We are happy to announce that the UCFB Means Tested Bursary Scheme and the UCFB Scholarships Programme are now open for the applications for 2020/2021 academic year.

This page contains information about the Means Tested Bursary scheme, the eligibility criteria, application process as well as the deadlines. The bursary is intended to help level the playing field for students from lower income backgrounds and to ensure that higher education is for everybody.

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.

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 and disadvantaged backgrounds.

The Means Tested Bursary is intended to help level the playing field for students from lower income and disadvantaged backgrounds and to ensure that higher education is available to everyone. 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 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 preferred partner accommodation*
  • Contribution towards the cost of travel from term time address to campus for one year
  • Tuition fee reduction (only for applicants not eligible to receive a tuition fee loan)

*For more information about the preferred partner accommodation, please contact the Scholarships and Bursaries Team at scholarships@ucfb.com.

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 terms and conditions when making an application. Please note, however, that the baseline amount when you renew your bursary for the first time (from Year 0 to Year 1 or Year 1 to Year 2) will be 20% lower than what you have originally received and may be further reduced if you do not meet the renewal 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 £3,000 and a limited number will be available.

Awards will be made with a consideration of the applicant’s household income, general costs of living whilst they study, as well as of 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.

Please click here to start your application process through the UCFB Learner Portal.

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

Awards will be made with a consideration of the applicant’s household income, general costs of living whilst they study, as well as of 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.

Please click here to start your application process through the UCFB Learner Portal.

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 football and sports business, law, and psychology 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 applicant with experience of playing or coaching for local, semi-professional or professional teams or having work experience for local clubs and coming from a low/lower higher education participation area. This scholarship is open to individuals studying Sports Business and Coaching, Football Coaching and Management, Football Coaching and Talent Development and Physical Education courses.

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
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 2020, after all exam results have been confirmed. Each scholarship is an award in the value of up to £1,500 and is offered in a format of £1,000 fee reduction and £500 towards training kit and travel to conferences and degree related trips and events.

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 (https://www.ucfb.ac.uk/news/ucfb-news-hub/prerna-working-on-fan-engagement-at-womens-world-cup-as-part-of-she-kicks-scholarship/). 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 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, 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. All students with all dis/abilities are welcome to apply. 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 £2,000 which includes £1,500 fee reduction with the rest supplemented by UCFB sports kit and travel support for training and competition.

Regional level

For students who compete at a regional level. Each scholarship is an award in the value of up to £1,500 which includes £1000 fee reduction with the rest supplemented by UCFB sports kit and travel support for training and competition.

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 two rounds.

Round one

  • Opens – 4th May 2020
  • Closes – 19th July 2020

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 2020 entry on any programme.

Round two

  • Opens – 15th August 2020
  • Closes – 13th September 2020

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.

Please click here to start your application process through the UCFB Learner Portal.

UCFB scholarships

When applying for a scholarship, you must be a current UCFB applicant, holding an offer for September 2020 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.

You have until 23rd August 2020 to complete your application to be considered for UCFB undergraduate scholarships.

Please click here to start your application process through the UCFB Learner Portal.

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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."

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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