Football Studies (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

Football Studies (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

School of Sport and Health Sciences




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    4 years full-time, 5 years with optional placement year

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    CF10; Short form:

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme.

If you love to play football, watch football, talk about football and have aspirations of working in football, then this course is for you.  You will examine the football world from a range of perspectives, linking theory and practice.  The course covers a wide range of topic areas that make up the football industry; media, fandom, coaching, development, business, management and events.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Professional Work Environment for Sport
  • Essential Study Skills for Lifelong Learning


  • Introduction to Sports Coaching
  • Introduction to Sport Business Management

Year 2

  • Football and the Media
  • Football Culture and Society
  • Improving Performance in Football
  • The Business and Management of the Football Industry
  • The Football Environment

Year 3

  • Football Marketing and the Media
  • International Football Events and Business Operations
  • Research and Enterprise
  • School and Community Development through Football
  • The Reflective Football Coach

Choose one of

  • Applied performance analysis
  • Coaching practice experience I
  • Performance enhancement for sport
  • Sports tourism
  • Talent pathways

Year 4

Choose one of

  • Consultancy project
  • Double research project
  • Entrepreneurship and Enterprise in Sport, Health and Wellbeing

Choose one of

  • Contemporary issues in the football industry 
  • The Critically Reflective Football Coach    

Choose one of

  • Football Coaching Practice Experience 
  • Strategic management for Football

Choose one of

  • Applied performance analysis for high performance sport
  • Football and popular Culture 
  • Talent development systems 


Further Information


  • Students on this course will have receive membership of CIMSPA – the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity – as part of the course.
  • The course has strong national and international links in the Football industry and professional sports clubs such as Preston North End and Burnley.
  • The course team are research active in a range of football and wider sporting topics and have a wealth of experience in leadership positions.


The Sir Tom Finney Preston Soccer Centre (PSC) is in partnership with UCLan and the UCLan Students’ Union, has grown from a charity providing football coaching to 4 to 16-year-olds, including disabled children, into a full functioning club with several age group teams from under sevens up to and including under 14s. Based at UCLan Sports Arena, it also boasts two women’s open age teams, an adult men’s team and four disabled men’s teams. The Soccer Centre also provides football coaching sessions for homeless people

Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

International fees: The fee for the first year of the course will be £24,950. Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £29,950 per year.

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Industry Links

As a student on the Football Studies course there will be many opportunities for you to engage with industry practitioners. These include professional football clubs, local authorities, international sports agencies and national governing bodies.  In addition, we have many industry practitioners making a contribution to our modules throughout the programme. We have extensive links with a range of employers both in the UK and abroad that include the USA and China.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Formal teaching on the degree programme will be in the form of lead lectures, tutor and student led practical and seminars, workshops, tutorials, industry speakers and practitioners, eLearn and computer based self-paced learning, self-directed learning, international study opportunities, placements within industry.

To support the learning environment, real-world scenarios will be embedded into the course, where appropriate. Course materials and a wide range of supporting resources will be made available to you online and new technologies, such as podcasting, discussion boards and blogs are integrated into teaching and learning activities. All students are allocated a personal tutor who can assist with academic queries.

The modules on the course are assessed through a diverse range of assessment methods, including essays, reports, presentations, practical activities, debates and videos, assessed both individually and as a group.

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions. Please take a look at our staff profiles, whose research and publications provide the basis for the course reading and content.


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