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The Times Good University Guide recommends Southampton Solent University as a ‘leader in football-related academic study’, with more than a decade’s experience delivering expert graduates and training to professional teams and governing bodies.
You’ll work towards coaching qualifications delivered by our UEFA ‘A’ licence coach educators, and study practical and theoretical skills including technical and tactical football, sport psychology, the globalisation of football, football development, specialised training and fitness, and research – preparing you for a wide range of professional football roles.
The course also offers excellent work placement opportunities with professional clubs and organisations, and the opportunity to tap into the university’s extensive network of contacts in the game.
The course is endorsed by The League Managers Association and Professional Football Coaches Association.
240 UCAS tariff points
(Our courses are regularly reviewed so the final module list may be slightly different from the one shown here.)
The course is taught using a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Students learn together in both large and small groups and also individually. Practical sessions are delivered at the University’s multi-million pound Test Park football centre.
Optional internship opportunities and work-based learning programmes are available with a range of professional clubs and organisations. Placement schemes run with clubs such as Southampton FC, Reading FC and Aldershot Town FC, recruiting students from within the University, whilst other students arrange their own placements with support from the course team.
This course is assessed using a combination of scouting reports, essays, group presentations, fieldwork, practical planning and delivery, written examinations and DVD production.
The specification for the current academic year can be found here.
Practical sessions are delivered at the University’s multi-million-pound Test Park football centre, which boasts a full-size all-weather 3G sports pitch, an FA Step 5 football arena and built-in teaching space, among other facilities.
Opportunities exist for students to use their coaching skills in the United States and elsewhere during holiday periods.
You'll have the opportunity to spend between three months and a year of your course studying abroad at one of our EU partner universities, as part of the Erasmus programme.
If you're a non-UK student studying at an EU university, the Erasmus programme gives you the chance to come to the UK and study football studies units at Solent for between three months and a full academic year.
Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.
The academic staff on the football studies degree possess a wealth of knowledge and experience at various levels of the game, and are actively involved in the professional game in terms of elite player development, scouting, performance analysis, coach education, and research. The course team has excellent working relationships with key stakeholders of the game including UEFA, The Football Association, The League Managers Association and professional clubs. The practical units are taught by ‘A’ Licence Coach Educators, Pro Licence Holders and National Futsal Tutors, whose mission is to train and educate the next generation of football professionals. Each brings their own specific experience to life via real-world examples gained over many years of working in and around football.
More information about our teaching staff can be found by visiting their individual profile pages.
In recent years, students have secured work-based learning opportunities, internships and full-time employment with a number of clubs and associations, which include, among others:
Suitable roles for graduates include:
You will have the opportunity to receive regular guest lectures and meet some of football’s most significant figures; recent examples include manager Brian McDermott, former players Matthew Le Tissier and Vincent Pericard, former manager Lawrie McMenemy MBE, Fulham FC’s academy director Huw Jennings, Mail on Sunday chief sports news correspondent Nick Harris and ‘architect’ of the Premier League Alex Fynn.
Presentation, communication, teamwork, IT and numeracy, organising people, time management and research.
Each year a number of students go on to study for master’s and PhD degrees at a range of UK and international universities.
Location of study: East Park Terrace
Study mode: Full-time
Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:
Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.
The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme| and an international foundation programme| for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.
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 and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements| for a number of language tests.
If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.
The tuition fees for the 2015 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year
International full-time fees: £10,380 per year
Optional professional body endorsement (NGBs): Range from £10-250 depending on the course.
Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page| to find out more.
Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.
Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.ac.uk|
Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.
Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare|.
You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here|.
Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.
Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website| for more information.
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