|The Trust and Middlesex University have come together to create this exciting and innovative Foundation Degree in Football Development & Coaching. Students will study at both Middlesex University and at the Trust in our state-of-the art facilities at Cedars Youth & Community Centre in Harrow.|
Launched in 2020, this programme was developed in response to a rapidly growing football industry within the UK. The degree combines practical coaching, underpinning theory and work-based learning within football development and coaching, linked to professional football club Watford FC. Students will study the fundamentals of Football Development and its importance within local communities as well as the science of human movement, physiology, psychology and fitness, and how this relates to more elite level players. Students will also work towards their FA Level 1 and 2 as part of the course.Our Foundation Degree in Football Development & Coaching is awarded by Middlesex University and is recognised as a unique work-based learning qualification exposing students to valuable work experience and preparing them for employment. The University also provides progression routes that allow you to achieve a BA (hons) by undertaking a final year of study and graduating at Middlesex University subject to admissions criteria.Students enrolled on this course will be registered as a Middlesex University student and as such will be entitled to all the benefits associated with being a Middlesex student. All students will receive free Watford FC kit to wear when on work placements. For more information please contact Laura Figg at Laura.Figg@watfordfc.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
This programme is a joint initiative between Watford FC CSE Trust and Middlesex University.
This module will provide the key academic skills required for students to successfully complete their undergraduate degree. They will study the underlying theoretical frameworks for research methods and academic writing by demonstrating their understanding of literature, sourcing literature, the components of research and the fundamental skills to gain professional industry experience.
To introduce and apply key scientific concepts and principles across the sports science disciplines of Physiology, Psychology, Biomechanics, Performance Analysis and Nutrition. Students will gain a broad understanding of their effect on football performance and how they underpin the sporting performance of players.
This module provides a broad understanding of learning theories and coaching styles in a variety of football related environments. Students will learn the underlying theoretical concepts of how to plan, deliver, evaluate and modify football coaching sessions, whilst demonstrating the importance of safeguarding and risk assessments.
This module will cover the role of football as an engagement tool to support local and national policy and strategies. It will provide students with knowledge of roles within the football development sector and the FA in delivering football associated projects and achieving wider outcomes related to health, education, social inclusion and community development.
This module will provide the skills to analyse a range of academic information, comparing alternative methods and techniques. This will involve them collecting and synthesising this information to inform a subject specific research question. The student will have knowledge of well-established research methods and concepts evidenced by the awareness of inconsistencies, gaps and limitations within literature.
To identify and analyse the key scientific concepts and principles across the sports science disciplines of Physiology, Psychology, Biomechanics and Performance Analysis. Students will generate specialised skills and be able to undertake complex tests on football players and suggest improvements.
To practically explore and investigate a range of coaching theories and concepts. To demonstrate detailed knowledge of professional codes of conduct specifically safeguarding and risk management. To create an extensive provision of football sessions and coaching materials that examines and encourages progression and development of teaching and coaching skills. Students will also gain an advanced understanding of sports on the national curriculum.
Students will investigate how football can be used to engage hard to reach groups within the community through research and evaluation. Students will research and apply the latest government policies and NGB strategies to support the rationale for a funded football project. Students will demonstrate how to monitor and evaluate projects. Students will also analyse the latest research and statistical data for hard to reach groups in the local community. This module will enhance student’s practical skills and knowledge in the football development sector including the implications of PE and School Sport delivery.
|Candidates must be able to satisfy the general admissions requirements of Middlesex University and Watford FC CSE Trust in one or more of the following ways with the normal minimum age of 18 years old.|
64 Tariff points (to include 2 A 2’s or their equivalent in other standard qualifications) in PE, Science or BTEC Sport plus GCSEs grade 4 (or C if before 2017) in Mathematics, English or BTEC National Diploma or VCE’s or International Baccalaureate or Access science course (equivalent tariff to above).
In addition, for EU students: a qualification demonstrating competence in English is required. This can include IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components) or TOEFL Internet based 72 (with at least 17 in listening & writing, 20 in speaking and 18 in reading).
Mature students without traditional requirements may also be accepted following accreditation of prior experiential learning providing they can show appropriate levels of relevant ability and experience; they would need to make a claim for recognition of prior learning (RPL).
Prior Learning will be recognised in line with Middlesex University admission regulations which can be found on the main website. More info on RPL can be found on the “Study With Us” page of the MDX website. This page shows how much credit can be awarded towards a degree programme and how to make a claim for RPL.
Every applicant will be subject to an interview. Once applicants complete a successful interview and confirm their place onto the programme, they will be invited to complete an enhanced DBS check. Students will need to fund the cost of the DBS check. Details of costs and further guidance can be found on the DBS website.Click Here To Apply Now Via UCAS
Please see the University’s Admissions Policy for further information and guidance including admission feedback, appeals and complaints.
The fees below refer to the 2021/22 academic year unless otherwise stated.
If you are an EU national but have settled or pre-settled status in the UK you will qualify for a student loan and therefore Home Fees the same as UK students. If you do not have settled or pre-settled status then you will have to pay the Overseas student fee which is currently £14,000. Unfortunately we are unable to accept International students (beyond the EU).
The following course-related costs are included in the fees:
The following course-related costs are not included in the fees, and you may be required to purchase these to complete the course. The costs are approximate and may change due to changes in pricing at the retailer;
*Should you not complete either the FA Level 1 or FA Level 2, fail the course or withdraw from the programme before completing, you will be eligible to reimburse the full cost of the coaching courses. This is subject to programme leader’s discretion.
Graduates can progress on to a BA (hons) Football Development & Coaching Top-Up degree if they achieve a 2.1 or above in their Foundation Degree. Some students may prefer to top up onto a teaching and coaching pathway to pursue a career in teaching within a school or college. Following the Football Performance modules, students may wish to pursue a graduate pathway in a football science or performance discipline (subject to grades and entry requirements).
Career destinations may include; Football Development Officer, Disability Support Officer, Women and Girls Development Officer, Community Manager, Community Football Coach, Sports Development Officer within a professional club, Player Development Centres, Academy level coaching. Employment in sport, leisure, tourism, management, education, research and health are also potential graduate pathways.
The University’s Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get some valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews, networking and so on. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business.
Students are required to complete 75 hours of compulsory work placement in year one and a further 75 hours in year two. Watford FC CSE Trust will support students in securing a placement and whilst on placement. Opportunities will be available within Watford FC CSE Trust football related projects as well as some of our partner organisations. Students may source their own placement subject to suitability and the module leader’s discretion. All placements must have a nominated supervisor who has received relevant training and information on the requirements of student placements. Students will be supported by their placement supervisor as well as their module leader whilst carrying out their placement hours.
All students must attend weeks 1-5 of the work-based learning modules to comprehend the policies and procedures regarding work placements and students must not commence any placement before a satisfactory DBS check has been received.
Students will be provided with basic kit to wear whilst on your placement and it is important they wear this and acknowledge that they are representing Watford FC whilst on placement and in kit. Additional kit may be purchased at a discount from the Club Shop should you wish.
Middlesex University’s sport and exercise science facilities are based near our Hendon campus in Allianz Park, giving you unique access to academy and elite players and coaches.
We have dedicated laboratories for studying physiology, biomechanics and performance analysis, as well as a strength training room and rehabilitation and soft-tissue massage room. The equipment you can use includes:
- The UK’s most advanced 3D motion analysis equipment for sport science
A DXA scanning body composition machine
A large Woodway treadmill for measuring VO2 max
Exercise bikes for performance analysis
Professional-level equipment for weightlifting
A treatment room for rehabilitation and soft-tissue massage
A computer lab for performance analysis
Access to placements with sporting institutions such as Saracens and the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.
Cedars Youth & Community Centre is a £4.2 million purpose-built centre which recently had an extension to the value of £900,000 including three additional rooms being added to the existing facilities. The centre is Disability Discrimination Act (2010) compliant. Other facilities include:
- Large classroom (flexible space)
16 computer IT suite with additional 10 laptops
4G astro-turf pitch
UniHelp is the University’s central service through which you can access a range of support for the kinds of concerns that might arise throughout your study here, and details of all support available to you can be found here. Some of the services include:
Counselling and Mental Health Team – providing mental wellbeing support and a confidential individual counselling service to help you manage any challenges affecting you emotionally or psychologically that you might face while you study with us. This service also provides a Monday to Friday drop-in session for which no appointment is needed;
Disability and Dyslexia Service – supporting an inclusive teaching and learning environment which caters for all students. North London Regional Access Centre – offering needs assessments, assistive technology training, advice and support for disabled students;
Student Welfare Advice Team – providing information and advice on money and funding matters, and housing;
International Student Advice Team – providing information and advice on visa and immigration concerns, for both international applicants and current international students;
Chinese Student Liaison Officer – providing assistance to Chinese-speaking students of our community;
Student Wellbeing Coordinator – providing information about and support with health matters.
Personal Development Planning (PDP)
Full details on how we quality assure our programmes can be found here.
The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) is an independent agency appointed by the UK Government to be responsible for upholding the academic quality and standards of all universities and colleges in the UK. The QAA produce the UK Quality Code which outlines the key expectations placed on all UK Higher Education providers. In particular, there is specific guidance on how institutions should manage partnership arrangements, such as the programme you are now enrolled on.
Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) UK Quality Code, Advice and Guidance: Partnerships.
The QAA also review higher education providers to ensure that they are operating in line with the Quality Code and providing the best academic experience for its students. You can also learn more about Quality Assurance at: http://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code.
The Student Protection Plan
One of the Middlesex University core values is ‘We put students first’. We have a regulatory framework to support student continuation of study. The Student Protection Plan covers an assessment of the range of risks to the continuation of study for our students, and the measures put in place to mitigate those risks, arrangements for refund and compensation. Full details of the Student Protection Plan are available here.
Yes. As you will be registered as a Middlesex University Student, you will be eligible to join a range of sports teams and societies within the University. There is a membership fee required to participate in sports teams but this does not fully cover the cost of competitions, travel, equipment, coaching and playing facilities. Sports teams usually compete on a Wednesday. You will not be timetabled to have any lessons on Wednesdays to allow for this. For further information on Sports teams at Middlesex University, please click here.
Yes. If you’re moving away from home for university, then Middlesex University can help you find accommodation. The University can also help you to find you a private rented place in London. For more information on student accommodation please visit the University Accommodation webpage.
You must apply for your full-time undergraduate course through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
What you need to know
Middlesex University institution code is M80
Individual course codes are at the top of individual course pages
Apply for 2020
Students start applying from 1 September so make your application as soon as you’ve found the right course and university. If you can, make sure that your application reaches UCAS by 15 January.
UCAS sends the University all applications it receives after this date so you can still apply after January where places are still available. We can’t guarantee however that we’ll be able to give late applications the same consideration as earlier applications.
Your application will be considered by both Middlesex University and Watford FC Community Sports and Education Trust. An interview will be required before an offer will be made and all offers are subject to successful DBS check.
For further information and guidance on how to apply please visit: “How to apply for undergraduate courses”.
Although you will be a student of Middlesex University, you will be studying between the Allianz Park site in Hendon and Cedars Youth & Community Centre in Harrow. You will of course have full access to the University’s main campus in Hendon and addresses to these sites can be found below:
Greenlands Ln, London, NW4 1RL.
Free onsite parking is available for students except on matchdays.
For further information on directions and travel click here
Middlesex University Main Campus
Greyhound Hill, Hendon, NW4 4BT
No parking available.
Campus is located 10 minutes from the Northern line and Thameslink rail line, both of which take you to central London in under 30 minutes.
Cedars Youth & Community Centre
Chicheley Road, Harrow Weald HA3 6QH
Free parking available onsite and on local side roads.
For further information on getting to Cedars, please click here
All students enrolled with Middlesex University will be eligible to apply for student discount and rewards schemes. The old “NUS Extra” card has now been replaced by TOTUM. TOTUM memberships are available to students aged 16 or over, studying full or part-time in the UK. To apply for your TOTUM card and for more information on student discounts please visit: https://www.totum.com/
You are eligible for a student rail card if you are aged 16-25 or are a mature student in full time education. To apply for a discount rail card, please visit: https://www.railcard.co.uk/
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