University Campus of Football Business (UCFB) is a world-first in higher education, delivering university degrees in the football and sports industry at iconic campuses in London and Manchester, which have Wembley and Etihad stadiums at their heart.

Navigate this page to discover how our pioneering undergraduate degrees provide a pathway for those aspiring to pursue their ambitions of working in this global multi-billion pound industry.

Our unique undergraduate degrees

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BA (Hons) Football Business & Finance

This degree will give you a firm understanding as to how finance affects organisational performance at all levels, with modules that cover the fundamentals of accounting and financial management in a football business context. Discover more

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BA (Hons) Football Business & Marketing

Football is a multi-billion-pound global industry. With its revenue driven by the marketing of its products and services, competition amongst brands is fierce and qualified professionals are in high demand. On this degree you will gain an understanding of football business and be introduced to concepts such as business models, management, business planning and return on investment by our expert academics. Discover more

Wembley

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BA (Hons) Football Business & Media

On this programme you will explore facets of media communications and develop understanding of the relationships between industry stakeholders. You will also gain contextual insight into how public relations and journalism relate to the business of sport. Discover more.

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BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Management

This programme allows students to learn how to spot and develop talent, as well as lead with authority. You will engage with, and gain an understanding across, areas such as community coaching, academy coaching, semi-professional, professional and overseas coaching. Discover more.

Etihad

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BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Talent Development

This programme reflects the needs of the football industry by understanding strategies used around the world, relating theory to practice, and gives students the knowledge and skills to work in youth development departments at clubs domestically and overseas. Identifying and developing talent is an imperative facet of the modern game, with more and more clubs vying for the stars of tomorrow as transfer fees continue to break records. Discover more.

Etihad

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BA (Hons) International Football Business

The globalisation of football has been swift. Growing markets in the likes of Asia and the Americas mean an understanding of the sport in an international context opens many career paths in football business. You will study the key drivers which fuel this rapid growth, including the nature of ‘fandom’, the development of the international football and sports industries and the implications of cultural differences linked to commercial deals. An understanding of how to bid for international events will also form part of this degree programme. Discover more.

Wembley

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BA (Hons) Multimedia Sports Journalism

On this degree programme, students will learn a range of digital and social media skills which enable sports journalists to tell stories across a range of platforms to reach a global audience. Discover more.

Wembley

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BA (Hons) Physical Education

This programme combines the complex practical and theoretical demands of the subject and provides guidance in allowing you to become an effective leader and educator. Discover more.

Wembley

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BA (Hons) Sports Business & Coaching

This programme is ideal for those looking for experience and understanding of the world of business and sport and to develop as a manager. It provides a unique learning experience and the opportunity to live, learn and develop within the live operations of a professional sports environment by our UEFA qualified coaches, some of whom have previously coached at the academies of leading Premier League clubs. Discover more.

Wembley

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BA (Hons) Sports Business & Sports Broadcasting

Ideal for those seeking to work in the fast-growing, exciting sports broadcasting industry, this degree is designed for those aspiring for a career either in front of or behind the camera. Learning from UCFB’s experienced practitioners, this course will help you understand practices both on the field and in the studio. Discover more.

Wembley

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BA (Hons) Sports Business & Sports Law

This degree links the commercial and legal aspects of sports business, through varied learning such as field trips to the likes of the Supreme Court and workshop masterclasses with sports law specialists. Discover more.

Wembley

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BA (Hons) Stadium & Events Management

On this degree programme, you will cover core topics such as event planning and event design, as well as the key event components of marketing, finance and event legislation. This programme provides the unique opportunity to study the intricacies of stadium and events management within a world-class sport and entertainment venue. Discover more.

Wembley

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BA (Hons) Football Coaching (Blended)

This programme is designed for aspiring football coaches who wish to further their knowledge and understanding of working in football coaching settings. Discover more.

BA (Hons) Sports Management

Sport is one of the few businesses that is truly global. In every country and on every continent it is played with passion and managed with professionalism. It’s now more important than ever to have a worldwide view of the sports industry and its mechanisms, as well as a sound understanding of its legalities and how to interact with fans and customers.

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BA (Hons) Football Business

This programme is designed for those who wish to develop an appreciation of key areas shaping the current landscape of the football industry. The programme provides opportunities to engage in different aspects of football business including areas such as governance and regulation, fan engagement, operational management and business development.

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BA (Hons) Esports

Esports has quickly become a multi-billion dollar industry. Technological advances have facilitated the rise in competitive video gaming where across the globe a growing number of individuals and teams compete against each other online or in spectator filled stadiums. While only a few individuals in the world may become professional gamers, the industry requires a considerable workforce with a knowledge of media, marketing, business and event management. This course is designed to support those who wish to work in this broader, Esports landscape.

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BSc Sports Coaching Science

The role of sports science is perhaps the biggest innovation ever in terms of how sports performance is measured across teams and individuals. Numbers and statistics are now trusted and valued more than ever by those who work at the highest reaches of the industry.

The programme looks at how science and traditional coaching are merged, the psychology of performance and how to ensure the mental wellbeing of athletes.

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BSc (Hons) Sport Psychology

This degree combines contemporary and traditional areas of research and theory which underlines the practical application of psychology in sport and physical activity. 

You will be introduced to the world of sports psychology, examining behavioural, social, developmental, cognitive and biological aspects of psychology in order to gain a better understanding of the psychological impacts on performance. 

This new psychology programme replaces the old programme which is BPS accredited. The new programme is in the process of applying for BPS accreditation. 

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Our iconic campuses

Our state-of-the-art campuses are located in two of the UK's most vibrant cities, London and Manchester, and have the iconic Wembley and Etihad stadiums at their heart.

UCFB Wembley

With the iconic Wembley Stadium at its heart, our Wembley campus provides a truly inspiring learning environment with world-class facilities in one of the most exciting cities in the world.

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Just a short walk away from the stadium is 1st Way, a vibrant, safe and centrally-located student accommodation and teaching facility in the heart of Wembley. Central London is just a short tube ride away.

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UCFB Etihad Campus

UCFB Etihad Campus is our state-of-the-art campus devoted to the football industry in the heart of Manchester – one of the world’s most famous footballing cities with a thriving student population.

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With the Etihad Stadium at the heart of the campus, students can live, learn and work at the centre of one of Europe’s most progressive football facilities. With impressive on-site facilities available to aid your studies, including stunning lecture theatres and seminar rooms, student social areas and cafeteria, library, media suite and quiet study zones, it is hard not to be inspired by your surroundings.

Located directly opposite Piccadilly Station and in the heart of Manchester, the UCFB Study Hub @ Picadilly Place is a brand new modern student facility that includes a  library, study hub and social space, as well as pastoral and learning support drop-in services.

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Accommodation

UCFB has partnered with accommodation providers in London and Manchester to ensure students have access to comfortable and secure accommodation close to both campuses. 

Arch View House at First Way in Wembley and Mill Point, and IQ students at Lambert & Fairfield House in Manchester, are available for students studying at UCFB.

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UCFB Wembley

Unite Students is located in the Arch View House building on First Way, 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. In addition to student accommodation, UCFB teaching, study and social facilities are also located within the building. There will be a range of different room types available at Arch View House to suit your needs, and within the property you will find everything you need to enjoy student life.

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UCFB Etihad Campus

In a central Manchester location just 2 minutes from Piccadilly train station, Lambert & Fairfield House offers a wide range of student accommodation. This site contains a variety of study and social spaces, including a cinema, gym, bowling alley, karaoke room and gaming area. It's ideally located for UCFB students.

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Learn more about the admissions process, student finance & life at UCFB

Admissions

If you're ready to make an application via UCAS, Jo from our Future Students Team will guide you through the process:

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Student finance & scholarships

For all 2022 undergraduate tuition fees, and information on how to apply for student finance, click here.

Undergraduate Student Finance

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Scholarships & bursaries

Means-tested bursaries are intended to assist undergraduate applicants who genuinely require financial assistance with the cost of studying. Means-tested bursaries are available for students at UCFB Wembley and UCFB Etihad Campus.

A large number of scholarships are also available recognising a variety of achievements such as outstanding female applicants, aspiring media personnel and elite athletes.

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Student Services

The Student Services Team is here to support you across a wide range of areas throughout your studies at UCFB, offering personal and academic support.

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Learning Support
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Pastoral Support
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Students' & Athletic Union
Students' Union

The role of the Students’ Union is to represent UCFB students and make your time here as exciting and rewarding as possible. The SU is also responsible for student involvement around each campus, such as planning unforgettable social events and being the student voice and point of contact with senior management.

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Athletic Union

The UCFB Athletic Union enables students to take part in a number of sports during their time here, whether competitive or recreational. We have teams across both campuses for male and female students, including football, rugby, squash and basketball, with more sports being added all the time.

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Employability & Enrichment

At UCFB we are dedicated to maximising the career opportunities of all of our students. In addition to your degree, you will have opportunities to gain industry-relevant work experience, hear from inspirational guest speakers and network with industry professionals around the world.

All on-campus students have the opportunity to take part in the UCFB Award in Football & Sports Leadership, a selection of personal, professional and academic development opportunities.

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Graduate success stories

We’re proud that 90% of our graduates are in employment within six months of graduation, with nearly two-thirds working in sport – far above sports graduate averages.

Ben Friend
UCFB alumni Ben Friend UCFB graduate and Event Manager at The Football Association
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Hayley Reed
UCFB alumni Hayley Reed UCFB graduate and Marketing Executive at Chelsea FC
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Alexander Brown
UCFB alumni Alexander Brown UCFB graduate and Video Producer at The Football Association
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Saad Wadia
UCFB alumni Saad Wadia UCFB graduate and Co-Founder and Director of Avalon Sports Group
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Amy O’Connor
UCFB alumni Amy O’Connor UCFB graduate and Sponsorship & Partnership Account Manager at Watford FC
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Wesley McGrath
UCFB alumni Wesley McGrath Graduate and Advanced Centre Coach at MK Dons
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UCFB on campus undergraduate degrees

UCFB's range of degree programmes span the multi-billion pound football and sports industry and the many career opportunities that exist within it. From media to coaching, marketing to finance, and events management to physical education, our programmes will help set students up for a long, successful career in an industry they have a passion for.

On campus undergraduate degrees