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Coaching Foundation Degree

August 2023 - July 2024

Sports Coaching & Development
Community Coaching & Administration

These courses are ideal for any young individual interested in a career in the football/sports industry.

We are offering two course, a Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching and Development and a Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Administration. They are delivered in partnership with the University of South Wales and the EFL Trust.

These degrees provide an opportunity to gain an industry recognised coaching award while being affiliated to MK Dons Sport & Education Trust.

This unique football coaching course has been designed in conjunction with the English Football League (EFL) to identify the type of skills and qualities that are required to work within professional football club's community departments, such as MK Dons SET.


2 Years

Both foundation degrees are 2 years. There is the option to add a 'top up' to make it a full degreee


Over 18

Those who have left college or six form and wanting to start there career in the football/ sports industry.


Stadium MK

Predominantly based at Stadium MKMinimum of 5 days per year at USW Sport Park

Plus local Community based placement opportunities


Course Fee

£8,000 per year for each Foundation Degree

The Details.

You will be predominantly based within your own football club (MK Dons SET at Stadium MK), with a minimum of 5 days per year at the USW Sport Park, a £3.7m state of the art coaching and performance development centre.

There will be further opportunity to apply your knowledge with an extensive work - based learning programme provided by MK Dons SET, working within specific roles and real life football projects.

You will be enrolled as a student at the University of South Wales and have access to a number of learning materials. You will have access to an online library, blackboard and other learning materials.

In year 2, you will complete up to 200 hours of coaching as part of the MK Dons SET that is managed though weekly tutorials and a comprehensive mentoring programme. The work bases learning programme will be completed within the professional football club and will provide opportunities to gain experience in areas such as social inclusion, school and grass root club development, football development and coaching.

Sports Coaching & Development
Community Coaching & Administration

Fees & Funding.

The Foundation Degree will cost each student £8000 per year.

The Top Up year  will cost each student £9000 per year. 

(This extra year makes your foundation degree into a full degree)


Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain
at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.


August 2023 - July 2024 Fee,

August 2024 - July 2025 Fees for the two years. 

Sports Coaching & Development
Community Coaching & Administration

Career Paths.

Graduates from these courses can pursue careers as:

  • A performance Coach

  • Sports or Football Development Officer

  • Multi-Skills Sports Coach

  • School Sport Co-ordinator

  • PE Teacher, FE College Lecturer, Primary School Teacher

  • Sports Management and Administration Positions

  • Self-employed Business Managers

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.


“By completing this degree, it has allowed me to gain real life coaching experiences whilst gaining a sports degree which has been really enjoyable.”

Kieran, Graduate 2023

Sports Coaching & Development
Community Coaching & Administration
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