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BSc (Hons)Football Studies

5 years with foundation and industry years
UCAS code:
Institution code: S30
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Do you want to turn your love for sport into an academic qualification and study for a sports-related honours degree here at Solent University? Leading directly on to our highly-regarded sports degrees, this one year foundation programme will equip you with the skills you’ll need to progress on to the full football studies degree.

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.

Studying this foundation year could give students an opportunity to extend previous experience gained, or provide a route back into education. The course will help develop the key academic skills required to make the transition to studying a full honours degree. 

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. Students are provided with the opportunities to undertake placements as part of the placement year built into the four-year degree programme. This year long placement can take place at football-related institutions anywhere in the world, and 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.

This video 'Are you Ready?' is available as a text transcript, with a description of visuals.

Why choose this course?

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

Who is this course for?

We welcome applications from students from a wide range of academic backgrounds. Graduates from the foundation are guaranteed direct entry onto 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 with a number of clubs and associations, including:

  • The Football Association
  • The 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 United FC
  • Charlton Athletic FC
  • Millwall FC
  • Crystal Palace FC
  • Portsmouth FC
  • Reading FC
  • Southampton FC
  • Major League Soccer (USA).

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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. And as Solent is an Adobe Creative Campus, all students also have free access to Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes the full suite of Adobe professional software, including Photoshop, Illustrator, XD, Premier Pro, and more.

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