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 delivery be affected by the latest national lockdown?

Students should remain where they are wherever possible, and academic delivery for this semester will be online until Monday 22nd February at the earliest in line with the government’s national lockdown guidance for higher education.

As throughout this academic year, all academic content will be available online for the duration of the semester. However we also aim to be able to make as many of our classes as possible available to study on campus in a COVID-secure environment in semester 2 as per semester 1, if and when government guidelines allow this.

Bucks New University have extended the use of No Detriment: Emergency Measures into semester 2 from February to June 2021.

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 partner accommodation with Unite Students at 1st Way in Wembley and Mill Point in Manchester remain open for those that need it. For all accommodation enquiries, please contact your provider. Alternatively you can contact our team at:

More information, including key dates and further detail on our plans for semester 2, will be communicated to all students in the coming weeks once we receive further updates from the government about the national lockdown and guidance for higher education beyond mid-February.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 8th January 2021.

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 will be available to study on campus in a COVID-secure environment. This ensures that you have the opportunity to experience our iconic campus locations.

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

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

The impact of COVID-19 has meant that some classes need to be temporarily moved to virtual delivery during the year whilst staff and students alike complete compulsory self-isolations.

We will continue to update you on any changes to academic delivery. Our aspiration is to provide as much on campus as is possible. We remain in constant contact with Public Health England and our COVID Outbreak Management Plan allows for all eventualities, including the imposition of further national lockdowns from which education may not be exempt.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 8th January 2021.

How will online content be delivered?

Some classes will need to remain virtual. After a successful first semester, we continue to develop our virtual delivery with student feedback to ensure that we can offer you the best possible experience.

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

The impact of COVID-19 has meant that some classes need to be temporarily moved to virtual delivery during the year whilst staff and students alike complete necessary self-isolations.

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 8th January 2021.

How will my practical modules be delivered?

As we made you aware in August 2020 our intention is for practical modules to take place in Semester 2, 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.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 8th January 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 8th January 2021.

Does this mean that if I am unable to attend class I will be able to study online in Semester 1, and will I miss out on activities if I do so?

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. This ensures that you have the opportunity to experience our iconic campus locations.

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

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

We will endeavour to also make other activities delivered face-to-face available to students online.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 8th January 2021.

Will face to face activities also be available online for those unable to attend class?

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

We will endeavour to also make other activities delivered face-to-face available to students online.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 8th January 2021.

Will assessments including the May exams be online?

If COVID-19 restrictions continue then all examinations will either be taken virtually or changed to an alternative assessment. This will be confirmed to you before Easter 2021.

You will be able to complete the majority of all other assessments virtually. Some practical orientated assessments will remain under constant review in line with government guidelines.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 8th January 2021.

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

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. These guidelines are reviewed periodically and in line with any changes in guidance from Government.

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 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 8th January 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 8th January 2021.

Will I be able to access the library?

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.

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 but we will do all we can to ensure these are minimised.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 8th January 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 8th January 2021.

Will there be student experience events?

We want you to be able to take advantage of our fantastic campus facilities, 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.

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 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 8th January 2021.

Will sport, including the academies, be running?

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.

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:

This FAQ was last reviewed on 8th January 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 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 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.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 8th January 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 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.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 8th January 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 8th January 2021.

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

We are 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.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 8th January 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 8th January 2021.

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

1st Way is open for those who have already booked. If you booked another provider for semester 1 but need to move to 1st Way for semester 2, you should have been contacted to be able to book for semester 2. If you did not receive this, please email accommodationwembley@ucfb.com.

If you have stayed home and are waiting for semester 2 bookings to be reopened, we will be in touch with anyone on the waiting list as soon as the bookings reopen.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 8th 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 8th January 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 8th January 2021.

Can on campus students start in January?

We do not have a January intake for any of our on campus degrees. There is no change to the start date for September 2020. You can find our semester dates here:

On campus degrees: https://www.ucfb.ac.uk/studying-at-ucfb/student-life/campus-life/semester-dates/

Online and blended degrees: https://www.ucfb.ac.uk/studying-at-ucfb/student-life/online-life/online-semester-dates/

This FAQ was last reviewed on 8th January 2021.

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

In the case of students travelling from overseas, international students are required to complete a passenger locator form on arrival in the UK, and passengers travelling from a country, territory or region not on the exemption (Travel Corridor) list will need to self isolate in their accommodation for ten days from when they were last in a location not on the Travel Corridor list. There is the choice to opt in to Test to Release for International Travel where students could take a COVID-19 test from a private testing provider (at the student’s own expense) after they have self-isolated for five full days since they were last in a location not on the Travel Corridor list. A negative result releases them from the need to continue to self-isolate. Guidance is available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-test-torelease-for-international-travel. A list of providers of tests for Test to Release is on gov.uk.

Please note that the Travel Corridor list is being continuously updated so make sure you check the latest advice immediately before you travel. The latest information on whether you will need to self-isolate can be found on the UK government website here.

If you are required to self-isolate, Unite Students will be able to accommodate this within your tenancy at Olympic Way or 1st 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 8th January 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 8th January 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 8th January 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 8th January 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 15th December 2020.

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.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 15th December 2020.

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 15th December 2020.

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 15th December 2020.

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 15th December 2020.

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 Skype 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 15th December 2020.

I finished Year 13 in 2020 and am due to join UCFB in September 2021. How will this situation affect my ability to join UCFB?

At present, your application to apply for 2021 is not affected.

Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) have announced how your grades will be calculated this year in lieu of examinations. Schools and Colleges have been asked to provide a grade for you based on evidence they hold which will then be reviewed by subject teachers and heads of department. This grade will be based on a range of factors such as your performance in non-exam assessment (even if not fully completed), AS Level results (if these examinations were taken) and your performance in class or homework assessments, and mock exams. Schools and Colleges have also been asked to provide a rank for each student within each grade boundary. This will then be used to calculate all final grades.

These will then be entered by your school and will then become available to institutions like UCFB in the same way as your examination grades would normally be. These will then be used as your entry qualifications.

Students who are dissatisfied with their grades may appeal their decision and use your mock examination results instead. You must inform your school of this decision and they will then inform the exam board who will liaise with UCAS to update results. If you are considering using mock examination results, we urge you to contact us as soon as possible so we can support you through this process. Please call us on 0333 0161 244.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 15th December 2020.

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 and GIS also have 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-GIS experience. For more information, please visit: https://www.ucfb.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/scholarships-and-bursaries/

This FAQ was last reviewed on 15th December 2020.

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 15th December 2020.

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 15th December 2020.

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 this September. You can contact us at study@ucfb.com. 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 15th December 2020.

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 15th December 2020.

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 15th December 2020.

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

If you arrive 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 plan to 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 15th December 2020.

Will course fees change for EU students after Brexit?

It has been confirmed that EU students will no longer be classed as “home” students for fee purposes if starting their studies in 2021 or beyond. You can find our international tuition fees for 2021 on each degree page.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 15th December 2020.

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 EU students 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 15th December 2020.

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 15th December 2020.