BSC (Hons) Applied Football Studies.

This three year, virtual programme has been specifically designed for those who are currently, or aspiring to be, involved in the football industry.


From professional football players to those in player facing support roles, this course will be of interest to anyone who works or volunteers in football across all levels of the game.


Delivered online the programme reflects the multi-disciplinary nature of the football industry to provide a diverse and unique programme which combines learning in key areas such as leadership, talent development and psychology with practical business skills and an understanding of the interaction across various football departments.


This is a practical course which builds on your experiences within the game and, by following a blended learning approach, it allows you to combine your studies with your existing football commitments or employment. You will develop strong skills relating to the business of football and facilitate your career progression into a wide range of roles across football, sport or business.



You will:


  • Study a programme that has been informed by research and professional practice

  • Recieve the same level of pastoral and academic support as any student of the University of Salford

  • Learn through a combination of activities, lectures and seminars delivered online

  • Apply your learning within your existing football environment

  • Learn from tutors with a practical understanding of football and the wider sports industry

  • Be provided with an Industry Mentor to support your career aspirations

  • Develop your technological and employability skills

Programme Content.

Year 1 is made up of the

following modules:


- Principles of Coaching and Learning


- Digital and Business Skills


- Contemporary Issues in Football


- Introduction to Football Conditioning


- Introduction to Leadership


- Introduction to Psychology and Media

Year 2 is made up of the

following modules:


- Football for Social
(Community and Personal) Development


- Talent ID Development for Sport


- Professional Development


- High Performance Culture


- Advanced Football Coaching


- Research Methods

Year 3 is made up of the

following modules:


- Governance and Legal Aspects

of the Football Industry


- Managing People in the Football Environment


- Football Ambassadors
for Sustainable Development Impact


- Sports Coaching Issues and Ethical Dilemmas


- Dissertation/Industry Project

How do I access the content?

Will I get the support I need?

Industry Insight.

  • Opportunity to interact with others from across the football industry

  • Masterclass Q&A sessions to support academic content

  • Be assigned your own Football Industry Mentor to support your future career aspirations

Partners.