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Football Studies

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

Sports studies

Sports coaching

If you’re passionate about football, Solent University’s industry-leading football studies degree can help provide you with the skills you’ll need to thrive in a variety of football roles. Past graduates are now employed in a range of clubs and organisations at all levels of the game.

Solent University has been at the forefront of football education for nearly two decades and our football studies degree has emerged as the leading supplier of graduates to the football industry. Graduates have gone on to careers at Premier League clubs including Southampton, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.

This degree provides students with comprehensive knowledge and real-world experience of the football industry. Students have the opportunity to study a range of contemporary themes, as well as tailor their study to areas of specific interest within football.

Endorsed by the League Managers Association, the Professional Football Coaches Association and Kick It Out, the course offers excellent work placement opportunities with professional clubs and organisations.

Students are able to benefit from the opportunity to tap into the University’s extensive network of contacts in the game. Regular lectures from guest speakers - including former Premier League and international players, managers, academy directors, leading club chairmen, media professionals, match officials and England national team staff - enable students to learn from and interact with professionals who have first-hand, high-level experience within the game.

Southampton Solent University is recommended as a ‘leader in football-related academic study’ by The Times Good University Guide.

In recent years, students have secured work-based learning opportunities, internships and full-time employment with a number of clubs and associations, including:

The Football Association
The Premier League
Manchester United FC
Arsenal FC
Chelsea FC
Manchester City FC
Tottenham Hotspur FC
Birmingham City FC
Watford FC
Newcastle United FC
West Ham United FC
Charlton Athletic FC
Millwall FC
Crystal Palace FC
Portsmouth FC
Reading FC
Southampton FC
Major League Soccer (USA).

This football studies programme is open to students from a wide range of academic backgrounds – football foundation year graduates will receive direct entry.

Candidates should be passionate about football and aspiring to a career within a professional club or sporting organisation.

Modules

Year one
Core units

Studying Football
Principles of Football Development
Football and Society
Principles of Coaching Football
Football Principles and Practice
Fundamentals of Skill Acquisition in Football

Year two
Core units

Researching Football
Strategic Football Development
Sociology of Football
Coaching for Football
Elite Youth Development in Football
Integrated Sport Psychology for Football

Year three
Core units

Football Project (double unit)
Globalisation of Football
Football Management

Options

Professional Practice in Football Management
Performance Psychology in Football
Applied Coaching in Football
Business Start Up in Sport

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Assessment methods

The course is assessed using a combination of scouting reports, essays, group presentations, fieldwork, practical planning and delivery, and written examinations.

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.

88%
med
Sports studies
88%
med
Sports coaching

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.

Sport and exercise sciences

Teaching and learning

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
90%
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
91%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
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?

79%
UK students
21%
International students
86%
Male students
14%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
7%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
C

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.

Sport and exercise sciences

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.

£17,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
66%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Sports and fitness occupations
8%
Teaching and educational professionals
7%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

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.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Sport and exercise sciences

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

£16k

£16k

£22k

£22k

£25k

£25k

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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