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BA (Hons) Charity Development

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Course Length:

3 years Full Time

Postgraduate Pathways

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

Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include PGCE and Masters.

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Internships and Consultancy Placements

We believe that completing academic assignments, self-guided studies and taught sessions will bring you closer to your goal of being a professional fundraiser, but being part of a professional team that is actually making a difference will inspire you to exceed your expectations.

You can dedicate a day a week during the semester of years one and two to your volunteer internship or another ‘learning through doing’ activity. We will encourage you to work with at least three different organisations over the course of your degree. 

During your third year you complete a consultancy placement; it’s 50% of your final year programme. In semester one you’ll develop a fundraising strategy for a charity of your choice. Semester two, you’ll create a real fundraising campaign and design the materials to you need to launch it. If your charity say “yes” it goes live and you’ve done your first piece of professional fundraising.

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University of Chichester Volunteer Prize

Win £250 towards the cost of your volunteer experience

We'd like to offer you the change to win in our free to enter competition. To win the University of Chichester volunteer prize, tell us about fundraising project that you're currently involved in or planning to do.

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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 - 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.
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.

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

The BA (Hons) programme offers lots of choice, so that you can find a route through it that makes sense to you. By having a mix of modules from the Business School you’ll learn highly transferable skills and a ‘commercial’ way of thinking, and it is important to understand how the ‘other’ world thinks, modules from the arts schools (Music and Media) are far more ‘creative’ and may really suit your way of being. The Charity Development modules, of course, follow the ethos that this sector is unique, philanthropic and the people involved are similarly placed:

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Introduction to marketing or Programming for the Web
  • Working with others and developing staff
  • Into. to grant makers
  • Into. to fundraising and the third-sector
  • Into. to giving

Semester 2

  • Event planning design and creation or introduction to marketing
  • ​Working with others and developing staff
  • Corporate grants and sponsorship or management and organisations or introduction to marketing
  • Psychology and the case for support
  • Community and events fundraising or management and organisations or  introduction to marketing

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Project management or events management
  • Grants, loans and contracts or dynamic data-driven online systems or events management 
  • Managing data and finance or dynamic data-driven online systems
  • Analysing and improving website design & performance or marketing and advertising or sustainable business management

Semester 2

  • Self-employment, marketing and promotion or business research or leadership
  • Approaches to niche marketing or planning & managing events or marketing with digital media
  • Fundraising strategy
  • Direct response and regular giving or planning and managing events
  • Project management

Year 3

Semester 1

  • Personalising the commercial web experience or global marketing or marketing communications
  • Major donor fundraising or public relations and sponsorship
  • Charity development project 

Semester 2

  • Project design, measuring impact and reporting or budgeting and financial planning or small business enterprise
  • Organisation formation, regulation and development​ or designing developing and delivering training materials 
  • Work based project

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

International English Studies

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International English Studies

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.

Additional Costs

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Additional Costs

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