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Prepare for a career in football coaching and performance

3 years full-time
Bishop Otter Campus

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Explore the theories and practicalities of football coaching and performance analysis

Our BSc (Hons) Football Coaching and Performance course allows you to develop both your Association Football coaching skills and study the theories and concepts that underpin team and individual performance within the sport.

You will be able to explore the theories and practicalities of detailed performance analysis of both the individual and the team within Association Football.

In addition, you will develop a gain a critical understanding of the concepts that shape football coaching, as you gain your confidence as a coach to deliver sessions without the need for direct supervision.

The course is designed to ensure that you gain the skills and knowledge required to gain employment in the football industry, both in the UK and internationally.

On this course you will:

  • Explore the theories and concepts relevant to enhancing performance in Association Football.
  • Develop your knowledge of key principles of play, advanced tactical and strategic knowledge, and coaching strategies.
  • Acquire the skills and knowledge required to gain employment in the football industry both in the UK and internationally.
  • 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.

The Course

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

Our BSc (Hons) 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.

You will undertake a combination of the systematic and detailed analysis of the current state of football from a coaching viewpoint, as you study the theories and concepts that underpin team and individual performance within the world’s biggest sport.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

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Evaluating Sport, Exercise and Health

This module will use a sport, exercise and health science context to develop study and research skills through practical application. You will be introduced to simple methods of quantitative research and data analysis together with the rational for those methods. You will experience a wide range of learning modalities to develop your study skills including: practical data collection, computer laboratories, group seminars and group and individual tutorials.

Fundamentals of Human Physiology

This module will allow you to 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.

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 Skill Acquisition

This module explores 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.

Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology

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

Questioning Sport, Exercise and Health

You will be introduced to study skills for higher education  and discover the philosophical underpinnings of research in the sport and health sciences. You will also be introduced to qualitative research methods.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Project Management

This module introduces you to the essential tools and methodologies for managing an effective project, including the ‘Prince2’ and ‘Agile’ methodologies.

You will explore techniques for change management and version control and have the opportunity to explore project planning and use Project Management software.


You will be assessed through a 3,500-word portfolio.

Researching Sport, Exercise & Health

You will further develop your skills in research methods and data analysis, with a broad focus on analysis procedures including the qualitative method of interviewing, and quantitative methods of analysis of variance, correlation and linear regression. These methods are commonly used procedures in the sport, exercise and health sciences, and understanding of these will also provide a solid foundation for understanding more advanced research methods that you may learn in your future work including research projects or postgraduate study.

Sports Injury and Prevention

In this module, you will study basic musculo-skeletal anatomy, including features particularly prone to injury in sport e.g. ligaments; incidence of sport injury. You will explore common injuries to the body and their methods of occurrence, as well as first aid procedures and injury assessment. You will also study the role of biomechanics in predisposing factors, psychology, and prevention of injury, as you consider treatment methods, rehabilitation, and real-world case studies.

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.

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.

Analysis of Systems and Performance in Football

This module develops your 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.

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.

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.

Research Project

‘The research project provides an opportunity to apply appropriate knowledge, concepts, and techniques to an in-depth study of a particular question or problem relating to sport,  exercise or healthcare. This module aims to foster a greater understanding of the processes to undertake a small-scale research project and marks the culmination of the student’s learning experience over their undergraduate programme of study

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.


Discover world-class sporting facilities to support your learning

Expert staff

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 UEFA ‘A’ licence coaches, UEFA ‘B’ licence coaches, experienced FA coach educators, FA Coach mentors, and applied practitioners within football.

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.

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.

FA Women’s High-Performance Football Centre

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

Teaching and Assessment

Innovative teaching methods that focus on practice


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.


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.

Placement Opportunities

Utilise our extensive professional networks to support your learning

We consider placements to be integral to your development as a student and are therefore integrated within University-based work.

We can offer our students opportunities to coach with Chichester City FC throughout all age groups through an established link between the club and the University, which will support your applied experience of coaching.

You will also have the opportunity to pursue your own placement option. Students are ultimately responsible for finding their own placement, however we have a dedicated placement coordinator who is available to assist students and has a network of contacts

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.

Study Abroad

Explore the opportunity to study part of your course abroad

As a student at the University of Chichester, you can explore opportunities to study abroad during your studies as you enrich and broaden your educational experiences.

Students who have undertaken this in the past have found it to be an amazing experience to broaden their horizons, a great opportunity to meet new people, undertake further travelling and to immerse themselves within a new culture.

You will be fully supported throughout the process to help find the right destination institution for you and your course. We can take you through everything that you will need to consider, from visas to financial support, to help ensure that you can get the best out of your time studying abroad.


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

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
  • Various roles within the community departments of professional football clubs

Other past students have secured football coaching employment overseas.

Further study

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

University of Chichester alumni who have completed a full undergraduate degree at the University will receive a 15% discount on their postgraduate fees.

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 2023/24

UK fee
International fee

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

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

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.

Course specific costs

You will be required to have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check costing £40 which needs to be paid for before the start of the course.

Entry Requirements

tariff points.
A Levels
or better in both English Language and Maths.
6.0 overall
with no element lower than 5.5


You will be asked to attend an interview for this course as part of the application process. The interviews are designed to explore your practical suitability and personal drive to study the course. The interview allows us to begin to build the personalised and individual relationship that we have with all of our students.

Disclosure Barring Service (DBS)

You will be required to have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check.


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