Football Science BSc (Hons)

About the course

If football is your passion and you want to work with footballers to help them optimise their game in training and competition, this unique and innovative course offers you the theory, practice and experience you need to kick-off an exciting career.

Your studies will cover the physical, physiological and technical aspects of football, and give you the practical and technical skills needed to become a practitioner in the football industry. You’ll gain experience in elite and sub-elite football, and your study will include nutrition as well as specialist modules in strength and condition, recovery and training load, talent identification and development and performance analysis.

You will learn from top class professionals within the football industry, and with staff who have worked with governing bodies such as the FA, UEFA and FIFA as well as people from specific professional football teams. Your lecturers have a wide research portfolio within applied and environmental physiology, biomechanics and performance analysis within the football industry and other team sports.

The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) is a strategic partner of the English Premier League (EPL), aiming to raise the standard of the application of sport and exercise science and promoting evidence-based practice in high performance sport within the UK.

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course Level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - C690
  • Campus Location - Bedford Campus
  • Start Dates - Feb,Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full-time | Part-time day

Why choose this course?

This course develops your employability skills through its embedded foundation knowledge, skills and application for professional accreditation with bodies including the Football Association and Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). It will also give you the opportunity to gain recognised coaching awards, such as the FA Levels 1 and 2.

Choose BSc (Hons) Football Science and:

 

  • Learn the higher level technical skills and gain the practical experience demanded for a career in a global sport industry.
  • Study a course in close collaboration sports professionals and professional bodies and with strong links to local and international professional and semi-professional teams.
  • Develop your skills and employment prospects through off-site coaching and football science support opportunities at local schools and clubs within the community.
  • Gain connections in the football industry through links with UK-based professional football teams Luton Town FC, MK Dons FC and Peterborough United as well as International based professional teams in Norway (FK Bodø/Glimt), Estonia (FC Flora, Viimsi MRJK) and Spain (Girona FC).
  • Explore a huge number of career opportunities as a sports professional in a rapidly expanding industry.
  • Challenge yourself to further enhance your career prospects by adding recognised professional accreditations to your future degree qualification including FA coaching awards and accreditation from the Register of Exercise professionals (REPs).
  • Benefit from work experience placements within the University’s Football Academy and through partnership with the semi-professional Dunstable Football Club, giving you hands-on experience in the industry, and opportunity for a professional placement year.
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Unit Information - What Will I Learn?

How will I be assessed?

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Entry Requirements

To learn more about the following entry requirement tarrifs

80 – 96 tariff points
96 – 112 tariff points
112- 120 tariff points

and information on qualifications to achieve those points visit beds.ac.uk/entryrequirements

You can check your qualifications are valid for UK universities through the UCAS Tarrif Calculator.

For International  and EU entry requirements please visit your country page.

Don't forget you may be eligible for one of our scholarships or bursaries.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

 

Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more

 

Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2018/19 is £11,500 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

    Extra Costs

    Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

    Facilities

    Physical Education and Sports Science Centre

    Sports Hall

    The sports hall is an integral space in the School of Sport Science and Physical Activity, complementing discipline leading Sport and Exercise Science and modern biological analysis laboratories, all co-located on the Bedford campus.

    The sports hall is a major teaching facility for the University's Sport and Physical Education degree courses which have trained physical educators in the UK for over a century.

    Together with its associated facilities it provides our trainee teachers and coaches with a superb environment in which to coach and teach pupils from local primary schools who are also benefiting from this new facility.

    The sports hall is proud to host all Bedfordshire Bulls students' sports matches as well as national standard sporting events including British University College Sports championships – one of the few indoor sporting venues in the county to host prestigious tournaments all year round.

    The facility also plays host to a number of University promoted Get into Sport activities which are open to all University students and staff.

    Specialist labs

    Our specialist labs give students a fantastic environment to develop their research skills and expertise, where a student can explore the biology of an elite athlete who could be performing simultaneously within the sports hall.

    Few Sport Science courses in the country offer students such unique discipline leading research experience and skills, alongside intimate access to world leading researchers within their field. Students are regularly offered the opportunity to be involved within discipline defining Sport, Health and Exercise Science research

    Our state-of-the-art laboratories are purpose built for research and teaching in the fields of exercise and nutrition science. This includes specialised equipment and facilities for assessing human health risk and delivering exercise and diet interventions for health promotion.

    This includes:

    • Dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) for assessing bone density and body fat content
    • BodPod and underwater weighing tank for body composition assessment
    • Environmental chamber that controls temperature, humidity, and oxygen levels in the air
    • Wet lab for assessing metabolic and hormone markers in blood

    Our £8m Physical Education and Sport Science Centre was used to train athletes in the 2012 Olympics.

    Theatre and dance studio facilities

    • 280 seat theatre
    • 80 studio theatre
    • Four fully-sprung dance studios
    • Dance studios equipped with ballet bars, mirrors, audio playback, internet and projection
    • Large dressing rooms with en suite showers
    • A scenery workshop reserved solely for student productions
    • Large 6m by 12m white Cyclorama screen for projection and lighting
    • State of the art HD projectors
    • Full backstage comms system with audio and video relay
    • Extensive lantern stock including Led fixtures, strobes and moving lights
    • State-of-the-art, industry-standard lighting and sound consoles
    • Built in media desk and roll-down screen

    Gateway Building

    Opened in January 2015 the Gateway is an impressive building featuring high-quality teaching spaces, informal learning spaces, and lecture theatres (including a Harvard style lecture theatre); as well as a new student services centre.

     

    Campus Centre

    Campus Centre featuring a 280-seat professional theatre, dance studios, a fairtrade café and social space for students.

    Accommodation at Bedford

    For on-campus student accommodation choose from luxury living at Liberty Park's modern en-suite study bedrooms or the Student Village which offers standard rooms with shared bathroom facilities, and en-suite rooms with a private shower. All have fully-equipped kitchens. Our rooms are on-campus and have easy access to the town centre and train station.

    Subjects studied at Bedford campus

    • Primary Education
    • Secondary and Post-Compulsory Education
    • Education Studies
    • Physical Education and Sport Studies
    • Sport and Exercise Sciences
    • Tourism and Leisure
    • Accounting and Business Management
    • Performing Arts and Dance
    • Social Work

    Bedford town location

    The Bedford campus is a 20-minute walk from the town centre. The University offers a free bus service for staff and students that runs between Bedford town centre and the campus.

    Directions to Bedford campus

    Bedford offers excellent transport links to the rest of the UK as it sits between the M1 and the A1. The town connects by train to Luton (20 minutes) and London (40 minutes).

    How to Apply

    Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

    Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

    All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

    If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

    EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

    International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country
    You can also apply online

    Find out more about how to apply as an International student

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