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Football Science (Top-up) BSc Honours

Gain the specific skills, experience and contacts to pursue a career in elite-level sports.
Code
C61A
Start
October 2020
Duration
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,700 (INT) *
Course leader
Danny Holmes

Why study football science with us

Giving you an ideal route into the industry, our football science course equips you with the specific skills and experience to pursue a career as part of the backroom team in elite sport, or developing the next generation of footballers.

We’re one of the UK’s leading universities for sports science, and our football science degree gives you specific skills, experience and contacts to forge a successful career in the football industry.

Led by active sports professionals, you’ll learn everything from applied sport science and performance analysis to sport nutrition and team management – across all sporting levels. You’ll also put your skills into practice with a range of work placements that will build your professional experience and industry network.

Get hands-on experience with us

Using our fantastic facilities, you’ll get to grips with everything from performance analysis and rehabilitation to strength and conditioning and physical development.

Our partnerships with professional sports teams such as Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers mean you’ll have access to high profile work placement opportunities.

You’ll have the opportunity to pursue your teaching and coaching goals with an optional module that covers everything from physical education and coaching standards to the systems, processes and guidelines within the football field.

Get the support you need to succeed

We know sometimes you’ll need assistance and support when it comes to your studies. During your time with us you'll get assistance from a Personal Tutor. If you require a little extra help we have Student Learning Assistants and Graduate Academic Assistants on hand to help.

Once you’ve finished your Performance Analysis module, you’ll be able to gain personal accreditation from the International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport (ISPAS).


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What will you study on the BSc Football Science (Top-up)?

Over the course of the degree you will develop your coaching by learning to apply sport science theory to your practice, studying topics such as applied sport science, performance analysis, injury prevention, media training, sport nutrition, team management and optionally teaching and coaching.

You will have the opportunity to explore an area of your choice through an in-depth research dissertation, while developing advanced sport science and performance analysis skills in our state-of-the-art facilities at Allianz Park. As part of the degree you will also complete 50 hours of placement, with opportunities at a range of sports clubs and local sports development projects.

What will you gain?

An in-depth understanding of the scientific methods of training and performance, which are necessary for carving out a successful career in football. Those who complete the Performance Analysis module of the degree are able to apply for accreditation with the International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport (ISPAS). After you graduate you will be equipped for a career coaching – in football or in any other coaching environment – and you will also be ideally prepared for a master’s degree studying performance analysis or coaching science.

  • Core modules

    • Football Coaching Science (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide an insight into the professional world of football and being part of a coaching team. The module will cover team management, pitch side injury and medical, social media training, sport nutrition and session planning for an entire season’s football training to take into account today’s modern fixtures.

    • Performance Analysis (30 credits) - Compulsory

      On this module, you will enhance your academic knowledge and practical experience of performance analysis in sport. You will learn to design, reliably collect, appropriately analyse and professionally present relevant performance-related data. Using a variety of sporting scenarios and techniques, you will gain a good understanding of how performance analysis is used in sport, and the role of the performance analyst. Upon successful completion of the module you be able to apply for ISPAS accreditation.

    • Research Project (30 credits) - Optional

      Here, you can choose to undertake either a 30 credit Research Project in addition to the Advanced Teaching and Coaching module, or the 60 credit Dissertation.

      Similar to the dissertation but a smaller project overall, the Research Project module provides an opportunity for you to study independently and investigate a topic in depth. It fosters academic curiosity, an inquiry-based approach, the employment and application of research skills, while facilitating the development of a higher level of theorising. You will select a topic of personal interest you wish to study further and manage your own learning during this module, with the support of an allocated supervisor for this period of independent study.

    • Advanced Teaching and Coaching (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide an understanding of the necessary physical education and coaching standards, systems and guidelines required within the administration process of teaching and coaching. You will develop and extend your knowledge, understanding and confidence in the delivery of a range of physical activities and sports at Key Stage 1-4 (5-16yrs). The module will also teach you how to create an extensive provision of physical activities and sport teaching and coaching materials that examines and encourages progression and development of teaching and coaching skills. You will gain an understanding of analysing and developing any physical skills from its simple origin through its most complex and advanced forms.

    • Dissertation (60 credits) - Optional

      You can choose to undertake either a 60 credit Dissertation, or complete a the 30 credit Research Project in addition to the Advanced Teaching and Coaching module.

      The dissertation module provides an opportunity for you to study independently and investigate a topic in depth. It fosters academic curiosity; an inquiry based approach, the employment and application of research skills thus facilitating the development of a higher level of theorising. You will select a topic of personal interest on which you wish to undertake a substantial in-depth study. You will manage your own learning during this module, with the support of an allocated supervisor for this period of independent study.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

How is the BSc Football Science (Top-up) taught?

The degree is taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and laboratory and practical sessions to build up your knowledge and skills. You will also take part in group discussions, group work and presentations and supplement all of this with your own guided and independent reading.

Work placements

We encourage and support every student to undertake work placements during their degree. To assist with this, work experience is integrated into the course with 50 hours on placement offered to every student.

Assessment

There are no exams for students on this course. Instead, the degree is assessed through a series of coursework projects and practical exercises..

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How can the BSc Football Science (Top-up) support your career ?

Completing this degree will leave you well qualified for a career in football or any other sporting environment as part of the support team either as a performance analyst, sport scientist or coach. You will be qualified to work as a part of the backroom team in elite sport or within the professional academy system developing the next generation of players. You will also be well prepared for a career as an accredited performance analyst and perfectly placed to continue to postgraduate study.

Professional accreditation

After completing the Performance Analysis module you will be able to apply for accreditation with the International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport (ISPAS).

What support is available?

Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one-to-one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews, networking and so on. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business.

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