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Physical Education and Football Coaching with Arsenal in the Community - FdSc

Why study this course?

London Met's Physical Education and Football Coaching with Arsenal in the Community FdSc will develop your skills and knowledge through work placements in partnership with Arsenal in the Community, Access to Sports and 1st4Sport. Through coaching sessions, lectures, projects and tutorials, you'll be well-equipped for a career in physical education and sports coaching. This course is taught through the University's collaborative partner, City and Islington College.

In the most recent (2015-16) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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This course teaches you the key elements of physical education and community sports coaching, with a particular emphasis on football coaching. There are excellent opportunities to develop practical coaching skills and experience through work placements in partnership with Arsenal in the Community. You’ll also develop an understanding of the requirements of working with the educational and sports coaching sectors and gain valuable experience of coaching sport within schools. 

Tailored to provide you with the knowledge, skills and experience to pursue careers in education and sports coaching, the course works in partnership with Arsenal FC, Access to Sports and 1st4Sport. These organisations will support you to achieve a range of qualifications including the 1st4Sport Certificate in Supporting Learning in Physical Education and School Sport.

For one afternoon per week, you will coach children in schools, organised by Arsenal in the Community. You will also take part in lectures, practical sessions, project work and tutorials. You’ll learn from an experienced course team with expertise in many aspects of football and community sports coaching, and will work in a multi-purpose sports hall, sports science gym and on an astroturf pitch.


This course is assessed through practical work, exams, self-reflection pieces, essays and work experience.

Some modules are also assessed using both individual and group presentations.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of 64 UCAS points from either two A levels in grade C (grade 4 from 2017) in Biology, Physical Education or Human Biology, BTEC National Diploma in Sports and Exercise Science or a related area, with a Merit, Pass, Pass (MPP) grading or BTEC National Certificate with a Mert, Merit (MM) grading
  • a recognised Access to Higher Education Certificate in a related subject
  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics Grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or equivalent qualification
  • FA level 1 Football Coaching Award
  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance

Applicants for whom English is a second language are required to pass the IELTS test achieving a minimum of Level 6.

If you do not meet the above entry requirements, then your application will be considered based on equivalent qualifications, previous experience, a college assessment and an interview.

Relevant practical experience and evidence of enthusiasm and commitment are valuable. In your application, include any voluntary or paid experience and/or formal training, and we will determine whether this is an appropriate level qualification for you.

We are not able to offer sponsorship under the Tier 4 visa route for this course. However, we are happy to consider those falling into this category for an alternative suitable course on request. Overseas nationals who already hold an alternative visa in a suitable category or have been granted permission to remain in the UK indefinitely can be considered for this course.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time. Please refer to the City and Islington College website for further information.

Year 1 (Level 3) modules include:

  • Community Football Coaching I (with Arsenal FC)
  • Academic Skills
  • Psychology
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Sport and Exercise
  • Strength and Conditioning for Sport

Year 2 (level 4) modules include:

  • Community Football Coaching II (with Arsenal FC)
  • MultiSport
  • Research Project in Sport and Exercise
  • Principles of Coaching
  • Principles of Effective Coaching and Teaching

Successful completion of the course will enable you to progress to the Physical Education and Coaching (Top-up) BSc.

This course will prepare you for a career in sports coaching or physical education teaching.

This course is offered only through one of London Metropolitan University's collaborative partners, City and Islington College. Teaching will take place at the College, but you will enrol at London Metropolitan University and you'll receive your award certificate from the University when you graduate.

You will have a London Met student card that will grant you access to our libraries, and you'll be eligible for student membership of our sport and fitness facilities. You'll have the best of both worlds, as you'll also be able to take advantage of the City and Islington College library and IT facilities, including free on-site Wi-Fi and a virtual learning environment, so you can access course materials and assignments online even when you’re not at College.

At City and Islington College you'll benefit from small class sizes and regular one-to-ones and group tutorial sessions. City and Islington College advisers can also provide support with any out-of-College matters, including accommodation and financial concerns, as well as careers guidance.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee, there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional bodies.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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