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BSc (Hons) Football Coaching and Performance

 

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Institution C58

UCAS CX62

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):

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.

Student view

Emma
"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.

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 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. 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 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

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.

Facilities:

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.

Principles and Practice of Coach Development in Football

The primary technical factors and decision-making processes underpinning performance in football will be examined in terms of how coaches plan, deliver and evaluate coaching sessions to help players develop critical decision-making skills and technical competence. The content will closely follow the guidance in the FA's 'Future Game' strategy.

Introduction to Skill Acquisition

(Module information to come)

Coaching Contexts

(Module information to come)

Questioning Sport and Exercise

(Module information to come)

Evaluating Sport and Exercise

(Module information to come)

Year Two

Researching Sport and Exercise

You will gain knowledge of, and experience in, analysing textual data using thematic coding and an understanding of how to appropriately present research findings. This module emphasises the importance of design in qualitative research, working with people and the interpretation of data via thematic coding.

Coaching Physical Performance

Examine the physiology of sports performance through the context of sports that require athletes and performers to be faster, stronger, more agile, and capable of greater muscular endurance. Areas covered will include hypertrophy, maximum strength, conversion to power, and the development of muscular endurance alongside plyometric methods and speed training. You will then be introduced to field-based tests and footwork and agility drills. 

Coaching Placement in Football

You will be given appropriate coaching placements that enable you to grow and develop as sports coaches. The focus will be on enabling you to plan and deliver sessions equal to the expected competence of a Level 2 coach as described by National Occupational Standards and the UK Coaching Framework. As per scUK minimum standard requirements you will be expected to work towards completing a Level 2 coaching qualification during the module.

Analysing 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.

Performance Analysis in Sport

(Module information to come)

Year Three

Research Project

(Module information to come)

Professional Issues in Coaching

Content will alter as different issues are identified. At the time of writing, the most likely areas of content are ethics, working with disabled performers, lifestyle management, drugs, supplementation and gene doping, burnout in coaches, gender and race issues, child protection, talent identification and transfer, the Long Term Athlete Development Programme, coaching dangerous sports, managing conflict and conflict resolution in coaching.

Analysis of Systems and Performance in Football

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.

Coaching Teams

(Module information to come)

Applied Football Development

(Module information to come) 

Advanced Coaching Psychology

This module aims to introduce you to psychological theories and concepts that are relevant to effective coaching of groups. It will introduce key issues in the coach-athlete relationship; group dynamics and leadership; self-belief and mental toughness; motivation; and, athlete-environment interaction. You will complete a series of practicals that explore several of these key concepts.

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 – c.deacon@chi.ac.uk or tel: 01243 793542