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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 other. 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. 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 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.

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 & figures

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UCAS Codes

Full Time

  • 4 Years International Football Foundation Year (Jan Start) C644
  • 4 Years International Football Foundation Year C648
  • 4 Years Football Foundation Year (Jan Start) C649
  • 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

The 2017/18 other costs are not yet available but for guidance the 2016/17 costs were:

Professional body endorsement (NGBs) NGBs range from £10 to £250 depending on course.

Optional kit available in various combinations.

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

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

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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


  • 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)

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

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)

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

Meet the course team

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Lisa Binney academic profile Lisa Binney Senior Lecturer View profile
Kevin Harris academic profile Kevin Harris Senior Lecturer View profile
Ali Hill academic profile Ali Hill Senior Lecturer View profile
Joel Rookwood academic profile Joel Rookwood Senior Lecturer View profile
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Mark Turner academic profile Mark Turner Senior Lecturer View profile
Richard Penton academic profile Richard Penton Principal Lecturer View profile
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Kim Wilcox academic profile Kim Wilcox 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
Rebecca White academic profile Rebecca White 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 and the Professional Football Coaches Association.

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
  • Many people outside of the degree doubted my decision to study Football Studies. Since graduating I have a fully-established company that envisions the next step towards enhanced child development through football. Without the knowledge I gained from the course there would be little chance of making this dream possible.

    Ben Doyle, Owner and Director at Soccerkidz Limited

  • 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.

    Ben Stevens, graduate now first team performance analyst for Newcastle FC

  • This degree played a massive part in my employment in professional football, the lecturers are experienced and knowledgeable in the subject area. The theoretical and practical sides of the degree and the guest lectures are all fun and interesting yet insightful. I found that self-discipline and organisation is key. A balance between those along with the staff's extensive links can help ensure that a job in football is well within reach.

    Daniel Hutchings,1st Team Performance Analyst at Barnet FC

  • My degree at Southampton Solent University definitely prepared me for this role as I gained a better knowledge and understanding of what was needed to work within a professional football club. This was down to the numerous discussions with tutors in lectures and seminars that facilitated some of the greatest and most enjoyable learning experiences I have ever received.

    David Langridge, Foundation Coach at Fulham FC

  • When I applied to the Football Studies degree I had two targets to reach by graduation: complete my UEFA B coaching license and have a job at an Academy or Centre of Excellence. I accomplished both of these goals with time to spare, thanks in no small part, to the Football Studies degree and its staff.

    Dominic Haynes, Academy Coach at Watford FC

  • The degree was very helpful in providing an insight into the high standards required of an individual who wishes to work in the professional football industry. The course gave me a clear understanding of the qualifications and skills I need to work in an academy environment. It has also inspired me to explore the idea of studying a postgraduate course.

    Jake Stanley, Goalkeeping Coach at West Bromwich Albion FC

  • The high-level coaching I received at Solent inspired me to pursue a career in football development and management, and all the units I studied on the course, from marketing to sport psychology, gave me the confidence and skills to perform my current role.

    John Salomon, graduate and FA Women's Premier League Coach of the Year 2012, Watford FC

  • 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.

    Marlon Fahy graduate working at Chelsea FC

  • Football Studies has been the perfect preparation for my first full-time role in football. Coaching, management, sociology and football development all play massive parts in my role, as they did in my three years studying at Solent. The course itself, and the tutelage from all the lecturers, has provided me with a fantastic grounding on which I can build a career in football.

    Scott Bratt, Head of Football Development at Crawley Town FC

  • The Football Studies degree has not only enabled me to work day-to-day within the professional football industry, it has provided me with the necessary tools to be successful in an incredibly demanding environment. Throughout my time at Southampton Solent University I was given the freedom and support to shape my own learning to my specialised career path.

    Tom Fawdry, graduate now head of academy goalkeeping at Portsmouth FC

Industry connections

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.

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