/4 also required. 

In addition to the above academic requirements you require the following football specific awards prior to course commencement;
Scottish FA Youth/ Adult Coaching Award or Children’s Coaching Award (Level 1.3) or equivalent
Scottish FA Children’s Wellbeing in Scottish Football (eLearning) or equivalent
Scottish FA Mental Health Awareness (eLearning) or equivalent

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System

Grades B1, B1, B3, B3 at Higher Level including Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Psychology. 

Grade C2 at Ordinary Level in Maths, English and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics. 

In addition to the above academic requirements you require the following football specific awards prior to course commencement;
Scottish FA Youth/ Adult Coaching Award or Children’s Coaching Award (Level 1.3) or equivalent
Scottish FA Children’s Wellbeing in Scottish Football (eLearning) or equivalent
Scottish FA Mental Health Awareness (eLearning) or equivalent

New Grading System

Grades H2, H2, H3, H3 at Higher Level including Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Psychology.

Grade O4 2 at Ordinary Level in Maths, English and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics

In addition to the above academic requirements you require the following football specific awards prior to course commencement;
Scottish FA Youth/ Adult Coaching Award or Children’s Coaching Award (Level 1.3) or equivalent
Scottish FA Children’s Wellbeing in Scottish Football (eLearning) or equivalent
Scottish FA Mental Health Awareness (eLearning) or equivalent

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in a related subject.

GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths, English & one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Double Award Science at Grades CC/4 also required.

In addition to the above academic requirements you require the following football specific awards prior to course commencement;
Scottish FA Youth/ Adult Coaching Award or Children’s Coaching Award (Level 1.3) or equivalent
Scottish FA Children’s Wellbeing in Scottish Football (eLearning) or equivalent
Scottish FA Mental Health Awareness (eLearning) or equivalent

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 27 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4 including a Science^ at minimum grade 5.

4 points in SL Maths (excluding Maths Studies), English & one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

In addition to the above academic requirements you require the following football specific awards prior to course commencement;
Scottish FA Youth/ Adult Coaching Award or Children’s Coaching Award (Level 1.3) or equivalent
Scottish FA Children’s Wellbeing in Scottish Football (eLearning) or equivalent
Scottish FA Mental Health Awareness (eLearning) or equivalent

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2020/21 2021/22
Scotland £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) £9,250 £9,250
Overseas £13,360 tba

Students from England, Wales, and Northern Ireland will be invoiced the tuition fees for 3 years of their 4 years of study. Please note that the tuition fee status of EU nationals commencing their studies in 2021/2 has yet to be confirmed by the Scottish Government following the UK's withdrawal from the European Union and will be published once known. For EU students commencing their studies in 2020/21 fees will remain the same as Scottish Students.

Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees

Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

If additional compulsory costs other than the tuition fees are applicable, these will be detailed in the course details.


Careers

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Career opportunities include:

  • Head Coach 
  • Active Communities Officer 
  • Recruitment and Scouting Analyst 
  • Graduate Assistant Football Specialist 
  • Youth Development Sport Scientist 
  • Academy Coach 
  • Player and Coach Development Manager 
  • Football and Sports Development Coach 
  • Football Analyst

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