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  • FdSc Applied Football Coaching and Performance

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    Launched in 2013 this course has been developed in response to a rapidly growing football industry within the UK.

    The course combines practical coaching, underpinning theory and work based learning within football coaching and performance at a Premier League Football Club.

    Students will study the science of human movement, physiology, psychology and fitness and will learn how to implement corrective exercise and enhance performance.

    The main aims of the course are:

    • To enable the student to coach and develop footballers from grass roots through to elite level
    • To understand the importance of nutrition in elite football
    • To equip the student with the ability to measure and improve fitness using analytical tools and observation skills To facilitate realistic working environments where students will learn practical skills and gain valuable resources to prepare them for employment
    • To enable students to utilise psychological techniques within their football coaching and to transfer these techniques to their own participants.
    • To provide the students with transferable and interpersonal skills that will support them throughout their studies but also in their on-going personal and professional development
    • To support the student in identifying anatomical and biomechanical issues that can be corrected by exercise thus enhancing performance

    On completion of this course successful students would have gained the knowledge and understanding needed to be a professional football coach and would have developed the personal qualities such as communication, leadership and collaboration as part of their professional development.


    The widgets below show our Key Information Set (KIS) for studying full time or part time on this course. The KIS is an official overview of comparable information on higher education courses for prospective students.



  • Every taught course leading to a Middlesex University qualification has a programme specification which provides a concise summary of the main features of the course. The programme specification describes the learning outcomes that a typical student can expect to achieve if they take full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided, as well as including information on content, structure, criteria for admission and on the learning, teaching and assessment methods.

    Each programme specification therefore contains information about what students will achieve (the learning outcomes), what they will study (which modules), how they are taught (the teaching and learning methods), and how the learning will be measured and assessed (assessment methods).

    Please click here to download the programme specification (PDF File)  

  • Year 1
    (30 credits each)
    THF41 - Professional Practice & Study Skills
    THF47 - Fundamentals of Coaching
    THF48 - Fundamentals of Football Fitness & Nutrition
    THF44 - Placement 1

    Year 2
    (30 credits each)
    THF51 - Professional Practice & Research Methods
    THF58 - Football Coaching & Performance Analysis
    THF53 - Applied Football Science
    THF54 - Placement 2

    Module specifications.

    • Focus on work based learning conducted through the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation
    • Work placement modules are an essential part of the module as they integrate theory with practice
    • 90 hours placement each academic year
    • Placement will be with football specific Tottenham Hotspur projects such as our Football Development Centres and THFC Academy
    • All placements facilitate a comprehensive work experience giving a well-rounded practice and valuable employability skills
  • Requirements  

    •  Minimum age of 18
    • Tariff points: GCSEs grades A to C in Mathematics, Science, English and 64 Tariff points from A-Level or BTEC National Diploma, BTEC National certificate, The New Sports Diploma and sports related Access courses
    • Mature students may be accepted providing that they can show appropriate levels of relevant ability and experience. They would need to make a claim for accreditation of prior learning (APL) and apply direct to Tottenham Hotspur Foundation. A portfolio in support of their claims is required
    • If English is not the first language, the IELTS qualification demonstrating competence in English is necessary. A minimum, overall band score of 6.0 is required with a minimum score of 5.5 in all components.

    The Interview

    An interview will be conducted to assess the candidate on the following:

    • First impressions (e.g. punctuality)
    • Positive manner (e.g. interest, enthusiasm, confidence)
    • Communication skills (e.g. clearly spoken, length of answer)   

    During the interview candidates will be expected to demonstrate a clear understanding of the programme for which they have applied, what they expect to be learning, an awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses and their own long term ambitions. There is an opportunity for candidates to ask any questions they may have at the end of the interview.

    What to expect if you are offered a place

    Please be aware that this offer will remain conditional until we have completed all the required processes; these include identity checks, qualifications verification, references and police checks (DBS).

    International students

    International students are ineligible to apply for this course.

  • Applications should be made to UCAS – the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. The institution code for Tottenham Hotspur Foundation is T60, and the code name is THF. The course code is C610.

    For more information please contact us on or phone 020 8365 5046.