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Tom Hounsell
Tom Hounsell

Programme Director for the suite of Foundation, BSc and MSc Football programmes

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This two-year Foundation Degree provides a unique and innovative learning opportunity for you to learn and develop your coaching, development, business and entrepreneurship skills whilst gaining an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the football industry.

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Why study Chelsea Football Club Foundation Coaching and Development?

This degree has been developed as a collaboration between, St Mary’s University and Chelsea Football Club Foundation, a world-renowned charity working with the local community to improve the lives of young people through football and education.

Our Coaching and Development programme provides you with an innovative learning opportunity to enhance your teaching and coaching practice, as well develop your business and entrepreneurship skills. You will learn all of this whilst gaining an in-depth knowledge and understanding of football coaching and development.

During the degree, you will enhance your knowledge and understanding of football through a variety of coaching and research modules that will provoke you to consider the impact you will have on the development of the youth that you coach.

You will also learn to use the latest technology software to analyse your own coaching and the performance of teams through the Performance Analysis modules.

Successful completion of this degree will allow you to progress on to our one-year top-up degree, Chelsea FC Foundation Coaching and Development BSc (Hons).

Work placements

The course will also help you to develop valuable industry-relevant skills through the placement modules. Placement opportunities will be available within the world-leading Chelsea Football Club Foundation projects and programmes will include:

  • Coaching across a variety of different settings (schools, football development sessions, girls and boys development centres)
  • Performance analysis
  • Education settings (primary and secondary)
  • Social inclusion
  • Health and well-being

Why St Mary's?

We have a long tradition in developing excellent teachers, coaches and sport scientists. Through our teaching and research, we have begun to create an excellent reputation within the football industry as well. The development of this foundation degree in collaboration with Chelsea FC Foundation is recognition of the outstanding work being currently undertaken by staff and students within the sport of football.

A strength of the degree programme is the industry experience of the research-active academic staff. All members of staff currently teaching on the programme also coach or provide support services in Premier League Football Academies, as well as coaching at grassroots level.

The degree will be delivered at St Mary’s University, Stamford Bridge and the Chelsea training ground in Cobham by staff currently involved with football coaching and education.

Key facts

  • Unique collaborative relationship with Chelsea FC Foundation
  • Opportunity to develop coaching and teaching practice in various Chelsea FC Foundation settings
  • Vocational qualifications are embedded into the course. These include: FA Level 1, FA Futsal Level 1 and Association for Physical Education Level 3
  • Variety of teaching venues, including St Mary's University, Chelsea FC training ground (Cobham) and Stamford Bridge

Course content

Year one

  • Development of the Young Footballer 
  • Equality and Diversity in Football 
  • Football Study Skills 
  • Professional Practice 1 
  • Project and Event Management in Football 
  • Teaching and Learning: Primary Physical Education and Early Years 1  

Year two

  • Business and Entrepreneurship in Football 
  • Coaching through the Game 
  • Professional Practice 2 
  • Research in the Football Environment 
  • Science of Football 
  • Teaching and Learning: Primary Physical Education and Early Years 2 
Please refer to the programme specification document for a summary of the programme.

Career opportunities

Further Study

Successful completion of this degree will allow you to progress on to our one-year top-up degree, Chelsea FC Foundation Coaching and Development BSc (Hons).

This education pathway will also 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.

Career Potential

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.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

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.

Assessment methods

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.


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Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: £8,660
  • International: £12,250

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: £8,320
  • International: £11,750

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2019 or 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please contact


A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to new foundation students. This includes:

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