Applications for UCFB Scholarships and Bursaries are currently closed and will relaunch for 2020 entry in Spring 2020.

UCFB Scholarships Scheme is designed to encourage students to embrace their time at UCFB and graduate with more than just their university degree.

These initiatives not only offer students the chance to earn money off their tuition fees, but also gain a number of individual skills that will enhance their CV, employment prospects and enhance their overall UCFB experience.

This page contains UCFB Undergraduate Scholarship & Bursary Programme information. These awards are only open to applicants who have already applied to UCFB and received or accepted an offer.

Scholarships and bursaries

UCFB means-tested bursaries

Studying for a degree and particularly living away from home can be an expensive experience for applicants, particularly applicants living in London or from low-income backgrounds.

The means-tested bursary is intended to help level the playing field for students from lower income backgrounds and to ensure that higher education is for everybody. Assessments will be made based on your household income, expected accommodation/travel costs and the expected amount of tuition fee loan you would be eligible for.

The Bursaries can be taken in one of the following formats:

  • Contribution towards UCFB Partner accommodation
  • Contribution towards the cost of a travelcard from term time address to campus for one year
  • Tuition fee reduction (only for applicants not eligible to receive a tuition fee loan)

There may be an opportunity to extend your support package into years two and three of a student’s study, subject to meeting the declared criteria.

UCFB Wembley

Students classified as Home/EU status with a residual household income of up to £40,000 may apply for a UCFB Wembley means-tested bursary. Each bursary will be valued up to £3,500 and a limited number will be available.

Students with a household income of up to £25,000 will be guaranteed an award as a part of the Means-Tested Bursary Scheme. Students with household income above £25,000 are welcome to apply for the bursary and will be assessed based on a range of contextual factors with awards prioritised from disadvantaged or underrepresented backgrounds.

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UCFB Etihad Campus

Students classified as Home status with a residual household income of up to £30,000 may apply for a UCFB Etihad Campus means-tested bursary. Each bursary will be valued up to £2,500 and a limited number will be available.

Students with a household income of up to £25,000 will be guaranteed an award as a part of the Means-Tested Bursary Scheme. Students with household income above £25,000 are welcome to apply for the bursary and will be assessed based on a range of contextual factors with awards prioritised from disadvantaged or underrepresented backgrounds.

Please note that applicants who are eligible to receive maintenance loans from Student Finance England must apply for this funding and permit SFE to share your information with us as part of the application. Applicants who do not meet these requirements will not be able to receive a means-tested bursary from UCFB.

Applicants not eligible for SFE Maintenance loans (e.g. EU students) are welcome to apply for UCFB Means Tested Bursary but will have to provide evidence of household income.

There may be an opportunity to extend your support package into years two and three of a student’s study, subject to meeting the declared criteria. More information will be sent on this to all eligible students around May 2019.

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Employability & Enrichment panel scholarships

These scholarships are designated by members of our Employability & Enrichment Panel. All are aimed at helping to encourage the next generation of students and industry professionals through developing their skills and supporting them on their work placements and internships.

Each scholarship is an award in the value of up to £3,000 and is offered in the following format:

Year One – Fee reduction of £1,000
Year One – Training and skills development courses (value of up to £1,000)

Students will typically be able to choose two professionally delivered training sessions on subjects such as:

  • Public speaking
  • Assertiveness and building personal confidence
  • Time management
  • Stress management

Year Two – Support with travel costs and allowance (up to £1,000)

UCFB recognises the importance of work-based learning through placements and internships. In order to support students in gaining valuable experience and picking up additional skills, funding will be available in the second year to cover certain costs for up to two work placements/internships. This can include internships in the UK or abroad and covers travel and sustenance up to a maximum of £1,000 in total over the two placements. Placements can include opportunities provided by UCFB or placements organised by the students themselves. This scholarship is available to UK/EU and international students.

Dr Brian Barwick

This scholarship is awarded to an individual who can demonstrate they have strived through adversity to achieve a goal, and that studying at UCFB will assist them in reaching it. This scholarship is open to individuals on all degrees.

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Alastair Campbell

This scholarship is awarded to an aspiring writer, broadcaster or journalist who can demonstrate that their choice of UCFB degree will benefit them in their career ambitions. This scholarship is open to individuals on journalism and media-related degrees.

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Neil Doncaster

This scholarship is awarded to a Scottish applicant with strong experience of playing or supporting football in Scotland e.g. playing for local, semi-pro or professional teams or having work experience for local clubs. This scholarship is open to individuals on all degrees.

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Paul Fletcher MBE

This scholarship is awarded to an individual who can demonstrate a passion for football club operations, stadium management or events organisation and who has a strong desire to work in this environment in future years. This scholarship is open to all degrees, but may particularly suit students on the BA (Hons) Stadium & Events Management degree.

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Brendan Flood

This scholarship is open to an individual who has taken a break from education and has now decided to return to study an undergraduate degree at UCFB. The student must demonstrate how the scholarship will contribute to their studies at UCFB and further their capabilities or forge a new career in the sport and business industry.

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Martin Prothero

This scholarship is awarded to an individual who can demonstrate a strong commitment to furthering a professional career in the football and sports business industry by applying skills learned on a UCFB degree programme. This scholarship is open to individuals on business, law, and psychology related degrees.

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Personal advancement scholarships

At UCFB we aim to attract the brightest and most passionate students. We are committed to extending the opportunities that a career in the football and sports industry can offer to all members of society, particularly those who may not have otherwise had the encouragement needed to consider studying or working in football and sports-related areas.

Academic Excellence Scholarship

At UCFB we aim to attract the brightest and most passionate students. We are committed to extending the opportunities that a career in the football and sports industry can offer to all members of society, particularly those who may not have otherwise had the encouragement needed to consider studying or working in football and sports-related areas.

UCFB Academic Excellence Scholarships will be awarded in recognition of applicants who have achieved top grades and who can demonstrate outstanding potential to succeed as a UCFB student and alumnus, as assessed by both grades and personal statement. To qualify for the Academic Excellence Scholarship, you must be a student from the UK or EU and be predicted or have achieved a minimum of 128 UCAS points or equivalent grades in other international eligible qualifications (Please note that students on the International Baccalaureate should achieve a minimum of 34 overall). Candidates will need to apply via the application form and can do so with predicted grades. Successful applicants will be informed at the beginning of September 2019, after all results have been confirmed. Each scholarship is an award in the value of up to £2,500 and is offered in a format of £2,000 fee reduction, supplemented by “UCFB season ticket” and official training kit.

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She Kicks Scholarship

Offered in partnership with She Kicks magazine, this scholarship is open to an outstanding female applicant who can demonstrate that a UCFB degree can assist them with their career ambitions. Applicants will be selected based on their academic profile or extra-curricular activities such as community engagement or volunteering. Previous experience in football or sport is not necessary, just a commitment and drive towards working in the world of football and sports business and a belief that a career in football and sport is open to people of all genders and backgrounds.

The She Kicks scholarship will be awarded in the form of an internship at She Kicks magazine or a partner organisation, with all travel and accommodation expenses covered up to a maximum value of £3,000.

Previous interns had the opportunity to spend a week at She Kick’s head office based in Newcastle (accommodation, travel and sustenance all covered), working on the magazine content and articles, attend different industry events such as the premiere of “All or Nothing” the documentary based on Manchester City’s record-breaking Premier League season.

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Burnley Council Scholarship

UCFB have partnered with Burnley Council to offer scholarships to three students from the Burnley area as part of Burnley Council’s drive to work with the Burnley borough to encourage residents to gain further study and the career benefits that a degree can provide.

This scholarship is open to students from Burnley to study a university degree in the football and sports industries. Awards will be issued based on academic profile and extra-curricular activities to applicants who can demonstrate that a UCFB degree can assist them with their career ambitions. Each scholarship will be awarded in the form of additional training and skills development up to a maximum value of £1,000.

Students will typically be able to choose two professionally delivered training sessions on subjects such as:

  • Public speaking
  • Assertiveness and building personal confidence
  • Time management
  • Stress management

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Coaching Mentoring Scheme

The Coaching Mentoring Scheme offers students individual learning support to gain bespoke experience in the football and sports industry, including coaching, working with teams and sports development depending on the student’s interests. The aim is to actively engage and guide the students in acquiring new knowledge, ideas, advice and feedback offered by the assigned mentors and coaches.

She Can Coach Scholarship

This scholarship is aimed at female coaches who have an interest in furthering their career in football coaching. This award is open to any female students with a passion for coaching and strong volunteering experience who have applied for coaching or physical education degrees at UCFB.

The mentoring scheme will include:

  • Development of individual action plans to support personal and coaching development throughout the year
  • Observation and feedback on coaching sessions
  • Support to understand the long term athlete development model and its implementation
  • Support for structuring coaching sessions to meet the needs/expectations of different players

As a part of this scholarship package, the student will receive a UCFB sports kit, full BUCS league registration and a UCFB season ticket. Each scholarship will be awarded in the form of mentoring, development opportunities and equipment up to a value of £3,000.

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Access to Coaching Scholarship

This scholarship is aimed at black and minority ethnic (BME) coaches who have an interest in furthering their career in football coaching. This award is open to any student from within the BME community with a passion for coaching and strong volunteering experience who have applied for coaching or physical education degrees at UCFB.

The mentoring scheme will include:

  • Development of individual action plans to support personal and coaching development throughout the year
  • Observation and feedback on coaching sessions
    Support to understand the long term athlete development model and its implementation
  • Support for structuring coaching sessions to meet the needs/expectations of different players

As a part of this scholarship package, the student will receive a UCFB sports kit, full BUCS league registration and a UCFB season ticket. Each scholarship will be awarded in the form of mentoring, development opportunities and equipment up to a value of £3,000.

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Football and Sport Scholarships

UCFB is proud of its close links to the football and sports industry, and we are always keen to encourage applicants with an exceptional sporting background to join us and participate in the UCFB community.

She Can Play Scholarship

This scholarship has been designed in recognition of the significance of elite women’s football. It is open to an existing first team or reserve team Women’s Super League player, Women’s Championship player, and high-level academy players. Each scholarship is an award in the value of up to £3,000 and is offered in a format of £2,500 fee reduction, supplemented by a sports package that includes UCFB sports kit, season ticket and BUCS league membership.

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Elite Athlete Scholarships

UCFB offers an excellent environment to develop in sport whilst studying for a degree. This scholarship is awarded to acknowledge the sporting achievements of applicants who have competed in any sport within the past two years, within their relevant age group. As a part of this scholarship package, the student will receive full BUCS league registration and a UCFB season ticket. The scholarships are awarded in two tiers:

National level

For students who have represented their country or were a member of a national level development squad. Each scholarship is an award in the value of up to £2,500 which includes £2,000 fee reduction with the rest supplemented by full BUCS league registration and a UCFB season ticket.

Regional level

For students who compete at a regional level. Each scholarship is an award in the value of up to £2,000 which includes £1500 fee reduction with the rest supplemented by full BUCS league registration and a UCFB season ticket.

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How to apply

UCFB means-tested bursary applications

In order to give all applicants a fair opportunity to apply for support, our means-tested bursary will be run in three rounds.

Round one

  • Opens – 18th March 2019
  • Closes – 30h April 2019
  • Awards issued by – 20th May 2019

UCFB scholarships and bursaries are typically only offered to applicants who have firmly accepted UCFB as their first choice institution on UCAS. We understand however that finances are a big consideration for many applicants to choose where to study, so to be eligible to apply during round one, you simply need to be a current UCFB applicant holding an offer for 2019 entry on any programme.

Provisional awards will be issued in round one to any offer holder who meets the eligibility criteria and confirmed for any applicant who goes on to firmly accept our offer and enrol.

Round two

  • Opens – 13th May 2019
  • Closes – 12th July 2019
  • Awards issued by – 30th July 2019

Round two applications are accepted from any applicant who has received and firmly accepted an offer from UCFB via UCAS.

Please note that due to over-subscription, it is possible that fewer or limited awards will be available during round two.

Round three

  • Opens – 29th July 2019
  • Closes – 31st August 2019
  • Awards issued by – 10th September 2019

Round three applications will be opened for any applicant holding a firm offer from UCFB and in particular, is an opportunity for applicants who have applied late or via clearing to receive an award.

Please note that due to over-subscription, it is possible that very limited awards will be available during round three.

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UCFB scholarships

When applying for a scholarship, you must be a current UCFB applicant, holding an offer for September 2019 which you have firmly accepted through UCAS.

Please select your scholarship of choice below, download the form, complete it and return to scholarships@ucfb.com until August 20th, 2019 to be considered for the scholarships.

Employability & Enrichment Panel Scholarships

Dr. Brian Barwick
Alastair Campbell
Neil Doncaster
Paul Fletcher MBE
Brendan Flood
Martin Prothero

Personal Advancement Scholarships

Academic Excellence Scholarship
She Kicks Scholarship
Burnley Council Scholarship

Coaching Mentoring Scheme

She Can Coach Scholarship
Access to Coaching Scholarship

Football and Sports Scholarships

She Can Play Scholarship
Elite Athlete Scholarships

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Ilias Pajonheshfar, UCFB Kick It Out Next 25 Scholar

I couldn't imagine a better place to work than a football stadium with a roaring crowd, passionate fans, and people who will really benefit from your work.

Ilias PajonheshfarUCFB Kick It Out Next 25 Scholar
Case studies
Raven Chapman, Elite Performance Scholarship

"I’ve really enjoyed stepping out of my comfort zone to do and learn something completely different to anything I’ve done before. UCFB is such a unique environment to do it in as well."

Tom Mitchell, Dr. Brian Barwick Scholarship

"UCFB has been good, and a quick learning curve. I came in thinking I knew a lot about coaching and football but there is a lot more to learn."

Jessica Ostle, She Kicks Scholarship

"I would recommend for female students at UCFB who enjoy football to apply for this scholarship; it’s an excellent opportunity to work with a brilliant team and gain valuable experience."

 

Cameron Dabbs, Paul Fletcher MBE Scholarship

"The scholarship has provided finance for me to continue my personal development through enrolling on additional courses related to my degree."

UCFB accommodation partners

UCFB Bursaries can be taken to contribute towards UCFB partner accommodation. UCFB has partnered with two excellent accommodation providers to ensure students have access to comfortable and secure halls of residence close to both campuses.

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