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BA (Hons) Charity Development


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3 years Full Time on campus, online or both

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Entry Requirements and Fees

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.

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

Tariff points: 96 - 112

A Levels: BCC - CCC


GCSEs: English language and mathematics at Grade C or above

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

All offers on the course are subject to successful interview.

Student view

Will Ham
I have totally fallen in love with fundraising and the course. Every single lecture and class has taught me something I can use for the charity I am passionate about. It’s a complete eye opener into a sector I didn’t understand before.
Ionie Shaw, Trust Fundraising Executive
The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association


William Ham, Fundraising Manager

British Heart Foundation


Stacey Addison, Major Supporter Fundraiser

East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH)


Matthew Harris, Events Officer


Theresa Manoah

My first year as a Charity Development student has been extremely interesting. It has made me aware that fundraising will be a really fulfilling experience. I look forward to second year and becoming even more involved in the charity community. It gives me great pleasure knowing that one day my job as a fundraiser will bring a positive change to someone's life.

Gemma Collins

Charity Development is a truly unique course, it has helped me to go beyond my comfort zone and learn a whole range of new things; now I’m excited by the variety of opportunities that come with a future career in the third sector.

Course content

Fundraising is a diverse job, involving social media, event management, planning, creative writing and great interpersonal skills. Our degree reflects this by offering you’re the opportunity to select from a range of optional modules, in addition to the core programme. 

You may decide that event fundraising excites you most, or you may be a great social media enthusiast, our course allows you to tailor your studies in these directions. Alternatively you can structure the course towards a grant and major donor funding route, build a strong element of project design and management, or focus on marketing skills. We offer modules that will help you prepare to for a leadership role, to work as a freelancer, or to take the next step in higher education. The core of your course will ensure you engage with the key fundraising skills of grant funding and income from individuals, so whichever route you chose you have strong foundations for a successful career.

Read our Charity Development brochure. 

Our facilities

Students studying fundraising have unique access to the eTapestry CRM database, kindly provided by our sponsors Blackbaud.

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

We take an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support and offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

Both campuses host a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors.  Also situated in the LRC is the Support and Information Zone, Costa Coffee and over 80 open access work stations.  An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long term loans.

Where this can take you

The Charity Development BA (Hons) is accredited by the industry’s leading professional body. As part of your studies you will work towards the Institute of Fundraising’s ‘Certificate in Fundraising’, which as a member of the Institute will entitle you to include ‘MIinstF (cert)’ after your name, the letters many employers are looking for.

We understand the importance of ensuring that you’ve the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market. Each year an army of over 20,000 fundraisers help UK charities raise around £60 billion. But fundraising isn’t one job it’s a whole range of different specialisms, with the opportunity to find the one that suits you. Unless of course variety is what you thrive on, in which case, working for a small charity calls for exactly the flexibility and broad range of skills we teach.

Your job title might be:

  • Alumni Manager/Officer
  • PA to Fundraising/Development Director
  • Campaigns Coordinator
  • Partnership and Development Manager
  • Community Fundraiser
  • Patrons Manager
  • Corporate Fundraiser
  • Project coordinator/administrator
  • Database Manager/Data Officer
  • Prospect researcher
  • Development Director/Head of Fundraising
  • Fundraiser (all-rounder for small charities)
  • Statutory Fundraising Manager
  • Direct Marketing Manager/Officer
  • Supporter Development
  • Events Fundraiser
  • Trusts and Foundations Fundraiser
  • Individual Giving Manager
  • Volunteer co-ordinator/manager
  • Legacy Fundraiser
  • Government Grants/Contracts Officer
  • Major Donor Manager/Officer

Indicative modules

Year 1


Introduction to Grantmakers

Most charities secure income from grants. You are probably familiar with Comic Relief and Children in Need, or perhaps one of the many Lottery funds, such as the Arts Council. There are around eight thousand grantmakers in the UK, giving around £5bn a year to good causes. Grant fundraisers are great researchers and storytellers, they understand society and psychology and can have a big impact on the capacity for their charity to do good.


Introduction to Fundraising and the Third-Sector

This module is designed to help you understand a vital part of our economic and social world, but one that isn’t often talked about. We know what a (for-profit) business is, we know what the government does, but what about the third-sector? Fundraising fuels the third-sector and the third-section works tirelessly to put things right, make things better and create the world we want to live in. Most arts organisations reside in the third-sector, as do charities and cooperatives. We also look in detail at the role of the fundraiser so you have a strong sense of your career path and options.


Introduction to Individual Giving

In this module, you will consider the ever-increasing range of fundraising practices used to attract and retain individual donors. You will learn about fundraising programmes that seek multiple low-level donations, from collection tins to TV campaigns. Consider the history of multiple low-level gift fundraising and the impact of technology on current practice to identify the right fundraising product for a charity.


Corporate Grants and Sponsorship

Corporate (company) support for the charitable sector take on many forms. For one company it may involve a simple grant, for another it is a full-on relationship involving staff at every level and lasting many years. Corporate fundraisers need to be great multi-taskers, with the confidence to present to senior managers and the imagination to engage a wide range of employees. A rich module covering a wide range of fundraising practices.


Psychology and the Case for Support

Who gives, and more importantly why? This module aims to create a map of human motivations to be generous, kind, and sometimes just to be involved. While the case for support, the essential toolbox for fundraising, is explored. You will develop the skills you need to map motivations, to communications and fundraising products to help you build effective fundraising campaigns.


Year 2


Charity Project

Working with a real charity, and in student teams, you will put your fundraising knowledge and skills to use in this live fundraising project that runs all year. Start by planning how to raise your funds, designing your fundraising materials, and them ‘go live’. You will also work with students delivering a live creative event, so your marketing skills will really come to the fore.


Grants, Loans and Contracts

Charities receive support from a wide range of organisations, from private grantmakers to government bodies. Building on the earlier grantmaker module you will build your understanding of the relationship between policy and funding, and develop your skills in applying for large grants, loans and contracts.


Managing Data and Finance

How do you remember the preferences of over 10,000 supporters? What do you need to ensure event participants have such a fantastic post event experience that they become loyal supporters? What about that major donor, and their gift of £250,000, which was a result of two years of building their trust, how will you keep track of important reporting dates and remember to send a birthday/thank you card? Fundraising involves a lot of data. Thankfully, software today makes it easier and easier to handle, but not amount of software can replace know what to store and how to process it. It is also a very good thing to be able to read a set of audited accounts with confidence!


Fundraising Strategy

By now you will know a lot about the different approaches to fundraising. In this module we ask ‘how do we plan to raise a large sum and create income sustainability’? You will discover how to research a range of information about the organisation and its legal structure, external and internal fundraising trends, and the macro-environment and its role in informing the development of a fundraising strategy. You will explore a number of planning tools and techniques to make the important business of deciding how to raise fund less daunting and more reliable.


Direct Response and Regular Giving

Learn about a range of direct response fundraising approaches, including mailing, media and online, so that you can employ your knowledge and skills as either a creator of direct response resources, or to commission materials. Consideration will be given to the range of language styles used and the channels through which fundraising materials are delivered to potential and existing donors.


Event Management (campus based)

Roll up your sleeves and put on an event. This highly practical module offers you the opportunity to learn while doing. You will explore both the practicalities of event planning and delivery, and the important aspects of marketing and audience research.


Year 3


Major Donor Fundraising

Consider the history and current trends in major-donor fundraising, including donor investments, in order to discover how your charity might develop valuable and supportive relationship with high-net-worth individuals.  Discover the research, analysis and tools used for planning a major donor programme, including macro-environment data, and approaches to developing and sustaining a long-term relationship, some of which will be at the forefront of this practice.


Charity Development Project

Use the knowledge and skills acquired over the previous two years to write a fundraising strategy for a charity of your choice. Some students will use this to design an income strategy for their own organisation and others will work closely with the local charity to help them improve their income.


Work Based Project

Building on the Charity Development Project, you are invited to select on fundraising product from your fundraising strategy and bring it to life. You will design fundraising materials and plan the delivery. Students work closely with their host charity to ensure that the fundraising materials reflect the ethos and brand of the organisation. Working with lectures you will hone the fund raising copy so that it inspires donors to give. You will be asked to write blog posts about your journey as you transition from student to professional fundraiser.


Project Design, Measuring Impact and Reporting

In this module you are invited to think about the thing we're fundraising for, the projects and programmes that charities exist to deliver. As a fundraiser you will need to have the critical eye of a donor questioning the quality of product design and asking will we be able to report? Use this module to provide a strong foundation for large gift fundraising or to help you to develop your wider skills as a valuable employee in any third-sector organisation. For more entrepreneurial students, this module offers and opportunity to start to design your own work.


You can see the how these modules form your credits in our Module Map.

International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment

Our course leaders are drawn from the profession. We also invite a regular programme of leading industry guest speakers, so you are always learning from the cutting edge of fundraising, vital in a profession that doesn’t stand still. You’ll also have opportunities to attend industry conferences exploring live issues, learning and networking with fundraisers. 

Classes are lively and you’ll find yourself being asked to tackle new knowledge through short lectures and group exercises. Most modules are supported by a weekly workshop of 2.5 hours; as a full-time student you will take 4 modules a semester. Many of the modules ask you to work with your fellow students outside of the formal study sessions, so it’s a sociable degree that builds the team-working skills essential to the real world of work.

In addition there are regular one-to-one and group tutorials, alongside your own self-guided study. Our emphasis is on the development of knowledge, problem-solving, analysis, self-management, and interpersonal skills.

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Come and say hello...

We think you’ll be surprised at how diverse the fundraising profession is. The best way to really get a good idea of the possibilities it offers is to come and join us for a coffee, or a chat over Skype/phone. We’re always happy to discuss your interests and answer your questions, so if you want to know more drop an email to

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