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Key Facts

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Start Dates: Feb,Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time | Part-time day
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 3 Years
UCAS Code:NXF1
Campus Location: Bedford Campus

About the course

If you’re interested in football and keen to work in a related area this course offers you an overview of football from business, coaching and development angles, as well as a detailed study of the sport industry.

It covers football administration, social issues in football and coaching (with a chance to gain coaching awards), as well as broader areas of sport.

There are opportunities to volunteer with local Football Associations, helping you build your CV and employability skills.


  • Learn through a combination of lectures/seminars, field trips and practical experience – including on-site events management operations
  • Study areas including football business, football and the media, developing coaching, football development, sport management and sociology of sport
  • Gain football coaching awards
  • Explore the study of football coaching, management and development in this multi-disciplinary course

Exciting opportunities to work on events abroad

Each year, students are given the opportunity to travel to Club La Santa in Lanzarote to put their practical skills to the test by helping organise and assist with the Volcano Triathalon, and gain knowledge from industry experts.

Student comments

It was a pleasure and honour to have been part of this fantastic scheme working with elite athletes and gaining skills for life. We were able to apply our networking skills to interact with over 500 elite athletes and add towards our CV. This event has left me with lifelong memories, most importantly being able to learn and challenge myself – such as such as riding a bike for the first time and travel distances of 10K and 25K. Simon and Amanda can't be thanked enough for their support and positive attitude to the cause.
The volcano triathlon trip was an amazing opportunity and I feel privileged to be part of a massive event. We were able to apply our networking skills and interact with international athletes and members behind the team, which is beneficial to my CV. This trip has given me a lot in relation to learning and tying new sports. It wouldn't have been possible without the guidance and support for me to get this far. It has been a great experience and I will be definitely going back next year.

The rapid growth of the football sector has created opportunities to become a sports professional in an expanding, borderless industry. The course offers a broad overview of football industry, while allowing you to focus on a specific area of the industry.

Following a common year at level 4 you can choose to specialise in one of the following areas the football business environment, football development and football coaching, as well as a detailed study of the sport industry sectors as a whole. The programme will appeal to those with an interest in football and those seeking employment within the football-related industries.


This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.

There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

*Only available to UK/EU students.


A Degree with a Foundation Year gives you guaranteed entry to an Undergraduate course.

Whether you’re returning to learning and require additional help and support to up-skill, or if you didn’t quite meet the grades to pursue an Undergraduate course, our Degrees with Foundation Year provide a fantastic entry route for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

With our guidance and support you’ll get up to speed within one year, and will be ready to seamlessly progress on to undergraduate study at Bedfordshire.

The Foundation Year provides an opportunity to build up your academic writing skills and numeracy, and will also cover a range of subject specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

This is an integrated four-year degree, with the foundation year as a key part of the course. You will need to successfully complete the Foundation Year to progress on to the first year of your bachelor’s degree.

Why study a degree with a Foundation Year?

  • Broad-based yet enough depth to give you credible vocational skills
  • Coverage of a variety of areas typically delivered by an expert in this area
  • Gain an understanding of a subject before choosing which route you wish to specialise in
  • Great introduction to further study, and guaranteed progression on to one of our Undergraduate degrees

The degrees offering a Foundation Year provide excellent preparation for your future studies.

During your Foundation Year you will get the opportunity to talk to tutors about your degree study and future career aspirations, and receive guidance on the most appropriate Undergraduate course to help you achieve this; providing you meet the entry requirements and pass the Foundation Year.

 


Units

  • Academic Writing Skills (SPO048-1) Compulsory
  • Foundations For Football Coaching (SPO060-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Football Studies (SPO085-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Research Methods For Sport And Physical Education (SPO052-1) Compulsory
  • Sport In Action: Management (SPO087-1) Compulsory
  • Sport, Physical Activity And Life Story (SPO088-1) Compulsory
  • The Football Industry (SPO083-1) Compulsory
  • Working In Sport (SPO047-1) Compulsory
  • Contemporary Issues In Football (SPO094-2) Compulsory
  • Dissertation Preparation (SPO095-2) Compulsory
  • Football Governance (SPO102-2) Compulsory
  • Research Methods For Sport And Physical Activity (SPO100-2) Compulsory
  • Applied Football Coaching (SPO093-2) Optional
  • Football Development (SPO096-2) Optional
  • Football In The Community (SPO097-2) Optional
  • Performance Analysis (Player And Match) (SPO035-2) Optional
  • Sport And Physical Activity Management (SPO083-2) Optional
  • Sports Marketing (SPO101-2) Optional
  • Dissertation For Sport And Physical Activity (SPO042-3) Compulsory
  • Managing Elite Sport (SPO089-3) Compulsory
  • Running A Business (SPO093-3) Compulsory
  • Work Placement Project (SPO057-3) Compulsory
  • Advanced Coaching For Football (SPO086-3) Optional
  • Football Finance (SPO088-3) Optional
  • Performance Analysis For Football (SPO090-3) Optional
  • Player Potential And Development (SPO091-3) Optional
  • Strategic Sport Management (SPO095-3) Optional
  • The Business Of Football (SPO097-3) Optional

You will be required to undertake a variety of assessment approaches that vary depending upon the learning outcomes of the unit delivered. The range of assessment styles includes: written reports and essays, oral presentations, e-portfolios, phase tests, collaborative projects. In addition you will undertake practical assessments related to the design, planning and delivery aspects relevant to a wide variety of football business management projects. Assessment of these activities will be based on tasks which develop vocational skills, underpinned by subject knowledge, requiring higher levels of cognition in the upper levels of the course. As you progress through the levels of study the marking criteria for all assessment styles undertaken will be that much more rigorous, with the expectation you progressively demonstrate a more theory driven understanding of the football industry and business management issues and practices.

Entry Requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

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Entry Requirements


We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk


As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details


Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team


Career paths for graduates of this course include football and sport development, football and sport coaching, and specialised posts in the leisure, sport and recreation industries.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 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 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

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 2020/21 is £12,350 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

Clicking this card will take you to /howtoapply/money/extra-costs/

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 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 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

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 2020/21 is £12,350 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.

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

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

Changes to teaching for 2020/21

Delivery will be a blended approach, with all lectures delivered online recorded and stored on appropriate BREO shells. Seminar/Workshop sessions will be delivered on campus in the usual teaching spaces following Covid risk assessments and safety strategies e.g., reduced room capacities to allow for social distancing.

The course coordinator will provide information on the general approach to teaching delivery during induction (i.e., prior to the first teaching week). Induction will take a blended approach, with a timetable provided online prior to an on campus day. This will provide an interactive orientation to the course, specifically detailing how the planned blended learning will be accessed and delivered to all students. Unit coordinators will provide information on the delivery for each individual unit in the first teaching session and reinforce this approach before each taught session.