Start your future in football here. Develop the skills you need for a career in football focusing on player development and team performance. This specialised course offers expert teaching, training in practical skills, built-in industry qualifications and an optional one year work placement.
Three A-levels at grades BBC or above
BTEC DMM or above
Or Access 30-42 D/M with min 18D
Or T level M
And GCSE English Language at grade 4 or grade C or above
Applicants with other qualifications and/or experience will be considered on an individual basis
We will accept 2 AS levels in lieu of one A level but must be accompanied by 2 A Levels or BTECs (General Studies is excluded).
UCAS points 112
UCAS code FBS1 without placement year or FBS2 with placement year
UCAS institution code P63
Duration Three years full-time or four years full-time with the optional professional practice year, or up to six years part-time
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BSc Football Science has been developed in collaboration with football industry professionals. It offers an outstanding quality of education alongside the skills and expertise required to work in football.
You'll learn to support individual player development and team performance. Embedded in the course are industry recognised qualifications from an array of professional bodies. It provides industry recognised qualifications at no extra cost. These include FA Level 1 and Level 2 in Coaching Football, Catapult Athlete Tracking Level 1 and Level 2, Level 2 Gym instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer. These enable you to develop specific, vocational and academic skills that are necessary to embark on a career in the football industry.
You will be encouraged to undertake work-based learning with our network of football industry partners including Plymouth Argyle FC and the FA Women’s High Performance Football Centre right here on our campus.
BSc Football Science degree teaches you to apply scientific principles to all aspects of athletic development across the age appropriate phases of player development. There is a strong emphasis on practical learning and how to apply these scientific principles to player or team performance.
It is taught by highly qualified academics and industry professionals who are employed in the football sector, enabling students to benefit from their knowledge and experience.
You will gain practical knowledge and understanding across the sport science disciplines in our world class sport science lab. Ours is the only lab in the South West to be accredited by the British Association of Sport & Exercise Science (BASES). It draws elite athletes from across the region and students get valuable experiences from working with them.
BSc Football Science includes an optional professional practice year. You have the opportunity to gain industry specific skills by working within football for a year. It increases your knowledge of the sector, provides relevant work experience and develops your personal network in the football industry. The professional practice year is available after your second year and you then return to university for the final year of teaching.
State of the art sport and exercise science lab - accredited by BASES
Gain key football industry qualifications (at no extra cost)
Field trips to see football science in practice within high performance settings
Develop your knowledge and practical skills at the FA Women’s High Performance Football Centre
Learn with our professional football partners
Practical hands-on experience working with players as part of a multi-disciplinary team
How does a performance analyst support technical and physical performance coaches?
What scientific principles influence talent identification and player development in football?
How does football science supports the FA England DNA and the FA four corner model?
What are the key physical, psychological and sociological differences between men and women footballers?
How does biological maturity impact on player development?
How can I support players and coaches to improving performance or reduce injury risk?
BSc (Hons) Football Science will prepare students for graduate careers by gaining transferable skills that employers require. Career opportunities include physical performance coach, performance analysist, sport scientist, talent identification and recruitment in a range of professional football environments.
Employment prospects in the football industry offer graduates to work within a variety of different professional environments. Some employment opportunities will be age range specific, whereby you will work as part of a multidisciplinary team or department. Graduates from this degree can also progress to postgraduate study.
Work with some of the South West's best coaches and players. The WHPFC offers regional support for grassroots coaches in the women's and girl’s game to inspire player development.
Plymouth Argyle are an English League One football club. We work with both the men's and women's squads at our Sport & Health Centre on campus.
Teaching includes a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and practical experience within our high specification sport science laboratories. Work placements will also be undertaken.
Assessments take place through lab reports, practical assessments, essays, case studies, e-portfolio and by creating your own website.
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Chris has over 20 years experience as a football practitioner and has worked supporting players in a variety of football contexts from grassroots to elite. He has worked with The Football Association (FA), Plymouth Argyle FC, Plymouth Argyle Women's FC and is closely involved with the FA Women’s High Performance Football Centre.
Fees UK students: £9,250 per annum
Fees for International students: £14,500 per annum
This fee covers your tuition and access to course-specific equipment and facilities, as well associated services including access to the library, study skills support, IT support, student support and wellbeing services and membership of the Student Union. There may be additional costs by course.
You'll need to cover the following additional costs:
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Ben, currently undertaking a PhD specializing in vertical jump force-time analysis; monitoring and enhancing performance. He is also a Sport Science Officer lecturing in applied biomechanics and strength & conditioning.
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Ben has more than twenty years of experience working in various health and fitness roles. In this time he has worked with more than a thousand participants and helped train hundreds of fitness professionals.
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Joe has 20 years experience within the area of health and exercise physiology and researches health care interventions, physiology and metabolism. He previously worked as an Occupational Physiologist and Researcher for the UK Ministry of Defence and the Netherlands National Research Office.
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Chris is Manager of the Sport and Health Science Laboratory.