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University of South Wales – Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development

Shrewsbury Town in the Community offer the chance to gain industry-recognised coaching awards whilst being affiliated to a professional football club through our Foundation Degree!

Our course is designed in partnership with the English Football League Trust, and done through the University of South Wales with students being based at Shrewsbury Town Football Club. It is here you will be able to study all sub-disciplines of coaching on top of your coaching qualifications and will teach you aspects of children’s and youth coaching, football coaching, football development, social inclusion and sports management skills.

Who is it for?

Anyone who is looking to gain a career in sport, this is the course for you! This course allows you a variety of different career paths once you have graduated. You could become a community manager, social inclusion officer, women and girls officer at a professional football club, football development officer, football in the community coach, or sports development officer. You could even enter other careers, such as the armed forces or emergency services. The possibilities are endless!

To enrol on this course, you will need to have achieved 160 UCAS points, 3 GCSEs with grade C or above, grades PPP at BTEC or DD at A-level. You will also need to have some basic experience of coaching children.

What does the course involve?

Lectures, seminars and tutorials delivered on site and material online. There will be further opportunity to apply your knowledge with an extensive work-based learning programme provided by Shrewsbury Town Football Club, allowing you to work in specific roles and in real like football projects (this is the only university course in the country to provide this)

The academic programme enables you to gain a Level 1 and Level 2 football coaching certificates (pending a final assessment). The course is designed to give you the best opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in all coaching – related disciplines. You will be integrated into Shrewsbury Town Football Club and engaged in community coaching opportunities.

How Will I Study?

You will learn through classroom-based lectures and seminars in the educational room in the Community Hub based at Shrewsbury Town Football Club. As well as practical learning in the fields and laboratories at the University of South Wales Campus in Cardiff when on residential. You will complete up to 200 hours of coaching (work-based learning) to give you vital skills for a career in youth coaching, football development, sports science or performance analysis.


You will be enrolled as a student at the University of South Wales and have access to the online library, virtual learning environment and other learning materials. Your residential will take place in Cardiff at the University of South Wales base where you will receive full accommodation during these teaching blocks and your weekly academic lectures will take place in the education hub based at Shrewsbury Town Football Club.

How do I apply?

You can either apply for this course through UCAS or apply to the university directly at You can also come into the education hub at Shrewsbury Town in the Community and book an appointment with us to sign up for the course. Get in touch with us at

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