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

Football is one of the fastest growing businesses in the world today, with player transfers, contracts, sponsorship and merchandise worth hundreds of millions of pounds.

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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.

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BA (Hons) Football Business & Media

Vastly expanding media revenue, like ever-increasing TV Rights deals, means that clubs that finish bottom of the Premier League earn more prize money than the winners of the Champions League. How is this value determined?

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BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Management

The role of coach or manager in football is one full of immense pressure, but with that comes potentially huge rewards.

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BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Talent Development

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

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

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

There is a persistent demand for qualified teachers in popular disciplines such as Physical Education. As a subject area in the National Curriculum, Physical Education places diverse demands upon learners and teachers alike.

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BA (Hons) Sports Business & Coaching

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

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

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

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

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Master's degrees
MSc Football Business

Football is a global, multi-billion-pound business that shows no sign of slowing down. Bumper TV deals and huge transfer fees means more money than ever is flowing through the game, ensuring it’s vital that there are personnel ready to jump straight in and shape its future.

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MSc Football Coaching & Analysis

More than ever football is driven by statistics and analytics. From a player's fitness to their in-game attributes, numbers play a huge part in the modern game. 

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MSc Football Communications & Marketing

The way football and sports fans consume media has meant the role of content creators and marketers have had to evolve, adapt, and in some instances merge.

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MSc Sport Management

A sector that shows no sign of slowing down, the sports industry now requires the personnel with the skills, knowledge and acumen to lead it into the future. From people management to marketing strategy and from event organisation to effective leadership, it’s vital to understand how sport operates.

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Football Coaching (Blended) (MA)

The multi-faceted world of football requires modern football coaches to have highly developed skills and an in-depth knowledge of the principles of football coaching. 

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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.  


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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