The FA UEFA Professional Licence has been revamped. It now uses a Competency based approach and is the only one of any world federation to do so. it is considered by top Coach Educators in Europe to have set the benchmark for excellence.
It has adopted what is called a constructivist approach to learning – in other words we place more importance on what the candidates already know and can do. We are keen to ensure that classroom learning and work based practice interact meaningfully. This is the information about learning we give to candidates at the start of their UEFA Pro Licence journey.
Our learning methods are based around research on what works best. We want you to be able to learn effectively and for it to have impact on your workplace. We want to expose you to methods you can adapt and use in leading, managing and coaching in your club. We want to put the ideas and the technology in your hands. The learning methods we are applying include.
- Spaced Learning: there are seven modules spaced over 18 months. The gaps between modules allow for reflection and practical application in between. To be successful requires you to show how you are transferring your learning into the workplace.
- Formative assessment: rather than a final assessment or exam you will track your own progress against a set of detailed competencies. You will formally complete the Competency Framework on four occasions during the programme. Your tutor will also complete
- Evidence: you will build up a portfolio of what you can do. This will help in assessment and in your current or future employment. Based on the evidence you can then begin to direct your own learning, doing more of what you need and less of what you already know.
- Collaborative learning: you will work in groups and as part of a team. This will help you better understand the dynamics of groups, how decisions are made. This will also help with your communication skills.
- Demonstration: there will be lots of opportunities for you to show what you know and to watch others do the same. During the programme you will take part in coaching demos, in real life case studies and in mini-presentations on topics related to leadership, management and coaching.
- Workplace visits: staff tutors will visit you in your workplace or in a setting of your choosing to work with you on transferring the theory into practice.
- Enquiry based learning: you will be taking part in a group study visit to a major football tournament. This will be an opportunity to look at how major teams set up to deliver winning performances. This intensive study is at the core of learning in the new programme.
- Personal study: you will be asked to undertake an in-depth study on a topic of your choosing. You will work on something which is highly relevant to your own development and that of the others in the cohort. It may be something from outside of football. You will present you findings in the final module of the programme.
- Case studies: learning on the programme will always link theory to practice. You will be presented with case studies from the industry and asked to work on solutions and alternatives. The case studies will encourage to move away from conventional thinking
- Expert input: we will give you access to experts from the football industry and beyond. We invite such experts to challenge and stretch your thinking rather than provide ready-made answers.