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Plymouth Marjon University

UCAS Code: FBS1 | Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements

A level


Excluding General Studies

Access to HE diploma Passed with between 30-42 Level 3 credits at Merit./Distinction with a minimum of 18 level 3 credits at distinction

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


Grades acheived from a combination of BTEC qualifications will be accepted

T Level


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About this course

Course option


Full-time | 2024


Sport and exercise sciences

BSc Football Science has been developed in collaboration with football industry professionals. It offers an outstanding quality of education alongside the skills and expertise required to work in football.

You'll learn to support individual player development and team performance. Embedded in the course are industry recognised qualifications from an array of professional bodies. It provides industry recognised qualifications at no extra cost. These include FA Level 1 and Level 2 in Coaching Football, Catapult Athlete Tracking Level 1 and Level 2, Level 2 Gym instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer. These enable you to develop specific, vocational and academic skills that are necessary to embark on a career in the football industry.

You will be encouraged to undertake work-based learning with our network of football industry partners including Plymouth Argyle FC and the FA Women’s High Performance Football Centre located on our campus.

BSc Football Science degree teaches you to apply scientific principles to all aspects of athletic development across the age appropriate phases of player development. There is a strong emphasis on practical learning and how to apply these scientific principles to player or team performance.

It is taught by highly qualified academics and industry professionals who are employed in the football sector, enabling students to benefit from their knowledge and experience.

You will gain practical knowledge and understanding across the sport science disciplines in our world class sport science lab. Ours is the only lab in the South West to be accredited by the British Association of Sport & Exercise Science (BASES). It draws elite athletes from across the region and students get valuable experiences from working with them.

BSc Football Science includes an optional professional practice year. You have the opportunity to gain industry specific skills by working within football for a year. It increases your knowledge of the sector, provides relevant work experience and develops your personal network in the football industry. The professional practice year is available after your second year and you then return to university for the final year of teaching.

**Why study at Marjon?**

• Small, person-focused university
• No.2 university in England for Student Satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2024)
• No.4 university in the UK for Career Prospects (WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2023)
• No.4 uni in England for Education (Student Experience) (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023)


FBSC01 - Introduction to Football Science
SESC53 - Anatomy and Physiology for Sport and Exercise
FBSC02 - Psychological Concepts for Football Science
FBSC03 - Introduction to Performance Analysis and Football Biomechanics
FBSC04 - Football Science:
The Foundation Phase
SESC56 - Conditioning Principles for Sport, Exercise and Health
SESD55 - Research Methods and Analysis in Sport & Health Science
FBSD01 - Work Based Learning: Football Science
FBSD02 - Analysing Technique and Performance for Football
FBSD03 - Nutrition for Player Recovery and Football Performance
FBSD04 - Physical Performance: Testing, Monitoring and Evaluation for Football
FBSD05 - Football Science:
Youth Development Phase
SESHP1 - Honours Project
FBSH02 - Advanced Performance Analysis for Football: A Multidisciplinary Approach
FBSH03 - Talent Identification in Football
FBSH04 - Football Science:
The Professional Development Phase
FBSH05 - Applied Interdisciplinary Football Science

Assessment methods

Case Study A detailed investigation into a specific issue or real life example that allows for deeper understanding of contextual and specific knowledge within football science
Critical Review An analysis and evaluation of a topic (often a chapter from a book or an article from a journal), which requires the student to understand the material, while analysing and evaluating it using appropriate criteria.
Essay An assessed piece of writing used to provide feedback to the student to improve their learning and target areas that require further work.
Formal Examination An examination is an assessment intended to measure a test-taker's knowledge, skill, aptitude, or classification in many topics. An exam may be administered verbally, on paper, on a computer, or in a predetermined area that requires the exam-taker to demonstrate or perform a set of skills. Exams vary in style, rigour and requirements. For example, in a closed book test, an exam taker is usually required to rely upon memory to respond to specific items whereas in an open book test, the exam taker may use one or more supplementary tools such as a reference book or calculator when responding.

Honours Project An in-depth independent study of 7000 words, or equivalent, chosen by the student. This may include a variety of approaches such as a traditional research dissertation or applied work such as consultancy or project work.
Oral Presentation A clearly structured, detailed verbal delivery illustrated/supported by a variety of audio-visual aids, which demonstrates knowledge and understanding of a selected topic in football science either as an individual or in small groups.
Online Portfolio/Reflective Diary A collection of documents created by a person to demonstrate the achievements, learning and skills they have developed. A portfolio may be created via an edublog project, for example as part of the personal development planning/profiling process, as part of the assessment for reflective practice on work based learning projects.
Poster Presentation Presentation of data/information/critical analysis in a visual ‘poster’ format to include brief verbal delivery and defence of questions posed, specific to the information contained within the poster. Assesses knowledge of the topic and effective communication skills.
Practical Assessment An assessment of the ability to apply knowledge, understanding and skills practically (e.g., collecting data, interviewing skills).
Laboratory Report A report is an analytical piece of work using research to critically review the subject area. A report can also use the support of diagrams, pictures and captions to analyse research.
Research Proposal/Honours Project Proposal A precise and coherent summary of a proposed research project setting out the central issues to be addressed and the ethical procedures to be followed.
Website Presentation Students deign a professional website and present their area of expertise to a panel.

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One of the fastest growing subjects in the country, the number of sports science graduates went from under 3,000 in 2003 to over 10,000 in 2013. Numbers have fallen slightly since 2015, but we still have over 9,000 graduates in the subject. However, the good news is the country's appetite for good health and fitness - and the adaptability of graduates in the subject - means that sports science grads are less likely than average to be out of work. Sports science graduates, not surprisingly, tend to get jobs in sport, fitness and health - coaching and teaching especially - but they're found all over the economy. Management and business are also popular options for graduates from this subject — and sports science graduates are particularly found where drive, determination and physical fitness are an advantage.

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