Football Science with Professional Placement Year at Plymouth Marjon University - UCAS

Plymouth Marjon University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of St Mark & St John

Football Science with Professional Placement Year

Course summary

The BSc (Hons) Football Science with Professional Practice Year degree are for those who have an interest in player and team development. This programme will advance your theoretical and practical knowledge of the scientific disciplines (physiology, psychology, biomechanics and performance analysis) were you will learn how to analyse, monitor and evaluate football performance. The programme will challenge students intellectually, with outstanding academic education and applied practice through real life projects that will enhance student experience. To support this fast growing industry, you will gain an array of industry recognised qualifications that are embedded into the modular structure. Students will be given the opportunity to develop specific areas of expertise within a multi-disciplinary programme, for an industry that requires specialist professionals. The university links to key industry partners, will give you the necessary skills, experience and networking opportunities to support future employment. Professional Practice Year This course offers students an opportunity to enhance their employability by equipping them with in depth industry knowledge and a higher skill set, during an extended year of professional practice. The first two years provide the theoretical and practical underpinning required to develop your knowledge and understanding in readiness for your professional practice year with an external organisation. This will give you a greater opportunity to apply the scientific skills in a working environment. On completion of your profession practice , you will return to university to complete the final year of the degree. Why study at Marjon? • First-class facilities used by world-class athletes • Small, person-focused university with a big personality • No.1 university in England for Student Satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2023) • Southwest University of the Year for Student Life and Student Support (WhatUni Student Choice Award 2022) • No.3 university in England for Learning Community (National Student Survey 2022)


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
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis

English language requirements

GCSE English at Grade 4/C or equivalent

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

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

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