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Solent University (Southampton)

Football Business Management

UCAS Code: FBM1

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

Sports management

Business studies

Southampton Solent University has been at the forefront of football education for nearly two decades, emerging as the UK’s leading supplier of graduates to football clubs and organisations. The industry’s rapid commercial expansion over the past 25 years has created a wide variety of new career pathways for those with the skills and enthusiasm required to succeed.

Throughout the course you’ll be guided by an academic team with experience at all levels of the game. They’ve conducted major research reviews that have changed Premier and Football League regulations; won acclaim from UEFA for their football development work; and produced a number of published works on the subject.

The curriculum offers a rounded business education, with all learning contextualised to the football environment. Modules cover marketing, management, football development, sociology, organisational behaviour and strategic planning. These themes run throughout the three year course, helping you to develop your general business skills alongside knowledge that is specific to the management of football organisations.

In the final year of the course you’ll select an area of specialism. This will help you to better prepare for roles that match your personal ambitions, and will give you the chance to have an in-depth look at a side of the business you find most engaging.

Employability skills are embedded throughout the degree, ensuring that you graduate well prepared to apply for relevant roles. Work experience is a core component of the 'Principles of Football Development' unit, which will see you working on leadership projects within the local football community. There is also a range of work experience and volunteering opportunities available through our network of partner clubs.

As with any large business, football clubs need staff with a variety of skills. Opportunities exist in marketing, project management, recruitment, administration, accountancy, partnership development and many other areas of business specialism. In recent years, students and graduates have worked with:

The Premier League
Manchester United FC
Arsenal FC
Chelsea FC
Fulham FC
Tottenham Hotspur FC
Manchester City FC
Birmingham City FC
Newcastle United FC
West Ham Utd FC
Charlton Athletic FC
Millwall FC
Brighton & Hove Albion FC
Crystal Palace FC
Watford FC
Portsmouth FC
Reading FC
Southampton FC

Candidates should be passionate about football and the corporate world, aspiring to a career in administration, analytics, marketing or research within a professional club or sporting organisation.

Modules

Year one
*Core units

*Studying football
*Management Principles
*Marketing Principles
*Football and Society
*Principles of Football Development
*Organisational Behaviour

*Year two
*Core units

*Researching Football
*Operations Management
*Applied Marketing Practice
*Sociology of Football
*Strategic Football development
*Events Organisation

*Year three
*Core units

*Strategic Management
*Globalisation of Football
*Strategic Marketing
*Football Project

Assessment methods

The course is assessed using a combination of essays, written examinations, presentations, reports, case studies, poster presentations and research projects.

Extra funding

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

The Uni


Course location:

Solent University (Southampton)

Department:

Sport, Health and Social Sciences School

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

81%
med
Sports management
82%
med
Business studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Tourism, transport and travel

Teaching and learning

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

92%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

77%
UK students
23%
International students
83%
Male students
17%
Female students
52%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

Business studies

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

89%
Library resources
95%
IT resources
95%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

63%
UK students
37%
International students
67%
Male students
33%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
B
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Tourism, transport and travel

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education
78%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

28%
Sports and fitness occupations
20%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

This course sits in a wide group of smaller subjects that don't necessarily have that much in common - so bear this in mind when you look at any employment data. Most graduates took a hospitality, events management or tourism-related course, but there are a group of sports and leisure graduates in here as well who do different things. Events management was the most common job for graduates from this group of subjects, and so it’s no surprise that graduates from specialist events management courses did better last year than many of the other graduates under this subject umbrella - but all did about as well as graduates on average or a little better. If you want to find out more about specific job paths for your chosen subject area, it's a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates went on to do, or to have a look at university department websites.

Business studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
83%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
22%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
6%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

The number of business studies graduates fell significantly last year after a long period of increase. But there were still more than 14,000 degrees awarded and this is the third most popular subject for new graduates. Because so many graduates get business studies degrees, you can find them everywhere in the economy, and very few jobs are completely out of reach for a good business studies graduate. Around 40% go into jobs in finance, sales, recruitment, management (particularly retail) or marketing. There is also a small (but well paid) group who take their technical skills into computing and IT. Thousands of graduates from this subject go into professional jobs every year, and average starting salaries are above the average for all subjects and particularly healthy in London where they top £25k. Graduates with good degree grades in business studies are much more likely to get good jobs, so don’t be complacent, and keep a close eye on your grades.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Business and management

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£23k

£23k

£26k

£26k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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