BA (Hons) qualification in Football!

#1
Burnley is to become the first football club in the country to offer a degree in football.
Students will spend three years studying for the BA (Hons) qualification, with lectures being delivered in the Jimmy McIlroy and James Hargreaves stands at Turf Moor.

The course - a unique venture for a sports club in the UK - will cover topics including football finance, football law, stadium building and management, and dealing with commercialism in the game.
 
#2
Burnley is to become the first football club in the country to offer a degree in football.
Students will spend three years studying for the BA (Hons) qualification, with lectures being delivered in the Jimmy McIlroy and James Hargreaves stands at Turf Moor.

The course - a unique venture for a sports club in the UK - will cover topics including football finance, football law, stadium building and management, and dealing with commercialism in the game.
I look forward to those graduates serving up my Big Mac and fries.
 
#4
Hey, it's what the market demands. And we all know the market can never, ever be wrong. We all know that it's the most super-dooper everest way to allocate scarce resources.

Don't we?
 
#6
I am still chuckleing about turning the worse state schools in to privately financed 'academies'.... rather than the government actually 'doing' something about them being so bad.
 
#7
Education's been a political football for years, might as well be open about it.
 
#8
Hey, it's what the market demands. And we all know the market can never, ever be wrong. We all know that it's the most super-dooper everest way to allocate scarce resources.

Don't we?
You're absolutely right, despite the dripping sarcasm. When tuition fees go up to £9k a year and taxpayers' money no longer supports my fellow feckwits through the system, where do you think Wayne McScum's going to find the cash to pay for this course?

Nice headline-grabbing stunt but doomed to failure from the off. More fool whoever's backing it.
 
#9
You're absolutely right, despite the dripping sarcasm. When tuition fees go up to £9k a year and taxpayers' money no longer supports my fellow feckwits through the system, where do you think Wayne McScum's going to find the cash to pay for this course?

Nice headline-grabbing stunt but doomed to failure from the off. More fool whoever's backing it.
A fool and his money are soon parted. The one thing I've learned in my time is that there is no shortage of rich idiots willing to pay for subjects with no immediate application while nationally-vital subjects like science and engineering can go hang. Whither English Literature versus Chemistry?
 
#10
A BA (Hons) in football FFS. Curriculum will be something along the lines of:

Honing the skills on how to behave like a fucking pansy as soon as there's any physical contact involved (maximum amount of time spent on the turf wriggling around like an epileptic will bump the overall grade up significantly).

Perfecting the art of acting like a bigtime twat in public (and getting dropped by some ordinary punter into the bargain).

Driving a supercar extremely badly, only to end up either nicked by Old Bill or end up upside down in some Cheshire farmer's field.

Skills in how to fob the missus off when asked the question 'Well, did you sleep with that slag or not?'

How to play like your pants are on fire for your club, but perform like a fucking spastic for your country.

How to invidualise your fashion wardrobe and still end up looking like a fucking homo, whilst sporting a hairdo that makes you look like an extra from Corrie.

And finally, the art of perfecting doing the bare minimum for the maximum amount of cash.
 
#11
A BA (Hons) in football FFS. Curriculum will be something along the lines of:

Honing the skills on how to behave like a fucking pansy as soon as there's any physical contact involved (maximum amount of time spent on the turf wriggling around like an epileptic will bump the overall grade up significantly).

Perfecting the art of acting like a bigtime twat in public (and getting dropped by some ordinary punter into the bargain).

Driving a supercar extremely badly, only to end up either nicked by Old Bill or end up upside down in some Cheshire farmer's field.

Skills in how to fob the missus off when asked the question 'Well, did you sleep with that slag or not?'

How to play like your pants are on fire for your club, but perform like a fucking spastic for your country.

How to invidualise your fashion wardrobe and still end up looking like a fucking homo, whilst sporting a hairdo that makes you look like an extra from Corrie.

And finally, the art of perfecting doing the bare minimum for the maximum amount of cash.
What about winning back WAG with obvious self-esteem issues with a gaudy bracelet, a boob job and a plush holiday.... oh, and an alledged fortune spent on kiddies birthday party?

You can't really fault that, sorry I shagged that prozzy love, here smarten yourself up with a boobjob. Then I wont stray :D
 
#13
I see nothing wrong with it, very useful to have a degree in football when applying for a job as a Civil Engineer.

Shortly, my new company, Bonkers Conkers Ltd, will be offering a BA course in Conkers Management & Gamesmanship. This will cover everything from how to select and prepare the best conker, right up to the finer points of undetectable cheating including how to surreptitiously maim your opponent if badly losing and how to comply with the H&S regs including the best crash helmet, safety goggles and gauntlets (which must be purchased from me, er, the company)

You get that lot in my, er, our special one day course, from 1100hrs until 1400hrs, inc 5 minute test and diploma presentation by somebody. All for the amazingly low fee of £5,000, which unbelievably also includes a packed lunch and bottle of tap water.
 
#14
I look forward to those graduates serving up my Big Mac and fries.
While studying for an in-house advanced diploma in burger flipping BBC NEWS | Education | McDonald's serves up 'Diplomas'

Part of the time spent preparing sixth formers for university should involve sitting them down in front of a stack of job ads and explaining exactly what the phrase "good degree from a traditional university" actually means. A sporting third in Wayne Rooney Studies from The University of Manchester (United) will get them nothing that 2 Ds and an E at A-level wont get them. Except a debt the size of a mortgage that lands on them the day after graduation.
 
#15
I'm sure that the qualifiication will be right up with Tracy Emin's art degree...

:)

Rodney2q
 
#16
I'm sure that the qualifiication will be right up with Tracy Emin's art degree...

:)

Rodney2q
Yeah, but £9000 a year could buy you more real bogroll than you could ever use - even with a houseful of daughters*!

*Why is it that fannies seem to eat loo paper?
 
#17
Sadly all these nonsense degrees still qualify for resources. The more courses there are for the less academically inclined, the less resources there are for the courses that are actually of some use. By opening up FE for all, the result is that only those who can afford it can go. Those who are able but don't have the cash are priced out of the system, resulting in an financially elitist education

Probably not what was intended, but score another one for the law of unintendend consequences.
 
#18
Football must be one of the biggest industries in the country (if you're allowed to include hundreds of millions of pounds in debt as big).

Football law, finance and stadium design all seem appropriate for a degree. Football doesn't really interest me, but some of the aspects of the course would.
 
#19
Football must be one of the biggest industries in the country (if you're allowed to include hundreds of millions of pounds in debt as big).

Football law, finance and stadium design all seem appropriate for a degree. Football doesn't really interest me, but some of the aspects of the course would.
I am inclined to agree. A couple of years ago I spend a month travelling around Morroco, and I remember once talking to a local who was studying tourism at university. Whilst in this country that subject is often derided by people who went to the University of Pub (or academic snobs - which is worse imo), this man told me that in a country where tourism is one of the biggest industries, it's a well respected degree.

The other thing that many people seem to forget when criticising university degrees, is that the experience of attending university itself is an important part of the education process.
 
#20
Sadly all these nonsense degrees still qualify for resources. The more courses there are for the less academically inclined, the less resources there are for the courses that are actually of some use. By opening up FE for all, the result is that only those who can afford it can go. Those who are able but don't have the cash are priced out of the system, resulting in an financially elitist education

Probably not what was intended, but score another one for the law of unintendend consequences.
Certainly one for unintended consequences, but I don't think you can place the blame so squarely on opening up HE for all. We're a small nation with a comparatively tiny population and I personally don't think we can afford to squander our meagre resources of talent by rationing access to education with such an inefficient measure as access to money. The problem has been - as in so many facets of public life - in bringing the business ethos into something that isn't actually a business.

As a result, we have market attitudes to value determining what is and isn't worth offering as a degree i.e. whatever enough people will pay for. It matters not a jot, it seems, that neither the offering nor its end result will have any intrinsic value but only that 'if we build it, they will come'. Deep joy.
 

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