BSc (Hons) Science and Football
Why study Science and Football at Liverpool John Moores University?
- Teaching from industry professionals
- 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
- 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
- The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences is ranked 9th for Sports Science (QS World University Rankings 2022)
- This degree is available to study following a foundation year
- International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto the programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more
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.
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.
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"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."
This course is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Undergraduate Endorsement Scheme.
Our 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.
Find out more about career opportunities in sport and exercise sciences.
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students
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
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)
- 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)
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.
A DBS check is not required for your application, however a DBS may be required for modules where there is a work based learning placement option. Work based learning placements that do not require a DBS check are available.
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.
Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service
A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course, to ensure our students experience a transformation in their career trajectory. Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose.
Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU's suite of online Apps, resources and jobs board via the LJMU Student Futures website. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU's in-house recruitment service, and we also offer fully funded Discovery Internships.
One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones and we offer a year-round programme of events, including themed careers and employability workshops, employer events and recruitment fairs. Our Start-Up Hub can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business or become a freelancer.
A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan. You can access LJMU's Careers, Employability and Start-up Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.
LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.
Our Go Citizen Scheme can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all of these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?
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What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Further guidance on modules
Modules are designated core or optional in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations. Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules provide you with an element of choice. Their availability may vary and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules may also be 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.
Research Methods 1
Exercise Physiology 1
Psychosocial Principles of Sport and Exercise
Professional Practice in Science and Football 1
This module aims to introduce and develop your knowledge and understanding of the governing and professional bodies in football, and the multifaceted roles in football science. In addition, you will identify and develop personal and professional skills required by football scientists.
Talent Identification and Development in Football
This module introduces current issues in football. Topics cover early talent identification, developing players for the professional level and guidance of elite football players.
Research Methods 2
Exercise Physiology 2
Sport and Performance Psychology
This module aims to give you the knowledge and technical ability to describe, measure and explain human movement using the application of biomechanical principles, with the aim of improving performance and reducing the risk of injury.
Professional Practice in Science and Football 2
This module aims to develop your skills, knowledge, abilities and ethical considerations as a professional practitioner in football science. You will be required to analyse and evaluate a client’s needs via a football specific case study and design an appropriate solutions-focused intervention. In addition, you will demonstrate and draw upon your professional knowledge and employability skills to engage in a mock internship interview.
Football Tactics and Match Analysis
This module aims to develop your theoretical and applied knowledge of performance analysis in football, and the role of performance feedback in the coaching process. The module develops knowledge and critical understanding of football tactics and the role of match analysis in the evaluation of football performance.
Study Year Abroad - Science and Football
Study Semester Abroad - Science and Football
Sandwich Year - Science and Football
The aim is to provide you with an extended period of work experience at an approved partner that will complement your programme of study at LJMU. This will give you the opportunity to develop professional skills relevant to your programme of study, as well as the attitude and behaviours necessary for employment in a diverse and changing environment. This extended placement forms a key part of a sandwich degree. Split placements of a shorter duration may be possible. There is an expectation that a minimum of 1,200 hours will be spent in the workplace.
Football Technology and Innovation
This module aims to develop an understanding of how technology and innovation support football scientists in the (daily) football setting. Students will develop skills to operate technology in a (field) lab setting. Students will develop a theoretical and practical understanding of the use of technology and innovation in football in the physiological, physical, biomechanical and/or tactical performance domain.
Physical Performance in Football
The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge, understanding and ability to critically evaluate key psychological concepts that influence development and performance in and through football related contexts, and to develop your critical understanding of the application of these principles in football settings.
Applied Psychology of Football
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.
Applied Placement in Science and Football
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).
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 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.
Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning
Dr Kevin Enright
Dr Kevin Enright
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
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.
Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements
Minimum points required from qualifications: 112
GCSEs 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
- Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
- Subject specific requirements: A Sport or Science related discipline. Psychology, PE and Maths are accepted as Science.
- Is general studies acceptable? No
- Average A Level offer: BBC
- Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
- National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: DDM in a relevant subject area is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken
- Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Further information: Access programme must have been taken be in a relevant subject area, minimum of 24 Distinctions and 12 Merits required
- International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: 26 IB Diploma Points. We may require a specific science grade.
- Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Grades / subjects required: 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects . We may require a specific science grade.
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- T Level requirements: 112 UCAS points in a related subject area. Contact Faculty Admissions for details.
- Are Level 3 NVQs acceptable? Not Acceptable
Alternative qualifications considered
Please contact the University if you have any questions regarding the relevance of your qualifications.
No interview required (UCAS application form only)
6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.
Reduced offer scheme
As part of LJMU’s commitment to widening access we offer eligible students entry to their chosen course at a reduced threshold of up to 16/8 UCAS points. This applies if you are a student who has been in local authority care or if you have participated in one of LJMU’s sustained outreach initiatives, e.g. Summer University. Please contact the admission office for further details.
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.
Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
UCAS is the official application route for our full-time undergraduate courses. Further information on the UCAS application process can be found here https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/study/undergraduate-students/how-to-apply.
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.
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