We’re sure you have questions about UCFB so we’ve put together some a list of the most frequently asked questions about us.

However, should you not find your answer then please contact us and we’ll be more than happy to help.

Admissions
I’ve made UCFB my insurance choice but I’d like to change it to firm, is this possible?

If an applicant would like to change it so that we are their first choice then we will always be able to help with this. The exact process however varies on a case by case basis and is dependent on the current status of their application. They should contact the UCFB Admissions Team, by email at admissions@ucfb.com, who can give initial advice on this. They should also speak to UCAS on 0871 468 0 468 who can advise on the process of changing their details through them.

If I’m short on UCAS points or don’t get the grades when my results come out in August, will I still be accepted?

Any applicant who does not meet their offer conditions when results are released will be considered very carefully on a case by case basis. If an applicant has missed the offer conditions by a small number of points and has otherwise shown good potential then we may still accept them.

UCFB will only accept students who have demonstrated that they have the academic ability to succeed on their course and if we do not believe that an applicant will get the full benefit of our degree programmes then unfortunately we have to decline them. In these cases we advise that they reapply to us after further study and preparation.

Will all applicants be interviewed?

In the majority of cases applicants will be assessed without the need for an interview based on their qualifications and application. In some cases we may ask for an applicant to visit us at UCFB and take part in some further assessments and interviews. We would generally ask for this in cases where an applicant does not clearly meet our entry requirements but has otherwise shown potential to succeed on the programme.

How do I cancel my offer?

The contract between you and UCFB will commence from the date on which you accept your offer. You have the right to cancel this contract within 14 days without giving any reason, although in order to assist the institution with future planning we may ask why you chose to end the contract.

The cancellation period and your right to cancel the contract without liability will expire after 14 days from the day that you accept your offer.

To exercise your right to cancel, you must inform Admissions, of your decision to cancel the contract by a clear statement (e.g. a letter sent by post or email), including your name, address and the programme for which you accepted an offer. You can inform Admissions via admissions@ucfb.com or at UCFB Admissions, UCFB Wembley, Floor 7, York House, Empire Way, Wembley, HA9 0PA.

Applying through UCAS
How do I apply for UCFB?

UK and EU students have to apply via UCAS; overseas students can apply either via UCAS or directly using an application form which can be found on the UCFB website.

What is UCAS and how do I register?

UCAS is the online application process to apply to all UK higher education institutions. Go to www.ucas.com to access the apply system; click register/log in to apply to start your application.

Can I send off a second application via UCAS?

No. You can only send off one application to UCAS per cycle. However, if they have used less than the maximum of five higher education institution choices, they can add more choices via UCAS Track, depending on the status of their application.

Can I reapply if I already have a deferred place?

If you are holding a deferred place elsewhere you will need to be released from that institution on UCAS before you can reapply to study with us.

Please get in touch with us as soon as possible so that we can offer you personalised advice on how to go about applying to us.

Can I apply if I already attend a higher education institution?

Yes, although you will have to complete a new application form as a previous application cannot be used. You are advised that you must discuss your application with UCFB before taking any action. Please contact admissions for more information.

Are applicants able to defer their application?

UCFB will allow applicants to defer their entry for one year, as they recognise the value of taking a gap year. However, it’s a good idea to check before applying. When applicants are completing the UCAS application form, they should talk about why they are intending to take a gap year, what they will do and what they hope to gain from it. This will lend support to their application by providing valid reasons for deferring entry.

What information do I need before completing the UCAS form?
  • Personal details
  • Course choices and UCAS codes
  • Names of schools/colleges and dates attended
  • Qualifications, results and examining bodies
  • Names and addresses of any employers
Do I have to pay for my UCAS application?

For 2019 entry, the application fee is £18 for a single choice, or £24 for more than one choice.

Do I have to fill it out all at once?

No. you can log in and out of the UCAS Apply section, amending details each time they do so. There is no time limit for completing the application once started, but the applicant must remain aware of the deadlines. Please note: As soon as you have sent off your application to UCAS, you can no longer amend it.

Can I apply to more than one course for one higher education institution?

Yes. You can apply for multiple courses at each higher education institution.

Who should write the reference?

Applicants should make sure the referee is someone who is in an official capacity and knows them quite well, so that they can write about their suitability for an undergraduate degree. This person may be a tutor, employer, supervisor, or someone else who meets the guidelines mentioned above. Applicants should not get a family member, friend, or partner to write the reference. If they do, the whole application will be cancelled by UCAS.

How do I enter my qualifications?

The UCAS Apply system has a detailed explanation on how to fill out the qualifications section of the form, as well as other advice elsewhere on the site. You should enter your qualifications as they appear on the exam certificates – you should not put in the UK equivalent. Also, you don’t need to send original exam certificates or any other papers to UCAS.

I have applied via UCAS what happens now?

UCAS will process the application and if they need to query anything, they will get in touch with you for more information. The application will then be sent to the relevant higher education institutions for them to consider and you should receive a welcome letter from UCAS.

What is UCAS Extra?

UCAS Extra begins at the end of February and runs until early July. If an applicant has applied for five courses on their UCAS application and didn’t manage to secure any offers, or turned down all of the ones received, they have a second chance to apply for a place.

I’m an international student, how do I apply directly to UCFB?

Please download a direct application form from here.

Contact the international team if you would like to discuss your availability. 

What will I need to apply directly as an international student?
  • UCFB International Application Form
  • Personal Statement
  • Reference
  • Copy of your passport
  • Copies of any previous UK visas
  • Copies of your highest qualification do date
  • Copy of English Language results (if applicable)
When is the final application deadline?

We advise applicants to submit their application to UCAS prior to the ‘Equal consideration’ deadline on 15th January. However we also accept applications during UCAS Extra and Clearing.

If an applicant is unable to send their application in time we advise them to contact our admissions team to check availability.

Academic
When are timetables given?

Timetables are provided at the start of each semester. This will include the core curriculum and some Employability & Enrichment events. Further Employability & Enrichment events will be announced and communicated to all students throughout the year.

It is expected that online students will spend up to 30-35 hours per week on their studies. If online students wish to attend Employability & Enrichment networking events then they can do so at their own expense. Costs will include travel to the events.

How many contact hours per week does each degree programme have?

This is dependent on the course. Students will have around 12 hours of academic contact time per week. Alongside this, students will take part in our Employability & Enrichment events consisting of guest speakers, work experience opportunities and management sessions.

It is expected that online students will spend up to 30-35 hours per week on their studies.

Which hours can I expect to be in class?

Students should expect to have classes between the hours of 9am to 5pm on Mondays to Fridays. This includes the core curriculum and the Employability & Enrichment events. However Employability & Enrichment events may occasionally run outside of these hours.

It is expected that online students will spend up to 30-35 hours per week on their studies. If online students wish to attend Employability & Enrichment networking events then they can do so at their own expense. Costs will include travel to the events.

Finance
What is Student Finance?

Student Finance is a government department who review applications and award Tuition Fee Loans, Maintenance Loans and Maintenance Grants. Most students rely on Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans to fund their study through the duration of their degree.

To apply for a loan please please click here.

Application forms are available from February/March, and we advise that apply as early as possible. Do not wait for an offer or until you get your exam results in August.

How much Student Finance will I receive?

Each individual is assessed based on their own household circumstances.

See the student finance calculator for a rough calculation.

Who can help me to organise my Student Finance?

For further information you can contact the UCFB Student Finance team via email: studentfinance@ucfb.com

How much should I budget for on a weekly basis?

Depending on which campus you are based at, we would recommend that you budget for approximately £50.00 per week after rent and any bills.

How do I repay my loans?

Loans will be deducted automatically from your salary once you are working and earning over £25,725.00.

How much debt will I be in?

A UK student leaves higher education with an average debt of £35,000-£45,000. Student loans are based on each individual’s financial circumstances. Although most students will accumulate debt during the course of their degree, we advise that all students follow a budget to help keep track of spending.

What is the criteria and process for being rewarded a Scholarship or Bursary?

Please visit our scholarship or bursary page to see more information on our scholarship or bursary schemes. Each application is individually assessed against the selection criteria for a scholarship or bursary and will be decided on a case by case basis.

Please email scholarships@ucfb.com for an application form.

What happens if I apply late for funding?

Applicants who apply late for Student Finance are not guaranteed to receive funding in time for their course.  Applicants will still receive the same level of funding but this may be received after registration.

It can take 8-10 weeks for an application form to be assessed, and applicants should apply for funding as early as possible to avoid any delays in receiving funding. Application forms are available from February/March but applicants have nine months from September 1st at the start of the new academic year to submit an application for funding.

Why does Student Finance need to know all of this information about my family?

Student Finance need as much detail as possible in order to assist with the means testing for each household, which ensures that each student receives a fair level of finance.

My father/mother’s partner is not my mother/father, is their income included in the financial assessment?

If the partner is part of the household then their income will be included in the financial assessment, for the previous year.

Does Student Finance take basic salary into account or are bonuses/commissions included?

Student Finance will always assess a student’s circumstances based on the total gross household income from the previous tax year.

Postgraduate finance
How much will I get?

The loan is paid directly to you. You can use it for your programme fees and living costs. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) may take account of the loan when working out any benefits you receive. The amount you’ll get depends on when you started your course. It isn’t based on you or your family’s income.

If your programme starts on or after 1st August 2019, you can get up to £10,906 maintenance loan only for a year. Part-time and online programmes spread the cost over the length of the course.

You get the first payment after your programme start date, once your university or college confirms that you have registered. It will be paid in instalments throughout the year.

How do repayments work?

Repayments on postgraduate loans depend wholly on the amount you earn and if you earn under £21,000 you’ll never repay a penny. All repayments are taken directly from your salary by HMRC meaning you’ll never need to worry about making or missing a payment. If you earn over £21,000 per year and your income changes to below £21,000, repayments will automatically stop. You will repay 6% of any amount over £21,000. For example:

If I earn £22,000 a year, how much will I repay? £22,000 is £1,000 above the threshold meaning you will repay 6% of £1,000. This equates to £60 a year or £5 a month.

If I earn £31,000 a year, how much will I repay? £31,000 is £10,000 above the threshold meaning you will repay 6% of £10,000. This equates to £600 a year or £50 per month.

If I earn £40,000 per year, how much will I repay? £40,000 is £19,000 above the threshold meaning you will pay 6% of £19,000. This equates to £1,140 per year or £95.00 per month.

Will I be repaying for the rest of my life?

No. After 30 years any amount you currently owe is wiped out, so if for 30 years you earn £21,000 a year, you won’t have repaid a penny and your debt will be clear. The reality is only those on high incomes will ever repay their loans in full. It’s important to note that not repaying much because you’re just over the threshold isn’t a bad thing. These loans are designed as more of a graduate tax rather than a loan.

How much interest will I pay?

The interest rate is set at the rate of inflation (RPI) plus 3%. The interest rates are as follows:

  • While studying – Your loan accrues inflation plus 3% of the outstanding balance. This continues until the first April after graduation;
  • After studying and earning under £21,000 – Your loan accrues inflation only;
  • After studying and earning between £21,000 & £41,000 – The interest rate will gradually rise from RPI to RPI plus 3%. The interest rate rises at 0.00015% per every pound earnt. Or to put it another way, if you earn £1,000 more, you accrue 0.15% interest;
  • After studying & earning over £41,000 – Your loan accrues the full RPI inflation plus 3%.

Please note that all the above scenarios assume that inflation is positive (prices rising). It’s not yet known what would happen in a period of deflation.

What is the deadline to apply for a postgraduate loan?

To make sure the loan is in place for your first semester in September, students need to apply as soon as the forms are available in May/June.

Can I repay my loan early?

Yes. In the early days of student loans, the government consulted on penalties to stop people repaying early and avoiding interest – thankfully the mass of feedback they received was against the idea and it was scrapped.

Learning Support
What is Learning Support?

This is a service offered at UCFB to ensure that students who require additional support for a disability, long-term medical condition, specific learning difficulty or mental health need receive help to apply for and access their entitlement for support, and any reasonable adjustments available throughout their studies.

Who provides the Learning Support?

Students with a Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) entitlement will have a recommended package of support with a chosen provider.  Our experienced Learning Support Advisors offer guidance for students at every stage, from application to implementation, including helping the student to organise and access any assistive technology training or support that they have been awarded.  For formal Learning Support, evidence of a disability or long-term medical condition must be provided, however we can advise students on informal support available through our internal services, and recommend external services where required. 

Who is the contact for students requiring Learning Support?

Each campus has dedicated Learning Support Advisors within the Student Services Pastoral Team and they are based within the Student Services areas.  They can be contacted directly at learningsupport@ucfb.com for any advice, guidance or support.

How do I apply for Learning Support?

Applicants need to declare any needs on their UCAS application. 

When do I need to complete the DSA application by?

We encourage applicants to complete the DSA applications immediately after their Student Finance forms have been submitted. You can find the forms here: (can we insert link to forms?)

The Learning Support Team at UCFB advise students around the type of evidence that may be required when submitting an application for support, and can discuss the process of being formally assessed for support if that is also necessary. If support is going to be required for September, an early application for DSA is recommended.

How long does it take for the DSA assessment process?

Once the DSA application has been accepted, the assessment process takes approximately 10-12 weeks.  Early applications are advised.

Is counselling available at UCFB?

The wellbeing of our students is very important to us, and the Student Services Pastoral Team work with students on a one-to-one basis to ensure that the support package that they receive meets their individual needs.  We work closely with mental health, counselling and crisis services locally to ensure that students can access free, specialist support during term-time, as well as assisting students who may need to access services outside of the local UCFB areas. 

UCFB Wembley accommodation
Is UCFB Wembley accommodation catered?

Hall of residence around Wembley are self-catered, with excellent facilities for students to cook to their own taste in modern flats.

A large number of restaurants and cafes surround the Wembley area, with the London Designer Outlet in particular hosting dozens of eateries, including many popular chains for different tastes.

Supermarkets are within walking distance of Wembley and include a large 24 hour Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury and Lidl, not to mention many more family-run convenience stores.

Do students stay in halls for a number of years?

First year students are given priority over rooms in halls, but opportunities for second and third year students are available upon request.

How do I apply?

Please complete the online reservation form via the UCFB Wembley accommodation page.

If I’m holding an offer from UCFB as my insurance choice, should I still make an application for accommodation?

Yes. Please let us know that you are holding an offer as your insurance choice and then we can process your application without delay as soon as you accept a place.

Do I need to pay an application fee/deposit?

More information will be available soon.

Is the accommodation deposit refundable if I don’t end up attending UCFB?

More information will be available soon.

What are the options for accommodation at Wembley?

UCFB has partnered with 1st Way to offer UCFB Wembley students vibrant, safe and centrally-located student accommodation in the heart of Wembley.

1st Way is located in the heart of Wembley Park regeneration area, home to the world famous football stadium and newly built retail outlet centre. Central London is just a short tube ride away from the property. There will be a range of different room types available at 1st Way to suit your needs, and within the property you will find everything you need to enjoy student life.

How do I arrange a tour of the accommodation?

UCFB and Unite would like to invite you to view the 1st Way show flats. Please just drop in at any time between 10am and 6pm Monday to Friday. The address is:

Unite Students 1st Way
First Way
Wembley
HA9 0JD

Follow the UCFB and Unite signage on first way, the show flat is located between the current construction site and latif rugs.

If you would like further information, please contact us on +443330609509  or email accommodationwembley@ucfb.com.

How many weeks of the year will I be liable for?

The tenancy agreement covers 44 weeks that you will be liable for.

Who do I need to tell if I have a disability that affects the type of accommodation I require?

In the first instance you will need to tell our Student Recruitment & Admissions Office on 03332417333 or via email at accommodationwembley@ucfb.com.

Arrangements can be made where possible to accommodate individual requests from students that are disability related. Our Student Services team will work closely with you to find the best solution possible regarding your accommodation.

Do I need to let UCFB know if I will be living at home?

No, this is not required and you can disregard any information you receive on UCFB accommodation.

What if I do not wish to live in halls of residence?

UCFB halls of residence are offered for the full academic year and we encourage you towards this option. However, renting private accommodation is also an option for some students, such as students with families.

What happens if I defer my place at UCFB?

If you defer your place before making any accommodation bookings, please disregard any information you receive on accommodation for the current academic year. We will send you the information again for your deferred place at the appropriate time.

If you defer your place after you make the accommodation booking, then you must abide by the accommodation cancellation policy.

When I receive my exam results do I need to inform UCFB that I am definitely taking up my place?

No. Your application for accommodation will immediately begin to be processed as soon as UCFB is informed by the academic registry at our validating partners that you have an Unconditional Firm (UF) place with UCFB.

I haven’t received information about accommodation yet. What should I do?

You should have received accommodation information by the end of April. If you are a late applicant to UCFB you may receive accommodation information at a later stage.

If you are worried because you have not received any information, please contact our Accommodation Office on 03332417333 or via email at accommodationwembley@ucfb.com.

Can I be released from my Residence Agreement to move into private student housing mid-semester or to return to live at home?

Unfortunately, this is not usually possible. You will have accepted a contractually binding Tenancy Agreement for the entire academic session, on a 44 week contract.

If my son/daughter opts to commute but partway through the first term decides they would prefer to move into accommodation, would it be too late?

Rooms are subject to availability and UCFB will be happy to help with any arrangements should this be the case. Please email accommodationwembley@ucfb.com.

UCFB Etihad Campus accommodation
Are UCFB Etihad Campus halls catered?

Halls of residence in Manchester are self-catered, with excellent facilities for students to cook to their own taste in modern flats. A number of restaurants and cafes are only a short walk or tram journey away from the city centre and Etihad Campus. A large 24 hour Asda, Spar, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, not to mention China Town, are also close to the city centre too.

Do students stay in halls for a number of years?

First year students are given priority over rooms in halls, but opportunities for second and third year students are available upon request.

How do I apply?

Please complete the online reservation form via the UCFB Etihad Campus accommodation page.

If I’m holding an offer from UCFB as my insurance choice, should I still make an application for accommodation?

Yes. Please let us know that you are holding an offer as your insurance choice and then we can process your application without delay as soon as you accept a place.

Do I need to pay an application fee/deposit?

There is a £200 deposit to pay at the time of the booking. You can cancel your booking at any time up until two days after you receive your exam results. Cancellations must be in writing to Liberty Point either directly or via UCFB.

Is the advance rent payment refundable if I don’t end up attending UCFB?

The deposit is refundable should you not get the grades to study at UCFB and you notify Liberty Point within 48 hours of receiving your grades.

What are the accommodation options for students at UCFB Etihad Campus?

UCFB has partnered with Libery Living at Liberty Point to offer UCFB Etihad Campus students vibrant, safe and centrally-located student accommodation in the heart of Manchester.
Liberty Point offers 24hr security, onsite CCTV and Wi-Fi.

The accommodation is located just a short walk from Manchester Piccadilly or Deansgate station with direct links to the UCFB Etihad Campus. Manchester city centre and its abundance of bars, restaurants and shops are right on your doorstep.

For more information on accommodation and to book, please see visit our dedicated UCFB accommodation page here.

How do I arrange a tour of the accommodation?

If you would like to arrange a tour of Liberty Point, please contact Living Liberty directly on 0161 273 8608 or visit their website.

How many weeks of the year will I be liable for?

All rooms at Liberty Point are on a 41 week contract.

Who do I need to tell if I have a disability that affects the type of accommodation I require?

In the first instance you will need to tell our Student Recruitment & Admissions Office on 03332417333 or via email at accommodationetihad@ucfb.com.

Arrangements can be made where possible to accommodate individual requests from students that are disability related. Our Student Services team will work closely with you to find the best solution possible regarding your accommodation.

Do I need to let UCFB know if I will be living at home?

No, this is not required and you can disregard any information you receive on UCFB accommodation.

What if I do not wish to live in halls of residence?

UCFB halls of residence are offered for the full academic year and we encourage you towards this option. However, renting private accommodation is also an option for some students, such as students with families.

What happens if I defer my place at UCFB?

In this case, please disregard any information you receive on accommodation for the current academic year. We will send you the information again for your deferred place at the appropriate time. If you defer after you have booked accommodation you should contact us as soon as possible.

When I receive my exam results do I need to inform UCFB that I am definitely taking up my place?

No. Your application for accommodation will immediately begin to be processed as soon as UCFB is informed by the academic registry at our validating partners that you have an Unconditional Firm (UF) place with UCFB.

I haven’t received information about accommodation yet. What should I do?

You should have received accommodation information by the end of April. If you are a late applicant to UCFB you may receive accommodation information at a later stage.

If you are worried because you have not received any information, please contact our Accommodation Office on 03332417333 or via email on accommodationetihad@ucfb.com.

Can I be released from my Residence Agreement to move into private student housing mid-semester or to return to live at home?

No, you will be entering a 41 week contract and will therefore be liable for the rent unless a replacement tenant is found.

If my son/daughter opts to commute but partway through the first term decides they would prefer to move into accommodation, would it be too late?

Rooms are subject to availability and UCFB will be happy to help with any arrangements should this be the case. Please email us at accommodationetihad@ucfb.com.

Sports
Who runs the sports clubs and provisions for UCFB?

The Athletic Union are responsible for the sports clubs and their members. You can contact the Athletic Union via email: auetihad@ucfb.com or wembleyau@ucfb.com.

Am I able to play sport competitively?

UCFB are affiliated to the British University and College Sport (BUCS) Association which runs regional and national leagues and competitions. Students will need to attend trials, for team sports, in order to be selected to represent UCFB at a BUCS competition.

Are there provisions to participate in a sports team socially?

UCFB run a recreational programme for a number of sports. Any student of any level can enter this recreational sports programme for an annual fee. For more information on the cost and sports we offer within the programme please contact auetihad@ucfb.com or wembleyau@ucfb.com.

How much does it cost to be a member of a sports club?

The price ranges from £30 – £120 depending on the sports club. This cost may also include training sessions and equipment.

Where are sports clubs training sessions held?

The UCFB Wembley football training sessions and home fixtures are played at the recently renovated 3G all-weather pitch at Silver Jubilee Park, home of Hendon FC. Silver Jubilee Park’s pitch has been approved by FIFA and further developments to the facilities (new changing rooms, floodlights, terraces, turnstiles etc.) are continuing to be made. Other facilities are also used in and around the Wembley area.

UCFB Etihad Campus use the National Speedway Stadium at Belle Vue for all its football training and some matches, the Velodrome at the National Cycling Centre for the futsal training and Brookdale Golf Course for the golf matches and training. We also use the Regional Arena at the National Squash Centre and Regional Arena for football matches.

All teams are managed by highly qualified coaches or students with relevant coaching badges and compete against other higher education institutions in their respective regions.

Does UCFB provide sports kit and merchandise?

UCFB provide match kit for all competitive teams and has a range of training kits available for students to purchase. Please visit the shop here.

Are students able to start a sports club if it is currently unavailable at UCFB?

UCFB continuously add to the provision of sports for all abilities ranging from competitive to leisure. However, if a student is interested in starting up a new sports club UCFB Athletic Union will offer support. For more information please contact auetihad@ucfb.com or wembleyau@ucfb.com.

Do students have to play sport?

This is not compulsory but UCFB promotes health and wellbeing activities.

What sporting opportunities are available for females?

UCFB are proud to be in the heart of the sports industry and pride ourselves in being inclusive of all activities for both genders. Our recreational sport is available for all students and we have competitive opportunities in netball, football and golf for female students.

Is it possible to pursue individual sporting activities (rather than team-based)?

Yes, UCFB are happy to support individuals in achieving their personal goals either through BUCS individual events/competitions or other regional, national or international events. For more information please contact auetihad@ucfb.com or wembleyau@ucfb.com.

Employability and work experience
What internship and work placements are available for students?

UCFB proactively seek work placement opportunities for all students to apply for, and advertise them accordingly. Placements range from clubs, associations and organisations, to businesses and companies – both in and out of a sporting context.

When do the placements take place?

Placements can take place at any stage of a student’s education. After graduating, UCFB still advertises work placements opportunities to alumni for two years.

How many internships are available over the duration of a degree programme?

Students can participate in as many placements as they wish, however academic work must still be submitted and completed to the best of that student’s ability and must always be the number one priority.

What is the application process for applying for a work placement?

Like the real world of applying for jobs, all students are expected to send a CV and cover letter to apply for each placement. Following this, the employer may wish to interview each student.

Are there any paid opportunities?

Yes. From time to time, employers state that the role will be paid.

Are there any opportunities abroad?

Yes. UCFB work in partnership with many organisations globally in order to secure work placement opportunities overseas. Work placements have taken place in many countries including Hong Kong, New Zealand, Brazil and the USA.

Are there any work opportunities at the stadium itself?

Yes. At both UCFB Wembley and UCFB Etihad Campus, students have the chance to apply for both paid and unpaid work placements in a number of business areas within the stadium.

Will I miss out on lectures and study time as a result of a placement?

This is very unlikely, but sometimes unavoidable. If this does occur, the student is expected to alert their lecturer and inform student services or an academic administrator. All academic work must be caught up on.

What types of job opportunities are available for UCFB graduates?

Graduates have gained jobs, both inside and outside of sport, at a number of organisations both in the UK and abroad. Jobs range from clubs to businesses, in many different business facets.

What percentage of UCFB graduates are employed?

Currently, 90% of UCFB graduates are employed and almost two thirds of graduates are employed within a sporting context.

Do I have to pursue a career in sport upon graduation?

No. A student can pursue a career in whatever industry they wish. Some students study at UCFB in order to gain a degree in an environment for which they are passionate and have empathy.

General
What does UCFB stand for?

UCFB stands for the University Campus of Football Business, as verified by the Department for Education (DfE).

How much paid work is available for students locally?

UCFB forges relationships with local employers, many of which operate within the sports industry. Internal and external job opportunities are advertised through my.ucfb (our internal student portal), direct mail, and digital signage situated around both UCFB Wembley and UCFB Etihad Campus sites, as well as on social media including Facebook and Twitter.

How safe are the immediate and surrounding areas?

Wembley Stadium is extremely safe. The immediate surroundings at Wembley Park offer the new London Designer Outlet with many high end retail brands and a multiplex cinema. The first intake of students at UCFB Wembley have found the surroundings to be peaceful and friendly.

Manchester is a vibrant city. The city centre and its array of shops, restaurants, bars, museums, leisure facilities and live music venues is just minutes away by tram by from the UCFB Etihad Campus.

How does UCFB cater for prayer provision?

UCFB respects the diversity of the student community and offers support where it is required.  There is a prayer and contemplation room available at both campuses.

What healthcare is available?

During Freshers’ Week all students will be provided with information on how to register with a local GP.

Is there any support for students to continue extracurricular activities at UCFB?

Yes. We understand that our students have individual talents and pastimes, and wherever possible our highly attentive Student Services team endeavour to encourage continued personal growth and development. If you have any particular desire to continue an activity whilst at UCFB, please contact our Student Services team and we will endeavour to support you as best we can.

What additional materials will need to be purchased by the students?

A laptop can be borrowed from the library on a day-to-day basis. Compulsory reading materials and stationary will need to be purchased.

Are students able to work part-time while they are studying?

Yes. All UCFB degree programmes are delivered on a full-time basis and whilst UCFB forges relationships with local employers within the sports industry and locally, any work commitment will have to be in the evening or weekends.

It is important that whilst we understand part-time work is a requirement for many students, we expect students to dedicate a minimum of seven hours per day, five days a week to their studies.

What is the dress-code?

Students are encouraged to dress respectably when attending the stadium for lectures and study. For Employability & Enrichment events formal business dress is required.

What extra-curricular activities are available?

The Students’ Union supports a range of societies. The Athletic Union has provision for both competitive and non-competitive sports. In addition, there are ad-hoc events and other extracurricular activities through the Students’ Union.

What are the term start and end dates?

Term dates vary depending on campus and level of study.

Our 2019/20 term dates are available here.

International finance
Am I eligible for Student Finance?

EU Students are eligible to receive a Tuition Fee Loan from the UK Government in 2019. International Students are not eligible to receive Student Finance.

What is a Tuition Fee Loan?

This is government funded loan to cover up to all tuition fees, paid directly to the higher education institution and paid back by the student once they earn over £25,000 per year. It is worked out on an income basis and is deducted from their wages in the same way tax and insurance is.

More information is available here with examples of repayment amounts and interest rates.

Do UCFB offer scholarships?

At UCFB we have scholarships of up to £6,000 reduction in tuition fees which will be awarded to students who demonstrate academic excellence or exemplary extracurricular activities. If you are an EU or International student and have received an offer to study on one of our undergraduate courses then you are eligible to apply for the scholarships. Contact scholarships@ucfb.com for more information or see our scholarships and bursaries page.

International visa and immigration
Do I need a visa to study in the UK?

If you do not have an EU passport you will require a visa to study in the UK. If you are unsure please follow this link

I need a visa, where do I begin?

UCFB cannot currently sponsor non-EU students’ visas.

If you are still unsure whether you would need a visa to study in the UK, or for more information, please contact compliance@ucfb.com.

International students can of course study the MSc International Sport Management (Online) and Football Business (Online) programmes without the requirement of a visa.

International working during studies
Can I work alongside my studies at UCFB?

Please check your Visa for eligibility to work in the UK. If you can, UCFB encourages students to work part time as long as it does not interfere with their studies at the institution. Our Student Services Team works closely with students to ensure financial stability.

How many hours am I permitted to work?

Your visa will clearly show how many hours you are permitted to work. If you are unsure please email compliance@ucfb.com for clarification.

General international enquiries
What are the entry requirements for international students who don’t have English as their first language?
  • UG requirements IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each sub section.
  • PG requirements IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each sub section.
What healthcare is available for EU and International students?

EU and EEA students will have free access to the NHS, however under new government rules International students who require a visa to live and study in the UK will have to pay £150 per year.

Details on how and when you need to pay can be found here. During fresher’s week all students will be shown how to register with a local GP.

UCFB degree programmes

A world first in higher education, UCFB offers unique university degrees focused on a career in the football and sports industry.

Your degree
Attend a UCFB Open Day

At our Open Days you will meet and hear from our hugely experienced academic team, get the chance to speak to our staff and current students and tour the magnificent surroundings which will be your academic home for three years.

UCFB Undergraduate Open Days