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BSc (Hons) Football Coaching and Performance


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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):

Tariff points:  96 to 112 UCAS 

A Level: 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

Interview and enhanced DBS check required.


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

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. You will be able to develop your 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.

You will be offered opportunities to coach with Chichester City FC (which is across the road from the campus) throughout all age groups of the club through an established link between the club and University, which will support your applied experience of coaching. Furthermore, you have the opportunity to travel to Barcelona and China and to be involved in Nations United, a local project to bring the joy of playing football and positive socialisation to young refugees living in the area. Danny Potter, Programme Leader for this course is also the first team coach at Chichester City FC.

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 you to develop and extend your 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 your competency in your capacity as coaches capable of delivering practice without the need for direct supervision
  • Ensure you 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
  • Provide an opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge required to gain employment in the football industry both in the UK and internationally

The University of Chichester has a long tradition of playing excellence in Association Football and has considerable depth of expertise within this amongst the staff. This includes two UEFA ‘A’ licence coaches, four UEFA ‘B’ licence coaches, experienced FA coach educators, FA Coach mentors, and 1st4Sport External and Internal Verifiers. The course provides an opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge required to gain employment in the football industry both in the UK and internationally.

Through this expertise and the active coaching involvement of its 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

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

Questioning Sport, Exercise and Health

This module will introduce study skills for higher education, and help you discover the philosophical underpinnings of research in the sport and health sciences, alongside a range of qualitative research methods.

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 and Exercise Psychology

Sport and exercise contexts provide a fascinating and complex opportunity to investigate the psychology of human effect, cognition and behaviour. This module aims to introduce you to diverse areas of psychology in the context of sport performance, exercise, and well-being.

Evaluating Sport, Health and Exercise

The module aims to provide you with a foundation in quantitative study and research skills which will support and underpin work in other sport, exercise, and health science modules. 

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 Skill Acquisition

Examine the psychological factors that affect the learning and performance of skills in sport.  You are introduced to selected theories of performance and learning and the strengths and weaknesses of these theories are examined.  Research findings will be used to help you make the connections to your responsibilities as sports coaches.  

Fundamentals of Human Physiology 

Examine how key systems such as the musculoskeletal system, the cardio-vascular system, and the respiratory system affect human performance. Specific attention is paid to energy metabolism in the context of the exercising human across the breadth of the energy spectrum. 

Year Two

Core modules:

Researching Sport, Exercise and Health

The module will provide you with practical skills of conducting research in the sport, exercise, and health environment, and you will further your research skills, including ethical considerations, research design and methodology, analysis and write-up. 

Applied Professional Project in Football 

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.  

Developing and Monitoring Physical Performance

This module aims to provide you with the skills and knowledge to design interventions for improving both health and skills-related physical fitness. You will develop the ability to complete a health screening and needs analysis on clients and athletes, establish goals, select appropriate methods of individual physical performance assessments, and design interventions to improve physical performance.

Working with Individuals

This module focuses on the multi-faceted process of the coach-athlete and teacher-pupil relationship. Drawing on contemporary psychological research which places this relationship at the centre of athlete and pupil development, this module will explore the sources, nature, and synthesis of sports specific and psychological theory and its application in the development of sporting competence in athletes and pupils.

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.   

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. 

Optional modules:

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.

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. 

Sports Injury and Prevention

This module aims to develop an awareness of potential injury situations and predisposing factors to injury in sport. Familiarity with types of sports injury and treatment procedures should aid in the prevention and effective treatment of injury in the workplace. 

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:

Research Project

You are encouraged to identify a research question appropriate to your degree pathway that is of interest and relevance to your studies. The investigation may be based within single or multiple disciplines. An appropriate approach to addressing the question is then determined through discussion with tutors in your chosen area.

Analysis of Systems and Performance in Football 

Develop a critical, analytical and performance-based analysis of trends and patterns in the development of playing strategies related to Association Football. This module will aim to equip you with an advanced understanding of the practices, philosophies, and methods of working with players in performance football.  

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.  

Working with Teams 

This module focuses on the requirements of effective coaching delivery within groups and teams. It will critically analyse and address the knowledge and skills necessary to work with groups of athletes across key coaching contexts. You will understand how to assess the needs of a group, and the individuals within, and address this in your planning and delivery. 

Optional modules:

Exploring Ethical Challenges in Coaching

The increasing access to and globalisation of sport brings with it a wider range of ethical dilemmas for all those involved, including the coach. The module aims to increase the awareness of how these issues impact on the work of the coach and examine how choices are made using both historic and contemporary examples. 

Planning and Monitoring of Training and Performance 

A focus on planning and monitoring training of athletes and how a programme of physiological support can be used to enhance performance. You will engage in current literature identifying the physiological demands of the athletes chosen sport, key measures of physical fitness, and how we can enhance them.  An athlete’s ability to focus on training to gain maximal physiological adaptations, and relax in competition can represent the difference in making the podium or winning major tournaments.

International English Studies

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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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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

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