BSc (Hons) Manchester City Community Football Coaching

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By bringing together our academic expertise with Manchester City F.C.’s City in the Community Foundation, this degree offers the very best of both worlds and an integrated path to rewarding career goals.

There are few better places to develop your readiness for a career in sport than the Etihad Campus. This course offers work-based learning in Premier League surroundings, equipping you with the skills, knowledge and experience you will need to find success as a coach or sports programme leader.

Academic experts deliver the programme, providing insight and support during your three years. In addition, you are continually mentored and supported by practitioners from City in the Community who provide perspectives from the real world of delivering community sport coaching and sport development initiatives.

You will learn how coaching sport improves aspects of mental and physical health. The programme will cover all aspects of project development – from planning and delivering activity, through to measuring impact – to help understand the potential of sporting opportunities to make a positive difference in the community.   

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Features and Benefits

  • Delivered in partnership with Manchester City F.C.’s City in the Community Foundation, this programme has been designed to build knowledge in a broad range of areas, from coaching practice and sport performance analysis to sociology and sport development.
  • Taught at the Etihad Campus, home to MCFC and City Football Academy. More than 450 players train on site every week in the Academy, from under 6s to the first team.
  • A core strand of this programme of study is its work-based learning activities. Students will undertake work experience with Manchester City F.C.'s City in the Community Foundation across all three years of study, which will equip them with an array of employability skills and attributes.
  • We are investing heavily in sports facilities in Manchester at our John Dalton building, Platt Lane Sports Complex and Sugden Sports Centre.
  • Students will be taught by highly experienced academics from the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences and will also be mentored and supported by sport coaching practitioners from Manchester City F.C.'s City in the Community Foundation.
  • This programme will provide students with the opportunity to gain the skills, knowledge and experience to find success in community sport coaching and beyond.
“The lecturers are fantastic. They connect with us on a personal level and treat us as more than just another student. They encourage open conversation and want you to challenge both yourself, but also them and the material they teach you.” Hugh Ferguson, BSc (Hons) Manchester City Community Football Coaching

“City in the Community is delighted to be partnering with Manchester Metropolitan University to offer this innovative degree. Our coaches will be sharing industry best practice and supporting students to achieve their potential. Using the power of football to educate local people is one of our core pillars and that's why we are so proud to be delivering this level of education."

Mike Green, Head of City in the Community

Career Prospects

There are various career paths for graduates of this discipline within sport governing bodies, clubs, organisations, schools, research centres, academic institutions, as well as hospitals and medical centres specialising in health, fitness and rehabilitation.

The work-based learning you will undertake as part of this sport coaching programme will give you the opportunity to try out different future career paths, gain expertise and experience in a particular role within the organisation, and apply academic subject knowledge in a real work setting. We feel this is important to ensure that students graduate with a genuine understanding of the role of community football in context, whilst also gaining a sound knowledge of the requirements of the specific job opportunities within community sport coaching.

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required


A levels ­– BBB

Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma – DDM

Equivalent qualifications and combinations will be considered, including Extended Project (EPQ) at grade C or above. Other AS levels (or qualifications equivalent to AS level) are not accepted.

Please contact the University directly if you are unsure whether you meet the minimum entry requirements for the course.

Specific GCSE requirements

5 GCSE’s at grade C/4 or above including:

GCSE grade C/4 in English Language or Level 2 Functional Skills English


GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics or Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics


GCSE grade C/4 in Science or BTEC Level 2 in Applied Science with grade merit

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 122 UCAS tariff points

International Baccalaureate points

29 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 overall with no individual element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Additional Requirements

Due to the nature of City in the Community projects, all learners will require a full DBS check and clearance.

‘Football is for everyone’: Student volunteers help to make sport more inclusive

The One City Disability Event brings together children with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities from secondary schools across Manchester, to the Etihad Campus, for a day of friendly competition and football, three times per year. 

Hosted by Manchester City Football Club’s City in the Community Foundation, and student volunteers from Manchester Metropolitan University, the event offers children who have additional needs an avenue to compete in their own league, and in a professional sporting environment.

Course details

This three-year programme delivers the skills and knowledge required to focus on sports activities with underrepresented groups. These include young people, people with disabilities, older people and women. Football’s potential to reach these groups has been recognised by Manchester City F.C.’s City in the Community Foundation and Manchester Metropolitan University for more than three decades. This course looks beyond football and to a range of sports to engage people to improve their health and wellbeing.

Sociological and psychological theories that explain sport’s potential to develop and change behaviour are blended with knowledge of sport in communities. A quarter of your assessed work each year is based on practical experience and a mentored role in supporting City in the Community sport programmes.

This is a compelling opportunity to experience fully integrated academic and practical studies through a collaboration between Manchester City F.C.’s City in the Community Foundation and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Your first year introduces you to the fundamentals of sport coaching practices. Throughout the year, you will also access a number of work-based learning opportunities with City in the Community. Units typically include the following (this list is indicative and may change).

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Core Units

Introduction to Coaching Practice

This unit introduces you to the role of the coach within the coaching process, building upon the relationship between theory and practice. You will study themes such as the coaching process, theories of learning, coaching methods, performance analysis, practice - planning, delivery and evaluation of coaching sessions and the creation of safe coaching environments.

Youth Sport

You will experience and evaluate methods designed to improve learning and performance in a range of contexts related to PE and youth sport. In this unit, you will review a range of local and national initiatives aimed at increasing participation and performance in youth sport. The motivations and rationale for such schemes will be explored as will their effectiveness. Practical evaluation of methods of engagement, pedagogy and motor development will also be considered.

Introduction to Sport Development

This unit introduces the main principles and background to sport development, and how these are used to explain current practice in the field. You will be introduced to key terminology, concepts and knowledge relating to the sport development process. Topics will include: national agencies and organisations, and the evolution of early modules and their contemporary application in areas of youth and community sport. There will also be a focus on the voluntary sector and community sport clubs, inclusion issues related to sport development addressing equity and participation, underrepresented groups and barriers to sport. You will also gain experience in action planning and programme design for sport development outcomes, basic quantitative data analysis applied to sport participation and graphic and tabular presentation of sport related data and its interpretation.

Work-Based Learning 1

This unit provides you with the opportunity to engage in regular supervised work experience within a variety of football coaching projects led by City in the Community. The focus in year one will be on primary school sports, early years coaching, educational programmes and a variety of community engagement projects.

The unit is designed to develop and evaluate the knowledge, core skills, competencies and proficiencies necessary to working in community coaching environments. It will enable you to apply your knowledge in a practical environment whilst developing the foundations of analysis and independent learning required to underpin work. The tools of critical self-reflection will be developed to identify a skills matrix and appreciation of the requirements for different professional roles.

The second year of this degree will build on the knowledge gained through Year 1 via engaging core units. You will also continue to develop your career readiness and employability through work-based learning with Manchester City F.C.’s City in the Community Foundation. Units typically include the following (this list is indicative and may change).

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Core Units

Coaching Theory

This unit explores the principles and practices underpinning sports coaching. Specifically, focusing upon using theory to develop coaching practice. You will study the coaching process, coaching and philosophy, coaching as a social process, experimental learning in sports coaching and coaching behaviour. You will also look at athlete learning, the analysis of sports performance individualisation, progression and regression of coaching sessions and the use of reflective practice in sports coaching.

Developing Health and Fitness

This unit is concerned with factors which influence children's health, and how this affects their ability to engage in physical activity. You will be equipped with knowledge and understanding of the relationship between children's health and physical activity and the influence of diet and physical activity on children's health. It will address issues such as assessment and development of children's physical fitness and physical activity, the influence of growth and maturation on children's ability to engage in suitable physical activity, as well as sports performance, obesity, bone health and development of coronary heart disease.

Project Event Management

This unit explores the planning of events, their operations and logistics, costing and evaluation. You will focus on the stages of planning, funding, running and evaluating a sport based community project. It will also explore the skills essential for working with community stakeholders and partners to ensure the success of a community project. The stages of project management covered will be:

Communities, Sustainable Projects and Capacity Building

Funding Projects

Project Design and Work-Plans

Project Roles and Responsibilities

Roles and Responsibilities

Partnerships and Stakeholders

Delivering a Community Project

Monitoring, Review, Evaluation and Dissemination

Celebrating and Exit Planning.

Work-Based Learning 2

This unit provides you with the opportunity to continue your engagement in regular supervised work experience within a variety of football coaching projects led by City in the Community. The focus in year two will be on primary school sports, early years coaching, BTEC youth team coaching, football development coaching and project event management.

In your final year of study, you will build the knowledge and skillset required to secure graduate employment. Units typically include the following (this list is indicative and may change).

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Core Units

Developing and Delivering Sport Event Projects

This units develops practical project delivery skills through the use of a negotiated individual project in the field of community sport development.

While the detailed nature of the work to be undertaken within the context of the unit is negotiated, the concepts, themes and issues that will be engaged with through practice and reflection include: Theoretical concepts relating to coaching and sport development, good practice in coaching and sport development, political and economic influences in sport, critical and reflective writing and evaluating the student experience to enhance practice.

MCFC Applied Project

Students will design, implement, and report findings of an applied research investigation relevant to the degree programme in the community football setting.

Students will conduct research utilising a number of approaches and in a number of environments. These include, an extended literature review, a case study, experimental and laboratory based research, and qualitative fieldwork and/or mixed methods approaches. Each student will be allocated a supervisor. Frequency and duration of supervisory meetings will depend upon the scope and scale of the project. Students will be expected to take an active role in the supervisory process and this ongoing engagement will contribute to a process mark.

Training Theory and Practice

This unit develops knowledge of the training process for individual athletes and teams. The theoretical basis of periodisation is examined in detail and applied to the process of developing long term training plans in sport.

Building upon a core knowledge about coaching theory and physical development, the unit explores the theoretical and practical basis for developing longer term training plans. The unit covers areas such as: Training Principles, The training factors, Classifying skills, Short Term planning, Long Term Planning , The Annual Plan, Criteria for compiling an annual plan , The annual plan training phases and their characteristics, The chart of the annual plan - Macro-cycle, Training States. Examples are drawn from a range of sports and applied to areas of specific relevance.  

Active Environments and Behaviour

You will investigate reasons for lack of physical activity on an environmental and population level and explore psychological aspects of exercise behaviour. 

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Each year you will complete four 30 credit units. 30 credits requires 300 hours of study composed of lectures, practical sessions, seminars/ webinars and independent study.

This three-year degree will typically comprise of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your style of learning and the nature of the assessment. Students are assessed through a mixture of essay writing, coaching practicals, work- based learning portfolios, research projects and presentations.

Placement options

The programme is built around work-based learning and will include placements at each level working with City in the Community on a variety of their football schemes.

Work-based learning is built into the course and you will typically spend 12 hours per week completing the work-based modules. They will give you the opportunity to explore all project areas within City in the Community and gain valuable, hands-on experience with project planning and delivery, monitoring and evaluating processes and quality assurance.

During years 1 and 2, students will complete work-based learning in eight areas across the key themes of health, inclusion and education.

Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences

Part of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences hosts a range of specialisms, from physiology and biomechanics, nutrition, to coaching and sport history. Our innovative partnerships with high profile sporting organisations include a unique collaboration with Manchester City Football Club.

We focus on practical and academic skills alongside employability, to prepare our graduates for work in a variety of careers.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £16,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Other Costs

Resources: All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop and up to £200 each year for books and printing.

Travel: Students will be required to travel between specialist facilities, such as our All Saints and Platt Lane sites. An annual bus pass for travel around Manchester costs approximately £240 (indicative).

Kit (compulsory): Students on the Etihad Campus-based programmes will be required to purchase MCFC kit from the online shop at Manchester Met. The kit is mandatory and must be worn while on the Etihad Campus and while on work-based learning and course related placements. Estimated cost will be £100 per student.

Academy meal offer (optional): Student can pay by monthly direct debit to access the healthy eating options offered by the MCFC Academy menu for £7.70 per lunch. Note: this requires a minimum of ten students to register for the healthy eating plan.



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Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

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