Education Programme’s and Pathways

Education Programme’s and Pathways

Further information regarding the Education Programme at Birmingham City Football Club can be found below

The Birmingham City Community Trust delivers one of the most diverse and comprehensive educational football programmes in the country.

For general enquiries, please contact

  • General Office Contact Number – 0121 202 5291.
  • Football and Education Office Contact Number – 0121 667 4000.
  • Community Education Manager, Paul Virgo –
  • Football and Education Department Manager, Matt Dorgan –
  • Foundation Degree Mentor/Football and Education Programme Lecturer, Harry Basra –


The Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Community Football Coaching and Development provides students with an opportunity to gain an industry-recognised coaching award while being affiliated to BCFC Community Trust, in partnership with the University of South Wales.

This Community Football Coaching Course, designed in conjunction with the English Football League Trust, develops the skills and qualities that are required to work within professional Football Club’s Community Departments or National Governing Bodies in areas of growth such as social inclusion, community coaching and football development.

You will learn about children and youth coaching, football coaching, football development, social inclusion, and sports management skills.


  • Football Event Management
  • Academic Research and Professional Skills
  • Introduction to Sports Development
  • Introduction to Sports Science for Football
  • Football Coaching: Theory to Practice
  • Technical Planning and Reflective Practice in Football


  • Football In Society
  • Project Operations Management
  • Youth Football Coaching
  • PE and School Sport
  • Sport Placement


BCFC Community Trust have recently teamed up with the University College Birmingham to launch a new Higher Education Programme. Sports Management offers a wide variety of employment opportunities, from working for national governing bodies or managing leisure facilities and sports events to sports marketing and commercial development.

Our course features distinct learning pathways relating to key areas – Leadership and Management, Marketing and Communications, Research or Planning and Performance – ensuring you gain the range of skills vital for success in your preferred field.


Learners will have the opportunity to study at Birmingham City Football Clubs Trillion Trophy Stadium which will provide the opportunity to learn at the heart of the industry environment, with placement opportunities across different departments.

You will also have access to UCB facilities which include, sport science labs, gym, library, and computer access.

We have also agreed that students will also have the opportunity to move into UCB dorm accommodations if they wish to do so.


  • Coaching for Performance and Management
  • Brand U
  • Finance and Economics of Football
  • Football and Contemporary Issues


  • The Global Football Industry
  • Digital Media and Marketing for Football
  • Investigate Football Journalism
  • Managing and Leading People in Football


Graduates of the Foundation Degree Community Football Coaching and Development can pursue careers as a performance coach; sports or football development officer; multi-skills sports coach; school sport coordinator; talent coach; club coach; participant coach; PE teacher; FE college lecturer; primary school teacher; coaches, workforce, and coach education coordinators; sports management and administration positions; self employed business managers.

On successful completion of the 2-year Foundation Degree, students could opt to top up (complete a 3rd year) to achieve a BSc (Hons) in Football Coaching Development and Administration.

The year of study will consolidate your learning and start to specialise your work-based learning experience in line with your career ambitions.

Top Up Year Modules

  • Applied Professional Project
  • Strategic Sports Development
  • Performance Football Coaching: Theory to Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in Sports Coaching
  • Applied Sports Management and Administration
  • The Business of Football

The third-year can be completed on campus at USW, alternatively, it can be completed via distance learning whilst completing a work placement.

To apply for our Football Foundation Degree’s, please email

The Football and Education Programme (FEP) is run by the BCFC Community Trust in partnership with UCB and the EFL Trust.

Students will study at St. Andrews Trillion Trophy Stadium and UCB Campus. They will also have the opportunity to train at a range of professional facilities which include the Trillion Trophy Training Centre.

Students will compete at a range of footballing levels (ability dependent) and receive coaching from BCFC Academy coaches alongside UEFA A licensed coaches. As well as this, students will participate in the Community Trust pre-season training camps and the end of season tours in the UK and abroad. As an added extra, all students will have the opportunity to gain vocational coaching qualifications should they wish.

Students can progress through internal routes to Higher Education – including the opportunity to gain a place on our Foundation Degree in Community Coaching & Development, or our new Foundation Degree in Football Business and Management, at the end of the course.

Learners who have successfully completed our Football and Education Programme have gone onto gain employment within the sports coaching industry, been accepted at Universities both in the UK and USA, as well as being successful in signing for professional and semi-professional football clubs.

Opening the door to a whole range of rewarding careers, the course will equip you with the essential skills required for direct entry into a broad range of roles, including performance analyst, fitness trainer, gym instructor and coach. After further higher level study, your future career options could also include sports therapist, nutritionist and PE teacher.

You can find out more about the course and how to apply, here.