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About the course

Southampton Solent University has been at the forefront of football education for nearly two decades, emerging as the UK’s leading supplier of graduates to football clubs and organisations. The industry’s rapid commercial expansion over the past 25 years has created a wide variety of new career pathways for those with the skills and enthusiasm required to succeed.

Throughout the course you’ll be guided by an academic team with experience at all levels of the game. They’ve conducted major research reviews that have changed Premier and Football League regulations; won acclaim from UEFA for their football development work; and produced a number of published works on the subject.

The curriculum offers a rounded business education, with all learning contextualised to the football environment. Modules cover marketing, management, football development, sociology, organisational behaviour and strategic planning. These themes run throughout the three year course, helping you to develop your general business skills alongside knowledge that is specific to the management of football organisations.

In the final year of the course you’ll select an area of specialism. This will help you to better prepare for roles that match your personal ambitions, and will give you the chance to have an in-depth look at a side of the business you find most engaging.

Employability skills are embedded throughout the degree, ensuring that you graduate well prepared to apply for relevant roles. Work experience is a core component of the 'Principles of Football Development' unit, which will see you working on leadership projects within the local football community. There is also a range of work experience and volunteering opportunities available through our network of partner clubs.

Additional qualification Study abroad Foundation year available Professional memberships Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities Further studies

Employability skills are embedded throughout the degree, ensuring that you graduate well prepared to apply for relevant roles.

What does this course lead to?

As with any large business, football clubs need staff with a variety of skills. Opportunities exist in marketing, project management, recruitment, administration, accountancy, partnership development and many other areas of business specialism. In recent years, students and graduates have worked with:

  • The Premier League
  • Manchester United FC
  • Arsenal FC
  • Chelsea FC
  • Fulham FC
  • Tottenham Hotspur FC
  • Manchester City FC
  • Birmingham City FC
  • Newcastle United FC
  • West Ham Utd FC
  • Charlton Athletic FC
  • Millwall FC
  • Brighton & Hove Albion FC
  • Crystal Palace FC
  • Watford FC
  • Portsmouth FC
  • Reading FC
  • Southampton FC

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Who is this course for?

This football studies programme is open to students from a wide range of academic backgrounds. Football Foundation Year graduates will receive direct entry.

Candidates should be passionate about football and the corporate world, aspiring to a career in administration, analytics, marketing or research within a professional club or sporting organisation.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,500 per year 

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

Optional costs:

  • Optional discounted professional body endorsement (NGB): Prices vary, please click here to view our courses.

Compulsory costs:

  • Students must purchase a Solent football kit. This is at a cost of approximately £105.
  • Students are also required to undertake DBS criminal records checks as part of their enrolment. This is compulsory and comes at a cost of £55. The DBS check is organised by the University.

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2017, 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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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • Grade C or above in GCSE English and Mathematics, or equivalent.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Football Foundation Year.

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
  • 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.


Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

ask@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 3039

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: www.ucas.com.

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.

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units

  • Studying football
  • Management Principles
  • Marketing Principles
  • Football and Society
  • Principles of Football Development
  • Organisational Behaviour

Year two

Core units

  • Researching Football
  • Operations Management
  • Applied Marketing Practice
  • Sociology of Football
  • Strategic Football development
  • Events Organisation

Year three

Core units

  • Strategic Management
  • Globalisation of Football
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Football Project

Options

  • Business Start-Up in Sport
  • Professional Practice in Football Development

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Support

Web-based learning

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

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Richard Elliott academic profile Richard Elliott Head of Subject View profile
Rory Magrath academic profile Rory Magrath Course Leader View profile
Tracey Bourne academic profile Tracey Bourne Senior Lecturer View profile
Kim Wilcox academic profile Kim Wilcox Lecturer View profile
Dominic Haynes academic profile Dominic Haynes Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

As a football business management student, you’ll have access to our full range of learning resources and facilities. These include a 24-hour library, comfortable study spaces, large computer resource centres and a comprehensive suite of academic and personal support services.

Although students on football business management have no practical sessions, the delivery of football NGB qualifications are timetabled at the University's multi-million-pound football centre. Test Park is home to an all-weather 3G football pitch, an FA ‘Step 5’ football arena and a modern teaching space.

The Times Good University Guide has recommended Southampton Solent University as a “leader in football-related academic study”.

Your future

As with any large business, football clubs need staff with a variety of skills. Opportunities exist in marketing, project management, recruitment, administration, accountancy, partnership development and many other areas of business specialism.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Football development officer
  • Football education officer
  • Commercial executive
  • Club administrator
  • Performance analyst
  • Marketing executive
  • Business analyst
  • Research

Industry links

The University has provided administrative education for FIFA, the FA, the Premier League, the Football League and more than 60 professional clubs. This has helped us to forge and maintain long-standing relationships that have resulted in work placements, guest speakers and live briefs.

A partnership exists with Southampton FC which provides, among other things, opportunities for students to gain work experience.

A partnership also exists with the League Managers Association, who endorse the degree and provide prizes at graduation. We also run a Certificate of Higher Education in conjunction with this organisation.

We run equality and diversity training nationally in partnership with Kick It Out, football's equality advisory body. You will be able to take this training free of charge.

Football Development units are run in partnership with Hampshire FA, who support the development of unit content, contribute to the teaching on the unit and co-manage the UEFA award-winning Football Leadership Programme.

Placements

Employability skills are embedded throughout the degree, ensuring that you graduate well prepared to apply for relevant roles.

Work experience is a core component of the 'Principles of Football Development' unit, which will see you working on leadership projects within the local football community.

There are also work experience and volunteering opportunities available through our network of partner clubs. Past students have found work experience at clubs like Southampton FC, Reading FC and Aldershot Town FC.

Further study

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