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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 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.

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 pedgaogies, 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.

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

  • Advanced Coaching Pedgaogies in Football 
  • Chelsea FC Foundation Work Placement 
  • Football Research Project 
  • Performance Analysis 2 
  • Start-ups and Social Enterprise in Football 
  • Talent Identification and Development in Football 
Please refer to the programme specification document for a summary of the programme.

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 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: £9,250*
  • International: £12,250

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £11,750

* 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 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

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