We are happy to announce that our Scholarships and Bursaries Programmes for 2021/2022 entry for all new UK/EU applicants who meet the eligibility criteria are now open.

This page contains information about the Means Tested Bursary scheme, the eligibility criteria, the application process as well as deadlines. The bursaries are intended to help level the playing field for students from lower-income, disadvantaged and traditionally under-represented backgrounds in Higher Education.

This page also contains information about the UCFB Scholarships Scheme Programme which has been designed to encourage students from all backgrounds and abilities 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.

Both awards are only open to new applicants who have already applied to UCFB and received or accepted an offer.

My main reason for coming to UCFB was to experience the practical and professional elements of football coaching. I applied for the scholarship to assist with my studies and to also be an ambassador of UCFB

Sean JacksonElite Athlete Scholar
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Scholarships and bursaries

UCFB's scholarships programmes and access and participation projects provide students with mentoring, opportunities to build confidence and specific skillsets so that they can participate in the sports industry as equals and feel empowered to achieve everything that is within their capabilities and more.

Anielka Pieniazek Scholarships & Bursaries Manager
Employability and Enrichment Scholarships

These scholarships 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 £1,500 and is offered in the following format:

Year One – Training and skills development courses (value of up to £500)

Students will typically be able to choose from a range of professionally delivered training sessions on subjects such as:

  • Public speaking
  • Assertiveness and building personal confidence
  • Time management
  • Stress management
  • Governing body training/coaching qualifications
  • There will also be opportunities to attend events with UCFB partners.

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. Students have also used this investment to attend UCFB Global Summits.

Rachel Brown-Finnis

This scholarship is awarded to an individual who is passionate about breaking barriers and has 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 all Football Business degrees, Sports Business degrees and Law related degrees.

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 studying Football Business & Media, Multimedia Sports Journalism and Sports Business & Sports Broadcasting degrees.

Neil Doncaster

This scholarship is awarded to an individual who can demonstrate they had to strive through adversity to achieve a goal in their life and that studying at UCFB will assist them in reaching their potential. This scholarship is open to all degrees. All students with disabilities, including a physical, sensory or learning disability, or a mental health condition are very welcome to apply.

Paul Fletcher MBE

This scholarship is open to an individual who can demonstrate a passion for sustainability initiatives and addressing environmental issues within the sports industry and is looking to make a change in this area. This scholarship is open to all degrees, but may particularly suit students on the BA (Hons) Stadium & Events Management degree.

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.

Personal advancement scholarships
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 £2,000.

Previous interns had the opportunity to spend a week at the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France, working alongside She Kicks at the fan embassies based in Nice and Valenciennes. They also had an opportunity to work within She Kicks head office based in Newcastle (accommodation, travel and sustenance all covered), working on the magazine content and articles, attending different industry events such as the premiere of “All or Nothing” the documentary based on Manchester City’s record-breaking Premier League season.

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, professional and coaching development throughout the year.
  • Exposure to leading football organisations such as Kick It Out, Fans For Diversity and Women in Football and their events.
  • Networking opportunities.

Coaching Mentoring Scheme is a 3-year programme. As a part of this scholarship package, the student will receive a UCFB sports kit and coaching equipment. Each scholarship will be awarded in the form of development opportunities, travel and equipment (including the above) up to a total value of £2,500.

Access to Coaching Scholarship

This scholarship is aimed at coaches from ethnically diverse backgrounds who have an interest in furthering their career in football coaching. This award is open to any student from within the diverse communities 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, professional and coaching development throughout the year.
  • Exposure to leading football organisations such as Kick It Out, Fans For Diversity and Women in Football and their events.
  • Networking opportunities.

Coaching Mentoring Scheme is a 3-year programme. As a part of this scholarship package, the student will receive a UCFB sports kit and coaching equipment. Each scholarship will be awarded in the form of development opportunities, travel and equipment (including the above) up to a total value of £2,500.

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 £1,500 and is offered in a format of £500 fee reduction, supplemented by a sports package that includes UCFB sports kit and travel support for training, matches with your club and or the UCFB Women’s Football (Academy) team and events.

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. Some of the previous years’ awardees include Elliot - Ultimate Frisbee athlete who competed at the European Youth Ultimate Championships, Andrew - FIFA Assistant referee, who refereed in the prestigious UEFA & FIFA matches and Sean – talented footballer who represents Manchester City and England amputee teams. This scholarship is inclusive to all athletes with all dis/abilities. As a part of this scholarship package, the student will receive UCFB sports kit and travel support for training and competition.

 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 £1,500 which includes £1,000 fee reduction with the rest supplemented by UCFB sports kit and travel support for training, competitions and events.

Regional level

For students who compete at a regional level. Each scholarship is an award in the value of up to £1,000 which includes £500 fee reduction with the rest supplemented by UCFB sports kit and travel support for training, competitions and events.

The Sean Dyche Family Scholarship
The 3-year scholarship funded by Sean Dyche Family and UCFB is open to all applicants holding an offer for any of UCFB sports coaching/ football coaching/ talent development undergraduate programmes. We are looking for applicants with an experience of one of the following: football coaching, player development or football operations. Applicants will be able to demonstrate special talents through academic or extracurricular achievements and provide compelling examples of leadership, resilience and commitment to values of equality, diversity and inclusion. The scholarship is an award in the value of up to £5,000 per year and is offered in the following format:

Year 1:

  • £1,500 fee reduction 
  • £1,500 for professional football and coaching equipment or software
  • £2,000 to assist with the costs of accommodation

 Year 2:

  • £1,500 fee reduction 
  • £1,500 for travel to conferences and degree related trips and events (including GIS Global Sports Summits)
  • £2,000 to assist with the costs of accommodation

 Year 3:

  • £1,500 fee reduction 
  • £1,500 for travel to conferences and degree related trips and events (including GIS Global Sports Summits)
  • £2,000 to assist with the costs of accommodation

HOW TO APPLY?

When applying for the Sean Dyche Family scholarship, you must be a current UCFB applicant, holding an offer for an undergraduate on campus course starting in September 2021.

Means-Tested Bursaries

Studying for a degree and particularly living away from home can be an expensive experience for applicants, from lower-income, disadvantaged and traditionally under-represented backgrounds.

The Means Tested Bursary is intended to help level the playing field and to ensure that higher education is available to everyone. Assessments will be made based on your specific personal circumstances, household income, expected accommodation/travel/studying related costs and the expected amount of maintenance loan you would be eligible for as well as based on a range of contextual factors with awards prioritised from disadvantaged or underrepresented backgrounds.

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

  • Contribution towards UCFB partner accommodation*
  • Contribution towards the cost of travel from the term-time address to campus for one year
  • Contribution towards costs of studying (e.g. course material, equipment to support learning, specialist software, travel to the training grounds, accommodation costs for independent learners, etc.)
  • Tuition fee reduction (only for applicants not eligible to receive a tuition fee loan)

*For more information about the partner accommodation and how to book please click here or contact the Scholarships and Bursaries Team at scholarships@ucfb.com.

We recommend that you consider the following information when preparing to complete a bursary application form:

  • Household income for the previous year (including benefits and tax credits)
  • Changes to family circumstances due to the pandemic (if applicable)
  • Household expenditure (e.g. rent/mortgage costs, gas/electricity/water costs, council tax, etc.)

Unless an independent student, it’s likely that a parent/guardian will need to be present for the financial part of the application and/or prepare this information in advance. The application does however offer the option to “finish later” should you need to gather more information or wish to reach out to the Scholarships and Bursaries Team with a question at scholarships@ucfb.com.

The application also asks a number of contextual questions about the applicants own situation including details about potential carer responsibilities, other dependents in the household etc.

There may be an opportunity to extend your support package into years two and three of a student’s study (one, two and three if completing a foundation year), subject to meeting the declared criteria which you will find within the Means Tested Bursary Terms and Conditions. The baseline amount when you renew your bursary for the first time (from Year 0 to Year 1 or Year 1 to Year 2) may be between 20% -30% lower than what you have originally received. You will have an opportunity to engage in university life and the bursary students ambassadors programme to influence the renewal amount.

Care Leavers and Estranged Students Bursary (Wembley and Etihad)

Making a decision to go to the university involves considering the matter of finance, which can be especially difficult for those who may not have traditional family support. UCFB is committed to supporting care leavers, those who have experienced living in a care environment at some point in their life and students estranged from their parents in accessing higher education and the transition to student life.

The bursary is worth £2,500 in the first year of studies and is renewable per year for up to three or four years (depending on the length of your course) subject to meeting the declared criteria which you will find within the Means Tested Bursary Terms and Conditions. The baseline amount when you renew your bursary for the first time (from Year 0 to Year 1 or Year 1 to Year 2) may be between 20% -30% lower than what you have originally received. You will have an opportunity to engage in the university life and the bursary student ambassadors programme to influence the renewal amount.

Care Leavers

UCFB define a care leaver as a person under the age of 25 who have been looked after by their local authority for a period of at least 13 weeks before the age of 16 and has not reconciled with their parents between leaving care and starting their course. Those over 25, but who returned to full-time education before their 25th birthday and are also being supported by their Local Authority Leaving Care Team will also be eligible for the bursary.

Please also note that as a care leaver you may be eligible for financial support from your local authority. This could include an additional bursary or payment for accommodation. To apply for assistance, you should contact your personal advisor, social worker or caseworker.

Estranged students

An estranged student is defined as 'someone who no longer has the support of their family due to a breakdown in their relationship which has led to ceased contact. This might mean biological or adoptive parents or wider family members who have been responsible for supporting a student in the past.'

If you are unsure if this applies to you, please get in touch with the Scholarships and Bursaries team at scholarships@ucfb.com and we will be happy to help you. 

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 £2,000 and a limited number will be available.

Awards will be made with a consideration of the applicant’s specific personal circumstances, household income, expected accommodation/travel/ studying related costs and the expected amount of maintenance loan you would be eligible for as well as 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/Wales and Student Awards Agency For Scotland must apply for this funding and permit SF 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 SF Maintenance loans (e.g. EU students) will have to provide evidence of household income.

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 £1,500 and a limited number will be available.

Awards will be made with a consideration of the applicant’s specific personal circumstances, household income, expected accommodation/travel/ studying related costs and the expected amount of maintenance loan you would be eligible for as well as 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/Wales and Student Awards Agency For Scotland must apply for this funding and permit SF 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 SF Maintenance loans (e.g. EU students) will have to provide evidence of household income.

My aspirations for the upcoming academic year are to continue to progress and develop as a player on the pitch but also to continue to prioritise my academic learning off the pitch.

Elisha SulolaShe Can Play Scholar
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How to apply

We are happy to announce that our Scholarships and Bursaries Programmes for 2021/2022 entry for all new UK/EU applicants who meet the eligibility criteria are now open.

Please click here to apply via the Learner Portal Apply now

To apply for a bursary: Click on “My Bursaries” and follow the instructions provided.

To apply for a scholarship: Click on “My Scholarships” to select the scholarship you wish to apply for and follow the instructions provided.

If you have any questions regarding a scholarship or bursary at UCFB, please contact scholarships@ucfb.com.

Means-Tested Bursary Applications

When applying for a bursary, you must be a current UCFB applicant, holding an offer for September 2021. Please note that you may submit applications for both a bursary and scholarship should you meet the criteria to do so.

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

Round one

  • Opens – 14th May 2021
  • Closes – 4th July 2021

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 2021 entry on any programme.

Round two

  • Opens – 10th August 2021
  • Closes – 19th September 2021

Round two applications are accepted from any applicant who meets the criteria and 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.

UCFB Scholarships Applications

When applying for a scholarship, you must be a current UCFB applicant, holding an offer for September 2021 which you have firmly accepted through UCAS. Please note that you may submit applications for more than one scholarship should you meet the criteria to do so, but we would encourage you to make sure your answers relate to the particular scholarship descriptions you have selected.

Please notice the different deadlines for different scholarships types:

  • Employability and Enrichment Scholarships – 23rd August 2021
  • Football and Sports Scholarships excluding The Sean Dyche Family Scholarship -23rd August 2021
  • The Sean Dyche Family Scholarship - 31st July 2021
  • Personal Advancement Scholarships - 23rd August 2021
  • Coaching Mentoring Scheme - 23rd August 2021
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