This undergraduate degree is a top-up year for the Chelsea FC Foundation Coaching and Development FdSc, leading to the award of Bachelor of Science
- Unique collaborative relationship with Chelsea FC Foundation with a variety of work placement opportunities
- Opportunity to develop coaching practice and use sport as a vehicle for social change in Chelsea FC Foundation settings
- Variety of teaching venues, including St Mary's University, Chelsea FC training ground (Cobham) and Stamford Bridge
This top-up year gives you the opportunity to develop and enhance your knowledge, understanding and practical application of talent development, performance analysis, advanced coaching pedagogies, alternative education provision in football and business start-up and social enterprise.
You will also complete both your placement and research project within Chelsea FC Foundation projects and programmes.
Throughout your studies, you will also develop and enhance your critical analysis and independent thinking skills, as well as develop relevant professional and vocational practices related to the football and wider sport industry.
Please note: you will need to have successfully completed Chelsea FC Foundation Coaching and Development foundation degree in order to study this programme.
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The modules listed below are the modules that were available to students in the 2023/24 academic year and are illustrative of what may be offered for 2024/25.
Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.
You will need to have successfully completed Chelsea FC Foundation Coaching and Development foundation course in order to study this programme.
We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).
For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references, and your motivation for study.
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Fees & funding
*Please note: these fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Government's review of Higher Education Funding.
Information about tuition fees, student loans, and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.
Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.
Find out more about our range of scholarships and bursaries available to undergraduate students .
How the degree is taught
You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.
You will be encouraged to discuss your own experiences in light of the theoretical and conceptual areas covered in the foundation degree.
Teaching methods include practicals, seminars, lectures, workshops, observations, in-situ practicals (at various Chelsea FC Foundation contexts), problem-based sessions, technology-based sessions, and peer teaching.
Class sizes tend to be around 15 students.
A range of assessment methods and strategies will be utilised in the delivery of this degree. Presentations, small group work, workshops and practical sessions will be used to create a positive and enabling learning environment.
The assessments of the modules will be aligned to modes of teaching and learning. Specifically, the assessments will help develop skills and competencies that are required in the workplace.
We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within 15 working days.
Successful completion of this degree will prepare you well for teaching, coaching and education related courses, such as a PGCE (primary or secondary), or FA level 3 (and above) award in coaching football.
You’ll be well-placed for a wide range of roles in football, whether you’re interested in coaching in the community, working in an elite football environment, teaching football in schools, development and project management, setting up your own business, or research/education. Suitable roles for graduates include:
- Football specialist in schools
- Sports development officer
- Academy coach
- Talent identification
- Disability football coach
- Football education roles
- Research roles
The Careers Service has more information on graduate careers and part-time work available during your course.
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