If you’re passionate about football, Solent University’s industry-leading football studies degree can 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. Solent University is recommended as a ‘leader in football-related academic study’ by The Times Good University Guide. What does this course lead to? 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). View our infographic Who is this course for? This football studies programme is open to students from a wide range of academic backgrounds – sport 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.
YEAR 1 - CORE MODULES Studying Football Football and Society Principles of Football Development Principles of Coaching Football Fundamentals of Skill Acquisition Elite Youth Development in Football Coaching in the Foundation Phase YEAR 2 - CORE MODULES Strategic Football Development Researching Football The Politics, Culture, and Sociology of Football Sport Psychology in Football Technical and Tactical Performance and Analysis and Recruitment Coaching in the Youth Development Phase YEAR 3 - CORE MODULES Dissertation Globalisation of Football Coaching in the Professional Development Phase YEAR 3 - OPTIONS (please note that not all options are guaranteed to run each academic year) Football Sustainability and Social Change Professional Practice in Football Development Applied Sport Psychology in Football Applied Performance Analysis and Recruitment Applied Coaching in Football Business Start-Up
The course is assessed using a combination of scouting reports, essays, group presentations, fieldwork, practical planning and delivery, and written examinations.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
For information about applying to Solent as an International applicant, please visit https://www.solent.ac.uk/how-to-apply/entry-requirements/help-for-international-students
• Direct entry to years 2 (Level 5) or 3 (Level 6) We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. • Level 5 (year 2) entry To directly enter the second year of this course you will need to show appropriate knowledge and experience. For example, you are an ideal candidate if you have 120 undergraduate credits at Level 4 or a CertHE in a related subject area. • Level 6 (year 3) entry To directly enter the third year of this course you need to show appropriate knowledge and experience. For example, you are an ideal candidate if you have 240 undergraduate credits (at Levels 4 and 5), a DipHE, Foundation Degree or HND in a related subject area.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||with 5.5 in each individual component.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||80||with a minimum of 20 in each individual compoenent.|
Solent University can also accept the following English Language Test: Duolingo English Language Test 115 overall with a minimum of 95 in each component. All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office. We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.
The student satisfaction data is from students surveyed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. This data will be based on the subject area rather than the specific course. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Solent University offers a number of bursaries, grants and scholarships. For more information, please visit https://www.solent.ac.uk/finance/grants-bursaries-scholarships/bursaries
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