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BSc(Hons) Football Industry
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about us

Ahead In Sport are at the forefront of football and wider sport-related education and training programmes.

Working globally with organisations and academic institutions, we provide industry expertise and support curriculum development to create unique and innovative programmes, including the award-winning BSc(Hons) in Applied Football Studies, a 3 year full-time undergraduate online degree and 'Understanding the Sporting Director' a series of short-courses developed in partnership with the Association of Sporting Directors.

September 2023 sees the launch of our newest online programme, BSc(Hons) Football Industry, to be delivered in partnership with UCEN Manchester and Sheffield Hallam University.

In addition our staff continue to provide external support to numerous football industry organisations and education providers including FIFA, the Football Association, Football Association of Wales, EFL, the Association of Sporting Directors, the Steven Gerrard Academy and Pearson.

our students

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Joe Hancott

Ex-Portsmouth FC Football player, Sports Coach & Semi-Professional Footballer at Bognor Regis Town FC

“I knew I’d only be able to study for a degree if it was flexible and worked around my training and games schedule, this programme does exactly that.”

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Emily Ramsey

Everton FC & England

“As a professional footballer I have insight into things that we discuss during modules. I draw from real life experience, especially when I am doing assignments or researching, and I will be thinking. 'Oh. wow! that's something that really is prevalent in professional football.“


Ahead In Sport are committed to supporting the creation, development and delivery of award-winning education and training programmes. Through our industry expertise we are continuously striving to increase our portfolio of programmes offered to those involved in football, and the wider sport industry including accredited and non-accredited programmes such as:

Access to education



Postgraduate pathways

Executive education and training

Conference development


BSc (Hons) Applied Football Studies

BSc (Hons) Applied Football Studies

3 years
BSc (Hons) Football Industry

BSc (Hons) Football Industry

3 years
Understanding the Sporting Director

Understanding the Sporting Director

Short course

our partners

Ahead In Sport are aligned with a network of individuals and organisations who share our core values in providing world leading football and wider sport education and training.

We continue to create sustainable partnerships, working collaboratively to provide valuable experiences for those seeking to enhance their personal development and career aspirations, either formally through universities and accredited education providers, or via accessible delivery of appropriate CPD.

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our ambassadors

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Steven Gerrard

Ahead In Sport

As somebody who is passionate about both football and education I am delighted to be a part of Ahead in Sport.
The BSc(Hons) Football Industry is a unique and innovative programme which allows learners to combine their existing football commitments with studying for a degree. I am looking forward to adding my own experiences, both on and off the pitch, to support and develop this and other programmes and I am excited about what we can achieve together.

Michael Johnson

Derby County FC, Birmingham City FC and Jamaica

Football possesses the power to bring change in our world. I want to be at the forefront of this positive change, utilising my own experiences as a player and then transitioning to a career off the pitch. I believe that education, aligned with those professional experiences, can support others to make that transition and I am delighted to be working with Ahead In Sport in providing opportunities for those in the game to combine their existing football commitments with studying for a degree or undertaking professional development.

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Jon McCarthy

Birmingham City FC, Port Vale FC and York City FC and Northern Ireland

The growth of the football industry has led to an increase in opportunities both on and off the pitch. As somebody who was fortunate to be able to experience both, I am now passionate about expanding those same opportunities for players, coaches and administrators by sharing my own experiences and supporting their individual development through education.

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