2022/23 entry

BSc (Hons) Science and Football with Foundation Year

Start date:

September 2022

Study mode:

Full time

Course Duration:

4 years, 5 years with placement

UCAS code:

S001

Points required:

88

Campus:

City

Tuition fees (per year)

Home (full-time):
£9,250
International (full-time):
£16,600
Placement (home student):
£1,850
Placement (international student):
£3,650
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

General enquiries:

0151 231 5090

Faculty of Science:

0151 231 2888

ScienceAdmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

International enquiries

international@ljmu.ac.uk

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Why study Science and Football with Foundation Year at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • ​Teaching from industry professionals, including coaches and applied practitioners from a variety of professional clubs and governing bodies within the UK and Europe
  • Key industry partners including professional clubs, the FA, UEFA, FIFA and Prozone
  • World-leading research institute attracting high-level professionals to give talks
  • Every student has the opportunity to do a sandwich year. We have excellent industry links, including the Football Association, FIFA, various Premier League football clubs and the Professional Footballers' Association
  • Stepping stone to careers in community football or with elite professional teams
  • Endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Undergraduate Endorsement Scheme
  • School named 12th best department in the world, 2nd best in the UK and 9th best in Europe out of 450 institutions by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) for sport sciences 2020

About your course

The BSc (Hons) Science and Football at Liverpool John Moores University is delivered by world-leading experts and informed by extensive links with key industry partners, such as the Football Association, FIFA, various Premier League football clubs and the Professional Footballers' Association.

About the Foundation Year

The Foundation Year is ideal if you have the ability to study for a degree but don't have the qualifications to enter directly onto the honours degree programme. Once you pass the Foundation Year you will progress directly onto the first year of the honours degree. If you are a full-time UK student, you will qualify for student financial support for the full duration of your course (subject to eligibility criteria).

About BSc (Hons) Science and Football

The last 15 years have seen a marked rise in demand for sports science graduates in the professional football industry. Sports scientists who can identify talent and develop and enhance players’ performance from a physical, physiological and psychological perspective are employed alongside coaches and managers to get the best out of our teams.

This bespoke degree programme has been designed for graduates who want to work either in community football to help address health-related problems and promote positive behaviour or as support to elite-level professional football teams. It attracts students from all over the world.

​Your tutors will be representative of the vast array of industry professionals, semi-professionals and amateurs, from elite coaches and players to support staff in community clubs. In addition, our reputation as a world-leading research centre ensures we attract high-level professionals to come and talk to you about the reality of working in the industry.

We ensure that the programme is as current and relevant as possible by working closely with key industry partners and by engaging in extensive research to identify the skills and knowledge that football organisations look for in graduates.

In 2018 we celebrated 20 years of delivering the Science and Football programme at LJMU. As part of a series of events to mark the anniversary, Kasper Schmeichel visited LJMU to meet undergraduate and postgraduate students from the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences.

"Completing the BSc in Science and Football helped me to understand the science and processes within a football and sporting environment, whilst also challenging me to gain the required skills and intellect needed to perform in an elite organisation."

Alex Scanlon, England Men’s U19 Team Performance Analyst, The English Football Association

Professional accreditation/links

​The programme team has worked closely with senior figures from the professional football industry for many years to ensure that this degree remains contemporary and world leading in terms of its research and teaching quality. It is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Undergraduate Endorsement Scheme.

Partners include professional clubs, Prozone, the Football Association, The Professional Footballers’ Association, UEFA and FIFA. As part of its commitment to development of the football industry, the School recently launched the Football Exchange, which encourages students to get involved in industry-related activities.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students

Fees

The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)

Money

  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

Funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.

Additional course costs

Students will need to pay for a DBS check (if required for your sandwich year placement) and travel to your placement.

Employability

The demand for graduates in the football world continues to increase, with opportunities both at home and overseas for those with a BSc (Hons) degree in Science and Football.

A number of our former graduates are now employed in the football industry in the UK, Europe and further afield in sports science support, player development and community programmes. 

Our graduates work for a number of elite organisations including - among others - Manchester United Football Club, Liverpool Football Club, Everton Football Club and the Football Association.

Typical roles include performance analysis, sports psychology, fitness and conditioning, education and welfare, and nutritional advice.

Find out more about career opportunities in sport and exercise sciences.

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.

Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.

A life-changing experience 

There's so much more to university than just studying for a degree.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:

Programme specification document (PDF)

Level 3

Core modules

Skills and Practice in Sport
20 credits

This module aims to examine the concepts of employability and enterprise across a range of organisations. This foundation module will develop your study skills and will inform the your understanding of your chosen career pathway.

Health and Wellbeing
20 credits

This module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of health and wellbeing and demonstrates how increased physical activity and better nutrition can influence and improve this.

Practical Delivery in Sport
20 credits

This module aims to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding regarding delivery of safe and effective physical activities.

Behaviours in Sport and Physical Activity
20 credits

The aim of this module is to explore psychological and social theories to inform the delivery of sport. You will be exposed to several key psychological and social frameworks allowing you to develop informed approaches to your practice.

Human Anatomy and Physiology
20 credits

The aim of this module is to develop knowledge and understanding of the basic structure and function of key physiological systems and metabolic processes.

Projects in Sport and Nutrition
20 credits

This module aims to enable you to develop the skills to undertake an investigation into a specific area of study that is relevant to your programme.

Level 4

Core modules

Science and Football Foundations
20 credits

This module aims to introduce and develop your knowledge and understanding of the multifaceted role of science in football by introducing key aspects of physiology, psychology, skill acquisition, sociology, performance/match analysis and biomechanics in football.

Research Skills
20 credits

This module introduces you to important theoretical concepts and practical skills in applied sport and exercise science practice. It also familiarises and develops your computer competency, practical skills and techniques relevant to applied sport and exercise science settings.

Psychological Foundations
20 credits

The module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the foundation concepts that underpin motor learning/control, sport, exercise and social psychology.

Biomechanical Foundations
20 credits

This module introduces you to the basic principles of human anatomical structure and biomechanics and illustrates applications of these principles in sport, exercise and health. The module also aims to introduce you to experimental methods in biomechanics and develops your skills in data handling.

Research Methods 1
20 credits

This module introduces you to the fundamental concepts of research methods, along with covering the basic application and interpretation of statistics that are relevant to research conducted in sport and exercise sciences.

Physiological Responses to Acute Exercise
20 credits

This module develops your knowledge and understanding of the basic structure and function of key physiological systems and metabolic processes, and discusses how these systems and processes respond to acute exercise. The content will include both theoretical knowledge and practical skills related to a number of physiological systems and metabolic processes.

Level 5

Core modules

Psychological Principles
20 credits

This module aims to develop your ability to evaluate psychological principles associated with sport, exercise, and those associated with motor control and learning and expertise. You will also gain exposure to laboratory scenarios in the context of motor learning and control in order to further develop their understanding of experimental psychology.

Biomechanical Principles
20 credits

This module continues to build your biomechanical knowledge by addressing fundamental principles on forces, motion and muscle action. You will learn the theoretical concepts behind key biomechanical analysis techniques before applying this knowledge in practical laboratory sessions and coursework. The theoretical insights and practical experiences will be complemented with online worksheets and data analysis tasks. You will also be introduced to more advanced biomechanical methodologies and research areas in biomechanics.

Research Methods 2
20 credits

This module aims to develop an understanding of the key issues and concepts underpinning different types of research. This will include a development of both quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as data analysis procedures.

Physiological Responses to Exercise Training
20 credits

This module develops your knowledge and understanding of the cardiovascular and metabolic responses of acute and chronic exercise. You will discuss these in relation to human health and performance.

Current Issues in Science and Football 1
20 credits

This module aims to develop your knowledge and skills of current issues and applied concepts in football in the disciplines of physiology, psychology and sociology. The module also aims to develop your ability to analyse and evaluate the scientific research around these current areas.

Current Issues in Science and Football 2
20 credits

This module aims to develop your knowledge and skills of current issues and applied concepts in football in the disciplines of biomechanics, coaching and performance analysis. The module also aims to develop your ability to analyse and evaluate the scientific research around these current areas.

Level 6

Core modules

Major Project
40 credits

This module aims to critically extend your understanding and deployment of the research process through the production of a piece of independent research.

Biomechanics of Football
20 credits

This module enables you to examine the biomechanics of football skills and risk factors for injury. The module develops your understanding of biomechanical factors related to football skills, equipment and injury prevention, alongside your ability to critically analyse these concepts.

Psychology of Football
20 credits

This module aims to develop your conceptual and applied knowledge and understanding of psychology in football, with particular reference to the development and support of elite level players. It will encourage you to apply theoretical and applied processes relevant to the development and support of players in professional football.

Physiology of Football
20 credits

This module develops your ability to examine and critically analyse the physiological responses to football-specific intermittent exercise patterns. It will develop your theoretical knowledge and understanding on the factors that contribute to effective training programme design in football. It will also develop your ability to critically analyse the research evidence associated with these factors.

Performance Analysis of Football
20 credits

This module develops your understanding of theoretical and applied knowledge of tactical and physical performance analysis techniques and the selection of informative metrics in football. You will develop the ability to apply theoretical and applied knowledge to evaluate and communicate performance analysis in data. You will also develop your understanding of the integrated nature of football and the multitude of factors that impact match performance and metrics. 

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

Teaching is via a combination of lectures, interactive seminars, one-to-one tutorials, online activities, laboratory-based practical work, online workshops and group work. Guided independent study using our Learning Resource Centres and the web accounts for 70-80% of each module. Web-based content is also available through through our virtual learning environment Canvas (including wikis and blogs for Level 6 modules).

Work-related learning

​Every student will have the opportunity to do a sandwich year where you will put into practice the skills and knowledge gained during your studies. We have excellent industry links, including the Football Association, FIFA, various Premier League football clubs and the Professional Footballers' Association.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support

​From day one of the degree programme, you will be allocated a personal tutor and remain under their guidance throughout your time at LJMU. They will be available to discuss any academic or personal issues on a one-to-one basis as well as helping you to put together your educational and future career plans. You will also work with your personal tutor in small groups to develop study skills essential for the science and football programme.

The school is fully committed to promoting a learning environment that supports a culture of equality, diversity and inclusivity (EDI) and has a Disability Support Coordinator, an EDI Coordinator and a School EDI Working Group. Personal Tutors also play a vital role in promoting awareness of support services for students.

Assessment

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

​We acknowledge that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. These include: written assignments (essays and brief response questions), exams (seen and unseen), practical work, portfolios, presentations (group and individual), and reflective practice/diaries.

Your tutors will provide feedback on assessments within three weeks, allowing you to quickly identify your successes and the areas where you may need to put in more work. This is provided via Canvas, face-to-face and/or as written comments for coursework and one-to-one for exams. You are also welcome to arrange further meetings with staff to discuss your feedback.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Kevin Enright

Dr Kevin Enright

Programme Leader

Kevin is an accredited Strength and Conditioning coach (ASCC), a Chartered Scientist (CSci) and an accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). Prior to working in Higher Education, Kevin was an Applied Sport Scientist for 10 years, supporting athletes preparing for Olympic and Commonwealth Games, Scottish and English Premier League footballers and the U17 English national football team who won the UEFA European Championships. He was awarded his PhD from LJMU on the impact of concurrent-training on the physiological adaptations to sports specific exercise in elite football players. 

"I enjoy seeing each student develop and implementing what they have learned throughout each module into the research project. Across this journey, we can see the students evolve to become independent, critical thinking individuals"

Facilities

What you can expect from your School

You will study in Liverpool city centre at our City Campus. Our sport and exercise sciences facilities are world-leading and feature state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for our current and future sport scientists. The Avril Robarts library is within easy walking distance and here you'll find all the information you need to support your studies.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications: 88


GCSE and equivalents

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:

  • Key Skills Level 2 in English/Maths
  • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
  • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
  • Higher Diploma in Maths/English
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/English
  • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
  • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 1
  • Is general studies acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Average A Level offer: CCD
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma subjects / grades required: DD if studied on its own or to the total of 88 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: MMM if studied on its own or to the total of 88 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: Overall Pass

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 24 IB Diploma Points

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 88 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects

OCR National acceptability

  • National Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

NVQ

  • Are Level 3 NVQs acceptable? Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

Alternative qualifications considered

​​Please contact the University if you have any questions regarding the relevance of your qualifications.

Will I be interviewed?

No interview required

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.

Can this course be deferred?

Yes, please contact us to discuss your options

Is a DBS check required?

No

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.