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Higher Education

      (International students)

The NEFA international degree programme sees the opportunity for any non UK passport holder to come and complete a 3 year degree with SHU whilst also being part of NEFA full-time football development programme.

This programme is designed for players still serious about their football futures (and working in the game) whilst also wanting to continue with their academic study. The football and games programme sees the vital opportunity to train full time within the NEFA coaching programme as well as play in a men’s first team environment as well as against professional academies.

The degrees are over a 3 year period and the student attends the campus at Sheffield and the football timetable is adapted to work around study times and transport will be provided from university campus to the NEFA training base.

For full details of our football programme please click here (link to The Football tab)

There are a whole host of subjects to choose from with some of the most popular listed below (for a full list please visit our resources page here) (link to resource page and SHU international prospectus)


Sports Business Management Details

Sport Development with Coaching Details

Sport Coaching Details

Sport and Exercise Technology Details

BSc Psychology Details

Sport and Exercise Science Details

The other important element of the NEFA International Programme is the opportunity to extend your learning further whilst you are with us.

We will work with you to offer you the opportunity to complete the following courses whilst with NEFA:

– FA Coaching Level 1
– FA Coaching Level 2
– Johann Cruyff Institute Fundamentals of Sport Management
– Johann Cryuff Institute Fundamentals of Football Business
– FA Talent I.D. Level 1
– ASA Football Agent Level 1 and Level 2
– Scout4Recruitment Scouting Workshops

For costs please click here

To express interest please click here

Higher Education Pathway (UK, EU, EEA students)

The higher education pathway is in partnership with the Open University, voted as one of the top 50 universities in the United Kingdom.

The online degrees are completed over a 3 year period and study time is implemented into the timetable at NEFA, with support from our education team. This flexible approach allows the study time to be structured around the football programme.

Since the OU’s launch in 1969, more than 2 million people worldwide have achieved their learning goals by studying with the OU and they are one of the largest universities in Europe with 174,898 students.

NEFA and Open University Courses


BSC (Hons) Sport, Fitness and Coaching • BA (Hons) Business Management

BSC (Hons) Sport, Fitness and Coaching

This degree develops skills and understanding of sports science, psychology, training, coaching and leadership. It enhances awareness of learner’s own role and increases effectiveness at work and develops communication and analytical skills.

The degree is split into 3 stages, with students studying 2 modules in each stage.


Stage 1

Introduction to sport and fitness
Working with people in sport and fitness


Stage 2

Sport and exercise psychology in action
Applying sport and exercise sciences to coaching


Stage 3

Exploring contemporary issues in sport and exercise
Successful completion of each module will provide students with 60 academic credits.

Further detail can be found on our website: https://www.open.ac.uk/courses/sport-fitness/degrees/bscsport-fitness-coaching-q76


BA (Hons) Business Management

By undertaking this degree students will investigate how organisations think and work, how they’re managed and the external world in which they operate. There are a number of optional modules embedded in this degree, allowing students to tailor their degree to their own interests, whether this is be economics, innovation and enterprise, leadership practice, marketing, or accounting.
This degree is split into 3 stages – each stage being 120 credits, with a mixture of mandatory, and optional modules at each stage. Details of all the modules and details of the various pathways can be found on our website: https://www.open.ac.uk/courses/business-management/degrees/ba-business-management-q91

Learning Facilitation and Learner Support

Tutor Support
For our degree programmes, NEFA’s participants will be assigned a tutor when they enrol on their first module, and they’ll usually have different tutors for each of the modules they study for their qualification. The OU has a network of more than 5,000 tutors – the largest in the UK.
Before the participant starts the tutor will contact them to welcome them and, help understand what study will be like. They’ll set expectations, such as deadlines for assignments, tutorials and other learning activities. They’ll also clarify how and when they can be contacted, and how quickly they will respond.
Once modules have started tutors mark and provide feedback on assignments and support progress through other learning activities.
Tutors will arrange online and face-to-face tutorials, some of which may be recorded for students to catch up with at a later date. They will also mark assignments and provide feedback, guide students to the right learning resources and provide individual guidance to further develop study skills.

Student Support
Students have access to our student support services. We offer information, advice and guidance (IAG) consistent with the principles of the nationally recognized matrix quality standard.

For students we offer:


Support to enable students to plan their educational and career development.


Advice on dealing with non-academic issues that may arise during study, in liaison with tutors or specialist Student Support Team as required.


Disability support • Information, advice and support regarding residential schools


Referral to careers and employability and other internal specialists for advice and guidance

Other elements of the 3 year programme:


F.A Coaching Level 1 and F.A Coaching Level 2

Johan Cruyff Institute – Football Business Fundamentals

F.A Talent ID Level 1 qualification

ASA Football Agent qualification

Guest speakers from the football industry from Owners, CEO’s, Managers and players

Visits to games in the top 5 divisions in English Football

Visit to the English national centre for football, St. Georges Park, Burton.

Optional element:


Coaching placements with local junior teams should the student wish to develop coaching knowledge and competence if they follow the F.A Level 2 Coaching qualification.

Johan Cruyff Institute Master of Coaching Diploma – 3 weeks in Holland over a 9 month period. Please note this incurs an extra cost of £10,000.



English language

All applicants are required to gain a recognised English language qualification before entering any of our courses. For pre-sessional English programmes and courses below degree level, this must be one from a list of UK government recognised tests, most commonly IELTS. For degree level programmes (bachelors, masters and PhD), we consider a wide range of international qualifications.

NEFA can provide further information on all the undergraduate requirements at your request.