Football Studies

Football Studies BSc (Hons)

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.

Preston has a strong football heritage: Preston North End are one of the founding members of the Football League; Dick, Kerr Ladies F.C. was founded in Preston; and the Headquarters of the Football League are based in the city.  UCLan has strong links with the football industry, with relationships with both PNE F.C. and Burnley F.C., as well as other professional clubs locally. UCLan is a FA/BUCS Development Hub and a HE Partner of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).  The university is also in partnership with a national private football academy provider, Professional Football Academy.  Therefore, there are lots of opportunities for our students to experience real world learning.

The course has been designed to allow students to choose options that reflect their personal interests and aspirations and allow flexibility of learning across the different football industry functions.

Key Information

  • Duration:

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

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • 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.
  • Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism at UCLan is ranked in the UK's top 15 according to the Complete University Guide 2021.

Course Overview

Year 1

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

Year 2

  • 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 3

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 


More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)

International students: £29,950 per year

Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104-112 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: Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction - Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 106-112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 104-112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications, industry professional qualifications, relevant work or life experience and who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from degree-level studies are welcome and considered on an individual basis.

International Students

View our entry requirements for your country

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

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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.

Further Information

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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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  • American University of Sharjah Internships, Dubai
  • British Soccer: Russia
  • Challenger Soccer Camps, USA
  • Cyprus Campus Study
  • International Student Exchange Programme
  • Manchester City FC, China Project
  • UCLan Sport for Development Project, Zambia


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.

Football match


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

Course Enquiries

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Sport and Health Sciences

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.