Gaining practical work experience is at the heart of the course. Students are required to take part in a football leadership programme, working on projects in the local football community.
Students are also encouraged to seek optional internship and work-based learning opportunities with professional clubs and organisations. Placement schemes have run in the past with a number of Premier League and Football League clubs, recruiting students from within the University, whilst other students arrange their own placements with support from the course team. The University can also help students to use their coaching skills in the United States and elsewhere during holiday periods.
Third-year students studying the Applied Coaching in Football unit are required to be working with a football club – the University can offer students support in getting in touch with local clubs if they are not already working with one.