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FdSc Football Coaching and Performance

The Football Coaching and Performance programme provides an opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge required to gain employment in the football industry both in the UK and internationally. This is achieved by combining the systematic and detailed analysis of Association Football within a vocational and applied coaching context. Students are able to develop their practical coaching competence through studying the theories and concepts that underpin team and individual performance in Association football and by pursuing a supported series of coaching placements.

Student view

Joe Mancini
Graduate
I chose this course because football is my passion and this is one of the best universities for sport, so it's perfect. So far the course is everything that I wanted it to be.
Cameron

The University has considerable depth of expertise within the department of football allowing for my coaching competence to excel both through the practical and theoretical aspect of coaching. I would highly recommend the course to anyone with a passion for football who wants to learn and challenges themselves in a professional environment. If you’re serious about a career in football then the University of Chichester is definitely a great stepping-stone for achieving your goals.

Course content

The Football Coaching and Performance programme aims to:

  • Foster and nurture an engaging and critical analysis of the theories and concepts relevant to enhancing performance in Association Football.
  • Develop a critical understanding of the theories and concepts that influence and shape the behaviour and performance of coaches and coaching practice in the context of Association Football.
  • Enable students to develop and extend their understanding of the methods and processes of intellectual enquiry related to the coaching and performance process in sport.
  • Develop confidence in the application of knowledge and understanding that enhances the competence of students in their capacity as coaches capable of delivering practice without the need for direct supervision.
  • Ensure students acquire a systematic understanding of the principles of play appropriate to Association Football and advanced tactical and strategic knowledge relevant to the 11v11 format and other formats of the game.
  • Develop a critical understanding of the cultural, political, social and economic landscape in which Association Football is located and the dynamic inter-relationship with the process of sports development at a local, regional, national and global level.

The University of Chichester has a long tradition of playing excellence in Association Football.

The University has considerable depth of expertise within Association Football amongst the staff and this includes three UEFA ‘A’ licence coaches, Four UEFA ‘B’ licence coaches, experienced FA coach educators, FA Coach mentors, 1st4Sport External and Internal Verifiers and the manager of the England women’s beach soccer team.

Through this expertise and the active coaching involvement of it’s staff the University has an extensive network of relationships with many local professional and semi-professional clubs as well as a growing network of international relationships with clubs in North America and Asia.

The University also hosts the Sussex Futsal league and is a Centre for Disability Football, as well as being an approved centre for FA/1st4Sport coaching qualifications. During the course of the programme students will be able to apply and develop their knowledge of Association Football through the context of the different formats in which the game is played.

Our facilities

Our facilities content

Over the past few years, we have redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available as you study for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.  All of our facilities are designed for academic teaching, research, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions and for your social/recreational use throughout the week and weekends.

The world-class Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is the focus of sporting activities, both academic and recreational, at the University. The Tudor Hale Centre for Sport incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room and a fitness suite.  In addition, there is a sports hall used for basketball, netball, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hockey and ultimate frisbee.   Located beside the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport you will find our brand new Sports Dome, incorporating four indoor tennis courts, our all-weather astro turf pitch, and grass rugby pitch.

Facilities:

  • Brand new Sports Dome, with four tennis courts, three netball courts
  • Sports hall
  • 110m synthetic athletics track
  • Modern fitness suite
  • Strength and conditioning room
  • Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
  • Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder
  • Grass football and rugby pitches
  • Outdoor netball and tennis court
  • Floodlit synthetic Astro Turf pitch
  • Two seminar rooms
  • Cricket nets

Sport Science Laboratories:

  • Four dedicated psychology labs
  • Two dedicated biomechanics labs
  • Five dedicated physiology labs
  • An environmental chamber to simulate heat, altitude, etc
  • A sports injury clinic and adjoining rehabilitation space

Where this can take you

Many past students have been successful in gaining employment within the football industry in roles such as Academy Directors and coaches, Performance Analysts, Fitness and Conditioning specialists, sports therapists and in various roles within the Community Departments of professional football clubs. Other past students have secured football coaching employment overseas.

Scott Dormer (Sport and Fitness Management graduate 2013) worked for the Premier League before joining UK Sport as one example of the type of organisations our students work in after graduation.

Chris Peckett (Sport Development graduate 2013) has worked at the past two Football Homeless World Cup events (Poland in 2013 and Chile in 2014). Chris has demonstrated what it takes to work at a world cup event.

Connor Bourne (Community Sport Coaching graduate 2014) now works as a Technical Coach at North Toronto Soccer Club in Canada.

Indicative modules

Modules that you may study include:

Year 1

  • Analysing Sport
  • Introduction to Sport Business and Management
  • Coaching Practice 1
  • Coaching Practice 2
  • Developing Player Performance in Football
  • Psychology in the Coaching Process
  • Fundamentals of Human Movement 
  • Principles and Practice of Coach Development in Football 
  • Acquiring Skilled Performance

Year 2

  • Researching Sport
  • Coaching Physical Performance
  • Coaching Psychology 
  • Coaching Placement
  • Children and Youth Sport
  • Adaptations of Football 
  • Health Promotion, Lifestyle and Exercise

Year 3

  • Dissertation
  • Sport Development: International Contexts
  • Coaching Alternative Sport
  • Community Engagement in Sport
  • Coaching at the Interface of Sport Development
  • Social-Histories of Football
  • Advanced Coaching Psychology
  • Developing Effective Coaching
  • Analysis of Systems and Performance in Football
  • Professional Practice in Fitness and Lifestyle 

Teaching and assessment

We pride ourselves on the quality of the teaching given to our students. Innovation, enthusiasm and expertise combine to deliver the excellent standards that give our institution its high reputation in this field.

We are committed to learning and teaching. Our team of principal lecturers ensure the techniques and technology used at Chichester position us as a leading authority in this critical part of your education.

When you come to Chichester, you will join a community of students and lecturers working in partnership to ensure that your learning experience reflects best practice and embraces the opportunities presented by new, interactive technologies.

Independent Learning

Central learning facilities are available to complement and support the learning activities you will experience in your taught modules, and will help to foster your confidence in learning independently and managing and presenting information – skills that will be of lasting benefit beyond your time at the University.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, examinations, exhibitions, performance/practical work, project work, presentations and seminar discussions.

Our course will include a mix, so that you will be assessed on different types of work. Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress.

You can monitor your own progress, allowing you the opportunity to discuss any issues with your lecturers throughout the course. Special arrangements can be made for students with an identified need.

Additional Costs

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Additional Costs

Association Football at Chichester

The University of Chichester has a long tradition of playing excellence and coaching in Association Football.

Both the Men’s and Women’s football first teams play in the respective BUCS Premier League (South), the highest division in the country and the University is ranked by BUCS as the eighth best University in the UK for football performance. 

Many past students have been successful in gaining employment within the football industry in roles such as Academy Directors and coaches; private football providers;  performance analysts; fitness and conditioning specialists; sport therapists and various roles within the community.

The University has considerable depth of expertise within Association Football amongst the staff and this includes:

  • Three UEFA A Licence Coaches
  • Four UEFA B Licence Coaches
  • Experience FA Coach Educators
  • FA Coach Mentors
  • 1st4Sport External and Internal Verifiers
  • England Universities Ladies Manager
  • England Beach Soccer Ladies Manager

Through this expertise and the active coaching involvement of it’s staff the University has an extensive network of relationships with many local professional and semi-professional clubs as well as a growing network of international relationships with clubs in North America and Asia.

The University also hosts the Sussex Futsal league and is a Centre for Disability Football, as well as being an approved centre for FA 1st4Sport coaching qualifications.

During the course of the programme students will be able to apply and develop their knowledge of Association Football through the context of the different formats in which the game is played.

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Codes

UCAS code: 
3R5T
College Code: 
C58

Course length

2 years
Full Time