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Solent University (Southampton)

Football Science

UCAS Code: MFS7

Master of Science - MSci

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DDM or equivalent. Desirable: A-level physical education or human biology, or equivalent.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DDM or equivalent. Desirable: A-level physical education or human biology, or equivalent.

UCAS Tariff

128

A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DDM or equivalent. Mathematics, English and Science at GCSE, at grade C/4 or above. Desirable: A-level physical education or human biology, or equivalent.

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Sport and exercise sciences

This four year integrated BSc (undergraduate) and MSci (postgraduate) course will teach you to apply scientific principles to athletic performance at the highest levels of football. Youll learn to analyse how physical activity and exercise generates health in athletes and, through detailed knowledge of physiological systems, make recommendations that ensure athletes can fulfil their full potential.There is an increasing demand within football clubs for sport science and medical staff who can ensure that player performance is optimised in both training and competition. By working closely with our skilled academics and football practitioners, youll build a strong grounding in the sport science disciplines of anatomy and physiology; psychology; strength and conditioning; biomechanics; and performance analysis. Proper coaching techniques are essential, and youll benefit from Solents long history of training coaches who work at the highest levels of competitive sport.You will be encouraged to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to the athletic development of male and female footballers through our extensive network of partner clubs. Youll gain experience in the design, planning and delivery of a cohesive and systematic sport science/performance support provision, working across all aspects of a clubs operations.In the third and fourth year of study (Level 6 and Level 7) you will work with youth, academy and professional players to facilitate maximum performance and reduce injury risk. This invaluable industry experience will form the working document of evidence in support of your BASES Supervised Experience (SE) application. This goes part way towards earning your BASES accreditation as a sport and exercise scientist. This element of the course is unique to Southampton Solent University.Students have access to the Universitys professional sport and exercise facilities. These include fully equipped physiology, psychology, biomechanics and exercise labs. The physiology laboratory is officially accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), marking it as one of the UKs leading sport and exercise science facilities.Apply essential academic theory to real workplace scenarios. Benefit from five months (minimum) of mandatory industry placements and graduate with a CV to be proud of.As a graduate, you will be well suited to employment within a football club or other large sporting organisation. You will be looking for work within sport science support, player development and performance monitoring departments. Typical roles cover strength and conditioning; performance analysis; education and welfare; talent identification and recruitment; technical coaching; and sport psychology.For those who discover a passion for academia, this course provides a solid foundation to progress into teaching, further postgraduate study or research.This course is the ideal way for you to turn a passion for football into a lucrative professional career. Candidates should be:+ interested in working in professional football,+ keen to collaborate with players and coaches on improving efficiency and reducing the risk of injury,+ fascinated by physiology and the inner workings of the human body, and+ comfortable working in a scientific way, making use of testing data to deliver effective recommendations.

Modules

Year one*Core units*Fundamentals of Skill Acquisition in Football*Football Science Foundation Phase*Introduction to Biomechanics*Introduction to Physiology of Exercise*Research and Academic Skills for Sport, Health and Exercise Science*Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology*Football Principles and Practice*Year two*Core units*Applied Techniques in Sport Psychology*Football Science Youth Development Phase*Applied Principles of Performance Analysis*Strength and Conditioning*Research Methods and Study Design*Elite Youth Development in Football*Year three*Core units*Professional Practice of Sport Psychology*Football Science Professional Phase*Professional Practice of Performance Analysis*Advanced Strength and Conditioning*Work Based Project*Year four
*Core units*Training and Competition Demands*Talent Identification and Recruitment*Supervised Experience*Individual Project*Team Leadership and Management

Assessment methods

Students are assessed via written exams, practical exams and coursework. Students do a range of practical assessments as part of their BASES Supervised Experience accreditation.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

The Uni


Course location:

Solent University (Southampton)

Department:

Sport, Health and Social Sciences School

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

78%
med
Sport and exercise sciences

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sport and exercise sciences

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

81%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
72%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
79%
Male students
21%
Female students
71%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sport and exercise sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,000
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Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
98%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Sports and fitness occupations
8%
Teaching and educational professionals
7%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

One of the fastest growing subjects in the country, the number of sports science graduates went from under 3,000 in 2003 to over 10,000 in 2013. Numbers have fallen slightly since 2015, but we still have over 9,000 graduates in the subject. However, the good news is the country's appetite for good health and fitness - and the adaptability of graduates in the subject - means that sports science grads are less likely than average to be out of work. Sports science graduates, not surprisingly, tend to get jobs in sport, fitness and health - coaching and teaching especially - but they're found all over the economy. Management and business are also popular options for graduates from this subject — and sports science graduates are particularly found where drive, determination and physical fitness are an advantage.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Sport and exercise sciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£22k

£22k

£23k

£23k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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