Academy overview

With partnerships with The Football Association, The National League, League Managers Association, Kick It Out and over 350 employment partners from the world of sport, our academy is a natural next step in our vision to drive forward the sports industry together.

Our academy provides unparalleled opportunities for aspiring professionals to study university degrees in football business, coaching and/or related industries alongside their football training programme, giving them the best chance at a successful career in the beautiful game, whether on or off the pitch.

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At UCFB’s Academy, Manchester, elite level male players are able to train full-time with the schedule and attention to detail of a professional footballer, led by highly experienced coaches from the English Premier League and Academy system.

In 2018 we developed the UCFB Academy. The aim of the academy is to allow players who have been released from professional club academies the opportunity to continue to develop their footballing talents through a full time coaching and education programme.

In order to enhance the programme, we have formed partnerships with a number of semi-professional clubs in the North West area ranging from The National League to North West Counties, placing players at the appropriate club and level for the current stage of their development. Players will train at UCFB during the week and also play in the British University and Colleges League (BUCS) Wednesday League, before joining the appropriate team for training and fixtures at the weekend. Furthermore, the programme will be enhanced with fixtures arranged against professional and semi-professional teams in order to challenge and develop the players further.

Eligible degrees

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Undergraduate degrees
BA (Hons) Football Business & Finance
  • Entry Criteria: 112 UCAS points
  • Location: UCFB Wembley, UCFB Etihad Campus

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.

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BA (Hons) Football Business & Marketing
  • Entry Criteria: 96 UCAS points
  • Location: UCFB Wembley, UCFB Etihad Campus

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.

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BA (Hons) Football Business & Media
  • Entry Criteria: 96 UCAS points
  • Location: UCFB Wembley, UCFB Etihad Campus

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.

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BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Management
  • Entry Criteria: 112 UCAS points and an FA Level 1 Coaching Award.
  • Location: UCFB Wembley, UCFB Etihad Campus

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.

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BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Talent Development
  • Entry Criteria: 112 UCAS points
  • Location: UCFB Etihad Campus, UCFB Wembley

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.

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BA (Hons) International Football Business
  • Entry Criteria: 96 UCAS points
  • Location: UCFB Wembley, UCFB Etihad Campus

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.

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BA (Hons) Multimedia Sports Journalism
  • Entry Criteria: 112 UCAS points
  • Location: UCFB Wembley, UCFB Etihad Campus

The media landscape has changed almost beyond recognition in recent years following the digital revolution, which has paved the way for a 24-hour rolling news agenda. In that time, sports journalism has also developed to become the fastest growing sector in UK media.

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BA (Hons) Physical Education
  • Entry Criteria: 96 UCAS points
  • Location: UCFB Wembley, UCFB Etihad Campus

Teachers of physical education can teach across the world and are in great demand because physical education is a compulsory subject at every UK key stage in school. The current government aim is to increase activity levels both in and outside school, in order to combat obesity, build long term health and make physical activity a lifelong pursuit.

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BA (Hons) Sports Business & Coaching
  • Entry Criteria: 96 UCAS points
  • Location: UCFB Wembley, UCFB Etihad Campus

The workforce within football and sports businesses, clubs and organisations is changing and the line drawn between coaching, management and business within the same organisation has blurred. No longer can individuals exist in isolation and ignore other parts of the business operations.

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BA (Hons) Sports Business & Sports Broadcasting
  • Entry Criteria: 96 UCAS points
  • Location: UCFB Wembley, UCFB Etihad Campus

The English Premier League broadcasting rights for the 2019-22 period are now worth a record-breaking £9.2bn, with Sky, BT Sport and Amazon sharing the £5bn rights to UK coverage and every Premier League match now being shown overseas.

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BA (Hons) Sports Business & Sports Law
  • Entry Criteria: 112 UCAS points
  • Location: UCFB Wembley, UCFB Etihad Campus

The sports industry has an abundance of legal regulations and challenges. From doping to breaches of contract, sports executives must conform to regulations, but also use their understanding of legal frameworks to protect their businesses from risk.

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BA (Hons) Stadium & Events Management
  • Entry Criteria: 96 UCAS points
  • Location: UCFB Wembley

Stadiums represent major investment for many professional sports organisations and their utilisation presents both financial opportunities as well as challenges.

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BA (Hons) Football Coaching (Blended)
  • Entry Criteria: 112 UCAS points
  • Location: Online blended delivery, UCFB Wembley & UCFB Etihad Campus

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

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BA (Hons) Sports Management
  • Entry Criteria: 96 UCAS points
  • Location: UCFB Wembley

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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Master's degrees
MSc Football Business (Online)

The MSc Football Business qualification 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, consumer engagement, operational management and business development.

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MSc Football Business

The MSc Football Business qualification 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, consumer engagement, operational management and business development.

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MSc International Sport Management

The Global Institute of Sport's (GIS) unique MSc International Sport Management provides an unparalleled educational and experiential opportunity for aspiring sports leaders. This pioneering programme has been developed as a transformational journey suited for graduates of all disciplines, as well as for current professionals working within various sectors of the sport industry, for example in management, marketing or operations.

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MSc Football Coaching & Analysis

This programme will take an in-depth look at the numbers that make the game tick, alongside theoretical and practical coaching disciplines. It will enable students to develop a systematic and in-depth understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights for the advanced study of football coaching and analysis.

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MSc Football Communications & Digital Marketing

It is now essential to understand digital viewing trends, social media audiences and how to plan engaging and effective digital media coverage for an ever demanding fan base. The MSc Football Communications & Digital Marketing degree programme is designed for graduates and industry practitioners with a keen interest in football and sport.

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MSc Football Coaching (Blended)

The MSc Football Coaching (Blended) qualification is designed for those wishing to deepen their understanding of Football Coaching practices. The programme provides opportunities to engage in different aspects of football coaching including areas such as coaching philosophy, tactics and strategies, reflective practice and performance analysis. It is ideal for current professionals working within the Football industry who prefer a more flexible mode of delivery instead of a purely campus based programme.

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MSc Football Coaching & Analysis (Blended)

This programme will take an in-depth look at the numbers that make the game tick, alongside theoretical and practical coaching disciplines. It will enable students to develop a systematic and in-depth understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights for the advanced study of football coaching and analysis.

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MSc International Sport Management (Online)

The Global Institute of Sport's (GIS) unique MSc International Sport Management (Online) provides an unparalleled educational and experiential opportunity for aspiring sports leaders. This pioneering programme has been developed as a transformational journey suited for graduates of all disciplines, as well as for current professionals working within various sectors of the sport industry, for example in management, marketing or operations.

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MSc Football Communications & Digital Marketing (Online)

It is now essential to understand digital viewing trends, social media audiences and how to plan engaging and effective digital media coverage for an ever demanding fan base. The MSc Football Communications & Digital Marketing (Online) degree programme is designed for graduates and industry practitioners with a keen interest in football and sport.

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MSc Football Coaching

The MSc Football Coaching qualification is designed for those wishing to deepen their understanding of Football Coaching practices. The programme provides opportunities to engage in different aspects of football coaching including areas such as coaching philosophy, tactics and strategies, reflective practice and performance analysis. It is ideal for current professionals working within the Football industry who prefer a more flexible mode of delivery instead of a purely campus based programme.

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MSc Performance Analysis in Football

This programme will give students the necessary tools to understand and explore the performance analysis principles that rule the modern game. You will gain the knowledge of the theory and practice that enables enhanced performance on the pitch as well as in player recruitment.

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Entry requirements

Application eligibility

Alongside footballing talents, applicants must meet the minimum academic and/or professional requirements to be accepted to study at UCFB.

Students on the UCFB Academy, Manchester have the option of choosing an undergraduate degree, many of which also offer a foundation year for those who do not meet the requirements for the 3-year programme. For a full list of undergraduate degrees, please click here. Alternatively, academy players can complete a one-year Certificate of Higher Education in Football Coaching & Management at UCFB, which consists of the first year modules from the BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Management degree. The Certificate of Higher Education requires 78 UCAS points.

Applicants for whom English is a second language will need a valid IELTS certificate with an overall score of 6.0 and no individual score lower than 5.5.

Applicants to UCFB Etihad Campus must hold a British/EU passport or have the right to work and study in the UK.

The academy is also open to students who wish to study a postgraduate degree at UCFB. For a full list of postgraduate degrees, please click here.

Career prospects

Career prospects for UCFB graduates from the UCFB Academy, Manchester are wide and varied depending on the individuals chosen degree programme and playing progression within the academy. Should they not go onto achieve professional footballer status, graduates may wish to also consider more traditional business, sport management or leadership roles using transferable skills gained throughout the programme. The opportunities in football coaching and scouting roles within professional football academies are also a possibility.  

Fees

UK/EU students

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£9,250 per year
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International Students

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£14,250 per year
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