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West Ham United Foundation degrees at University of East London offer unique learning experience

West Ham United Foundation and University of East London have collaborated to offer students interested in a career in sport incredible opportunities to study with and be part of a Premier League Football Club. ​

Our approach to student development has seen many of our graduates go on to work for top-class, world-renowned sports organisations, both here in the UK and internationally. Latest statistics show that over 90 per cent of our graduates are either in work or involved in further study within six months of graduating.

​Delivered at the University of East London’s SportsDock, Docklands Campus (USA’s London 2012 Olympic Games training base), there are two degrees available; the FdSc Community Sports Management degree and the BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Performance degree.

Throughout your time on the degrees our expert lecturers from West Ham United Foundation, the Club’s Academy and University of East London will support your development as a professional; enhancing your practical skills, academic understanding and industry experience – three fundamental elements needed to kick-start your career in sport. 

Community Sports Management

The Community Sport Management degree has a mixture of academic topics and practical experiences within the modules you will study, providing you with fantastic understanding of what underpins a community sports organisation and how it works to improve the lives of those in the local area.

The two year foundation programme also offers students a practical route into a third year on BSc (Hons) Sport, PE and Development. ​

​In the first two years, students will have the opportunity to study academically, focusing on various aspects of sports management within a community setting, and how effective leadership in sport can lead to community cohesion, health benefits and successful sports events. The programme is designed so that students are exposed to as much practical experience in the industry as possible. We even have two dedicated ‘Professional Development’ (Sport Placement) modules to ensure you are highly employable once you graduate. 

Camilla recently graduated from the Community Sports Management foundation degree and finished the third year of the Sport, PE and Development degree, and really enjoyed her time on the course, saying: “Personally, I think mixing these two degrees were the perfect way to get to your full degree because the foundation degree allows you to put some knowledge and theory into practise which is a great way to make learning a lot more fun.

“You can use these degrees to go down a lot of other routes. For example, I am about to start my Masters in Sports Management because I’m aiming to do something related to Event Management or Marketing or something along those lines.”

Sports Coaching and Performance

This degree programme is designed to embed industry experts throughout the duration of the course, with West Ham United Foundation and Academy delivering on half of your modules.

You’ll learn the skills needed to become an inspiring, motivating and highly qualified coach as well as how to design training programmes and analyse performance. Whether you end up mentoring top athletes or inspiring schoolchildren – we’ll help you to follow the coaching path that excites you most.

The coaches we help develop have a strong reputation, especially because they have already gained real-world experience before they graduate. So, after your three years with us, you’ll be well placed to find employment.

Bobby is going into his second year of the course and said: “For me the course is really good. All the modules are fun and interesting and actually linked to the course.

“It gives you some great opportunities. I get the chance to coach at West Ham United Foundation, I also had the chance to go to Austria and coach at the United World Games and go to Spain and coach the West Ham United Academy.”

He added: “The lecturers are great, they are really helpful with University work and giving you opportunities for coaching.”

Places on our degrees are still available through clearing. Apply now; 

To find out more information email the West Ham United Foundation Higher Education Manager, Andrew Griffiths