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.

At UCFB’s Undergraduate Women’s 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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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.

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

Eligible degrees

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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 Undergraduate Women’s 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.
For more information, please complete our enquiry form.

Eligible 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) 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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BSc (Hons) Sports Psychology

Athletes learn to motivate themselves in ways that they believe will improve performance, replacing self-doubt with positive thoughts. With proven results, the demand for sport-specific psychologists is greater than ever.

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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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Career prospects

Career prospects for UCFB graduates from the Undergraduate 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

Please consult each degree page for fees

£9,250 per year
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International Students

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£14,250 per year
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