Tuesday 15th December 2020

The health and safety of our students is of paramount importance, whilst also ensuring that we continue to deliver a first-class experience throughout your time as an undergraduate student with University Campus of Football Business (UCFB) or a Master’s student at our Global Institute of Sport (GIS).

For our 2020 cohort, we have worked hard with our venue partners and within government guidelines to ensure that as many of our classes as possible are available to study on campus in a COVID-secure environment. All academic content is also available online. We will continue to work within government guidelines to ensure that we deliver the best possible experience for 2021.

Our plan is based on the government’s guidance for higher education institutions, which take account of local tier restrictions that may affect our campuses. This will determine our approach to define what student life and studying will be like throughout the 2020/21 academic year. We know that things could change over the coming months and therefore the stage we are at will determine which facilities and services are available.

Please read below for details on each aspect of student life with us in the 2020/21 academic yea, subject to changes to the government alert level status. Details of our 2021/22 delivery will be announced throughout the spring and summer of 2021.

More information on each stage, along with further detail on our COVID secure campuses can be found in our COVID Secure Campus Guidelines document.

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UCFB and GIS plans for 2020/2021

 

TEACHING AND LEARNING

We have worked hard with our venue partners and within government guidelines to ensure that as many of our classes as possible will be available to study on campus in a COVID-secure environment in the 2020/21 academic year. This ensures that students have the opportunity to experience our iconic campus locations.

However, some classes will need to remain virtual. After a very successful final few months of the last academic year, we have developed our virtual delivery with student feedback to ensure that we can offer you the best possible experience.

If students are unable to attend classes that are being delivered on campus, all academic content will be available online to ensure that they do not miss out on their academic delivery.

All students received an email detailing exactly which of their modules will be available to study on campus, which will be completely online and which will be a blended combination of both for Semesters 1 and 2.

We have moved some modules for the 2020/21 academic year from Semester 1 to Semester 2 and vice versa to accommodate for social distancing measures.

CAMPUS FACILITIES

We know that our unique access to Wembley and Etihad campuses is a key part of your learning experience and your safety is our priority. As a result, we are working hard with our campus partners, including Wembley Stadium and Etihad Stadium, and have developed a set of COVID-19 guidelines in line with government guidance to ensure the safety and well-being of staff and students whilst they enjoy the campus experience.

In order to provide a safe and inclusive campus which empowers and supports our students and staff towards achieving a rewarding experience for all during these challenging times, we have set in place the following safety measures:

  • Student LFT COVID testing available on return to campus
  • 1-metre+ social distancing with increased COVID safety measures
  • Face coverings compulsory in campus buildings, subject to exemptions
  • Enhanced cleaning measures including disinfectant fogging and deep cleaning programmes
  • Safe circulation systems around campus facilities, including capacity restrictions in lifts
  • Hand sanitiser stations throughout campus facilities
  • COVID secure campus signage to promote mask wearing, hand washing and good hygiene
  • Reduced capacities in teaching, study and social spaces enabling social distancing guidelines to be met
  • Temperature checks available on request at receptions
  • Detailed facilities risk assessments
  • Self-assessment health risk assessments
  • COVID Secure Campus guidelines inductions for all students and staff

STUDENT ACCOMMODATION

We have been working closely with Unite Students, our accommodation partner for both campuses to ensure that we can provide a safe environment for our students to live in.

Our partner accommodation with Unite Students at 1st Way in Wembley and Mill Point in Manchester remain open for those that need it.

Unite want all our students to feel as safe as possible when coming to campus and they have put in place many measures to reduce risk to students when on campus. At the accommodation, all students have to adhere to Unite’s policies and procedures. Unite Students is the first UK Student Accommodation provider to be issued a British Safety Council (BSC) assurance certificate.

Please see Unite’s FAQs for further information.

EMPLOYABILITY & ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES

Our unique Award in Football & Sports Leadership will continue throughout the 2020/21 academic year. We will be providing a mixture of on campus and online Employability & Enrichment activities throughout the academic year. Wherever possible, and following government guidelines at the time, guest speakers, enrichment sessions and your careers service will be available on campus in order to provide you with an immersive learning experience.

We will also be utilising the lessons learned in lockdown and, listening to our students’ positive feedback, we will continue to deliver some of your Employability & Enrichment content online to enhance your experience and bring you further ways to develop yourself and be industry ready. This ensures that the opportunities that we are able to provide for you are not restricted by locality or availability, further enhancing our Employability & Enrichment provision.

As always, we will be working with leading names and organisations in the global football and sports industry to enhance your industry knowledge, expertise and network. We have some exciting sessions planned throughout the academic year.

Also, don’t forget the exclusive access you get as a UCFB or GIS student to extensive work placements at a range of sporting organisations, including our partners at the National League, The Football Association and across the sports industry. We will continue to provide in-person work experience opportunities for you to apply for throughout the upcoming academic year, subject to government guidance and the ability of our partners to offer these. In addition, we will offer a number of virtual work placements opportunities.

We are also working towards delivering Global Sports Summits at the following times depending on government advice and travel restrictions: Melbourne in January, New York in April, Atlanta in April, Toronto in June, and the brand new Miami summit in the summer of 2021. The Melbourne Global Sports Summit will be delivered virtually in January, due to ongoing travel restrictions and government advice. The feasibility of hosting the other Global Sports Summits in-country is currently under review, and announcements on these events will be made in due course. Where travel is not possible due to COVID-19, these Summits will be delivered virtually and made available for all UCFB and GIS students. We are committing to communicating a final decision on whether these events will go ahead in-person or virtually with a minimum of 2 months’ notice.

Brand new for this year, we also hosted a virtual LaLiga Summit in September, exclusive for Master’s degree students.

STUDENT EXPERIENCE EVENTS

Throughout the academic year, we are planning a number of virtual and in-person events to ensure that you can form and build the relationships with your fellow students that we know are key to your time with us.

We will also host a series of guest speakers, masterclasses and panel discussions with our network from across the UK sports industry. Tailored sessions will be available for undergraduate and Master’s students, including GIS Global Sports Summits available to all students, and GIS Master’s Summits, exclusively for GIS students.

STUDENT SUPPORT

The Student Services Team is here to support you across a wide range of areas throughout your studies. Our priority is to ensure that you enjoy student life and feel supported to succeed both academically and personally. Support will be available online, via email and telephone. Dependent on government guidance, urgent face-to-face on campus support may also be available upon request and following social distancing guidelines.

Our Study Hubs at both campuses are currently closed following the government’s national lockdown. This will be reviewed ahead of 25th January. We will continue to provide a wide range of online resources for all students and library support will be available virtually.

SPORT

In line with government and national sports bodies’ advice, all Athletic Union sport and UCFB Academy training and fixtures are suspended during the national lockdown period.

Our sports teams returned to training from September wherever sporting governing bodies allowed this. Trials also began early in Semester 1. Training and further trials will also take place in Semester 2.

Our teams will compete in the BUCS fixtures once the leagues return in line with governing body guidance and any national or local restrictions. We will also aim to arrange non-competitive fixtures where it is safe to do so and will confirm these once we are able to do so.

In addition to the sports teams, we will continue to support students who wish to compete and participate in other individual sports.

The UCFB Academies in London and Manchester started as planned in September. Whilst there were no competitive fixtures in Semester 1, we have been running training for both academies and will aim to arrange friendlies where governing body guidelines permit. This will continue in Semester 2, and where possible competitive fixtures will also be arranged. Trials for the academies took place in September.

We are following the government’s return to recreational team sport framework and the guidance from each sport’s governing body. More information can be found on the government website.

Following the UK Government announcement that indoor sport will no longer be exempt from the rule of 6, we have unfortunately had to suspend all indoor sport until further notice. However, we are working on alternative options, such as outdoor venues and alternative sports provisions.

Frequently asked questions

2020/21 Delivery FAQs
How will academic content be delivered in the 2020/21 academic year?

We have worked hard with our venue partners and within government guidelines to ensure that as many of our classes as possible have been available to study on campus in a COVID-secure environment throughout the 2020/21 academic year. This has been to ensure that you have had the opportunity to experience our iconic campus locations.

However, some classes have had to remain virtual. We have developed our virtual delivery with student feedback to ensure that we can offer you the best possible experience.

For those that have been unable to attend classes being delivered on campus, all academic content is available online throughout the academic year to ensure that you do not miss out on your academic delivery.

Following the government announcement on 22nd February 2021, we have written to students to provide an update on our plans for the rest of the 2020/21 academic year.

The Department for Higher Education have stated that “providers should not ask students to return if their course can reasonably be continued online”. Given the guidance the government have issued, we have made all necessary changes to assessments on the majority of courses to ensure that all learning outcomes can still be achieved. It should also be noted as outlined in the latest letter to students from the Minister of State for Universities, that “the mass movement of students across the country poses a risk for the transmission of the virus”. This has therefore informed the government policy to restrict the number of students returning to campus.

We can therefore confirm that all academic content for the majority of UCFB and GIS courses can and therefore will be delivered online for the remainder of the 2020/21 academic year.

This decision has not been taken lightly, and has been made with the best interests of the whole UCFB and GIS community in mind, to protect the health and safety of our students, staff and wider communities, whilst also maintaining the consistency of our teaching and learning provision.

As stated by the Department for Education, “the government will review, by the end of the Easter holidays, the options for timing of the return of remaining students; [those whose learning outcomes can be delivered online.] This review will take account of the latest data and will be a key part of the wider roadmap steps. Students and providers will be given a week’s notice ahead of any further return.” Therefore, at this next upcoming stage, if government guidelines allow, we will aim to provide, to our valued students, on-campus enrichment activities after the Easter break. In addition, please do note that should the government position significantly change in their next update, then we will also review our academic delivery once more.

Please note that there is one exception to the above. The exception is MSc Football Coaching & Analysis. There will be on campus classes for this programme from Monday 15th March 2021 due to the need to access specialist equipment to complete the course, as specified by the government guidance. Full details of this return to campus following the national lockdown will be sent to MSc Football Coaching & Analysis students in the week commencing 1st March 2021, including how to access testing to facilitate a safe return to campus.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 3rd March 2021.

How will online content be delivered?

Our Academic team will be using Microsoft Teams as well as live and recorded presentations. Students will also have access to academic staff for support and questions during the usual hours.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 3rd March 2021.

How will my practical modules be delivered for undergraduate courses?

As we made you aware in August 2020 our intention was for practical modules to take place in Semester 2. Unfortunately due to continuing government guidelines in place and further lockdowns implemented, on campus study/sessions have ultimately been prevented from taking place. Along with all other academic study, it has therefore been necessary to deliver practical orientated modules online. Consequently, along with delivering practical modules virtually, the amendment and adaptation of the relevant assessments for practical related modules, has also been required. The assessments have been amended to ensure that you are still able to complete and achieve on the module irrespective of the availability/opportunity of on campus delivery. As such, you will still be able to progress and complete as appropriate on your selected degree programme.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 3rd March 2021.

How will my practical modules be delivered for the MSc Football Coaching & Analysis course?

As we made you aware in August 2020 our intention is for practical modules to take place in Semester 2 and 3, and we continue to work towards delivering this if government guidance allows and with appropriate COVID mitigation measures in place.

All academic content will be available online. However, as many of our classes as possible will also be available to study on campus in a COVID-secure environment. This ensures that you have the opportunity to experience our iconic campus locations.

If you are unable to return to campus you will still have access to specialist software online and complete your degree but not all specialist equipment is available off-campus.

For some modules, there will be the opportunity to attend on campus delivery but also the opportunity to attend live online session please refer to your module page for more information.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 3rd March 2021.

Will the delivery of any of my modules change for the 2020/21 academic year?

We have moved some modules for the 2020/21 academic year from Semester 1 to Semester 2 and vice versa to accommodate for social distancing measures. These are listed below for each degree affected.

BA (Hons) Football Business & Media

  • Year 3: Professional Practice Portfolio – moved from Semester 1 to Semester 2 (changed at UCFB Wembley only)
  • Year 3: Contemporary Issues in Sports Media – moved from Semester 2 to Semester 1 (changed at UCFB Wembley only)

BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Talent Development

  • Year 1: Fundamentals of Coaching – moved from Semester 1 to Semester 2
  • Year 1: Coaching in the Foundation Phase – moved from Semester 2 to Semester 1
  • Year 3: Coaching in the Professional Development Phase – moved from Semester 1 to Semester 2
  • Year 3: Match Analysis – moved from Semester 2 to Semester 1

BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Management

  • Year 1: Fundamentals of Coaching – moved from Semester 1 to Semester 2
  • Year 1: Coaching in the Community – moved from Semester 2 to Semester 1

BA (Hons) Sports Business & Coaching

  • Year 1: Fundamentals of Coaching – moved from Semester 1 to Semester 2
  • Year 1: Coaching in the Community – moved from Semester 2 to Semester 1

BA (Hons) Physical Education

  • Year 1: Games and Athletic Activities – moved from Semester 1 to Semester 2
  • Year 1: Assessment and Curriculum Design – moved from Semester 2 to Semester 1
  • Year 2: Gymnastics and Dance – moved from Semester 1 to Semester 2
  • Year 2: Contemporary Issues in PE – moved from Semester 2 to Semester 1
  • Year 3: Swimming and Outdoor Education – moved from Semester 1 to Semester 2
  • Year 3: Youth Physical Activity and Health – moved from Semester 2 to Semester 1

BA (Hons) Multimedia Sports Journalism

  • Year 3: Professional Practice Portfolio – moved from Semester 1 to Semester 2 (changed at UCFB Wembley only)
  • Year 3: Contemporary Issues in Sports Media – moved from Semester 2 to Semester 1 (changed at UCFB Wembley only)

BA (Hons) Sports Business & Sports Broadcasting

  • Year 3: Professional Practice Portfolio – moved from Semester 1 to Semester 2 (changed at UCFB Wembley only)
  • Year 3: Contemporary Issues in Sports Media – moved from Semester 2 to Semester 1 (changed at UCFB Wembley only)

MSc Football Coaching & Analysis

  • The Football Coaching Process – moved from Semester 1 to run across Semester 2 and 3 to allow practical delivery
  • Analysis of Football Coaching Practice – moved from Semester 2 to Semester 3
  • Consultancy Project – moved from Semester 2 to All Semesters
  • Dissertation and Research Methods – moved from Semester 3 to All Semesters

MSc Football Business

  • Dissertation and Research Methods – moved from Semester 3 to All Semesters

MSc Football Communications & Digital Marketing

  • Dissertation and Research Methods – moved from Semester 3 to All Semesters

MSc International Sport Management

  • Dissertation and Research Methods – moved from Semester 3 to All Semesters

MSc Sport Management

  • Dissertation and Research Methods – moved from Semester 3 to All Semesters

Foundation Year

  • Managing Football Operations and People – moved from Semester 1 to Semester 2
  • Foundations of Media Practice – moved from Semester 1 to Semester 2
  • Principles of Sports Coaching – moved from Semester 1 to Semester 2
  • Inquiry Based Learning – moved from Semester 2 to Semester 1

This FAQ was last reviewed on 3rd March 2021.

Will assessments including the May exams be online?

All examinations will either be taken virtually as time constrained assessments (TCAs) or changed to an alternative assessment. The exact details for each assessment will be confirmed to you before Easter 2021. You will be able to complete the all other assessments virtually including the adapted practical orientated assessments.

MSc Football Coaching & Analysis students will be returning to on campus delivery from 15th March 2021 to allow for access to specialist equipment.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 3rd March 2021.

What safety measures are in place for all on campus activities?

We have worked hard with our campus partners, including Wembley Stadium and Etihad Stadium, and have developed a set of COVID-19 guidelines in line with government guidance to ensure the safety and well-being of staff and students whilst on campus.

In order to provide a safe and inclusive campus which empowers and supports our students and staff towards achieving a rewarding experience for all during these challenging times, we have set in place the following safety measures:

  • Student LFT COVID testing available on return to campus and thereafter
  • 1-metre+ social distancing with increased COVID safety measures
  • Face coverings compulsory in campus buildings, subject to exemptions
  • Enhanced cleaning measures including disinfectant fogging and deep cleaning programmes
  • Safe circulation systems around campus facilities, including capacity restrictions in lifts
  • Hand sanitiser stations throughout campus facilities
  • COVID secure campus signage to promote mask wearing, hand washing and good hygiene
  • Reduced capacities in teaching, study and social spaces enabling social distancing guidelines to be met
  • Temperature checks available on request at receptions
  • Detailed facilities risk assessments
  • Self-assessment health risk assessments for students prior to returning to campus
  • COVID Secure Campus guidelines inductions for all students and staff

More information on our COVID secure campuses can be found in our COVID Secure Campus Guidelines document.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 12th March 2021.

What happens if the local area gets put into a local lockdown or changes are made to the local COVID alert levels?

Our plan is based on the government’s guidance for higher education institutions, which take account of local tier restrictions that may affect our campuses. This will determine our approach to define what student life and studying will be like throughout the 2020/21 academic year. We know that things could change over the coming months and therefore the stage we are at will determine which facilities and services are available.

More information on each stage, along with further detail on our COVID-secure campuses can be found in our COVID Secure Campus Guidelines document.

You will be informed if any changes take place that impact on your academic delivery or student experience.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 12th March 2021.

Will I be able to access the library?

Our Study Hubs at both campuses will remain open for those that need it. We will operate a reduced Click and Collect and bookable study space service from 10am until 4pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays each week for those that need it. Both Click and Collect and study space must be booked in advance through the library at library@ucfb.com, and the Click and Collect service is only for essential items that are not available online. We will review the service again following the next government update, which is expected at the end of the Easter break.

We will continue to provide a wide range of online resources for all students and library support will be available virtually.

Useful information:

  • You can access a wide range of resources to support your studies. Publishers are regularly updating remote access in response to the global crisis.
  • Links to all UCFB library online resources can be found on the library page on the Online Hub at: https://my.ucfb.com/course/view.php?id=1536
  • The library page includes detailed instructions on accessing your OpenAthens account (access eBooks, Cite Them Right and journals databases), passwords for specialist online resources such as SportBusiness and LawInSport, and online library tutorials to help you make effective use of these resources.
  • Your librarians are still able to support you via email at library@ucfb.com and on social media. We will be available 8:30am-5pm Monday to Friday and we can arrange to help you remotely through MS Teams if you require in-depth assistance with referencing or accessing and searching our online resources.
  • If you are unable to access a specific resource, please contact your library team at library@ucfb.com for further advice.
  • If you require IT support, please follow the usual process of contacting it@ucfb.com.
  • Please follow the library on Twitter @UCFB_Library and on Instagram @UCFB_Library for dissertation guidance, tips on staying motivated and more library content.
  • Should guidance change then we will adapt accordingly and there may be temporary closures of Study Hubs throughout the academic year but we will do all we can to ensure these are minimised.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 3rd March 2021.

What support will be available?

During periods of national lockdown, all support is delivered virtually. Dependent on government guidance, a combination of virtual and face-to-face support will be available for all students. This includes but is not limited to academic support, library support, learning support and pastoral support.

The Student Services Team is here to support you across a wide range of areas throughout your studies. Our priority is to ensure that you enjoy student life and feel supported to succeed both academically and personally.

If you are in need of any emotional or wellbeing support, or would just like to chat to someone, our Pastoral Team is on hand to help. We can arrange a 1:1 virtual meeting, which can be done via telephone or video Teams meetings. Alternatively, if you prefer, we can support you via email. We will work with you to meet your individual needs. For all Pastoral and Wellbeing needs, you can contact us at:

This FAQ was last reviewed on 3rd March 2021.

Will there be student experience events?

We want you to be able to foster lifelong relationships with your fellow students and the UCFB team, and have a positive student and social experience in 2020/21. We believe this is an important aspect of your life at UCFB.

A number of events have taken place so far this academic year and are continuing to be planned for the remainder of this semester to ensure that you can form and build the relationships with your fellow students that we know are key to your time with us.

In line with the latest government announcement on 22nd February 2021, all student experience events will be online until the end of the Easter break at the earliest. This will then be reviewed again in line with the latest government guidance at that time.

We will also host a series of guest speakers, masterclasses and panel discussions with our network from across the global sports industry. Tailored sessions will be available for undergraduate and Master’s students, including GIS Global Sports Summits available to all students, and GIS Master’s Summits, exclusively for GIS students.

Your Students’ Union will continue to organise online activities for all students to take part in. These will be advertised through the Students’ Union social media accounts as well as the Online Hub so keep an eye out for updates on these.

If you would like to contact your Students’ Union Executive Team with any ideas or feedback, please contact:

This FAQ was last reviewed on 3rd March 2021.

Will sport, including the academies, be running?

Throughout the academic year, we have been following government and national governing body guidance around Return to Play for our sport provision. More information can be found on the government website.

On Wednesday 13th January 2021, BUCS announced that there would be no competitive sports for the remainder of this academic year. Please find their official statement here.

In line with the latest government announcement on 22nd February 2021, all sport will remain suspended until the end of the Easter break at the earliest. This will then be reviewed again in line with the latest government guidance at that time.

The UCFB Academies in London and Manchester started as planned in September. Whilst there were no competitive fixtures in Semester 1, there was training for both academies and we will aim to resume training and fixtures when governing body guidelines permit us to do so.

Sport in particular is an ever-changing situation and we will keep you updated throughout the academic year.

Please contact our Athletic Union for more information on your sport:

UCFB Wembley AU: wembleyau@ucfb.com

UCFB Etihad Campus AU: auetihad@ucfb.com

This FAQ was last reviewed on 3rd March 2021.

Will I still be able to take part in the Employability & Enrichment activities, including the Award in Football & Sports Leadership?

Our unique Award in Football & Sports Leadership will continue throughout the 2020/21 academic year. We have been providing a mixture of on campus and online Employability & Enrichment activities throughout the academic year. In line with the latest government announcement on 22nd February 2021, all Employability & Enrichment activity will be delivered online until the end of the Easter break at the earliest. This will then be reviewed again in line with the latest government guidance at that time.

We have been utilising the lessons learned in lockdown and listening to our students’ positive feedback to provide Employability & Enrichment content online to enhance your experience and bring you further ways to develop yourself and be industry ready. This ensures that the opportunities that we are able to provide for you are not restricted by locality or availability, further enhancing our Employability & Enrichment provision.

As always, we will be working with leading names and organisations in the global football and sports industry to enhance your industry knowledge, expertise and network. We have some exciting sessions planned throughout the academic year.

Also, don’t forget the exclusive access you get as a UCFB or GIS student to extensive work placements at a range of sporting organisations, including our partners at the National League, The Football Association and across the sports industry. We will continue to provide in-person work experience opportunities for you to apply for, subject to government guidance and the ability of our partners to offer these. In addition, we will offer a number of virtual work placements opportunities.

Following the successful Melbourne event in January, we are also working towards delivering Global Sports Summits at the following times depending on government advice and travel restrictions: New York in April, Atlanta in April, Toronto in June, and the brand new Miami summit in the summer of 2021. Like Melbourne, the New York and Atlanta Global Sports Summit will be delivered virtually this year, due to ongoing travel restrictions and government advice. The feasibility of hosting the other Global Sports Summits in-country is currently under review, and announcements on these events will be made in due course. Where travel is not possible due to COVID-19, these Summits will be delivered virtually and made available for all UCFB and GIS students. We are committing to communicating a final decision on whether these events will go ahead in-person or virtually with a minimum of 2 months’ notice.

Brand new for this year, we also hosted a virtual LaLiga Summit in September, exclusive for Master’s degree students.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 3rd March 2021.

Will you be offering new work placements?

As a UCFB or GIS student, you get exclusive access to extensive work placements at a range of sporting organisations, including our partners at the National League, The Football Association and across the sports industry. We will continue to provide in-person work experience opportunities for you to apply for, subject to government guidance and the ability of our partners to offer these. In addition, we will offer a number of virtual work placements opportunities.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 3rd March 2021.

What should I do if I need careers advice?

The UCFB careers team is operating a full virtual service. To book an appointment with a careers adviser, please email: careers@ucfb.com

You can search for careers advice through our hub at: https://ucfb.jobteaser.com/en/advices

You can also follow us on Twitter at the following accounts:

We will also provide some face-to-face on campus activities, guidance and support from September, following social distancing guidelines.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 3rd March 2021.

Will I still be able to attend the Global Sports Summits this academic year?

Following the successful Melbourne event in January, we are also working towards delivering Global Sports Summits at the following times depending on government advice and travel restrictions: New York in April, Atlanta in April, Toronto in June, and the brand new Miami summit in the summer of 2021. Like Melbourne, the New York and Atlanta Global Sports Summit will be delivered virtually this year, due to ongoing travel restrictions and government advice. The feasibility of hosting the other Global Sports Summits in-country is currently under review, and announcements on these events will be made in due course. Where travel is not possible due to COVID-19, these Summits will be delivered virtually and made available for all UCFB and GIS students. We are committing to communicating a final decision on whether these events will go ahead in-person or virtually with a minimum of 2 months’ notice.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 3rd March 2021.

Will the halls of residence at the Etihad Campus be open during 2020/21 as planned?

Yes. Our partner accommodation in Manchester at Mill Point is open. At the accommodation, we have to adhere to Unite’s policies and procedures. Unite Students is the first UK Student Accommodation provider to be issued a British Safety Council (BSC) assurance certificate.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 3rd March 2021.

Will the halls of residence at the Wembley campus be open during 2020/21 as planned?

Arch View House at First Way remains open for those that have already booked. It is still possible to book for the remainder of the 2020/21 academic year if required. Please contact accommodationwembley@ucfb.com to enquire about this.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 3rd March 2021.

Can I book my accommodation for 2021/22?

Bookings for the 2021/22 academic year are now open and can be requested here.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 3rd March 2021.

What are Unite’s measures to ensure our safety in regards to COVID-19?

Unite want all our students to feel as safe as possible when coming to campus and they have put in place many measures to reduce risk to students when on campus. At the accommodation, all students have to adhere to Unite’s policies and procedures. Unite Students is the first UK Student Accommodation provider to be issued a British Safety Council (BSC) assurance certificate.

Please see Unite’s FAQs for further information.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 3rd March 2021.

If I am travelling from overseas, will I need to self-isolate before beginning my studies?

Students travelling from overseas should first read the section titled ‘New and returning students travelling from overseas’ in the latest government guidance.

Following the government announcement on 22nd February 2021, we have written to students to provide an update on our plans for the rest of the 2020/21 academic year.

The Department for Higher Education have stated that “providers should not ask students to return if their course can reasonably be continued online”. Given the guidance the government have issued, we have made all necessary changes to assessments on the majority of courses to ensure that all learning outcomes can still be achieved. It should also be noted as outlined in the latest letter to students from the Minister of State for Universities, that “the mass movement of students across the country poses a risk for the transmission of the virus”. This has therefore informed the government policy to restrict the number of students returning to campus.

We can therefore confirm that all academic content for the majority of UCFB and GIS courses can and therefore will be delivered online for the remainder of the 2020/21 academic year.

This decision has not been taken lightly, and has been made with the best interests of the whole UCFB and GIS community in mind, to protect the health and safety of our students, staff and wider communities, whilst also maintaining the consistency of our teaching and learning provision.

As stated by the Department for Education, “the government will review, by the end of the Easter holidays, the options for timing of the return of remaining students; [those whose learning outcomes can be delivered online.] This review will take account of the latest data and will be a key part of the wider roadmap steps. Students and providers will be given a week’s notice ahead of any further return.” Therefore, at this next upcoming stage, if government guidelines allow, we will aim to provide, to our valued students, on-campus enrichment activities after the Easter break. In addition, please do note that should the government position significantly change in their next update, then we will also review our academic delivery once more.

Please note that there is one exception to the above. The exception is MSc Football Coaching & Analysis. There will be on campus classes for this programme from Monday 15th March 2021 due to the need to access specialist equipment to complete the course, as specified by the government guidance. Full details of this return to campus following the national lockdown will be sent to MSc Football Coaching & Analysis students in the week commencing 1st March 2021, including how to access testing to facilitate a safe return to campus.

Before travelling to the UK, students should:

  • check entry requirements and restrictions that have been introduced due to coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • ensure that prior to departing for England they have proof of a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test result taken within three days of departure to their transport operator. More information on pre-departure testing is available;
  • complete a passenger locator form
  • note that all inbound UK travel corridors have been temporarily suspended to protect against new international variants. All passengers are now required to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival. More information is available on gov.uk
  • confirm whether you are travelling from a red-list country, there are different arrival procedures for individuals travelling from a red-list country and individuals travelling from a country not on the red-list

If you are required to self-isolate, Unite Students will be able to accommodate this within your tenancy at Arch View House at First Way in Wembley, or Mill Point in Manchester. We are also on hand to advise you if you are staying in other accommodation in Wembley or Manchester. Please get in touch with the Accommodation team at:

This FAQ was last reviewed on 3rd March 2021.

Will the current situation affect my Student Finance?

The Student Loans Company are working to minimise any impact on Student Finance applications. They have an extensive list of FAQs on the UK Government website for prospective and current students. Please follow this link for the latest guidance: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/guidance-for-current-students

Student Finance England will offer in-year income reassessments, even for those that have already applied for Student Finance for this September. This means that if your household income has fallen by 15% or more within this financial year then you will be able to resubmit a Current Year Income Assessment and they will reassess the financial support that you are eligible for. For more information, please click here or contact fees@ucfb.com.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 3rd March 2021.

Will there be a reduction in tuition fees?

There will be no change in tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 3rd March 2021.

What if I have a question that is not covered here?

If you have a question about actions required for specific situations or if you have any questions about the 2020/21 academic year that is not covered here, please email study@ucfb.com.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 3rd March 2021.

Application FAQs
How will COVID-19 affect delivery in the 2021/22 academic year?

For our 2020 cohort, we have worked hard with our venue partners and within government guidelines to ensure that as many of our classes as possible are available to study on campus in a COVID-safe environment. All academic content is also available online. We will continue to work within government guidelines to ensure that we deliver the best possible experience for 2021. Details of our 2021/22 delivery will be announced throughout the spring and summer of 2021.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 21st January 2021.

Is it possible to visit the campuses for an Open Day or tour?

Due to government guidelines, we are currently unable to offer a campus tour or physical Open Day. Instead, we are able to offer live virtual open days, access to our open day content hub and regular webinars throughout this time. You can book your place here: https://www.ucfb.ac.uk/ucfb-events/

Alternatively, please email study@ucfb.com to book a 121 call.

All applicants will also receive access to our Applicant Experience Hub as well as invites to our series of Virtual Taster Sessions, which will allow you to learn more about life at UCFB and GIS as well as on your course.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 21st January 2021.

What will happen now that the government has announced my exams will not go ahead as planned?

The UK government announced on Monday 4th January 2021 that “it is not possible for exams in the summer to go ahead as planned. The Department for Education will accordingly be working with Ofqual to consult rapidly to put in place alternative arrangements that will allow students to progress fairly.”

Every student will still receive a grade this year. More information on how these will be calculated is expected to be communicated by Ofqual in the coming weeks.

At UCFB we will use these grades in line with our existing entry requirements to make offers to study with us.

If you feel that your grade will be adversely affected by this and that you may no longer meet our entry requirements then please contact us at admissions@ucfb.com and we can discuss your application with you.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 21st January 2021.

I have a conditional offer on GCSE Mathematics or English, how can I meet this condition?

The UK government announced on Monday 4th January 2021 that “it is not possible for exams in the summer to go ahead as planned. The Department for Education will accordingly be working with Ofqual to consult rapidly to put in place alternative arrangements that will allow students to progress fairly.”

Every student will still receive a grade this year. More information on how these will be calculated is expected to be communicated by Ofqual in the coming weeks.

At UCFB we will use these grades in line with our existing entry requirements to make offers to study with us.

If you feel that your grade will be adversely affected by this and that you may no longer meet our entry requirements then please contact us at admissions@ucfb.com and we can discuss your application with you.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 21st January 2021.

Will there be a “results day” where grades are issued in August?

Yes. UCAS have confirmed that A Level results day will be Tuesday 24th August 2021.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 21st January 2021.

Will there be any changes to entry requirements?

We will not be changing our entry requirements this year, with the exception of our coaching qualification requirements. We have revised our coaching entry requirements for 2021 to account for the difficulty in completing FA coaching qualifications due to COVID-19. Please find our 2021 coaching entry requirements here. If you have any questions about these, please email us at admissions@ucfb.com.

If you feel that your grade will be adversely affected by the changes to assessments and that you may no longer meet our entry requirements then please contact us at admissions@ucfb.com and we can discuss your application with you.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 21st January 2021.

What if I cannot complete my FA coaching qualifications to meet the entry requirements due to closures?

We have revised our coaching entry requirements for 2021 to account for the difficulty in completing FA coaching qualifications due to COVID-19. Please find our 2021 coaching entry requirements here. If you have any questions about these, please email us at admissions@ucfb.com.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 24th February 2021.

I have been asked to attend an interview, how can I do this?

Given the ongoing situation with COVID-19, UCFB has taken the decision to suspend any planned Assessment and Interview Days. In order to prioritise the health and safety of our applicants and staff, UCFB will be conducting all admissions interviews via a lower risk format by using MS Teams or a telephone call. If you are requested to attend an interview, you can state your preference and pass your details to our dedicated Admissions team who will be sure to respond as quickly as possible.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 21st January 2021.

How quickly can I expect a response regarding my application?

UCAS have set a target for all applications received by the application deadline to have been reviewed by 20th May. Although the UCAS application deadline has been delayed by two weeks, we will still aim to have decisions and responses back to all on-time applicants by the end of February and expect most decisions to be made within four weeks.

If you have applied direct to GIS for a Master’s programme, we will still aim to respond to you within four weeks and in many cases will be able to do so much sooner.

If you do not receive a response within four weeks then please feel free to contact us at admissions@ucfb.com.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 21st January 2021.

What will the process of Clearing be?

UCAS Clearing will open on Monday 5th July. We expect this to function much the same as usual. UCFB will be looking to make application decisions when we get confirmation of final results.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 21st January 2021.

Will next year’s September start date be affected?

There is currently no change to the intake for September 2021. UCFB and GIS will continue to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 and should there be any updates we will be sure to contact our applicants to inform them of any such measures. We recommend keeping an eye on your emails for any potential communication but if you have any questions or need any reassurance, please contact us at study@ucfb.com.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 21st January 2021.

Can I still apply for September 2021 entry?

Yes, you can.

Applications will remain open as usual in UCAS for undergraduate applications. Click here to apply. If you require any support with this then please email study@ucfb.com.

Postgraduate applications can be made via our Master’s application portal. Please email mastersenquiries@ucfb.com for any support.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 21st January 2021.

Can I book my accommodation for 2021/22?

The bookings for 2021/2022 are not yet open but we will contact students and applicants when this is made available to book online.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 21st January 2021.

Can I view the accommodation in person?

In accordance with the current national lockdown, Unite Students are unfortunately currently unable to offer accommodation tours. However we hope that we will be able to resume these soon in line with government guidance.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 21st January 2021.

How do I apply for Student Finance?

Students can apply for student finance through the normal process with the Student Loans Company. Start your application here.

When you fill in your form for the Student Loans Company, make sure you quote the relevant institution title and the course title for the degree programme of your choice. For new students joining in September 2021, please type in the institution ‘University of East London’. Then also type in the course that you will be studying. Remember to select the correct campus and check whether it is with or without a foundation year.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 21st January 2021.

My parents are no longer in a position to help support me as they are not working. Is that going to affect my Student Finance application, if already completed, and also my student bursary offer?

We recommend you speak to your Student Finance provider who can advise on your individual application.

UCFB also has a number of scholarships and bursaries available. These initiatives not only offer students the chance for financial assistance towards tuition fees, travel and accommodation, but also the opportunity to gain a number of individual skills that will enhance their CV, employment prospects and enhance their overall UCFB experience. For more information, please visit: https://www.ucfb.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/scholarships-and-bursaries/

This FAQ was last reviewed on 21st January 2021.

Are there any financial support options to help with accommodation, such as bursaries?

UCFB has a number of scholarships and bursaries available. These initiatives not only offer students the chance for financial assistance towards tuition fees, travel and accommodation, but also the opportunity to gain a number of individual skills that will enhance their CV, employment prospects and enhance their overall UCFB experience. For more information, please visit: https://www.ucfb.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/scholarships-and-bursaries/

This FAQ was last reviewed on 21st January 2021.

Will the current situation affect my Student Finance application?

The Student Loans Company are working to minimise any impact on Student Finance applications. They have an extensive list of FAQs on the UK Government website for prospective and current students. Please follow this link for the latest guidance: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/guidance-for-prospective-students

Student Finance England will offer in-year income reassessments, even for those that have already applied for Student Finance for this September. This means that if your household income has fallen by 15% or more within this financial year then you will be able to resubmit a Current Year Income Assessment and they will reassess the financial support that you are eligible for. For more information, please click here or contact fees@ucfb.com.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 21st January 2021.

With the amount of uncertainty at the moment, should I defer my place?

We highly recommend speaking to a member of the team if you are unsure about starting with us in September 2021. If you do decide to defer, this is entirely your choice but please get in touch with us so we can make the necessary changes to your position.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 21st January 2021.

Will you treat students who have deferred their entry in the same way as those entering in 2020?

Absolutely. Consistency and fairness is key for UCFB Admissions and we will be sure to process applicants in exactly the same way regardless of their decision on this.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 21st January 2021.

Is a career in sport secure?

Sport has survived many crises historically and is rallying together as an industry to navigate and mitigate the current situation. It is a thriving sector with a wealth of opportunities in a wide range of roles and specialisms.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 21st January 2021.

Will EU students need a visa to study in the UK?

If you arrived in the UK before 1st January 2021, you will not need a visa. If you plan to stay in the UK beyond the 1st January 2021 (for example, to complete your full course), you’ll need to apply online for the EU Settlement Scheme. The scheme is free of charge. You should apply as soon as possible after you’ve arrived in the UK. You can find further information about applying for the EU settlement scheme at the following website:

https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families

The following website has a breakdown of the main changes and what date they will take place:

https://study-uk.britishcouncil.org/moving-uk/eu-students

If you arrive in the UK from 1st January 2021 onwards, you will need to apply for a student visa if you are studying a course which is longer than six months in length.

Unfortunately, UCFB and GIS cannot currently sponsor students’ visas.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 21st January 2021.

Will course fees change for EU students after Brexit?

We can confirm that for the 2021/22 academic year EU applicants will qualify for home fees. Please find further information about home fees here.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 25th March 2021.

Will EU students be eligible to receive a loan or grant after Brexit?

EU, EEA and Swiss citizen’s students starting new courses with UCFB and GIS for the 2021/22 academic year and beyond may be able to get a Tuition Fee Loan and help with living costs.

You can find additional information here:

https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/eu-students

This FAQ was last reviewed on 21st January 2021.

I am unsure if I will be classed as a Home or International student?

If you are unsure of what your status will be, for example, you hold dual nationality or are a British passport holder living in the EU. Please send an E-Mail to compliance@ucfb.com and we can send you a tuition fee assessment form. We can then confirm what status you would hold with UCFB and GIS.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 21st January 2021.

I am an international applicant, how will my application be handled?

We appreciate that the ongoing situation with COVID-19 affects applicants from every country. We will continue to process all applications in line with our entry requirements but will be working closely with our partner University to manage each application on a case by case basis. If you are a Postgraduate applicant, you are still welcome to apply via our Postgraduate application form and we will continue to review each application as usual.

If you require proof of English language, you can now obtain this online. Please see the IELTS website for more details. Alternatively, we also accept the Duolingo English Test, which is available to complete online.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 21st January 2021.

How can I meet English language requirement if IELTS centres are closed?

If you require proof of English language, you can now obtain this online. Please see the IELTS website for more details. Alternatively, we also accept the Duolingo English Test, which is available to complete online. Please contact our Admissions team at admissions@ucfb.com if you have any questions.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 21st January 2021.