Football student

BA (Hons) Football Development

Understand the role of frontline practitioners in the development of association football

C630
3 years full-time
Bishop Otter Campus

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25th

for student satisfaction

3. National Student Survey 2021

Overview

Gain an in-depth knowledge of the development of football

Our BA (Hons) Football Development programme focuses on understanding the critical role of football practitioners, leaders, and facilitators in developing opportunities for people to take part in the sport.

Examine the evolution of a global sport

You will consider the relationship between the development of association football on local, national, and international levels and the frontline workforce who deliver its advancements.

Alongside this, an integrated involvement in various social and professional contexts enables you to acquire the delivery, management and leadership skills that underpin and contribute to the football development process and wider football job market.

Prepare for a wide range of careers within football

The programme supports the development of your knowledge the wider context of the football industry and practical applications of your learning through work placement opportunities in the second year.

The course ensures that you gain the skills and knowledge required to gain employment within various areas within football development, including business, education, health, coaching, social projects, both in the UK and internationally.

On this course you will:

  • Understand the role of frontline staff in the development of football.
  • Develop a critical understanding of the cultural, political, social and economic landscape of the sport and its effect on the development of the sport at a local, regional, national and global level.
  • Acquire the skills and knowledge required to gain employment in the football industry both in the UK and internationally.
  • Gain the opportunity to develop your knowledge and experience within the industry through our dedicated work placement options.

The Course

Develop the core skills needed to improve your practical and coaching competence

Our BA (Hons) Football Development programme provides an opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge required to gain employment in the football industry both in the UK and internationally.

You will take innovate and exciting modules in your first year that will give you a fundamental overview of the key aspects and concepts of football development.

You will then have the opportunity to pursue one of two pathways in your second year through until the end of your degree: an applied professional project (Route A) or our direct work placement route (Route B).

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Select a year

The Enquiring Practitioner

While learning the technical components involved in the teaching and coaching of specific skills, you will also be introduced to fundamental biomechanical principles which impact performance. The module will apply research and enquiry to real-life lived experiences that are associated with your potential future career paths.

Developing Professional and Academic Skills

This module aims to help you make the transition between UK qualifications levels three and four (Year One at university) by improving intellectual and academic skills, which will support you throughout your programme. As part of the developing professional skills you will focus on issues surrounding employability and developing graduate employability skills.

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.

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 (Sport)

This module is 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

This module will allow you to gain the 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

This module introduces you to the key debates and issues related to sport, health and physical activity in the UK. You will explore key definitions, concepts and components of health and physical fitness and their relationship to sport, physical activity and sedentary behaviour.

Applied Football Development

This module will allow you understand how to 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

This modules acts as 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.

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.. 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.

Planning for Work Placement

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.

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.. 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.

Dissertation

You are encouraged to identify a research question appropriate to your degree pathway that is of interest and relevance to your studies. An appropriate approach to addressing the question is then determined through discussion with tutors who have relevant theoretical and practical expertise in your chosen area.

Adapting Coaching for Different Contexts

This module aims to extend your 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

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

You will examine 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

This 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 In Sport

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.

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.

PE 3 – Coaching And Teaching Practical Applications

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.

Experience

Discover world-class sporting facilities to support your learning

Expert staff

The University of Chichester has a long tradition of football development and has considerable depth of expertise within this amongst the staff.

In addition, the University of Chichester also has a long tradition of playing excellence in Association Football and coaching, this includes UEFA ‘A’ licence coaches, UEFA ‘B’ licence coaches, experienced FA coach educators, FA Coach mentors, and applied practitioners within football development.

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 in football.

Expansive network of contacts

The University has an extensive network of international relationships with many professional and semi-professional clubs in Europe, North America and Asia. We have experience of delivering football development and football education projects in India and China and also locally in the UK.

FA Women’s High-Performance Football Centre

We are also one of only eight FA Women’s High-Performance Football Centres in the UK.

Emma

Emma

Former graduate
“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."

Teaching and Assessment

Innovative teaching methods that focus on practice

Teaching

Our team of principal lecturers ensure innovation, enthusiasm and expertise combine to deliver the excellent standards that give our institution its high reputation.

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.

Each module is delivered differently depending on its content and focus of study.

In most modules you can expect lead lectures to introduce core content, but the majority of your time will be spent working in small groups with tutor support in seminars, workshops or laboratory sessions.

Many sessions will require you to have completed some preparatory work and you will also be given structured follow-up work after a session to further progress your learning, often reading or an individual/group task. As you progress through your degree you will be expected to take more and more ownership over your learning and development, directing your study into areas of most interest to you.

Assessment

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, examinations, portfolios, practical assessments, lab reports, and oral presentations.

Our course includes a mix of assessments, so that you may develop a wide range of transferable skills. 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 and plan your development with your lecturers throughout the course. Where appropriate special arrangements can be made for students with an identified need.

Pathway Routes

Gain professional industry experience or develop your skills as a practitioner

In your second year, you will have the opportunity to pursue your interests and build your course around you.

We offer you the ability to pursue a professional work placement within a football development context, or develop your skills as a practitioner as you explore the current landscape of modern football coaching. These pathways will continue through until the end your degree, with distinct module options and assessment methods.

Applied Professional Project

This route allows you to examine the dynamic nature of contemporary football coaching, with a highly-practical focus. You will be able to demonstrate and develop your competence and skills as a football practitioner, both as a player and a coach.

In your final year, you will explore the methodologies used by coaches to adapt and cater for a variety of different groups and contexts. You will consider the necessary flexibility of the coach across a range of contexts and develop expertise within less familiar sporting activities and types of groups.

You will also explore globalisation and the emergence of different sports cultures including countercultural and disability sports.

Work Placement Route

This six-week option will allow you gain vital experience in a professional setting within the football industry.

The placement will allow you to practically apply your theoretical learning to real-world professional situations, present you with networking opportunities, and increase your future employability.

In your third year, you will critically reflect on your placement experiences and consider 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.

Our Sport courses have a dedicated placement coordinator who 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.

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.

Careers

Acquire the skills and knowledge required to gain employment in the football industry

Our BA (Hons) Football Development course ensures that you gain the skills and knowledge required to succeed within various areas of football development, including business, education, health, coaching, social projects, both in the UK and internationally.

Past students have gained employment in:

  • Academy directors and coaches
  • Performance analysts
  • Fitness and conditioning specialists
  • Sports therapists
  • Various roles within the community departments of professional football clubs

Further study

You can also progress to other postgraduate level study to continue the development of your knowledge and skills and increase your employability.

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.

Postgraduate pathways

  • PGCE Secondary (Physical Education)
  • MA Sport Pedagogy and Physical Education
  • MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition
  • MSc Sports Coaching
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • MSc Sports Performance Analysis
  • MSc Strength and Conditioning
  • Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Course Costs

Course fees 2022/23

UK fee
£9,250
International fee
£14,500

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

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

Entry Requirements

UCAS
96-112
tariff points.
A Levels
BBC - CCC
BTEC
DMM - MMM
GCSEs
C/4
or better in both English Language and Maths.
IELTS
6.0 overall
with no element lower than 5.5

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When does this course start?

This course starts in September 2022.

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