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BA (Hons) Charity Development

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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

Year 1

Semester 1

Introduction to Marketing

(Module information to come)


Programming for the Web

This module aims to introduce students to the basic principles of programming in a practical context and provide them with a solid foundation in program specification, general programming design and testing.

Working with Others and Developing Staff

Group working skills, eg listening, observation and feedback skills, parallel thinking using the six thinking hats. 

Introduction to Grant Makers

A history of role and function of grant giving trusts , and other non-government funding organisations, including lottery bodies, livery companies, service organisations and professional associations will be covered. 

Introduction to Fundraising and the Third-Sector

The module will consider the third-sector in relation to the other two sectors, the legal structures for nonprofit organisations and regional variations in regulation, alongside the charity model in at least one other country. 

Introduction to Giving

The module will review the ever increasing range of fundraising practices used to attract and retain individual donors to fundraising programmes that seek multiple low-level donations, from collection tins to legacies. It will consider the history of multiple low-level gift fundraising and the impact of technology on current practice. 

Semester 2

Event Planning Design and Creation

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the principles of event planning, design and creation, providing a detailed understanding and appreciation of the range of event environments that can be designed, the inherent management challenges that event managers will face in delivering a successful event, and the basic design tools that an event manager should have to deliver them.

Corporate Grants and Sponsorship

The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the management principles and tools of public relations and sponsorship, which are applicable to any business regardless of their area of operations or products.


Management and Organisations 

Students will explore ways of enhancing learning about management and themselves as managers. Students will be encouraged to develop their self-awareness in relation to their values and potential role as a manager.

Psychology and the Case for Support

Students will consider the philosophy and psychology of philanthropy, attitudes to fundraising and giving from the perspective of the fundraiser, the prospect or donor and their own personal philosophy.

Community and Events Fundraising

The module will introduce a range of community fundraising activities, from collection tins to legacy appeals, in memorandum and commemorative fundraising (the giving of donations to charities in place of presents to individuals).

Year 2

Semester 1

Project Management

This module aims to equip students with the tools and skills necessary to manage projects effectively.


Events Management

(Module information to come) 

Grants, Loans and Contracts

The module will consider central, regional and local funding in England. It will also look at a range of English funding agencies and introduce those in the wider UK. 


Dynamic Data-Driven Online Systems

This module aims to introduce students to the design principles of databases and how they can be integrated into a website to create dynamic content.

Managing Data and Finance

This module will include an exploration of techniques for data coding and entry to improve efficiency and quality of data out. 

Analysing and Improving Website Design & Performance

(Module information to come)


Marketing and Advertising

(Module information to come)


Sustainable Business Management

(Module information to come)

Semester 2

Self-employment, Marketing and Promotion

This module will explore the local and national marketplace and will introduce students to a number of different models of successful positioning within it. A successful career as a film or music professional needs to be informed, alongside musical and communication skills, by an understanding of the nature of self employment in business. 


Business Research

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the field of business and management research with the express aim of preparing them for their final year management project, or equivalent personal study. The module will take the students on a structured and applied journey, looking at the rationale and contextualisation for use of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. 



This module invites students to explore the challenges of leadership in organisations through a critical examination of theory, practice and possible future directions. It encourages students to avoid simplified prescriptions for effective leadership and encourages them to expand their thinking on alternative strategies as they look forward to their future role as potential leaders in organisations.

Approaches to Niche Marketing

(Module information to come)


Planning & Managing Events

The aim of this module is to provide students with the conceptual knowledge and practical understanding of the tools, steps and requirements necessary to run a successful event. 


Marketing with Digital Media

(Module information to come)

Fundraising Strategy

Research into 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 will be taught. The module will also consider a number of approaches to, and sources for, data research and enable students to use a range of planning tools to analyse and present data. 

Direct Response and Regular Giving

A range of direct response fundraising approaches will be taught, including mailing, media and online, so that students can employ them either as creators of direct response resources, or by developing the knowledge and skills 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. 


Planning and Managing Events

The aim of this module is to provide students with the conceptual knowledge and practical understanding of the tools, steps and requirements necessary to run a successful event.

Year 3

Semester 1

Personalising the Commercial Web Experience

This module aims to develop students IT and business skills to implement effective web techniques. Students will critically analyse a commercial website and identify and justify ways that the visitor experience could be made more personal.


Global Marketing

This module will equip learners with problem solving and decision-making skills for an understanding of global marketing.


Marketing Communications

(Module information to come)

Major Donor Fundraising

The module will look at the history and current trends in major-donor fundraising, including donor investments.  It will consider 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. 


Public Relations and Sponsorship

In an increasingly globalised society and media, most organisations and businesses are managing their public relationships (PR) to ensure that appropriate and sufficient information about their operations is passed to the public in a deliberate, planned and sustained manner. The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the management principles and tools of public relations and sponsorship.

Charity Development Project 

This module allows students to work individually or collaboratively to produce a creative artefact, which may include but is not exclusively, a performance or film based artefact.  The module will work towards, and culminate in the production of a measureable performance based artefact, which may be temporary (live performance) of permanent in nature (film, script, recording).

Semester 2

Project Design, Measuring Impact and Reporting

This module may only consider the sector-specialist impact reporting concepts and theories that are currently at the forefront of thinking in the UK. It will however look at differences in approach across various sizes of not-for-profit organisations, and consider different approaches for organisations operating nationally and internationally.


Budgeting and Financial Planning

This module will focus on the realistic and accurate budget management of an identified performance project and students will explore a range of strategies designed to ensure successful delivery of the project and within identified budget constraints.


Small Business Enterprise

The module aims to focus on the environmental factors that are directly relevant to a small business context, and to allow students to develop a critical understanding of the entrepreneurial process. The module has a very practical emphasis that draws upon students’ earlier business related studies or discipline specific self-employment options. 

Organisation Formation, Regulation and Development​

This module will mainly focus on the legal framework within England, consideration will be given to the wider UK and legal structures in another country will be considered at the tutor’s discretion. It will however look at differences in approach across various sizes of not-for-profit organisations, and consider the impact of different charitable activities on decision making.


Designing Developing and Delivering Training Materials 

(Module information to come)

Work Based Project

The specific fundraising practices, theories and concepts explored during this module will be dependent on the student’s choice of work based project, which will be drawn from their fundraising strategy and/or material covered in previous modules. However, for all students this module will continue to develop personal strategies and competencies in the areas of research, analysis, problem solving, communications and personal management. The scope of this module will be determined by the projects selected by students and at the discretion of the tutor.

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