BA (Hons) Football Studies and Business (Full Time)

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BA (Hons) Football Studies and Business (Full Time)

Southampton Solent University
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Southampton Solent University is one of the country’s leading centres for the academic study of football. The University has been providing training for the professional football industry, and undergraduate programmes for those seeking to enter it, for a number of years. During this time the University has developed extensive links with many of the game’s key stakeholders including the Football Association, the Premier League, the League Managers Association, the Institute of Football Management and Administration, and many professional clubs. Our academic staff have excellent links in football. They have helped national teams prepare for World Cup Finals, have attended Parliament to discus…

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Southampton Solent University is one of the country’s leading centres for the academic study of football. The University has been providing training for the professional football industry, and undergraduate programmes for those seeking to enter it, for a number of years. During this time the University has developed extensive links with many of the game’s key stakeholders including the Football Association, the Premier League, the League Managers Association, the Institute of Football Management and Administration, and many professional clubs. Our academic staff have excellent links in football. They have helped national teams prepare for World Cup Finals, have attended Parliament to discuss aspects of football with the Government, are regularly consulted by the professional industry, and run an academy in Africa. The University is also home to the internationally recognised, 'world-class' Lawrie McMenemy Centre for Football Research.

The BA (Hons) Football Studies and Business degree offers students a wide and varied range of opportunities during their three years of study. A focus is placed on both the football and business related knowledge needed for developing future professionals in the industry. These include units in coaching, psychology, sociology, football development and research, and, marketing, finance, organisational behaviour and business strategy. 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. When you finish this highly enjoyable and stimulating course you will be in the best possible position to secure a career in football.

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In recent years, BA (Hons) Football Studies and Football Studies with Business students have secured work-based learning opportunities, internships and full-time employment with a number of clubs and associations, which include: Premier League, Chelsea FC, Fulham FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC, Birmingham City FC, Newcastle United FC, West Ham Utd FC, Millwall FC, Brighton & Hove Albion FC, Crystal Palace FC, Portsmouth FC, Reading FC, Southampton FC, AFC Bournemouth, Brentford FC, Aldershot Town FC, Northampton Town FC, Forest Green Rovers FC, Glentoran FC, Rhyl FC, Klepp Elite FC (Norway), FC Spartak Moscow, Lithuanian Football Federation, Latvian Football Federation, Major League Soccer, Sharjah FC (Dubai), among others.

Industrial focus

The course 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. You will also have the opportunity to meet some of football’s most significant figures at regular guest lectures.

Course content

Year 1

Six core units:

  • Introduction to Research and Study Skills
  • Principles of Coaching Football
  • Football and Society
  • Leisure Marketing
  • Finance for Sport
  • Organisational Behaviour in the Sports Industry.

Year 2

Five core units and one option unit:

  • Research Methods for Sport
  • Service Operations Management for Sport
  • Sociology of Football
  • Economics of Sport
  • Football Development.

Options:

  • Financial Appraisal
  • Sport Policy
  • Customer Services
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Sport and the Law
  • Coaching for Football
  • Sport Psychology
  • Languages
  • Curriculum Plus.

Year 3

Three core units and two option units:

  • Project
  • Globalisation of Football
  • Strategy for Business.

Options:

  • Sport Development
  • Applied Sports Psychology
  • Business Finance Management
  • Integrated Marketing Communications and Strategy
  • Small Business Enterprise
  • Contemporary Sports Issues
  • Football Management
  • Physical Education
  • Languages
  • Curriculum Plus.

Why choose Solent?

  • Solent is one of the UK’s leading providers of football specific education.
  • The University provides education and training for FIFA, the Football Association, Premier League, Football League, Football Conference and professional clubs.
  • Excellent record of employment for students in professional football.
  • An accredited centre for Football coaching with 1st4Sport and the FA.
  • Home to the Lawrie McMenemy Centre for Football Research, one of the country’s leading research and consultancy centres for the professional industry.
  • Tap into the University’s extensive network of links in the game.

|Assessment

A combination of essays, written examinations, seminar presentations, written reports, case studies, practical assessments and a project.

Projects/work experience

Internship opportunities and work-based learning programmes are available with a range of professional clubs and organisations.

Key career skills

Presentation, problem solving, communication, IT and numeracy, organising people, time management, teamwork.

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Industry quote

Huw Jennings

Academy Director, Fulham Football Club

“Fulham FC prides itself on providing employment opportunities for well-qualified candidates who have demonstrated that they can apply their knowledge in the working environment. Applicants from this course should be well placed to be strong candidates in a range of areas of employment within the industry.”

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