Solent University (Southampton)

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Solent University

Football Business Management

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Course summary

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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.

Course details


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 method

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

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeFBM1
Institution code S30
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton 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 Southampton 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.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 96 - 112 points From 2 A levels or equivalent qualification, BTEC Extended Diploma MMM, BTEC Diploma DD. We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview / and or portfolio. Please contact for further details.
A level CCC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM
Access to HE Diploma M: 45 credits P: 15 credits 60 Credits overall with 45 Merit level credits and 15 at Pass.
AS In combination with other qualifications
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) In combination with other qualifications
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) In combination with other qualifications
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) In combination with other qualifications
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) In combination with other qualifications
Extended Project In combination with other qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMM
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DD
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma In combination with other qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma In combination with other qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma In combination with other qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate In combination with other qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate In combination with other qualifications

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)66.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each individual component.
TOEFL (iBT)8080 overall with a minimum 19 in each individual component.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £13260 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

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.

Football Business Management at Solent University (Southampton) - UCAS