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‘to lead, inspire and shape the future of football by creating industry ready graduates.

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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • Education Sector
  • FIFA
  • Governing Bodies
  • Local Authorities
  • UEFA

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Coach
  • Development Manager
  • Education Manager
  • Elite Coach
  • Lecturer
  • Performance Analyst
  • Physical Education Teacher

Overview

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‘to lead, inspire and shape the future of football by creating industry ready graduates.

Summary

The BSc Hons Football coaching and Business Management degree is an unique course stimulating learning as part of an innovative curriculum taught at the inspiring National Football Stadium at Windsor Park. Delivered through a unique academic and industry partnership formed between Ulster University and the Irish Football Association. Designed to create industry ready graduates who can apply theory to practical situations. Producing the next generation of football industry leaders through a programme which will both challenge and support students.

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About this course

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About

The course is delivered through an intensive block teaching involving four modules spread across the academic year each lasting one week, supplemented with on line tutorials and work based learning.This structure enables students to continue in full time employment then travel to Ulster for each week of study.

A typical day on the course.will involve a practical case study presented by inspiring industry leaders, underpinning theory presented by University sports lecturers, peer learning and reflection in groups.

Structure and content

Internship– 26 week internship within the football industry facilitating opportunities

with the international team and Northern Ireland Premier League clubs playing in

Champions league or Europa league, as well as study abroad and global

placements. This can be offered on a part time, project based or full time basis.

  • Network–Access to an exclusive collection of leading industry professionals through guest lectures and networking events., internships and networking events.
  • Underpinning knowledge–The content of the course is informed by relevant research in the area of coaching and business management. Promoting application of theory in practice. Includes study exchange to a leading European football body or club (cost included in the fee).
  • Industry qualifications–Students will undertake a minimum of UEFAB licence as part of their accredited studies (cost included in the fee).
  • Inspirational Industry leaderssuch as the International Manager, Organisation CEO, Directors and key stakeholders in the global football industry.
  • Student Experience–As a student of Ulster University you will have access to all the benefits a leading University offers, with more than 70 sporting clubs offering social and competitive playing opportunities.

Transforming lives, stretching minds, developing skills and raising ambitions.

Attendance

The course is delivered through an intensive block teaching involving four modules spread across the academic year each lasting one week, supplemented with on line tutorials and work based learning.This structure enables students to continue in full time employment then travel to Ulster for each week of study.

A typical day on the course.will involve a practical case study presented by inspiring industry leaders, underpinning theory presented by University sports lecturers, peer learning and reflection in groups.

Start dates

  • September 2019
How to apply

Modules

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Football Operations Management

Year: 1

The aim of this module is to provide a general introduction to the growing internationalization of the football business. Central to this is the development of the student's business skills and acumen.

Introduction to coaching practice.

Year: 1

This module will introduce students to the best practice principles of coaching in relevant contexts. It will involve the application of basic theory into a practical context.

Foundation Principles for Learning

Year: 1

This module will assist first-year students to prepare for success in their university studies and success in the planning of their future careers.

Sport Policy and Governance

Year: 1

This module will provide students with a clear understanding of how sport is managed, administered and delivered and will underpin teaching in a number of related modules that students will encounter within the programme of study. It will examine fundamental concepts of sports management, strategic planning, sports development and sport for development and will highlight the key role of government in the implementation of sports policy.

Year two

Leading and Managing People in Football

Year: 2

Through a series of lectures and tutor-led seminar sessions, students will understand the theoretical and practical importance of innovative leadership practice and sports psychology in leading teams and individuals to enhancing performance.

Football Fitness and Conditioning

Year: 2

This module will provide students with the principles needed to devise strength and conditioning programmes for athletes involved in team sports. Students will develop the practical skills and knowledge required to develop strength and conditioning through formal and informal learning opportunities.

Beyond the strategic objective of the School of Sport , this module is underpinned by a number of key developments

• Sport Matters (DCAL, 2008) recognises the importance of a qualified, competent and available workforce (paid and voluntary) is a key development input to the realisation of the Strategy vision.

• The Northern Ireland Strategy for Sport and Physical Recreation 2007-2017 highlights the role of higher education in developing the human resources required to meet the ever changing and expanding demands of the sports industry. In particular, the strategy highlights the role of Higher Education as a 'training ground' for the next generation of sports administrators, coaches, sports development officers and physical educators

Performance Analysis

Year: 2

This module will provide students with a basic understanding of the concepts underlying notational analysis systems .It will also provide practical skills to help them provide analysis that can be applied to a practical coaching and service provider environment to enhance the coaching process.

Football Development and Management

Year: 2

This module provides students with theoretical knowledge of the football and wider sports industries as well as case study examples and guest lectures from the football industry to allow the students to appreciate the management of football/sports development work in practice.

Year three

Reflective Practice

Year: 3

This module will provide students with an opportunity to critically reflect upon their coaching practice while using action research to examine how academic knowledge and theory can be applied in a practical setting. The module allows students to demonstrate knowledge and skills that have been acquired in the course of their studies, building upon experiences throughout the programme.

Football Principles and Practice

Year: 3

Through a series of lectures, tutor-led and participant led practical sessions students will develop a clear understanding of the essential components of safe and effective coaching methodology and develop competence in planning, implementing and evaluating effective coaching programmes at both participation and developmental level.

Physical Education: Theory and Practice

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module introduces the student to the factors and policies which impact the design and delivery of physical education in schools at home and aborad and theories that underpin effective learning and teaching in key stages 1 and 2 and 3. Students are given the opportunity to discuss and apply theory to practice in practical teaching scenarios in seminars, workshops and micro teaches/practicals.

Coaching Science

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module will provide students with the knowledge required to evaluate the impact of sports science theories, principles and concepts on sporting performance and how these can be applied to a practical coaching environment.

Year four

Football Tactics and Strategy

Year: 4

Through a series of lectures, seminars tutor-led and participant led practical sessions students will develop a clear understanding of the essential components of safe and effective football coaching methodology and develop competence in planning, implementing and evaluating effective coaching programmes at participation, developmental and performance levels.

Athlete and Performance Monitoring

Year: 4

This module will explore the link between research- and science-based concepts of athlete monitoring with practical strategies to use with athletes and clients.

Sports Strategy and Business Management

Year: 4

This module explores the background, principles and practices of the strategic management process, which organisations with the football industry employ to ensure competitive advantage over their competitors. Comparisons are made to the broader sports industry and business environment to identify unique practices and structures within football. The module is designed to ensure the students gain the underpinning knowledge and competencies to become potential managers in the fastest growing global industry of the 21st Century.

Advanced Sports Development

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module is primarily concerned with investigating the evolution of sports development and examining the many different strands of the profession. The module will also highlight the role of government and key agencies in the formulation of policy and strategies that impact upon the sports development domain and seek to develop key vocational and entrepreneurial skills.

Advanced Physical Education and School Sport

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module will involve students in the critical appraisal of recent research and educational policy and initiatives and their impact on the subject area of physical education and school sport and its effective delivery in the school context.

Year five

Research project in Sports Coaching

Year: 5

This module enables students to enhance their theoretical and empirical understanding of the research process as it applies to sport. In so doing, it demonstrates the critical relevance of evidence-based practice to sport.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is BBC to include at least one subject from History, Psychology, PE, Politics, Sociology, Geography, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Business Studies or Sport Studies although entry requirements can vary from year to year but a minimum achievement of BBC in three A levels is required.

Applied General Qualifications

Overall BTEC award profile DMM (to include a unit grade profile of 8 distinctions) in a sport or business related BTEC.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile of Higher grades H3,H3,H3,H3,H4. Specific subjects requried include two H3 Highers in the following: History, Psychology, PE, Politics, Sociology, Geography, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Business Studies or Sport Studies. Plus English and Mathematics grade H6 at Higher level or grade O4 at Ordinary level.

GCSE

GCSE Profile to include: English language, mathematics and a science subject at grade C/4. Essential/Key Skills in Application of Number is not regarded as an alternative to GCSE mathematics.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

As an alternative:

(a) Provide evidence of your ability to undertake the programme through the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL).

or

(b) Have gained a Certificate of Higher Education or an equivalent standard in an approved alternative qualification related to sport or business studies,

Minimum requirement alongisde option A or B is GCSE grade C Mathematics

Interviews may be part of the selection process.

Applicants should note that, as they will be enaged in 'regulated activity' involving children or vulnerable adults as part of their course, there is a compulsory, legal requirement to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure from AccessNI. The cost for this is payable by the applicant and is currently £33. More information on Enhanced Disclosures may be accessed by http://www.accessni.gov.uk

Teaching and learning assessment

The course is taught in blocks with assessment and feedback built around constructive alignment theory.

Learning and Teaching Methods

Teaching will be based on a block teaching model, based on direct contact through the use

of lectures; seminars; tutorials; group work; supported elearning; case studies, practicals and

experiential learning. The course will provide access to relevant environments within the

football industry as a means of providing case study examples with supported elearning,

directed and self directed reading to supplement the learning and teaching process.

Assessment Methods

Assessments will be adopted to support the learning process and will involve: Essays; case

study reports; research reports; class tests, critical reviews; reflective logs; oral presentations; multimedia presentations and peer assessments.

Exemptions and transferability

Studies pursued and examinations passed in respect of other qualifications awarded by the University or by another university or other educational institution, or evidence from the accreditation of prior experiential learning, may be accepted as exempting candidates from part of the programme provided that they shall register as students of Ulster University for modules amount to at least the final 50% of the credit value of the award at the highest level.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • Education Sector
  • FIFA
  • Governing Bodies
  • Local Authorities
  • UEFA

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Coach
  • Development Manager
  • Education Manager
  • Elite Coach
  • Lecturer
  • Performance Analyst
  • Physical Education Teacher

Career options

The Football industry is a £8 billion industry offering a variety of opportunities both locally and globally. The transferable skills developed as part of the course opens a range of additional options for graduates in coaching or business.

Work placement / study abroad

Students will under take a 26 week internship, which can be completed as a full time 26 week placement or part time over a longert period, either on a regular basis or on a project by project basis.

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How to apply Request a prospectus

Applications to our part-time undergraduate courses are made through the University’s online application system.

Start dates

  • September 2019

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Important notice - fees information Fees illustrated are based on 18/19 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
Visit our Fees pages for full details of fees

To find out more about fees related to this course please visit
https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/price-on-application

Scholarships, awards and prizes

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Additional mandatory costs

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Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.

Contact

Kyle Ferguson Course Director

T: +44(0)28 9036 6623

E: k.ferguson@ulster.ac.uk

For more information visit

Faculty of Life and Health Sciences

School of Sport

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