Degree Courses

Are you passionate about a career in sport and coaching? If so, come and study at the biggest sports organisation in Blackpool with Blackpool FC Sports College.

Two degree pathways available: 

  1. Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development
  2. Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching and Development

Course Summary: 

Blackpool FC Sports College’s two-year Foundation Degree programmes are designed for individuals wanting to attain a university qualification and are passionate about pursuing a career in Sport, Football and the Coaching industry.

Students will develop the necessary skills, qualities and characteristics that are required to work within professional football club community departments, national governing bodies and schools.

Delivered in partnership with the University of South Wales, all lectures, seminars and tutorials are delivered in a supportive environment offering a bespoke learning experience via online material.

Alongside the academic elements of the courses, students will complete a range of volunteering opportunities depending on the course you decide to do. You can coach within the community, alongside the Community Trust and academy staff as well as external partners allowing the students to embed and develop the coaching techniques learnt within lectures.

Through the Trust’s partnership with the University of South Wales, all students will be enrolled through them and will be able to access the University’s online library, blackboard and learning materials, providing students with the best possible learning platform to excel within.

Academic Qualification: 

Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development

Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching and Development

Degree Modules for the FD Community Football Coaching and Development

An insight into some of the modules that will be covered:
– Football Event Management
– Football Coaching: Theory to Practice
– Technical Planning and Reflective Practice in Football
– Youth Football Coaching
– Sports Placement (Football/Rugby)
– Introduction to Sports Science for Football
– Physical Education and Community School Sport

Degree Modules for the FD Sports Coaching and Development:

An insight into some of the modules that will be covered:
– Introduction to Sports Coaching
– Sports Science for Coaching
Community Sports Development
– Sport Placement
– Managing Sport
– Sports Coaching and Leadership

Prerequisites to Apply:

  • BTEC Level 3 – MM, A Level – DD
  • Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Three A*-C grades at GCSE, including English and Maths
  • Level 1 in football coaching or equivalent foundation level football coaching qualification from a football (NGB) (FD Football Coaching and Development – ONLY)

Student Finance Support:

You may be entitled to apply for a maintenance loan if you are on a full-time course, which will depend on household income.

  • The maximum when living with parents/guardians and under the age of 25 years old is £7,324
  • The maximum when living away from home or over the age of 25 is £8,700
  • You may eligible to apply for additional financial supportdepending on circumstances

Tuition Fee Loans:

Tuition fees can be covered and don’t need to be repaid until you are qualified and earning at least £25,000 a year

Here is an indication into what your monthly payments could be, once qualified and in full-time employment

Annual IncomeAmount of income from which 9% will be deductedMonthly repayment
Up to £25,000£0£0
Up to £30,000£5,000£37.50
Up to £35,000£10,000£75.00
Up to £45,000£20,000£150.00

These figures apply to the current year and could change from year to year whilst on the course

Start Date: September 2021

Continue your qualification and receive a BSc Hons..

Following the completion of either pathways of the Foundation Degree, there is a third year available:

(BSc Hons) Football Coaching, Development and Administration (Top Up)

(BSc Hons) Sports Coaching and Development (Top Up)

How to apply:

If you wish to apply for any of the courses, please go to For further information on the courses please contact Caroline Bailey via email or via phone on 01253 348691.