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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

  • Development Officer
  • Development Manager
  • Education Manager
  • Elite Coach
  • Performance Analyst
  • Lecturer
  • Self-employed Business Owner

Overview

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Providing a pathway to a career in the football industry across coaching, business management or policy development by combining theory and practice.

Summary

The course is studied part-time over five years at the National Football Stadium, Windsor Park.

Delivered by academic staff from Ulster University, each module is designed to develop your understanding of theoretical concepts. This will be complemented by case-study fieldwork delivered by guest speakers including international coaches and players, senior football administrators and officials and Northern Ireland national team staff.

In addition to the awarding of the degree students will complete, UEFA coaching qualifications, a European exchange visit and a minimum of 26 weeks internship with the Irish FA or related stakeholder within the football industry.

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About this course

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About

Ulster University in partnership with the Irish Football Association propose to offer a BSc (Hons) in Football Coaching and Business Management at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.

The course will develop students knowledge of the global football industry and enhance your understanding of the design, delivery and critical evaluation of football coaching and business management, from both a theoretical and practical perspective.

UEFA coaching qualifications are embedded within the course modules. In addition, the course will offer a range of practical opportunities to gain valuable practical experience working alongside senior Irish FA staff and other stakeholders within the football industry. Guest lectures will be provided by Northern Ireland International Staff and Senior Directors.

Attendance

Attendance is part time, through a block teaching method. Over 5 years.

Block teaching will as an example occur over 4-6 days for each 20 credit module.

Start dates

  • September 2017
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.

Foundation for Future Success

Year: 1

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

Sports Policy and Planning

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 in the second and final year of the programme. It will examine fundamental concepts of sports management, strategic planning and sports development and will highlight the key role of government in the implementation of sports policy.

Principles of Teaching and Coaching

Year: 1

This module will introduce students to the best practice principles of teaching and coaching in relevant contexts. It will involve the examination of basic theory into basic coaching/teaching practice

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

Football Principles and Practice

Year: 2

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.

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

Coaching Science

Year: 3

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.

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.

Performance Analysis

Year: 3

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.

Year four

Sports Strategic Management

Year: 4

This module explores the background, principles and practices of the strategic management process, which sports and leisure organisations employ to ensure competitive advantage over their competitors. 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 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.

Football Tactics and Strategy UEFA Licence

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.

Talent Development Models

Year: 4

Sports Coaching is a facet of the sports industry which has exhibited exceptional growth in recent times and something that has come under increasing academic scrutiny. Professionalisation of coaching is of paramount importance and an understanding of Coaching Processes is vital to ensure this development.

Year five

Sport Research and Practice

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 grades 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 year to year but a minimum achievement of BBC in three A levels is required.

BTEC

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 required 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.

Scottish Highers

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Scottish Advanced Highers

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International Baccalaureate

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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) Have gained a Certificate of Higher Education or an equivalent standard in an approved alternative qualification related to sport or business studies; and GCSE grade C in Mathematics and a science subject.

or

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

Interviews may be part of the selection process.

Applicants should note that, as they will be engaged 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 assessment techniques employed reflect the awareness of the need to ensure that a range of knowledge, qualities and skills are being measured that promotes independence in learning and deep understanding. Assessment tasks aim to encourage students to apply their experience and expertise to problems in different contexts and include coursework, examinations, reflective journals, presentations and a dissertation.

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 amounting 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:

  • Development Officer
  • Development Manager
  • Education Manager
  • Elite Coach
  • Performance Analyst
  • Lecturer
  • Self-employed Business Owner

Career options

Graduates will be prepared to enter the football industry specifically in a range of roles across football coaching; business management or policy development. Having gained skills which are transferable to a range of related industries.

Work placement / study abroad

Students will take part in a 26 week facilitated internship with the Irish FA or key stakeholders within the football industry.

Apply

Direct entry

Those seeking to apply using the APEL route should include a journal recording their relevant experience.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2017

Fees and funding

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Additional mandatory costs

AccessNI check - currently £33

Contact

Faculty contact regarding admissions and application process:

Julie Nesbitt

E: jh.nesbitt@ulster.ac.uk

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6192

Course director regarding content of course:

Dr Kyle Ferguson

E: k.ferguson@ulster.ac.uk

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6623