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BSc (Hons)Football Studies

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UCAS code: FOO1
Institution code: S30
Campus: Southampton City CentreView on Google Maps

Why study a football studies degree at Solent University

The course is designed and tailored for those individuals passionate about football, enthusiastic to learn from the game in order to reach their aspirations to work within it...

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  • Students studying this course receive over 20 hours of professional coaching and development from the Southampton FC coaching team.
  • Solent graduates work for FIFA, the FA, the Premier League, the Football League, and more than 60 professional clubs.
  • Our partnership with Southampton FC provides learning experiences and guest lectures delivered by professional coaching, performance and development teams from the football club.
  • Sessions are delivered at the multi-million-pound Test Park football centre, which boasts a full-sized all-weather 3G pitch, an FA Step 5 football arena and modern teaching space.
  • Practical work experience is at the heart of this course, and students are encouraged to apply their skills within a range of different clubs and in local community settings.
  • A booming industry - the European football industry is now valued at between £20–25bn (Deloitte, 2021).
  • If you apply for this course with a placement year, you can undertake a year in industry between your second and third years.

Course overview

Solent University has been at the forefront of football education for nearly two decades and our Football Studies degree has emerged as the leading supplier of graduates to the football industry. Graduates have gone on to careers at Premier League clubs including Southampton, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.

This degree provides students with comprehensive knowledge and real-world experience of the national and international football industry. Students have the opportunity to study a range of contemporary areas within the game, and tailor their study to their own specific interest within football.

The six main strands of study include:

  • Coaching.
  • Football development.
  • Psychology.
  • Performance analysis.
  • Critical research and study skills.
  • Sociology and politics.

Students will be able to benefit from the opportunity to tap into the University’s extensive network of contacts in the game. Regular lectures from guest speakers - including former Premier League and international players, managers, academy directors, leading club chairmen, media professionals, match officials and England national team staff - enable students to learn from and interact with professionals who have first-hand, high-level experience within the game.

Gaining practical work experience is at the heart of the course, and students are encouraged to apply the skills learnt as part of their degree within a range of different clubs and in local community settings. Support is offered to students to help them undertake work and gain the experience that matches their future career plans within the game. 

Students on this course will also benefit from the University's partnership with Southampton FC, with access to real-world industry experience at the Club as part of the curriculum, including professional coaching and development from Premier League coaching staff. Solent and Saints will also be collaborating on research projects to help influence the future of the game using applied learning gained by students through working with the Club.

The University has provided administrative education for FIFA, the Football Association, the Premier League, the Football League, the National League and more than 60 professional clubs.

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Course features

  • Foundation year available

    If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years

  • Further studies

    After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent

  • Placement year

    If you apply for this course with a placement year, you have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry between your second and third years

  • Specialist facilities

    This course has access to specialist facilities

  • Study abroad

    You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course

Who is this course for?

We welcome applications from students from a wide range of academic backgrounds. Graduates from the foundation course are guaranteed direct entry to the degree.

All our students are passionate about football, and we will support your aspirations for a career within the game.

What does this course lead to?

In recent years, students have secured work-based learning opportunities, internships, and full-time employment. We are proud the course has supported our graduates’ achieving roles throughout football in performance and participation in the male and female game. This legacy is evident with students accessing full time positions ranging within:

  • Football governance
  • County Football associations
  • National organisations and teams
  • Premier league clubs
  • Football league
  • National Conference
  • Women’s Super League
  • Women’s Championship
  • European Professional teams
  • Major League Soccer
  • UEFA
  • FIFA
  • Football Agent
  • Football Media

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Meet the team

The academic staff on the Football Studies degree possess a wealth of knowledge and experience at all levels of the game. Many are research-active, publishing their peer-reviewed work in a variety of different books and internationally renowned journals. Some have coached at Premier League and Football League clubs, while others have conducted major research reviews that have informed public debate and changed football-related policy. Our staff frequently appear on national and international media channels to provide expert comment and analysis on football-related issues.

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 Solent’s multi-million-pound Test Park football centre, which boasts a full-size all-weather 3G pitch, an FA Step 5 football arena and state-of-the-art built-in teaching space. Students also have access to AnalysisPro/Nacsport video and performance analysis equipment and software.

Our vibrant campus brings state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces. Away from studying, why not try out the gyms, fitness studios and sports halls in our £28 million Sports Complex, or watch a blockbuster film at our student-run cinema with Dolby Atmos audio.

    International opportunities

    Broaden your horizons by adding an international dimension to your CV – essential to achieving success in today’s fast-changing, global environment.

    Studying, working or volunteering in another country could be the experience of a lifetime. Enhance your degree by developing important global skills such as knowledge of other countries, language skills, intercultural awareness, adaptability and confidence.

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