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BA (Hons) Football Studies

Turn your passion for football into an exciting career

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If you’re passionate about football, Southampton Solent University’s industry leading football studies programme can help provide you with the skills you’ll need to thrive in a variety of relevant roles. Past graduates have found employment in community development, coaching, business support and performance analysis at all levels of the sport.

  • 95% of students were satisfied with this course in the 2014 National Student Survey.
  • Southampton Solent University is recommended as a ‘leader in football-related academic study’ by The Times Good University Guide.
  • Students are given the chance to gain FA coaching qualifications.
  • The course benefits from extensive industry links, including a longstanding relationship with Southampton FC.
  • Past students have been taught by UEFA ‘A’ Licence Coach Educators, Pro Licence holders and National Futsal tutors.
  • The course is endorsed by the League Managers Association and the Professional Football Coaches Association.
  • Southampton Solent is an accredited centre for football coaching with ties to 1st4Sport and the FA.
  • The University has provided administrative education for FIFA, the Football Association, the Premier League, the Football League, the Football Conference and more than 60 professional clubs.
  • Past students have benefitted from a variety of work experience opportunities in professional football clubs and related sporting organisations.
  • Southampton Solent University is home to the Lawrie McMenemy Centre for Football Research – a world-class research and consultancy centre.
  • Practical sessions are taught at the University’s multi-million pound Test Park football centre.

The industry

In the 2013/14 season the English Premier League generated revenue of almost £4 billion, more than any other European league. With revenues from the five major European leagues rising by 15% this year alone (Deloitte, 2015), this large and growing industry offers a wealth of opportunities suitable for properly prepared graduates.

The programme

Southampton Solent University is recognised as a leader in football-related academic study. This recognition has allowed graduates to go on to careers at Premier League clubs such as Southampton FC, Chelsea FC, Manchester City FC, Newcastle United FC, and AFC Bournemouth. 95% of football studies students have said that they are satisfied with the course in the 2014 National Student Survey, and graduates have been able to utilise the skills and knowledge learned at Solent in development officer, club scout and academy coach roles.

Learning on the course is supplemented by regular guest lectures. Recent guests have included former players Matthew Le Tissier and Vincent Pericard, former managers Brian McDermott and Lawrie McMenemy MBE, Fulham FC’s academy director Huw Jennings, former Arsenal Chairman David Dein, and England physio Gary Lewin.

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.

Next steps

Think a career in football might be for you? With first-class facilities, industry accreditations and strong links with a number of professional football clubs, Southampton Solent University’s football studies programme will help provide you with the knowledge and practical skills you’ll need to achieve your goals.

Have you got a question about applying?


* 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
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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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UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry CN62
  • 4 Years Football foundation year C650
  • 4 Years International football foundation year C648

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
280 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
112 UCAS Tariff points

Year one:


Core units

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

Year two:


Core units

  • Coaching for Football
  • Sociology of Football
  • Sports Psychology
  • Research Methods for Sport
  • Applied Football Development


  • Event Organisation (L5)
  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Sport and the Law
  • Advanced Training Principles (L5)
  • Sport Massage
  • Sport Policy
  • Sport, Gender & Sexuality
  • Languages
  • Curriculum Plus (excluding Sport Coaching in the Community)

Year three:


Core units

  • Project/Dissertation
  • Globalisation of Football
  • Contemporary Sports Issues


  • Evaluating Events Organisation
  • Sport Conditioning
  • Football Management
  • Physical Education
  • Sports Nutrition and Performance
  • Advanced Sport Massage
  • Sport Development
  • Applied Sports Psychology
  • Business Start-up
  • Languages
  • Curriculum Plus (excluding Sport Coaching in the Community)

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. 

For more information, see

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 International football foundation year C648

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
  • Research/education roles.

Transferable skills

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

Further study

The course can lead on to 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
  • Barnet FC
  • Leicester City FC
  • Klepp Elite FC (Norway)
  • FC Spartak Moscow
  • FC Rubin Kazan
  • Lithuanian Football Federation
  • Latvian Football Federation
  • Major League Soccer (USA), among others.


Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time

Entry requirements


UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

280 points (for 2016 entry) or 112 points (for 2017 entry) from:

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 aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

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 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- 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 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 2016/2017 academic year are:

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

International full-time fees: £10,500 per year

Other costs

Compulsory kit in various combinations: £105

Optional professional body endorsement (NGBs) 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.

For more details, please visit:

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 International football foundation year C648


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