South Shields FC Study Abroad

Gain football expertise and higher education credits at a top-50 university through our full-year SSFC Study Abroad programme. Open to all genders, this gap-year experience will enhance your potential as both a sportsperson and an academic.

Launch your future academic and soccer career and enhance your standing with top college coaches and programmes through our international partnership, starting in September 2024.

If you are a soccer player who has just graduated high school and is looking to gain professional soccer development whilst acquiring higher education credits at a renowned institution, this international experience is the perfect opportunity. You will study a selection of modules during the morning and spend your afternoons and weekends developing training and competing at a reputable football club.

Modules

The international partnership between the University of Sunderland and South Shields Football Club offers you the opportunity to study from a selection of higher education modules, from a variety of degree programmes. You will have the advantage of acquiring higher education credits, which will make you a more attractive candidate when it comes to applying for a full degree in your chosen country. You must take a total of 120 credits over the course of the year.

You can choose from the following modules:

MGT102 - Business Management Skills Development – 30 credits

Develop a selection of transferable employability skills through a diverse range of experiences. Examine the importance of developing your own professional identity. Place this identity in the context of changing, challenging and dynamic organisations.

MGT101 - Business Organisations and Society – 30 credits

Take an in-depth look at the influence of digital technology on ways of working. Put a specific focus on ‘Place’ and Society in an international, national, and local context. Develop a global perspective on the influence of technologies on working practices and employee behaviour considering historical, ethical, cultural, and societal trends.

UGB106 - Introduction to Management Accounting – 20 credits 

Get to grips with the basic tools of management accounting. Gain an awareness of the role of management accounting, an understanding of the basic models, concepts and techniques in management accounting, and an understanding of basic budgeting and budget preparation.

HCS102 - Human Physiology – 20 credits

A number of systems within the body will be studied including the nervous system, skeletal muscle system, blood, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, digestive system, renal system, reproductive system and endocrine system. The importance of the inter relationship between these diverse systems for the maintenance of normal function will be emphasised. Laboratory techniques for studying human physiology will be introduced. 

HCS111 - Fundamental Skills in Biomedicine – 20 credits

Learn and develop the basic essential skills for anyone who will go on to perform laboratory work of any sort. Covers topics such as, but not restricted to: basic laboratory health and safety awareness, how to use effectively basic laboratory equipment and understand how such equipment works, essential calculations, an introduction to academic writing, and more.

HCS112 - Chemistry for the Biosciences – 30 credits

This module will explore life at the level of atoms and molecules, specifically how atoms interact to form larger, more complicated substances. Topics covered will include: atomic composition and structure, the energy of atoms, valence shells and valence electrons, chemical bonds and bond formation, molecular shape, molecular orbitals, non-covalent molecular interactions and the impact of molecular interactions on water solubility. The chemistry of carbon will also be covered, including hydrocarbon frameworks, functional groups and isomerism.

CPW105 - The Business of Writing: Editing and Publishing – 20 credits

Gain an insight into the contemporary landscape of UK literature and publishing to see how writing careers are made and supported. Explore through lectures and seminars the skills needed by people working in different roles in the industry, such as editing, proofreading and building creative industries brands (including your own). Examine the developing technologies involved in creative and professional writing careers and businesses, as well as learn about working in different genres, from fiction to cookery books, from travel writing to ghost-writing, from literacy to writing for wellbeing. Prepares for your work placement in Year 2 where you will put this learning into action.

MAC150 - Introduction to Social Media – 40 credits

Make the transition from being a social media user to a social media content producer capable of the introductory skills necessary to run a social media account professionally. Learn social media content production and analytics skills and begin to examine the relationship between content and audience. Work with fellow students to share, consolidate and develop your existing knowledge of the current tools, uses and best practices of a wide range of social media platforms.

MAC170 - Introduction to Film Studies – 20 credits

Discover the concepts, theories, methods and approaches that have shaped the discipline of Film Studies. Develop skills in hands-on film analysis, of a wide range of films: how to analyse a shot, editing techniques, narrative structures, relationships between image and sound and so on.

CPW102 - Writing Short Fiction and Poetry – 20 credits

This module will explore life at the level of atoms and molecules, specifically how atoms interact to form larger, more complicated substances. Topics covered will include: atomic composition and structure, the energy of atoms, valence shells and valence electrons, chemical bonds and bond formation, molecular shape, molecular orbitals, non-covalent molecular interactions and the impact of molecular interactions on water solubility. The chemistry of carbon will also be covered, including hydrocarbon frameworks, functional groups and isomerism.

PVD128 - Creating Moving Image – 20 credits

You will experience a range of technical workshops introducing you to relevant software and hardware (cameras) to enable the production of moving-image, screen-based digital practice. Technical workshops will be complemented by a series of screenings, lectures and seminar discussions, from early practitioners in the 1970s to contemporary practice and the impact of You Tube. The notion of narrative and non-narrative moving image will be explored through different practitioners’ works.

DWG151 - Contemporary approaches to drawing – 20 credits 

You will experience a range of technical workshops introducing you to relevant software and hardware (cameras) to enable the production of moving-image, screen-based digital practice. Technical workshops will be complemented by a series of screenings, lectures and seminar discussions, from early practitioners in the 1970s to contemporary practice and the impact of You Tube. The notion of narrative and non-narrative moving image will be explored through different practitioners’ works.

Engineering Mathematics (20 credits)

Develop the mathematical and analytical skills needed to solve engineering problems. Study the foundations of topics such as algebra, trigonometry, Calculus, matrices and differential equations. Gain transferable skills in problem-solving.

Introduction to Programming (20 credits)

Learn about the fundamental programming concepts, including how to write computer programs using a high-level programming language such as Python or C#. Develop an understanding of debugging techniques to find and resolve defects. Select and implement appropriate structures for file handling, data manipulation, and error handling within a program.

South Shields FC player passing during a football match

Football

When training with SSFC, you will be taught by an experienced team of staff who have played for and coached several different English Premier League clubs. They will pass on their knowledge to guide you to becoming an expert player both on and off the pitch.

Training will include on-pitch sessions with a concentration on decision-making skills and tactical understanding. Additionally, you will take part in professionally led strength and conditioning sessions to complement your training.

You will not only develop as a team, but also as an individual. You will meet with the coaching team at South Shields to construct individual plans with a series of short and long-term goals specific to you. Your personal plan will be reviewed on a regular basis, using video feedback to help you better understand coaching assessments.

The average football season in the UK lasts nine months, and participants in the programme will play at least once per week or more. Your team will compete in a league against other academy teams from all over England. NCAA rules and regulations will not restrict players on this programme.

You never know where this opportunity may lead you. Take the first step towards your future now and register your interest.

Why us?

Ranked as a top 50 university in the Guardian University Guide 2024, we are proud of our long-established commitment to widening participation, our world-leading research, and public and private sector collaborations.

Sunderland is recognised internationally as a leading university, receiving five stars for teaching, inclusiveness, employability and facilities in the QS World University Rankings 2023.

Equality

Sunderland was named University of the Year for Social Inclusion.

(The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021).
Location

Our city by the sea has beautiful beaches and a modern city centre.

We're also only 30 minutes away from lively Newcastle on the Metro, and within easy reach of historical Durham.

Entry Requirements

Academics

Our typical offer is 112 UCAS Tariff points, from a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A Levels, T Levels, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator

These are the standard entry requirements for students with US qualifications:

  • High School Diploma along with one of the following at the required grade: SAT I and SAT II, ACT or Advanced Placement
  • GPA 3.0 or above and: Sat score of 1100/1600 from SATs AP (Grades 3+ in at least 2 subjects) ACT (score of 26+)

 

The entry requirements will be comparable to those above if you are not a US citizen.

Find out more about the exact entry requirements for your qualifications and country.

If English is not your first language, you will also be required to meet our internal English language requirements. Find out more information about language requirements.

 

Football

To take part in the programme, you must possess a certain degree of football skill. This will be assessed on a one-to-one basis through South Shields FC as part of the application process. 

 

Fees and accommodation

Academic and football costs for this programme are paid separately and are as follows:

  • Academic fees: £10,000
  • SSFC fees: £13,200

 

During this year, you will be guaranteed a place within university housing at the University of Sunderland. This is a separate, additional cost and is not included in the academic or football fees. You can find details about the lodging we provide, including the cost, on our accommodation page.

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