Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John)

Football Development and Coaching Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John) Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth


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Course summary

TEF Silver

Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John) has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.

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This degree helps you to turn your passion for football into a varied and exciting career. You’ll understand the industry, including development; management and governance; event management; coaching theory and practice; performance analysis and the application of sport science principles; inclusion; and football as a force for positive social change.

Why this course at Marjon?
• Delivered in partnership with Plymouth Argyle Football Club’s Community Trust and Devon FA.
• Access to national networks across professional football.
• Delivered by both academic staff and industry professionals.
• Staff are involved in community and academy programmes as well as the FA Coach Mentor Scheme.
• Gain FA recognised coaching qualifications, up to UEFA B, at no additional cost.
• Opportunity to work part-time with Argyle’s Community Trust.
• Work with a football career mentor from Argyle Community Trust.

What might I become?
Career opportunities are worldwide, and include working as a coach, development officer, project manager or analyst; working in the commercial, charitable or public sectors as well as with the FA and professional clubs.

Find out more at Open Day
Open Day is your opportunity to find out more about studying Football Development and Coaching at Marjon. You’ll meet lecturers and look around our world class Sport & Health Centre. Our student life talks will help you prepare to go to university, covering topics such as careers, funding, sport and our award winning on-campus student support service. You can also take a tour of the campus with a current student and find out about the student-led clubs and societies.
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Why study at Marjon?
• Awarded SILVER Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
• High quality teaching Ranked No 1 in England for teaching quality in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
• Joint 12th in UK for Student Satisfaction as ranked by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
• Top 10 in the UK for student experience as ranked by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019*.
• 5th in UK for Courses and Lecturers in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA) 2019.

*Rankings published 23 September 2018. Oxford and Cambridge excluded due to low response rates. Based on National Student Survey 2018.

Course details


Phil Brown -Course Lead, Football Development and Coaching;
“During the first year you’ll learn how sport is managed from grassroots through to elite level. You will also learn about football in the community and how analysis is used in football coaching. In the second year you will undertake a work placement, learn about sport event management and have the option to select some modules based on your interests. Your third year involves looking more in-depth at elite level sport while also learning what it takes to be an elite coach and performer.”

1st Year
Football in the Community
Sport Coaching and the Coaching Process
Introducing Analysis in Sport Coaching
Foundations in Sport Development
Introduction to the Management of Sport
Engaging with Learning: Football Development & Coaching

2nd Year
Engaging with Employability: Football Development and Coaching
Sports Event Management
Research Methods
Sport Policy and Governance
Sport and Education
Sport Marketing
Practical Aspects of Performance Analysis in Sport
Applied Sport Science for Sport and Physical Education
Coaching Theory & Practice
Inclusion in Sport
Independent Study

3rd Year
Honours Project
Strategic Sport Development
Sport and Excellence
Pedagogy in Practice
Performance Coaching
Applied Resource Management

Assessment method

You’ll write essays, give presentations, produce reports and there is the odd exam. You’ll be assessed on your delivery skills, in coaching, at events, and on placement.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code S3H6
Institution code P63
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 points Must be achieved from 3 A levels, BTECs or other acceptable Level 3 qualifications
A level CCC Excluding General Studies
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM or a combination of BTEC Level 3 grades
Access to HE Diploma Pass with 23-45 Level 3 credits at Merit/Distinction with a minimum of 6 credits at Distinction
AS We will accept 2 AS levels in lieu of one A level but must be accompanied by 2 A Levels or BTECs
General Studies is excluded.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Grade C or 4 English Language or an acceptable equivalent qualification

Other Level 3 qualifications will be considered

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £11,000 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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