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This undergraduate degree is a top-up year for the Chelsea FC Foundation Coaching and Development foundation degree, 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

Why study Chelsea Football Club Foundation Coaching and Development (Top-up)?

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.

Why St Mary's?

The degree will be taught across a variety of teaching venues, including St Mary's University, Chelsea Football Club's training ground in Cobham and the Chelsea FC stadium, Stamford Bridge.

Entry requirements

N/A UCAS points required

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To calculate your expected UCAS points, please use the UCAS Tariff calculator.

Requirements for other qualifications (including BTECs, Irish Highers, Scottish Highers, International Baccalaureates and Access Courses) are also available. For more information please email apply@stmarys.ac.uk.

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.

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent).

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

Course content

Year one

  • Football Research Project Core
  • Tactical Performance Analysis in Football Core
  • Elite Player Welfare and Wellbeing Core
  • Development of Professional Pathway Core
  • Advanced Football Coaching through Games Optional
  • Youth Talent Development Optional
  • Business Start-ups in Football Optional

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.

Career opportunities

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.

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'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.

Teaching breakdown

Learning on the course is made up through a combination of:

  • Contact time: 16%
  • Work-based hours: 6%
  • Guided learning: 18%
  • Independent study: 60%

Independent study is a key feature of your degree and is crucial to furthering your knowledge.

You will receive your timetable a week before teaching is due to start at the latest.

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.

Feedback

We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within three weeks.

See how your final degree mark is calculated...

Compensated passes

Please refer to the information on compensated passes throughout your degree as outlined in the academic regulations.

Fees and funding

2021/22 fees

  • Home: £9,250*
  • International: £12,900

* Please note: These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding.

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 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.

Scholarships

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

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.

Facilities

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Further information


Teaching staff

Tom Hounsell  profile photo Tom Hounsell
Programme Director - FdSc, BSc and MSc Football programmes

tom.hounsell@stmarys.ac.uk

Patrick Oxenham profile photo Patrick Oxenham
Lecturer - Physical Education and Sports Coaching

patrick.oxenham@stmarys.ac.uk

Michael  Ayres profile photo Michael Ayres
Senior Lecturer - Chelsea FC Football Foundation Coaching and Development

michael.ayres@stmarys.ac.uk

Joana  Fonseca profile photo Joana Fonseca
Senior Lecturer - Physical Education

joana.fonseca@stmarys.ac.uk

Claire Mulvenna profile photo Claire Mulvenna
Lecturer - Physical Education and Sport Coaching

claire.mulvenna@stmarys.ac.uk

Tom Howard Tom Howard
Associate Lecturer

tom.howard@stmarys.ac.uk

Adrian Salisbury profile photo Adrian Salisbury
Chelsea FC Foundation Project Officer

adrian.salisbury@chelseafc.com

Visit the campus

Open days

Attending an open day is a fantastic opportunity to get an insight into what life is like as a St Mary's student. During the day you'll have the chance to:

  • Speak to current students to hear about their experiences so far
  • Meet your future academics to put a name and a face to who you'll be learning from
  • Take a tour of the University and the on-campus accommodation options
  • Get involved with activities going on across campus as you explore new surroundings

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Campus tours

There are plenty of opportunities for you to explore the campus, even if you can't make it to an Open Day.

We run campus tours every Wednesday at 12pm. If you'd like to join us for one of these tours please register your place for your preferred day.

Virtual tour

We know that for it's important to you to see where you'll be living and studying before you make your decision. However, we also know that for many people it's not always easy to make it to the campus.

That's why we've developed a virtual tour of campus, allowing you to explore that facilities and the beautiful views that we have to offer.

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