Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Applied Football Studies

Salford Business School


Distance Learning


Three year

Next enrolment

January 2020

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In a nutshell

Designed specifically for young professional footballers and others working in the football industry, this three year programme combines classes in sport development and practical business skills.

Salford Business School (SBS) and Leeds United Football Club (LUFC) are proud to work in partnership to offer the UK's first jointly delivered online programme, BSc Applied Football Studies, aimed at players and those in player-facing roles.

Delivered online and created with full-time football players in mind, the programme recognises football as a significant business in its own right and examines the relationship that exists between sport and business. By following a blended learning approach, it allows you to combine study with working.

This is a practical course which builds on your experience as a player or in a player facing role. You will develop strong skills relating to the business of football and facilitate your career progression into a wide range of roles across sports industries.

Subject to academic approval, the programme will open in January 2020. 

You will:
  • Study a programme that has been informed by research and professional practice
  • Combine practical learning in coaching, condition, talent management and core business skills
  • Learn through a combination of activities, lectures and seminars delivered online and face to face
  • Be supported to learn by your club as well as through access to tutors from the University of Salford
  • Learn from tutors with a practical understanding of football and the wider sports industry
  • Develop skills that build on the ambassadorial duties and influence of player-facing roles

students accepted

Course accreditations
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This is for you if...


You are engaged within a full time football environment


You want to develop your love of football into a future career


You wish to explore the relationship between football and business

Course details

All about the course

This course is designed to offer a range of experiences that reflect your player-facing role as well as taking advantage of the workplace context in which this programme is delivered.  From the start, you will be able to take your learning and apply it directly to your work and your club. 

The course is delivered over three years.  You will study the business modules online using materials that have been specifically developed for this course.  The football elements of the course will be delivered at Leeds United College where you will use and reflect upon your own club experience.  In addition, you will undertake independent study in your own time.

Each term is 12 weeks; there will be an induction week, 10 weeks of teaching and 1 week for assessments.  During the term you will study 3 modules; for each module, you will have 5 hours per week of online learning plus up to 10 hours per week applying your learning in your work.

Year one

Principles of Coaching and Learning*

Digital & Business Skills

Introduction to Psychology and Media+

Introduction to Football Conditioning*

Contemporary Issues in Football+

Introduction to Leadership

Year two

Football for Development*

Talent ID Development*

Professional Development

Research Methods

Advanced Coaching Practice*

High Performance Culture*

Year three

Football Governance and Legal Aspects+

Managing People in the Football Environment

Football Ambassadors for Sustainability+

Sports Coaching : Issues & Ethics

Dissertation/Industry Project

Modules unmarked are delivered by SBS

Modules marked with * are delivered by LUFC

Modules marked with + are jointly delivered by SBS and LUFC

What Will I be Doing?


Our teaching is delivered in partnership by Salford Business School and Leeds United Football Club so it is highly industry relevant. 

You will learn through a combination of activities, lectures and seminars which will be delivered online via the University’s virtual learning environment and face to face with Leeds United College and individual experts.

The course will focus on developing your knowledge of the field (content) whilst giving you the opportunities to apply your learning in practical contexts (experience). 

There is an emphasis on the contemporary developments in sport and specifically in the football industry, so you develop as an independent learner and critical thinker to ensure you are ready for future employment in the industry or for postgraduate study.


Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include:

  • Essay
  • Report
  • Presentation
  • Exams
  • Portfolio work
  • Practical activity
  • Project

The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules and years but exams will play a small role.



Salford Business School aims to be the most business-informed, industry-relevant business school in the UK. Industry shapes everything we do, from informing our students’ learning to providing work placements, driving our research and influencing our academic staff.

We want you to gain the best academic and personal experience possible. As a student here, you’ll have access to a range of experiences and opportunities, including internships and work placements in the UK or internationally so you graduate with much more than a degree.


The Leeds United College prides itself on providing students with a first class learning experience, through a range of recognised BTEC and Diploma courses. The aim is to create a fully inclusive environment, to enable all students to set ambitious targets and reach their full potential. On each course you will learn through practical experience and theoretical based learning, all via a team of elite industry teaching staff.

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What about after uni?

With this degree, you can choose to continue in your professional career as a player or in a player facing role knowing that you have gained valuable new skills that set you up for a future career within the sports industry or in business more generally.

Or you may want to progress straight into different roles within the football industry or the wider sports sector. This course will prepare you for management positions across a variety of areas from those that are management/coaching led to talent management or working in specific areas in sports industries such as public relations or event management. 

If you enjoy studying, you could continue to develop yourself with postgraduate courses in the area of sports management, sports marketing or in the arena of health and wellbeing such as sports coaching.

A taste of what you could become

A football couch

A football Manager

Player Development Coach

Sports Analyst

And more...

Career Links

This exciting programme is delivered in partnership between Salford Business School and Leeds United Football Club, each bringing their distinct areas of expertise – business teaching and football development - to the UK's first jointly delivered online programme. The programme anticipates changes to the UEFA protection of young player rules and welcomes conversations with individuals and with any clubs. 

Salford Business School and LUFC are in discussion with other football clubs about delivery for their players and those in player facing roles.  If you are interested to find out more, please contact: Spencer.Taylor@leedsunited.com or Nicola McCullough N.L.McCullough@salford.ac.uk


What you need to know


This programme has been designed for applicants employed as a player or in a player-facing role in a professional football club.

You should be prepared to work consistently to meet the standards and the deadlines of the course but the results of your hard work will give you excellent career opportunities for life.

If you are unsure if your role meets the requirements please contact spencer.taylor@leedsunited.com to discuss further.


Applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no element below 5.5, is proof of this.

Standard entry requirements

Applicants must

  •  Be engaged within a full time football environment
  •  Have the equivalent of grade C or above, GCSE Maths and GCSE English
  •  Have 104 UCAS points or BTEC DMM


Maths and English at grade C or grade 4 or above.

You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

UCAS tariff points

104 points

A level

BCC with a minimum of two A2 passes. 

BTEC National Diploma


Access to HE

104 Points – Pass with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2 

International Baccalaureate

Indicatively 30 points for International Baccalaureate Diploma 

Scottish Highers

104 points with a minimum of two Advanced Highers. 

Irish Leaving Certificate

104 points with a minimum of two Higher Level Subjects. 

European Baccalaureate

Pass Diploma with 60% or above

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019/20 £9,250per year
Full-time home/EU 2020/21 £9,250per year
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding, attendance in Leeds or Salford for face to face or residential activities and general subsistence on these visits.

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All set? Let's apply

This is a closed programme for young professional footballers and those working in the football industry. If you are interested to apply, please email the Education team at Leeds United Football Club . 

Enrolment dates

January 2020

September 2020

January 2021

September 2021

New ProgrammeLeeds United Football Club and Salford Business School are proud to announce that they have entered into partnership to offer the UK's first jointly delivered online programme, BSc Applied Football Studies, aimed at players and those in player-facing roles.

Subject to academic approval, the programme will open in January 2020.