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About the course

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 are now employed in coaching, football development, performance analysis, scouting and education roles at all levels of the sport.

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, Arsenal FC, Chelsea FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC, Manchester United FC, Manchester City FC, Crystal Palace FC, and AFC Bournemouth, among others. 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. Guests include former Premier League and international players and managers, academy directors, leading club Chairmen, journalists and media professionals, match officials and England national team staff.

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

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

Southampton Solent University is recommended as a ‘leader in football-related academic study’ by The Times Good University Guide.

What does this course lead to?

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
  • Manchester United FC
  • Arsenal FC
  • Chelsea FC
  • Manchester City FC
  • Tottenham Hotspur FC
  • Birmingham City FC
  • Watford FC
  • Newcastle United FC
  • West Ham Utd FC
  • Charlton Athletic FC
  • Millwall FC
  • Crystal Palace FC
  • Portsmouth FC
  • Reading FC
  • Southampton FC
  • Major League Soccer (USA), among others.

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 aspiring to a career within a professional club or sporting organisation.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry CN62
  • 4 Years Football Foundation Year N81N
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year are: 
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year

Whilst these inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval.

The international tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are:
International full-time fees: £11,000 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

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

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

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.

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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • 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 International 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-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.


of students feel their communication skills have improved

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 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:

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.

How to apply

What you'll study

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


  • Football Management
  • Elite Youth Development in Football
  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Curriculum Plus (excluding Sport Coaching in the Community)

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

Year three

Core units
  • Project/Dissertation
  • Globalisation of Football
  • Contemporary Practice in Football Development 


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

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


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

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Written exams


Assessment by coursework


Practical exams

Students' work

Meet the course team

Tracey Bourne academic profile Tracey Bourne Course Leader View profile
Lisa Binney academic profile Lisa Binney Senior Lecturer View profile
Ali Hill academic profile Ali Hill Senior Lecturer View profile
Joel Rookwood academic profile Joel Rookwood Senior Lecturer View profile
Clwyd Jones academic profile Clwyd Jones Senior Lecturer View profile
Mark Turner academic profile Mark Turner Senior Lecturer View profile
Richard Penton academic profile Richard Penton Principal Lecturer View profile
Rory Magrath academic profile Rory Magrath Lecturer View profile
Kim Wilcox academic profile Kim Wilcox Lecturer View profile
Rebecca White academic profile Rebecca White Lecturer View profile
Richard Elliott academic profile Richard Elliott Associate Professor View profile
Oscar Mwaanga academic profile Oscar Mwaanga Associate Professor View profile
Graham Davies academic profile Graham Davies Associate Lecturer View profile
Emma Mosley academic profile Emma Mosley Associate 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.


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.

We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Southampton Solent University is home to the Lawrie McMenemy Centre for Football Research – a world-class research and consultancy centre and the course is endorsed by the League Managers Association, the Professional Football Coaches Association and Kick It Out.

Your future

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.


of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course


of those students are in a professional or managerial job
  • The football studies degree at Solent prepared me for work within the football industry, ensuring I had a skill set appropriate for dealing with the industry’s demands. The football studies staff go above and beyond to deliver a great student experience.

    James Brayne - Performance Analyst - Manchester City FC

  • The football studies degree not only provided an insight into the unique industry that is football, but also gave me the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working in a competitive environment. Along with consistent feedback and tutor guidance, the core theoretical elements aligned with the practical side of this course prepared me thoroughly for this position.

    Jamie Benson – Performance analyst – West Ham United

  • I know without the experience and knowledge gained from the football studies course I wouldn't have even had a shot at this job

    Kane Cowburn – International department – Chelsea FC

  • My degree without doubt helped me to get this job. I gained a better knowledge of what was needed to work within a professional football club and a wider understanding of what I wanted to do after I graduated. Every day within the job I use skills and qualities that I gained from Solent University. The football studies degree covers such a wide variety of topics that it prepares you exceptionally well for a career in the world of football.

    Mark Gamble – Football Education Officer – Southampton FC

  • The football studies degree gave me exposure to a range of opportunities. From internship connections to guest lectures, the course helped me to achieve a better understanding of what working within football entailed. It drove me to work hard to develop.

    Sam Hall - U21 analyst - Manchester United FC

  • My time at Solent gave me various opportunities to gain internships in the professional game and these experiences have helped me to secure my new role at St George’s Park. Every experience I had at Solent was valuable.

    Garry Halsey - Elite Delivery Coordinator - The Football Association

Industry links

The academic staff on the football studies degree possess a wealth of knowledge and experience at all levels of the game. They have coached at Premier League and Football League clubs, conducted major research reviews that have changed Premier League and Football League rules and regulations, won European acclaim for their football development work from UEFA and helped national teams prepare for World Cup Finals.

The course benefits from extensive industry links, including a longstanding relationship with Southampton FC and 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.


Students are encouraged to seek optional internship and work-based learning opportunities with professional clubs and organisations. Placement schemes have run in the past with a range of Premier League and Football League clubs, 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.

Further study

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