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Football Science

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Full-time | 2021


Sport and exercise sciences

This four year integrated BSc (undergraduate) and MSci (postgraduate) course will teach you to apply scientific principles to athletic performance at the highest levels of football. You’ll learn to analyse how physical activity and exercise generates health in athletes and, through detailed knowledge of physiological systems, make recommendations that ensure athletes can fulfil their full potential.

There is an increasing demand within football clubs for sport science and medical staff who can ensure that player performance is optimised in both training and competition. By working closely with our skilled academics and football practitioners, you’ll build a strong grounding in the sport science disciplines of anatomy and physiology; psychology; strength and conditioning; biomechanics; and performance analysis. Proper coaching techniques are essential, and you’ll benefit from Solent’s long history of training coaches who work at the highest levels of competitive sport.

You will be encouraged to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to the athletic development of male and female footballers through our extensive network of partner clubs. You’ll gain experience in the design, planning and delivery of a cohesive and systematic sport science/performance support provision, working across all aspects of a club’s operations.

In the third and fourth year of study (Level 6 and Level 7) you will work with youth, academy and professional players to facilitate maximum performance and reduce injury risk. This invaluable industry experience will form the working document of evidence in support of your BASES Supervised Experience (SE) application. This goes part way towards earning your BASES accreditation as a sport and exercise scientist. This element of the course is unique to Southampton Solent University.

Students have access to the University’s professional sport and exercise facilities. These include fully equipped physiology, psychology, biomechanics and exercise labs. The physiology laboratory is officially accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), marking it as one of the UK’s leading sport and exercise science facilities.

Apply essential academic theory to real workplace scenarios. Benefit from five months (minimum) of mandatory industry placements and graduate with a CV to be proud of.

As a graduate, you will be well suited to employment within a football club or other large sporting organisation. You will be looking for work within sport science support, player development and performance monitoring departments. Typical roles cover strength and conditioning; performance analysis; education and welfare; talent identification and recruitment; technical coaching; and sport psychology.

For those who discover a passion for academia, this course provides a solid foundation to progress into teaching, further postgraduate study or research.

This course is the ideal way for you to turn a passion for football into a lucrative professional career. Candidates should be:

+ interested in working in professional football,

+ keen to collaborate with players and coaches on improving efficiency and reducing the risk of injury,

+ fascinated by physiology and the inner workings of the human body, and

+ comfortable working in a scientific way, making use of testing data to deliver effective recommendations.


Research Methods in Sports Performance
Sport Psychology
Football Foundation Phase
Functional Anatomy and Exercise Physiology
Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise
Football Principles and Practice

Physiology of Testing in Sport and Exercise
Applied Techniques in Sport Psychology
Performance Analysis
Applied Research and Study Design in Sports Performance
Football Youth Development Phase
Strength and Conditioning

Professional Practice of Performance Analysis
Football Professional Phase
Individual Project
Advances in Sport Technology

YEAR 3 - OPTIONS (please note that not all options are guaranteed to run each year)
Sports Nutrition
Professional Practice in Sport Psychology
Advanced Strength and Conditioning

Training and Competition Demands
Talent Identification and Recruitment
Team Leadership and Management
Supervised Experience
Independent Research Project

Assessment methods

Students are assessed via written exams, practical exams and coursework. Students do a range of practical assessments as part of their BASES Supervised Experience accreditation.

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.

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Solent University (Southampton)


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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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