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BA (Hons) Football Development


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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

3 years Full Time

Top 30
UK University
for teaching quality
for student satisfaction
1. Guardian University Guide 2021 | 2. Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 | 3. National Student Survey 2021

Entry Requirements and Fees

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


2021/22 UK fee: £9,250

2021/22  International fee: £14,050

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

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

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

The Enquiring Practitioner 1

The aim of the module is to develop an enquiring mind and is designed to steadily build knowledge and understanding of research and enquiry in physical education and sports pedagogy.  

Developing Professional and Academic Skills

This module aims to help you make the transition between UK qualifications levels three and four by advancing intellectual and academic skills, which will support you throughout your programme. You will benefit from small-group, interactive and student-led sessions.

Understanding Player Performance in Football

The module aims to provide you with support to develop comprehensive knowledge of the principles, major strategies, and technical performance factors that underpin Association Football. The focus of the module will be teaching you in terms of being ‘players’ of the game so that you are able to gain a playing focus of Association Football.  

Introduction to Coaching Contexts in Sport

The module will discuss the role of different providers for coaching, coach education, and development and identify the impact of political and financial climates as drivers behind the developing opportunities to work within a diverse range of contexts. The implications of these on the skill set required to be an effective coach within different contexts will be examined along with potential employment opportunities.

Introduction to Sport, Health and Physical Activity

An introduction to the key debates and issues related definitions, concepts and components of health and physical fitness in the UK. It aims to provide an understanding of how lifestyle factors, social and environmental structures influence decisions to engage in sport and physical activity.

Understanding Coach Learning and Development in Football

This will enable you to comprehensively develop theories of learning and the current approaches adopted and advocated in respect to coaching Association Football.  The module develops from the Understanding Player Performance in Football module by changing the focus from a playing perspective to a coaching perspective.  You will examine different coaching pedagogies and approaches in order to appropriately apply theory to practice in your coaching. 

Introduction to Sport Policy and Development

The module aims to cover the fundamental political ideologies that inform the foundations, objectives, and development processes for sport policy. You will engage with the most significant policies and strategies to have shaped sport development in the UK before applying this knowledge to localised or organisational sport policies.

Introduction to Sport Business and Management

The module will provide the background to current business and management practice in the sport and physical activity industry. It includes the emergence of sport and leisure management as a profession. You will then be able to see how the industry manifests itself through various case studies and study visits then integrate these into your own business plan. 


Year Two

Core modules:

The Enquiring Practitioner 2

This module seeks to develop your knowledge and understanding from The Enquiring Practitioner 1 and help prepare you for your final year dissertation. You will conceive of, plan and execute small-scale research. The aim of this ‘dress rehearsal’ is to develop your appreciation of the project management aspect of the research process.

Project Management

An introduction to the essential tools and methodologies for managing an effective sports project. The methodology used will be PRINCE2 to develop your own sports project. The content will include: Introduction to Project Management, Planning a Project, and Managing Successful Projects.

Marketing and Sales in Sport

Gain knowledge and understanding of the marketing and sales process and specifically how to apply them. This will be achieved through the study of key marketing principals, functions and other related topics including the importance of sales, branding and social media marketing.

Critical issues in Sport Development, Management and Physical Activity

Critically explore contemporary issues with the organisation, practice and delivery of sport, management and physical activity. You will advance your understanding by critiquing the various roles of practitioners, the projects they engage with, and current topics that challenge the sectors. Where possible, teaching includes engagement with industry practitioners.

Applied Football Development 

Comprehensively develop and examine association football in the realm of youth provision. It will explore the varying methods used when coaching the young player with a comparison made between academy football and grassroots football. The youth development phase of football will be explored allowing you to differentiate between performance and participation coaching through the provision of a football event.   

Applied Professional Project in Football (Route A - this module plus one optional module)

An introduction to the dynamic nature of coaching within its current landscape. It will provide you with the essential practice led learning element of your programme and enable you to demonstrate your competence and skill as a football practitioner.  

Planning for Work Placement (Route B - this module plus two optional modules)

This module prepares you for a 210-hour (six week equivalent) Work Placement. It is designed to bridge the gap between academic study and vocational experience through taking a reflective approach to your learning experiences in relation to your proposed learning objectives. You will gain invaluable insight and experience into the work place, through your placement.

Optional modules:

Pedagogy for Activity 

This module aims to further your understanding as to the ‘why’ surrounding physical activity through Physical Education. You will develop your knowledge and personal philosophy as to what you believe you want to deliver, how, and why, in accordance with school and Governmental policies. 

Understanding and Managing Individual Differences 

Build on your understanding of effective teaching and coaching by understanding and applying principles of equality and inclusive practice.

Performance Analysis in Sport

The analysis undertaken could relate to technical, tactical and/or physical aspects of performance, although Performance Analysis can also be used to analyse various other facets of sport such as coach behaviour and coaching microstructure.  The use of sports performance analysis is paramount in light of the limitations of human memory, such as the volume of event recall and subjectivity. The module aims to introduce you to the key concepts, skills, and techniques associated to performance analysis, and outline its place in the scientific support of individuals and teams. 

Children and Youth Sport

This module aims to give you an overview of a number of issues related to coaching children in sport and/or providing sports opportunities for them. The module examines the development of the young performer from a multidisciplinary perspective and aims to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge through appropriate assignments. 


Year Three

Core modules:

Dissertation Project (Option for 30 credits plus one optional module or 45 credits and no optional modules) 

Adapting Coaching for Different Contexts (Route A)

This module aims to extend student coaching experience across a range of coaching contexts and develop expertise within less familiar sporting activities and types of groups. You will explore globalisation and the emergence of different sports cultures including countercultural and disability sports.

Delivering your Career Progression (Route B) 

This module enables you to reflect on your work placement experience. It allows you through your reflections to formulate ideas of your professional strengths and weaknesses and potential career progression. It encourages you to plan for the transition from university to work or other related goals.

Delivering Sport Development Globally 

This module critically examines the distinction in sport development – the development of sport and sport for development – as seen in contexts around the world. It explores issues that are particular to areas of the world and critiques the extent to which sport is contributing to and overcoming such issues. You will critically analyse various sport development agendas to inform your efforts to formulate your own sport development project in a country that is not the UK. 

Analysing Football Development  

Comprehensively critique selected adaptations of association football in relation to how these adaptations have extended the dominant game. In particular, the module will focus on specific adaptations including but not exclusive to futsal, forms of disability football, walking football, beach soccer, and the emergence of the female game. Across all these formats the aim will be to examine how they are different and unique to the traditional and dominant 11v11 game of association football.  

Delivering Sport and Physical Activity in the Community 

The module examines the importance of staging community sport events or projects in the context of modern sports development. It will give you the opportunity to understand, in part through practical engagement, the complexity of staging community sport events and the management and administrative processes associated with them.

Group Dynamics

This module aims to examine and evaluate current knowledge of sport group productivity and functioning and evaluates current practice in developing and increasing the effectiveness of group functioning. It is important to have an understanding of group dynamics due to the potential impact that groups can have on an individual’s performance, life satisfaction and psychological well-being.

Optional modules:

Critical Reflection in Coaching and Mentoring

An introduction to theoretical and practical concepts related to the development and mentoring of coaches. You will critically examine the methods and processes through which coaches learn and develop. It will embed theories of learning and critically explore philosophies of education as they relate to the development of competent sports coaches.

Active Schools (Mental Health and Wellbeing)

The module aims to analyse the contribution of sport and physical activity to mental health and wellbeing. The influence of the role of teachers/coaches and pedagogical practice on the growing and developing brain will be examined. Environmental and individual factors will be scrutinised with a view to you having a functional understanding of key issues and actions that you can apply when working as teachers, coaches or in other settings involving children and young people.  

Practical Applications for Coaching and Teaching 

This module aims to provide you with blended learning opportunities via university-based work that develops and enhances depth of knowledge when working practically with performers. It is aimed to run concurrently with the Practical Pedagogy (Placement) module so that you can apply theory to the practical coaching and teaching environments within your micro sessions and placement context.

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: 

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:

  • Two UEFA A Licence Coaches
  • Four UEFA B Licence Coaches
  • Experience FA Coach Educators
  • FA Coach Mentors
  • 1st4Sport External and Internal Verifiers

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

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