About the course

Myerscough has excellent links with football clubs across the North West to support the delivery of courses and increase student’s employment prospects. Students receive football coaching every day as part of the Myerscough Football Development Centre. This operates just like a football academy; it encompasses academic lessons, coaching sessions, physio/rehabilitation clinics and competitive fixtures. It is supported by qualified tutors and FA/UEFA qualified coaches. There are currently six former Myerscough students who are professionals in the English Football League, at clubs including Cardiff, Barnsley, Rochdale and Morecambe, with more playing at the top end of the non-league game. In addition, another student progressed from the College to a top-flight club in Portugal. On the field, Myerscough teams continue to enjoy success on an annual basis across a range of competitions, and over the last few years alone have been ECFA U19 North West Premier Champions, winners of the National Premier Cup and National Premier ‘Champion of Champions’ competition, as well as performing well in the Lancashire Floodlit League and the FA National Futsal Championship.

This Foundation Degree course has been designed to provide students with relevant practical skills, academic knowledge and coaching expertise to gain employment as football players, coaches or working in the wider football industry. It is an ideal choice for anyone who wants to develop their knowledge of the football industry from a practical perspective. Driven by a ‘team ethos’, the course is closely linked with football clubs from ‘grassroots’ to premiership. Students will gain vital work experience on and off the field, from training principles to video analysis systems, with placements at venues such as Preston North End’s Academy and associated community programmes. The course is based around the work of the modern football coach and encourages students to develop innovative modern ideas, underpinned by traditional values and practices. The main elements of the course include a range of football coaching modules that cover the philosophies, styles and practices of coaching and the elements of skill acquisition, sports performance and delivery techniques. Another module focuses on the three key areas of sport science utilised in football coaching; physiology, psychology and biomechanics. The course also covers elements of football organisation, sports delivery, training and conditioning, talent identification, sports development and football event management – where students oversee the planning, organisation and funding of their own football tournament. It should be noted that to succeed in this course it is not a pre-requisite to be a gifted and talented footballer. However, it is important to have an enthusiasm for playing the game and a strong interest in coaching.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 48 UCAS tariff points.


  • New £2 million high-performance sports centre
  • State-of-the-art all-weather 3G pitch and changing facilities
  • Fully qualified sports coaches available for advice and personal development
  • 20 hectares of sports grounds
  • Modern gymnasium and additional strength and conditioning suite
  • A unique partnership with Portuguese Liga club Associação Académica de Coimbra – OAF, with regular exchange visits between the two countries.
  • Sports laboratory
  • Multi-purpose sports hall
  • Regular industry visits


Football Professional, Football Centre of the Excellent coach, Football in the Community coach, Football Development Officer or employment in the wider sports industry – such as Sports Psychology, Sports Marketing, Journalism or Sports Analysis.

Course modules

Coaching Principles and Practice

This module provides students with the essential theories of the coaching process. It identifies the main philosophies, styles and practices of football coaching. This module promotes an understanding of session planning, delivery and evaluation. Content includes the acquisition of skills, delivery techniques, child protection, equity and coaching and the law.

Sports Performance (Double module)

This module introduces students to the evaluation and development of football performance. Through effective performance analysis, students will be able to provide a comprehensive player profile and evaluation facilitating player development. This player profile will include technical, tactical, physical and psychological elements. Reinforcing the main concepts established in Football Coaching Principles and Practice, students will learn how to focus coaching on the needs of the individual player, developing their technical and tactical skills. Further to the development of technical and tactical skills, this focus on individual development will help students to develop the physical capacities of players. Students will gain an understanding of scientific principles, concepts, and theories of conditioning, as well as their practical delivery. The module applies specific conditioning practices to the enhancement of performance, through a variety of practical experiences.

Introduction to Sport Science

This module focuses on the three main areas of sport science utilized in football coaching; physiology, psychology and biomechanics. Students must apply these concepts to football-specific situations in order to demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature of the coaching process. An essential understanding of Sports Science will facilitate learning in other modules, providing a grounding understanding.

Coaching and Pedagogy

This module prepares students for future employment where an understanding of educational theories and concepts is essential. The coaching process requires a strong understanding of the learning process and pedagogical tools to optimise learning. The module prepares students to improve leadership behaviours, developing graduate skills in teaching which can facilitate becoming a teacher and more effective coach in the future.

Academic and Vocational Skills

This module provides students with a first-hand experience where students will use their industry environment to develop practical and technical skills. Students will be given an opportunity to work with Preston North End academy working with elite players and coaches in an outstanding, successful professional academy. Students will record and reflect on their own personal development during the module.

Year 2

Coaching for Sport Performance

Progressing knowledge gained in Coaching Principles and Practice during year 1. This module gives students the opportunity to develop coaching methods to develop the skills, techniques and strategies in football players. The module will challenge coaches to develop skills required in Level 3 NGB awards, reflecting on the coaching process, and educational theories develop in year 1. Development of your own style and philosophy will challenge learners to coach at a more advanced level, utilising a range of coaching skills to enhance player performance.

Research Development

The aim of this module is to develop the ability of students to undertake investigative research and underpin dissertation and double project work at Level 6. The module will focus on information-related academic and market research skills, research methodology, data collection techniques, data analysis and writing skills.

Sports Performance Analysis

This module provides a framework in which football coaches can apply the coaching process and develop techniques to evaluate football performance. This will include a review of pertinent scientific elements of training/performance with students engaging in appropriate coaching practicals to elaborate upon the theoretical themes.

Talent Identification and Sport Development

The aim of this module is to provide the student with an understanding of talent identification and performance pathways developed by organisations to cultivate players to their full potential. Graduates skills will be developed which are integral in football coaching and player identification/scouting.

Industry Project

This module applies the practical, technical and personal skills developed in the Academic and Vocational Skills. It will utilise a structured work environment chosen by the student to identify a suitable project. Working with their supervisor, students will develop and manage the project, reporting on the outcomes of the project. Students will be encouraged to use the industry project to develop professional working relationships and identify their chosen career options.

Lifestyle, Recovery and Rehabilitation

Progressing the underpinning knowledge developed in sports science during year 1, this module will apply these theories in the development of an athlete’s lifestyle, and recovery from training, games and injury. The importance of keeping healthy and eating well is increasingly recognised in modern football, creating exciting career opportunities. Students will gain an understanding of exercise, nutrition, health, recovery strategies’, and sports injuries.

About the course

The course is delivered at University Centre Myerscough and awarded by the University of Central Lancashire. The course has been designed to provide students with practical skills, academic knowledge and coaching expertise that will ultimately enable them to gain employment across the football industry. The course represents an ideal choice for anyone who wants to develop their knowledge of the football industry from both an academic and practical perspective. Providing unique opportunities for students, we aim to develop football performance through our outstanding talent development program, whilst also developing students’ academic abilities.

The course is closely linked with professional football clubs giving students opportunities to observe and work within the industry. Students will gain vital work experience on and off the field, equipping students for future employment within the football industry in the many roles which now exist in the modern game. The course is based on the contemporary needs of the football industry and encourages students to develop innovative modern ideas, underpinned by traditional values and practices.

Myerscough College graduates have gone on to work in the football industry in a variety of roles, with the following professional clubs as examples: Everton, Liverpool, Chelsea, Preston North End, Burnley, Fleetwood Town, Bolton Wanderers, Blackpool, Norwich City, Cardiff City, and Morecambe. Many of our graduates have also progressed to work abroad both short and long term, with many of these types of opportunities shared with our students and graduates. Past opportunities have included work in the following countries: USA, China, Switzerland, Portugal, and Columbia.

We advocate a holistic approach, developing a mixture of essential skills for your future employment in the professional game. The course includes a range of football coaching modules delivered by elite professional football coaches, developing your knowledge of techniques, tactics, strategies, skill acquisition, whilst improving your own performance. Your knowledge of sports science will be advanced, giving you a foundation of knowledge for strength and conditioning, talent identification, and rehabilitation modules. Our outstanding equipment and facilities will provide you with an opportunity to work with analysis equipment, software, cameras, timing gates, all under the guidance of outstanding professional football coaches.

With professional UEFA licensed coaches, and FA tutors delivering this course we can provide a unique and ideal choice for young football players, coaches and anyone hoping to work in the wider football industry. The course delivery is supplemented with outstanding guest lecturers enriching modules. These have previously included international level coaches, ex-professional players, international level futsal coaches, academy managers and staff from the professional game. The experience of tutors will assist in the completion of FA coaching awards, which are essential for employment in the football industry. Tutors provide a blend of academic knowledge, but also a vast amount of experience in the football industry as players and coaches. This blend of academic and practical delivery, make this course unrivalled by other coaching courses available to students. Students are given an opportunity to represent Myerscough in University football and futsal leagues as part of the course.

It should be noted that to succeed in this course it is not a pre-requisite to be a gifted and talented footballer. However, it is important to have an enthusiasm for football and a desire to explore all aspects of the professional industry.

On commencing the course students may be required to complete a CRB check at a cost to the student.

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