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What makes Football Business Management and Coaching special?

Football is a global economic, social and sporting phenomenon. With the English Premier League alone watched by over 170 million people in 200 countries worldwide, new opportunities are consistently presenting themselves in this expanding international industry.

Through a selection of practical and business-oriented modules, this course will equip you with both the football expertise and the management ability required for a successful career in the football industry. With a broad and multi-disciplinary approach, you will develop a clear understanding of football's place within wider social, economic and cultural contexts, both in the UK and worldwide.

This is a University of Worcester validated course delivered by Kidderminster College at the Centre of Sporting Excellence campus in Kidderminster.



Key features

  • This foundation degree is linked to Kidderminster Harriers Football Club and provides an opportunity to train full-time and represent the club in their U19, U21 or U23 teams.
  • The coach education programme allows you to gain coaching awards whilst you study
  • Excellent industry links and collaborative partnerships provide invaluable real-world experience and insight through work-based learning activities
  • This is a University of Worcester validated course delivered by Kidderminster College at the Centre of Sporting Excellence campus in Kidderminster.
  • Progression on to further study via a linked top-up degree at the University of Worcester, or in to employment in the football and sport industry

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

72 UCAS Tariff points 

1 A Level (or equivalent Level 3 qualification).

A Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check is required for this course.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

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Course content

Course content

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

  • Work Based Learning- Coaching Context
  • Disability and Inclusion within Football
  • Introduction to the Business of Football
  • Principles of Coaching - Intrapersonal Skills
  • Football Development in the Community
  • Training for Performance 1 – Skill Acquisition and Sport science

Year 2

  • Work Based Learning- Business and Development Context
  • Developing Research Skills in Football
  • Coaching for Performance -Interpersonal Skills
  • Developing Leadership and Management Skills
  • Performance Analysis
  • Training for Performance 2 -Physiological and Psychological Training

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Teaching and assessment

Teaching and assessment

We enable students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.

A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.


Students will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes Masters degree educated staff that have experience at the Higher Education level. Most of which are former University of Worcester students.

most of which studied here at Worcester. The team have relevant industry experience and updating of professional qualifications is completed via continuous staff development. 

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 14 contact hours of teaching.

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • 7 x hours of interactive workshops/lectures
  • 7 x hours of seminars /applied learning/practical (Work based Learning, lab work, coaching activities).

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, students are expected to undertake around 20-24 hours of personal self-study per week and 4 hours of placement experience.  Typically, this will involve:

  • Completing specific module directed/applied study tasks;
  • Online activities;
  • Topic reading and research;
  • Work Based learning preparation;
  • Group projects;
  • Preparing for assignments and learning experiences;
  • Reflection and evaluation;
  • Revision of class notes and engaging with blackboard

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities. At the Centre of Sporting Excellence students will have access to watching a professional football club train and extending knowledge of coaching styles that are implemented and the use of performance analysis.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes experienced lecturers, staff that have extensive coaching, business, management and industry experience.

Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and the majority of course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.  Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessment which is graded and counts towards the overall module grade.  

Assessment methods will include a range of formative assessment methods in the build up to summative assessments to provide on-going feedback and allow lecturers to adjust teaching methods to help students improve their learning. Some examples of formative assessment will be: Impromptu quizzes or anonymous voting, short comparative assessments to see how students are performing against their peers, One-minute papers on a specific subject matter, Lesson exit tickets to summarise what students have learnt, and silent classroom polls.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory modules taken. A typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1 (Level 4)

  • 1 x Case study report
  • 4 x Written essay/report
  • 3 x Individual or group presentations
  • 1 x Practical
  • 1 x Coaching programme
  • 2 x Portfolio
  • 1 x Reflective journal

Year 2 (Level 5)

  • 1 x Practical
  • 4 x Individual or group presentations
  • 3 x Written essay/report
  • 1 x Training programme
  • 1 x Skills profile
  • 2 x Portfolio


You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.



On successful completion of the programme, there are opportunities to progress onto a linked BSc (Hons) Degree programme at Worcester or to seek employment within the football and sport industry.

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Fees and funding

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £16,200 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the academic year 2024/25 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20-credit module, £2,312 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

All Physical Education and Sports Coaching students are expected to wear School of Sport and Exercise Science branded sports kit. This includes a polo top, t-shirt and a hooded sweatshirt and costs approximately £85.

Sports Scholarships

At Worcester we are committed to supporting elite and talented sports performers who are dedicated to both sporting and academic success. Our sports scholarships are available for a range of team and individual sports. For further information, visit our sports scholarships pages.

How to apply

How to apply

Applying through UCAS 

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

George Preston

Course leader