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BA (Hons) Football Development


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3 years Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

Tariif Points: 96 - 112

A levels: BBC - CCC

BTEC / Cambridge Technical: DMM - MMM

GCSEs: English language and mathematics at grade C/4 or better.

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Access to HE Diploma: Pass with at least 15 credits worth of units at Merit

Student view

"I've always had a passion for football and I've always played it. As a football coach to have that many lecturers in so many different areas that are that good I've developed so much. I think if I didn't go to university I wouldn't have developed as much as I have.

The Women's FA High Performance Centre is the reason why I'm probably on my 'B' licence. The lecturers have helped support me to get funding for it. You get opportunities like that that you don't get at other universities without a high performance centre."

Course content

Whether you want to gain employment in the international football industry, or become a sports coach, our innovation and expertise will deliver. We pride ourselves on the quality of teaching given to students and our excellent standards that give our institution its high reputation in this field.

The football industry reaches far beyond the game and has a huge impact on society. Our programme offers you the chance to enhance your employability by equipping you with the knowledge and higher-level skills demanded of a career in a global sport.

You will learn from highly-qualified practitioners who have worked in high-performance sport and internationally-renowned researchers.

Our facilities

Campus Location: Chichester 

We offer you some of the best sporting facilities available to study for a degree. 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. It incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room and a fitness centre. In addition there is a sports hall. Located beside the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport you will find our Sports Dome, lano sand dressed astro turf and a grass rugby pitch.


Sports Dome

Four tennis courts which can be used for a variety of sports.

Blue flooring and blue curtains separating courts with student throwing javelins


Sports hall

Used for basketball, netball, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hockey and ultimate frisbee.

Fitness suite

Various membership levels available. Weights, resistance and cardio machines.

Weights, resistance and cardio machines

Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder

Available for any student to use after an induction and when Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is open.

Images showing external and internal climbing wall and external boulder

Grass football and rugby pitches

Students playing football and girl passing rugby ball

Floodlit lano sand-dressed astro turf 

A top of the range Lano sand-dressed astro all completely compliant to International Hockey federation standards.

  • 110m synthetic athletics track
  • Strength and conditioning room
  • Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
  • Outdoor netball and tennis court
  • Two seminar rooms
  • Cricket nets 

Sport Science Laboratories:

Four dedicated psychology labs including a Virtual Reality Reader, Brain Imaging Unit and Observation Suite.

Student using software to track activity of body for sport psychology

Two dedicated biomechanics labs

Student running with rugby ball with sensor on past tracking posts

Five dedicated physiology labs

Used for testing on treadmills, bikes and various other pieces of equipment.

Physiology labs showing equipment used

An environmental chamber

Used to simulate heat, altitude, etc.

Envinronmental chamber in physiology lab

A sports injury clinic and adjoining rehabilitation space

Sports Therapy students use these spaces for practical sessions and run a clinic. It is open for students, staff and external visitors who require treatment also either from Sports Therapy students or staff.

Sports therapy clinic with beds and rehab room

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.

You can also progress to other postgraduate level study:

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester

  • MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition
  • MSc Physical Activity and Public Health
  • MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration)*
  • MSc Sports Coaching
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology (BPS route)
  • MSc Sports Performance Analysis
  • MSc Strength and Conditioning
  • MA Sport Pedagogy and Physical Education
  • PGCE Primary
  • PGCE Secondary Physical Education
  • School Direct
  • School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)

*Subject to approval


Indicative modules

Year One

Understanding Player Performance in Football

(Module information to come)

Developing Player Performance in Football

A strong focus on playing strategy and technical performance factors will be developed. The content will be divided equally between attacking and defending aspects of the game and consider how strategies to attack and defend have developed over time and how they have been influenced by rule changes and various social and cultural influences.

Introduction to Sport Business and Management

The module will provide the background to current business and management practice in the sport and leisure industry including the provision of sport development and community recreation, fitness, businesses, venues, and events. It will explore the framework of sport provision, the constitutional structure and delivery of government policies in the UK, and the roles of governing bodies of sport and other agencies. The module will explore the organisational partnership opportunities and alliances that seek to underpin sustainable sport and leisure provision and participation patterns in sport and fitness, and the impacts of commercial pressures and competition. The emergence of sports development and sport and leisure management as professions and the economic status of the public, commercial and voluntary sectors of the industry in terms of income generated, employment and market share will be examined. 

Introduction to Sport Development, Health and Physical Activity

(Module information to come)

Coaching Contexts

(Module information to come)

Introduction to Sport Policy and Development

(Module information to come)

The Enquiring Practitioner

(Module information to come)

Professional Skills Development

(Module information to come)

Year Two

Football for Development

The module will significantly focus on aspects appropriate to youth football, such as talent identification, talent development and age-appropriate practices. It will also introduce you to the formats of futsal, forms of disability football, beach soccer and study the emergence of the female game.

The Enquiring Practitioner 2

(Module information to come)

Applied Professional Project in Football

(Module information to come)

Critical Issues in Sport Development, Management and Physical Activity

(Module information to come)

Marketing and Sales in Sport

Explore the nature of the demand for sport and how marketing is used to satisfy this need and how it is a key function for leisure organisations operating across all sectors of provision. The components of the marketing process will be explored and specifically applied to the context of the sport and leisure industry.

Children and Youth Sport

Consider the role of the coach in the development of young performers from a philosophical, sociological and ethical dimension, as well as the underlying physical and psychological concepts and processes through which young performers develop. Typical examples in this respect examine the physiological maturation processes of young performers, their psychological and social development, and the processes through which they acquire skilled performance. 

Coaching Individuals

(Module information to come)

Year Three

Research Project

(Module information to come)

Delivering Sport and Physical Activity in the Community

(Module information to come)

Entrepreneurship - setting up a business

(Module information to come)

Analysis Football Development

The practical elements will follow the UEFA B license curriculum and elements of work associated with the advanced coaching of young players. The practical sessions will be supported by workshops that outline a detailed history of playing strategies and a significant block of work will be dedicated to understanding forms of performance analysis as applied to Association Football and how analysis of performance informs the coaching process.

Critical Reflection in Coaching and Mentoring

(Module information to come)

Delivering Sport Development Globally

Explore the nature of politics and consider the full scope of how sport and politics connect from the distribution of resources at a local level to decision making at major world events. The module will include analyses of ‘sport for development’ and ‘sport for development and peace’ programmes. Connections between the state, nationalism, identity and sport are also explored. The role of the state is further problematised by consideration of the process of globalisation and how this connects with sport, policies and politics.

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

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

Include Additional Costs: 

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 Tier 1 League (South), the second 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.

Coaching Placement in Football

Chichester Institute of Sport has a dedicated placement coordinator.

Students are ultimately responsible for finding their own placement, however the placement coordinator is available to assist students and has a network of contacts in local clubs and schools.

Our students are from all over the UK, with the majority from the South and South East of England, with a few students from overseas. Many students find work placements in their home towns, as well as local opportunities in Sussex.

Placements are integral to your development as a student and are integrated within University-based work.

You will need to ensure you have all the necessary documentation in place before you start your placement. Some courses will insist that you complete a DBS check on entry to the course and others will require you to complete a check once you have started. Please check that you have completed all necessary documentation before commencing your placement.

To contact the Placement Coordinator please email Clare Deacon – or tel: 01243 793542