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1st4sport Level One Award in Coaching Football


This qualification is designed to provide you with an introduction to the practical and theoretical aspects of coaching football. The foundation level of knowledge and skills developed by The Football Association will enable you to develop an understanding of the safe, ethical and effective management and coaching of football to players of all ages.

Coaching football

The qualification is composed of seven mandatory units giving you seven credits. The qualification is recognised as the industry standard level 1 qualification for coaching football by the national governing body for Football in England, The Football Association. The FA is also the professional body for football coaches, providing services and support to those who hold this and other football qualifications.

It is also recognised by and has the support of a range of employers, including the County Football Associations, Football Clubs, schools and colleges, as the sole qualification for those looking to begin a career in coaching football. The qualification is also endorsed by the lead agency for coaching, sports coach UK, as meeting its UKCC criteria.

You will also receive as part of this course an FA Emergency Aid Certificate and FA workshop 'Safeguarding Children in Football'.

This course is held at the Academy of Sport facilities at London South Bank University and taught by exceptional tutors with years of industry experience.



LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page



Teaching and learning

Entry requirements

How to apply

To book your place on the course, download and complete the booking form and return by email to

Applications will be accepted on a first come first served basis, your place will only be confirmed on receipt of full payment and completion of the application form.

Once you have returned the booking form, you can pay by card at our online store or come into the LSBU Sports Centre to pay in person.

Course 1:

Saturday 15 October10.30am-6.00pm
Sunday 21 October10.30am-6.30pm
Saturday 28 October10.30am-6.30pm
Sunday 18 November10.30am-6.30pm

Course 2:

Saturday 2 June       10.30am-6.30pm
Sunday 3 June10.30am-6.30pm
Saturday 9 June10.30am-6.30pm
Sunday 10 June10.30am-6.30pm
Saturday 16 June10.30am-6.30pm

Fees and funding

The price of the course is £200.

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Prepare to start

All participants will be given details about the course prior to attending, including; the time, location and course structure of the day.

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Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6100

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