Academy overview

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

Individual and team coaching sessions will include analysis, goalkeeper training, position-related sessions and strength and conditioning development. This multi-disciplined approached can truly enable the players to further their football journey alongside their academic requirements.

At the UCFB Academy, Wembley, elite level 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.

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Students in the Academy have access to world-leading performance analysis tools from Hudl, the industry-standard software used by athletes, coaches and clubs across the globe.

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Players on the programme will play in the British University and Colleges (BUCS) League on a Wednesday. In addition, games are arranged against professional and semi-professional teams in order to challenge and develop players further. UCFB has the benefit of using its strong relationships and links to a range of leagues and clubs to allow the players pathways into the game.

The UCFB Academy Wembley, is based at The Hive, London, home of Barnet FC and London Bees, allowing the players to benefit from this outstanding base to develop their overall game. The academy team will also use the excellent Middlesex FA Rectory Park as the match day venue.

Trials are held to determine the successful applicants. If you are interested or would like to learn more about the UCFB Academy, Wembley then please complete our enquiry form.

Eligible degrees

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

When the English Premier League increased the number of matches available for live broadcast from 154 to 168 per season for the 2016-19 period, the price was approximately £10.2m per match, totalling in excess of £5bn overall.

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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 (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 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 International Sport Management

UCFB’s unique MSc International Sport Management degree 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 Sport Management will no longer be running at the Global Institute of Sport for September 2021.

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MSc Sport Management

The specificity of sport, with its high media coverage and numerous stakeholders, requires managers to have uniquely honed business skills and an in-depth knowledge of the principles of sports management. This programme has been developed for those with aspirations towards senior or line management positions within the core functional departments of the sports management industry.

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MSc Football Coaching (Blended)

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, Wembley 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 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.

For more information, please complete our enquiry form.

Career prospects

Career prospects for UCFB graduates from the UCFB Academy 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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