Foundation Degree

Accrington Stanley Community Trust’s two-year Foundation Degree programme is a course designed for individuals wanting to attain a university qualification and are passionate about pursuing a career in the Sport, Leisure, Teaching and football industry. Students develop the necessary skills, qualities and characteristics that are required to work within professional football club community departments, national governing bodies and other sectors of sport and leisure.

How is the Foundation Degree taught?

The course is largely based at the Stanley Sports Hub and taught via face to face and online lectures and practical sessions and tutorials. There is also support from USW Academic Teaching staff, as well as 1:1 mentoring and support available from the Accrington Stanley club mentor and English Football League Trust staff.

The degree is classified as full time and the requirement is to attend 1 and a half days a week, between September to Easter, as well as participating in a 3 day residential, twice a year at the University of South Wales. Accommodation and food are provided during these residential blocks, along with transport to your first induction residential, accompanied by the club mentor.

Career Development

Alongside the academic element of the course, students will complete up to 200 hours of coaching alongside the Community Trust and academy staff, allowing the students to embed and develop the coaching techniques learnt within lectures. In return, students will receive free access to the FA Level 1 and Level 2 in Football Coaching, or similar industry recognised qualifications, worth over £500. Blending the academic and sporting qualifications, along with industry based work experience will enhance a students employment prospects.

Additional Benefits

Through the Trust’s partnership with the University of South Wales, all students will be enrolled as a full time student at the university. Students will be able to access the university’s online library, blackboard and learning materials, providing them with the best possible learning platform to excel within.

Academic Qualification: 

Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development (2 years)


Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching and Development (more  info here) (2 years)

Following the completion of the Foundation Degree, there is a third year BSc (Hons) Football Coaching, Development and Administration (Top Up (1 year)

Foundation Degree Modules:

An insight into some of the modules that will be covered:

Football Coaching and Development


Sports Coaching and Development:


Start Date:

September 2020

Prerequisites to Apply:



The course fees are £8,000 per academic for Years 1 and 2 followed by £9,000 for the third year. All tuition fees are eligible for Student Finance.

For further information on the course please contact Mark Whalley, at  or visit the USW website here 

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