Football Business Management and Coaching FDSC


Validated and awarded by University of Worcester


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 may present opportunities to play reserve team football

  • 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


DISCLAIMER: NCG (the institution which Kidderminster College belongs to) is currently undergoing Indefinite Degree Awarding Powers assessment. Read more about what this means about our offer here.

  • What will be studied

    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 One

    • 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 Two

    • 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
  • What are the entry requirements?

    72 UCAS Tariff points 

    GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade C/4 (equivalent qualifications to GCSE in English and Maths will be considered).

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

  • What qualifications will be gained?

    Football Business Management and Coaching FDSC

  • How will this course be delivered?

    You will engage in series of taught sessions using a wide variety of methods including lecture, tutorial, practical sessions, problem-based learning and applied/vocational learning contexts. At both level 4 and 5 you are expected to engage in directed self-study (e.g. reading relevant literature and technical material in preparation for assignments, workshop presentations and practical sessions). This is essential in order to expand your knowledge and skills in practical, analytical and theoretical contexts.

    In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least four occasions in the first year and three occasions in the second of the course. In addition, you will also have a set timetabled tutorial session per week for you to attend if you wish.

    You have an opportunity to undertake a semester long placement in the first and second year of the course, supervised for agreed projects by a work-based mentor and a University tutor.

    You use industry-standard design software and have access to excellent facilities throughout the course.

  • How will I be assessed?

    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
  • How to get a place?

    Football Business Management and Coaching FdSc - CN6F

    UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

    Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.


    Apply via UCAS

    CAS Code




  • Other Information:

    If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Team via email for advice.

    Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from


    Full Time Tuition Fees

    It's important that you know what your tuition fee includes and what other costs you'll need to plan for. Read what your fee includes here.

    The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

    The standard tuition fee for full-time international students registering in the academic year 2021/22 is £13,100 per year.


    Part Time Tuition Fees

    The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2021/22 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module, £2,313 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.


    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 students are expected to wear branded sports kit. This includes a polo top, t-shirt and a hooded sweatshirt and costs approximately £85.


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


Start Date : September 2024 End Date : June 2026 Fee : £9,250 per year
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£9,250 per year

Duration : 2 Years
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