Football Science at Plymouth Marjon University - UCAS

Course summary

BSc Football Science has been developed in collaboration with football industry professionals. It offers an outstanding quality of education alongside the skills and expertise required to work in football. You'll learn to support individual player development and team performance. Embedded in the course are industry recognised qualifications from an array of professional bodies. It provides industry recognised qualifications at no extra cost. These include FA Level 1 and Level 2 in Coaching Football, Catapult Athlete Tracking Level 1 and Level 2, Level 2 Gym instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer. These enable you to develop specific, vocational and academic skills that are necessary to embark on a career in the football industry. You will be encouraged to undertake work-based learning with our network of football industry partners including Plymouth Argyle FC and the FA Women’s High Performance Football Centre located on our campus. BSc Football Science degree teaches you to apply scientific principles to all aspects of athletic development across the age appropriate phases of player development. There is a strong emphasis on practical learning and how to apply these scientific principles to player or team performance. It is taught by highly qualified academics and industry professionals who are employed in the football sector, enabling students to benefit from their knowledge and experience. You will gain practical knowledge and understanding across the sport science disciplines in our world class sport science lab. Ours is the only lab in the South West to be accredited by the British Association of Sport & Exercise Science (BASES). It draws elite athletes from across the region and students get valuable experiences from working with them. BSc Football Science includes an optional professional practice year. You have the opportunity to gain industry specific skills by working within football for a year. It increases your knowledge of the sector, provides relevant work experience and develops your personal network in the football industry. The professional practice year is available after your second year and you then return to university for the final year of teaching. Why study at Marjon? • Small, person-focused university • No.2 university in England for Student Satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2024) • No.4 university in the UK for Career Prospects (WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2023) • No.4 uni in England for Education (Student Experience) (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023)


FBSC01 - Introduction to Football Science SESC53 - Anatomy and Physiology for Sport and Exercise FBSC02 - Psychological Concepts for Football Science FBSC03 - Introduction to Performance Analysis and Football Biomechanics FBSC04 - Football Science: The Foundation Phase SESC56 - Conditioning Principles for Sport, Exercise and Health SESD55 - Research Methods and Analysis in Sport & Health Science FBSD01 - Work Based Learning: Football Science FBSD02 - Analysing Technique and Performance for Football FBSD03 - Nutrition for Player Recovery and Football Performance FBSD04 - Physical Performance: Testing, Monitoring and Evaluation for Football FBSD05 - Football Science: Youth Development Phase SESHP1 - Honours Project FBSH02 - Advanced Performance Analysis for Football: A Multidisciplinary Approach FBSH03 - Talent Identification in Football FBSH04 - Football Science: The Professional Development Phase FBSH05 - Applied Interdisciplinary Football Science

Assessment method

Case Study A detailed investigation into a specific issue or real life example that allows for deeper understanding of contextual and specific knowledge within football science Critical Review An analysis and evaluation of a topic (often a chapter from a book or an article from a journal), which requires the student to understand the material, while analysing and evaluating it using appropriate criteria. Essay An assessed piece of writing used to provide feedback to the student to improve their learning and target areas that require further work. Formal Examination An examination is an assessment intended to measure a test-taker's knowledge, skill, aptitude, or classification in many topics. An exam may be administered verbally, on paper, on a computer, or in a predetermined area that requires the exam-taker to demonstrate or perform a set of skills. Exams vary in style, rigour and requirements. For example, in a closed book test, an exam taker is usually required to rely upon memory to respond to specific items whereas in an open book test, the exam taker may use one or more supplementary tools such as a reference book or calculator when responding. Honours Project An in-depth independent study of 7000 words, or equivalent, chosen by the student. This may include a variety of approaches such as a traditional research dissertation or applied work such as consultancy or project work. Oral Presentation A clearly structured, detailed verbal delivery illustrated/supported by a variety of audio-visual aids, which demonstrates knowledge and understanding of a selected topic in football science either as an individual or in small groups. Online Portfolio/Reflective Diary A collection of documents created by a person to demonstrate the achievements, learning and skills they have developed. A portfolio may be created via an edublog project, for example as part of the personal development planning/profiling process, as part of the assessment for reflective practice on work based learning projects. Poster Presentation Presentation of data/information/critical analysis in a visual ‘poster’ format to include brief verbal delivery and defence of questions posed, specific to the information contained within the poster. Assesses knowledge of the topic and effective communication skills. Practical Assessment An assessment of the ability to apply knowledge, understanding and skills practically (e.g., collecting data, interviewing skills). Laboratory Report A report is an analytical piece of work using research to critically review the subject area. A report can also use the support of diagrams, pictures and captions to analyse research. Research Proposal/Honours Project Proposal A precise and coherent summary of a proposed research project setting out the central issues to be addressed and the ethical procedures to be followed. Website Presentation Students deign a professional website and present their area of expertise to a panel.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

English language requirements

GCSE English Language at Grade 4/C or equivalent.

Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £14500 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £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 £14500 Year 1

Additional fee information

EU applicants will be classed as International unless they have Pre-settled or Settled status.
Football Science at Plymouth Marjon University - UCAS