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  • FdA Applied Sport and Community Development


  • Tottenham Hotspur Foundation's Higher Education provision is distinctive and offers high quality, value for money, alternative Foundation Degree programmes. We are passionate about creating unique opportunities for people to learn with our motto "Every Student Matters" at the heart of everything we do.

    Our mission is to provide a supportive learning environment for our students to gain the skills and knowledge they will need to be successful both in employment and in life.

    We are delighted that you are interested in studying at Tottenham Hotspur Foundation. Our alternative Higher Education provision is unique and offers students the opportunity to gain higher level study and professional skills within a Premier League Football Club. Based in the heart of Tottenham we are well placed to provide a range of local work placements to our students as well as easy access to the capital. Our Foundation Degrees are developed in consultation with industry employers and are delivered by highly qualified professionals and academics within the sports sector. We pride ourselves on our high quality service that has seen our student satisfaction grow to 93%.

    As a small institution, we offer a more personal service than you will find at a large University and this has seen a positive correlation with our progression and achievement data.

    Validated by Middlesex University, our Foundation Degrees are the only programmes of their kind validated and delivered by a Premier League Football Club. Students will have access to facilities and resources that are not available at Universities and the learning experience you will have with Tottenham Hotspur Foundation will prepare you for employment with a range of high quality work placements available.

  • Fees

    £6,000 per academic year for 2016/2017.

  • This programme has been running since 2010 and is very popular due to its applied nature and the exceptional work placements embedded into the programme.

    The FdA Applied Sport and Community Development programme is validated by Middlesex University and taught at White Hart Lane. It is a 2 year programme (full time) and also has the option of part-time study over 3 years.

    The course will equip you with a range of skills highly relevant to the sports industry, from elite coaching methods to sports marketing and management.

    Programme specification and Diploma supplement

    What is a programme specification?

    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 on the link below to access the Programme Specifications

    Programme Specification and Diploma Supplement


  • Year 1
    (30 credits each)
    THF41 - Professional Practice & Study Skills
    THF44 - Placement 1
    THF46 - Sport & Community Development
    THF47 - Fundamentals of Coaching

    Year 2
    (30 credits each)
    THF51 - Professional Practice & Research Methods
    THF54 - Placement 2
    THF56 - Sports Marketing & Management
    THF57 - Equalities & Inclusion

    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
    • Projects will include Community Development,Sports Development, Equalities and Inclusion and Education, giving students the opportunity of working in the Spurs Learning Zone and/or coaching on a Premier League 4 Sport project
    • Minimum age of 18
    • Tariff points: GCSEs grades A to C in mathematics, English, and 120 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 - A qualification demonstrating competence in English (e.g. TOEFL 550, IELTS 6.0) is necessary
    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 L540.

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