Opportunities To Learn With Scunthorpe United CSET

BTEC Extended Level 3 Diploma in Sport with Futsal

The Football League Trust Education & Futsal Programme offers 16 to 18 year olds males the chance to find passes on and off the pitch at Scunthorpe United as they learn, train, play and work.

Learn: Study towards a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (worth up to three A-Levels)

Train: Regular Futsal coaching to develop technical, tactical and physical ability

Play: Represent Scunthorpe United FC in FLT Futsal League and other cup competitions

Work: Open the door to University courses and careers in the sports industry

Through the programme students are able to gain a BTEC and play Futsal for Scunthorpe United FC in The Football League Trust Futsal League.

The programme is aimed at young people who have a passion for football/futsal and a desire to progress to university or work in sport. Unlike a regular college course, students on the FLT Education and Futsal programme use an online platform that offers modern, paperless learning at the football club, allowing students to swap the mundane classroom for studying in a sporting environment.

The entry requirements to join this pioneering programme are four A-C GCSEs including English and Maths or a BTEC Level 2.

The programme offers an array of exit routes, ranging from a university education (including Football League Trust’s Community Football Coaching & Development Foundation Degree) to careers in the sports and leisure sector, both in the UK and overseas.


What is Futsal?

Futsal is the world’s fastest growing indoor sport, which showcases close ball skills, increased touches, quick decision making, creativity and tactical nous. Considered by many as football in its purest form, the five-a-side game using hockey size goals and a size four ball with 30% less bounce is the only officially recognised form of indoor football accepted by UEFA and FIFA.

Set to become a future Olympic Sport, the free-flowing game was played by football stars as juniors, including Zidane, Xavi, Messi, Iniesta and Cristiano Ronaldo.

What is The Football League Trust Futsal League?

The national Football League Trust Futsal League (FLTFL) takes place on Wednesdays across the country between September and June, as rival clubs go head to head in 6 regional divisions. Fixtures take place at state-of-the-art facilities, including @Futsal Arena’s in Leeds, Swindon and Birmingham, Europe’s largest futsal venue, which plays host to FLT Futsal National Finals.

Division winners and high finishers qualify to compete in the season’s grand finale, where the FLT National Futsal champions are crowned.

Last season also saw the introduction of the Soccer AM Futsal Cup, a collaborative event between FLT Futsal and Soccer AM. The competition, which runs between January and May, has a regular feature on the popular Saturday morning programme, and provides the top four sides with the opportunity to play at the Copper Box Arena in London.

The FLT Education and Futsal programme is proving a driving force in the game’s UK growth, as a foundation for players to go further. Future stars continue to emerge, with many players catching FA National League and England scouts’ eyes. Frequent call-ups to England development squads are a testament to the programme’s production of talent.

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Our current 1st Year Scholars

Dec Young


Brandon Mcglone


Dec Jordan


Ben Johnson


Dan Newell


Ben Morrell

Jack Grey

Harry Tindall

Mikey Musu

Jake Law

Elso Junior

Ethan Short

Jack Christer

Kory Brown

Luke Blackburn

Mish Matej

Owen Robinson

Richard Fox


Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development

Are you passionate about a career in the football industry? If so, come and study with Scunthorpe United FC in 2017/18. 

Scunthorpe United two-year Foundation Degree programme is a course designed for individuals wanting to attain a university qualification and are passionate about pursuing a career in the football industry.

Students develop the necessary skills, qualities and characteristics that are required to work within professional football club community departments or national governing bodies.

Delivered in partnership with the University of South Wales, all lectures, seminars and tutorials are delivered in a supportive and inspirational club environment via online material.

Alongside the academic element of the course, students will complete up to 200 hours of voluntary coaching within the community, alongside the Community Trust and academy staff, allowing the students to embed and develop the coaching techniques learnt within lectures.

Through the Trust’s partnership with the University of South Wales, all students will be enrolled as a student at the university. Students will be able to access the university’s online library, blackboard and learning materials, providing them with the best possible learning platform to excel within.

Course Summary 

Academic Qualification 

Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development


  • FA Level 1 and 2 Award in Coaching Football
  • Community football development
  • Principles of coaching
  • Teach you aspects of children’s and youth coaching, football coaching, football development, social inclusion and sports management skills


The course costs students £8,000 per academic year; however, this cost is covered by student finance.

Start Date

September 2017

Prerequisites to Apply

  • A minimum of 160 UCAS points
  • Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Three A*-C grades at GCSE, including English and maths

For further information on the course please contact Gav Cooper on g.cooper@scunthorpe-united.co.uk or click on the following link - http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1035-foundation-degree-community-football-coaching-and-development


BSc Football Coaching, Development & Administration (top up year)

BSc Football Coaching, Development & Administration (top up year)

The University of South Wales and Scunthorpe United Sport & Education Trust is launching the BSc Football Coaching, Development and Administration ‘top up’ year to allow current Football League Trust students the ability to achieve a BSc (Honours) degree following their successful Foundation Degree programme. For a full time student, this will mean completing the course over the course of an academic year (part time over two years).

Course Aims

  • Develop skills and knowledge in the disciplines of football coaching, development and administration.
  • Develop the ability to apply knowledge and skills to theoretical and practical problems within the coaching area.
  • Develop a critical understanding of the cultural, political, social, environmental and economic landscape in which football is positioned at a regional, national and global level.
  • To provide students with the fundamentals of operations management, policy and strategy within a football environment.
  • Develop a range of transferable skills to prepare the student for work based learning, employment or further studies in the area of coaching, development and administration.
  • Provide the opportunity for students to apply their skills through work based learning opportunities in a number of areas that relate to coaching, development and sport administration in the practical world.
  • Provide students with knowledge of a holistic approach to community coaching, sports development and management that incorporates the impact of, leadership, strategy, management, and marketing in sport.
  • Provide the students with a broad and balanced foundation of theoretical knowledge and practical skills relating to the coaching and the football industry.
  • Develop a critical understanding of the theories and concepts that influence and form the performance and behaviour of coaches and coaching practice.


Applied Professional Project

The module is designed to provide a platform upon which the learner can enhance the effectiveness of their workplace experience. For their chosen professional activity the student will be expected to develop independent learning based on experience in the workplace.

Students will agree with their mentor a specific project which they will be responsible for delivering. This project will form the focus for their research/management report, and will be underpinned by evidence/research. Students will learn how to work on their own initiative and as part of a team, and will have to make decisions and apply their theoretical knowledge to deliver their project.

To this end the student will undertake a minimum of 140 hours of work experience with an appropriate organisation and obtain employer's agreement to complete an assessment report. Students may also accredit appropriate work experience that they have already undertaken by completing the assessment of the module based on that experience.

Assessment –

  • Oral Presentation (15minutes)
  • Mentor Report
  • Written Management report (6000words)

Performance Football Coaching: Theory to Practice

The module aims to introduce students to the role of performance related football coaching and the demands placed upon the modern-day football coach. In remaining true to academic standards this module draws from a wide theoretical base, suitable for level 6 study and actively challenges students to deliver well-informed football practices. The concept of the module is in line with the demands of industry in aiming to develop students who are theoretically aware, but are also practically applied.

Underpinning principles of performance football coaching including:

  • The football employment landscape and associated demands
  • The football learning environment
  • Technical and tactical adaptations and associated player/coach learning
  • The application of EPPP
  • Contemporary coaching styles, ideas and approaches.

Assessment –

  • Oral Assessment (30mins Viva)
  • Practical Assessment (30mins)

Strategic Sports Development

To introduce students to the concepts of strategic management and planning; provide an overview of relevant frameworks and techniques with which to analyse contemporary sports development and management issues; critically examine sports policy, strategies and development plans and their impacts; provide students with an opportunity to identify and evaluate strategic options; provide students with an appreciation of international sports policy and the development of sport on a global basis.

Assessment -

  • Oral Presentation (15mins)
  • Essay (3000 words)
  • Written Report (1500 words)

Contemporary Issues in Sports Coaching

The module aims to develop a student's critical awareness of the United Kingdom sport context and contemporary issues associated with coaching, coaching development and performance enhancement and participation in sport. Furthermore, it will allow a student to consider a range of participant populations (e.g. grassroots to high-performance; children to adults) and develop a critical appreciation of the contribution of sociological, psychological, physical and practical concepts and their impact on sporting performance.

  • Oral Presentation (15mins)
  • Essay (3000 words)

The Business of Football

To gain an understanding of the range of challenges and opportunities faced by football organisations endeavouring to operate successfully within the national or international arena. Students may examine the following topics within the module:

  • Globalization of Football
  • Commercialisation of Football
  • Governance and Regulation
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Ethics within the game
  • Branding and Marketing Communications
  • Public Relations and the Media
  • The Digital Experience
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • The Future of Football

Assessment –

  • Essay (3000 words)
  • Written Portfolio (3000 words)