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BA (Hons) Football Studies

Turn your passion for football into an exciting career

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Scoring 95 per cent for overall student satisfaction in this year’s National Student Survey,* this is the essential degree for a wide range of football development, coaching, scouting, analysis and teaching careers.

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’ and ‘Pro’ 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.

Endorsed by the League Managers Association and the Professional Football Coaches Association, 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.

* NSS 2014, BA (Hons) Football Studies. Please note that information displayed on KIS/Unistats may include data from previous years, or other Solent courses within the wider subject area.

This course is now full for 2015.
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* NSS 2014, BA (Hons) Football Studies. Please note that information displayed on KIS/Unistats may include data from previous years, or other Solent courses within the wider subject area.

Don't just take our word for it...

Marlon Fahy
Tom Fawdry
John Salomon
Ben Stevens
"The football studies degree has given me the perfect exposure to work in football and has helped me prepare to work in a wonderful industry."
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"I was given the freedom and support to shape my own learning to my specialised career path."
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"The high-level coaching I received at Solent inspired me to pursue a career in football development and management"
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"I wanted a course that would get me into my dream job working in the football industry. All the theory for the work I do now, I learnt at Solent University."
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Why Solent?

  • Solent is one of the UK’s leading providers of football-specific education.
  • An accredited centre for Football coaching with ties to 1st4Sport and the FA.
  • Extensive network of links in the game, including its exclusive partnership with Southampton FC.
  • Home to the Lawrie McMenemy Centre for Football Research, a world-class research and consultancy centre
  • Students are taught by UEFA ‘A’ Licence Coach Educators, Pro licence holders and National Futsal tutors.

UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry CN62
  • 4 Years Football foundation year C650
  • 4 Years Football foundation year (Jan Start) C649
  • 4 Years International football foundation year C648
  • 4 Years International football foundation year (Jan Start) C644

Typical entry requirements

240 UCAS tariff points

95% overall student satisfaction


What will you study?

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course.

Year 1

  • Fitness for Football
  • Football and Society
  • Football Principles and Practice
  • Introduction to Research and Study Skills
  • Principles of Coaching Football
  • Principles of Football Development

Year 2

  • Applied Football Development
  • Coaching for Football
  • Research Methods for Sport
  • Sociology of Football
  • Sport Psychology
  • Options
    • Advanced Training Principles (L5)
    • Diet and Nutrition
    • Event Organisation (L5)
    • Sport and the Law (L5)
    • Sport Policy
    • Sport, Gender and Sexuality
    • Sports Massage

Year 3

  • Contemporary Sports Issues
  • Globalisation of Football
  • Options
    • Advanced Sports Massage
    • Applied Sport Psychology
    • Business Start-up
    • Dissertation (Sports)
    • Evaluating Events Organisation
    • Football Management
    • Physical Education
    • Project (Sports)
    • Sport Development
    • Sports Conditioning
    • Sports Nutrition and Performance

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course is taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, both in groups and individually. Practical sessions are delivered at the University’s multi-million-pound Test Park football centre.

Work experience
Optional internship opportunities and work-based learning programmes are available with a range of professional clubs and organisations. Past placement schemes have 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.
The University can also help students to use their coaching skills in the United States and elsewhere during holiday periods.

The course is assessed using a combination of scouting reports, essays, group presentations, fieldwork, practical planning and delivery, and written examinations.

Our facilities

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.

Study abroad

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. 

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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.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.


UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry CN62
  • 4 Years Football foundation year C650
  • 4 Years Football foundation year (Jan Start) C649
  • 4 Years International football foundation year C648
  • 4 Years International football foundation year (Jan Start) C644

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

You’ll be well placed for a wide range of roles in football, whether you’re interested in development, coaching, scouting, performance analysis or research/education.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Football development officer 
  • Academy Coach
  • Club scout
  • Performance analyst or research/education roles.

Links with industry

You will have the opportunity to attend 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, England physio Gary Lewin and ‘architect’ of the Premier League Alex Fynn.

Transferable skills

Presentation, communication, teamwork, IT and numeracy, organising people, time management and research.

Further study

The course can lead on to Southampton Solent’s MA Sport and Development, or a wide range of alternative opportunities for further study.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

In recent years, students have secured work-based learning opportunities, internships and full-time employment with a number of clubs and associations, including:

  • Premier League
  • Chelsea FC
  • Fulham FC
  • Manchester City FC
  • Tottenham Hotspur FC
  • Birmingham City FC
  • Watford FC
  • Newcastle United FC
  • West Ham Utd FC
  • Charlton Athletic FC
  • Millwall FC
  • Brighton & Hove Albion FC
  • Crystal Palace FC
  • Portsmouth FC
  • Reading FC
  • Southampton FC
  • AFC Bournemouth
  • Brentford FC
  • Aldershot Town FC
  • Northampton Town FC
  • Forest Green Rovers FC
  • Glentoran FC
  • Wrexham FC
  • Klepp Elite FC (Norway)
  • FC Spartak Moscow
  • FC Rubin Kazan
  • Lithuanian Football Federation
  • Latvian Football Federation
  • Major League Soccer (USA), among others.
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Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time

Entry requirements

  • 240 points from minimum two completed A-levels or equivalent qualifications.
  • Grade C or above in GCSE English and Mathematics, or equivalent.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Football Foundation Year or the International Football Foundation Year.

English language requirements

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:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 (5.5 in writing)
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 (19 in writing) - TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

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.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

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.  

Non-standard entry

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.

Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2015/2016 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £10,380 per year

Other costs

Optional professional body endorsement (NGBs); kit available in various combinations:  NGBs range from £10 to £250 depending on course

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

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Bursaries and scholarships

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.

How to apply


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:

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.

Student support and services


Student welfare

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.

University facilities

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.

Living in Southampton

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.

Solent Students’ Union

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.


UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry CN62
  • 4 Years Football foundation year C650
  • 4 Years Football foundation year (Jan Start) C649
  • 4 Years International football foundation year C648
  • 4 Years International football foundation year (Jan Start) C644