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. Start your future in football here.
Three A-levels at grades BBC or above.
Or BTEC triple grades BMM or above.
Or Access 32-40 D/M with min 18D.
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.
UCAS points 112
UCAS code FBS1 without placement year or FBS2 with placement year
Duration Three years full-time, or four years full-time with the optional professional practice year, or up to six years part-timeHow to apply for this course
BSc Football Science has been developed in collaboration with football industry professionals and offers outstanding quality of education alongside the skills and expertise required to work in football supporting 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 which is based on our campus.
This 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.
This innovative programme is delivered by our highly qualified academics and industry professionals who are employed in the football sector. They offer insight as guest speakers allowing students to benefit from their knowledge and experience of real life working environments in football.
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.
Our 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. This option increases your knowledge of the sector and enables you to make better informed decisions about your career choices as well as adding experience to your CV and developing your personal network in the football industry. The professional practice year is available after your second year and you then return to finish the final taught year at the university.
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.
Fees UK students: £9,250 per annum
Fees for International students: £12,000 per annum
You'll need to cover the following additional costs:
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.
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 FC and is closely involved with the FA Women’s High Performance Football Centre.View full profile
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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.
Senior LecturerView profile
Melissa has research interests that include increasing self-awareness and positive growth and mental health, developing confidence and emotional control, reducing anxiety, and facilitating communication.
Sophie, who plays pool for England, teaches sport and exercise psychology principles and how these can be applied to improve sport performance.
Senior LecturerView profile
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.
Senior LecturerView profile
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.
Sport & Health Science OfficerView profile
Chris is Assistant Manager of the Sport and Health Science Laboratory.