Degree Courses

Are you passionate about a career in sport or coaching? If so, come and study for a Degree, accredited by The University of South Wales, at Blackpool FC Sports College, part of the biggest sports organisation in Blackpool.

We currently have two Degree pathways available: 

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

Are you interested?

If you are interested in any of our courses, please fill out our Expression of Interest Form and our Degree Lead will be in touch to advise you on the courses we offer and help you through the application process should you decide to study with us.

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 clubs, community departments, national governing bodies, schools and almost any other sporting career.

Delivered in partnership with the University of South Wales, all lectures, seminars and tutorials are delivered from Blackpool as part of a supportive environment that offers a bespoke learning experience.

Alongside the academic elements of the courses, students will complete a range of volunteering opportunities. Students are given the opportunity to coach alongside the Community Trust coaches, Blackpool FC Academy coaches as well as external partners allowing them to test out and develop the techniques learnt within lectures.

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


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 be accepted:

  • BTEC Level 3 – MP, A Level – DD
  • Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Three A*-C (new grading 4 – 9) grades at GCSE, including English and Maths

If you are unsure that you meet the prerequisite standards, please fill out an Expression of Interest Form and our Degree Lead will be in touch.


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 support depending 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 £27,295 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)

More information is available upon completion of the Expression of Interest Form