Degree overview

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.

This course is available with a Foundation year for those who do not meet main entry requirements. Please see ‘Modules’ and ‘Entry Requirements’ sections on this page for further information, including UCAS codes.

BA (Hons) Football Business & Finance at UCFB
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Degree content

Your studies will focus on the core functions of football business management and will be supplemented by the financial pathway, whose modules introduce you to the principles of financial accounting, management accounting and require you to integrate theory with practice.

The degree programme integrates the core functions of business management with financial accounting in the context of football and sport organisations and governing bodies. The degree monitors the intense media coverage of contemporary football issues to apply relevant themes to enhance the student learning experience.

You will be taught in lectures and participate in seminar debates, with support from UCFB’s virtual learning environment to fully encompass the academic experience.

 

The interconnected facets of football business are applied across a diverse range of assessment strategies to provide you with a contextual insight of how sources of finance affect an organisation’s performance, and how that performance affects an organisation’s bottom line. This degree will prepare you for a career in commercial business and finance, both inside and outside the sector.

Throughout all three years of study, core business modules are supplemented by finance modules which require you to understand and apply the fundamentals of accounting terminology such as balance sheets, cash flow, gearing ratios, return on investment, net present value and consolidated accounts.

You will have a comprehensive set of transferable skills to provide you with a competitive edge in business. The final year contains a range of elective modules which allows you freedom to pursue a new area that interests you the most, providing you with greater flexibility upon graduation.

 

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Degree specification documents and information

Graduates of the BA (Hons) Football Business & Finance degree will be awarded degrees by our esteemed academic partner institution, Bucks New University. 

Benchmark statements

UCFB degrees fall under three subject benchmark statements – Business and Management (2015); Events, Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism (2016); and Psychology (2016). Visit the QAA website to access each of these benchmark statements.

Download programme specification

Please click here to download the BA (Hons) Football Business & Finance Programme specification documentation.

James Sandford, AON

For someone who is a massive football and sports fan this jobs works really well. I get up in the morning and all I do is sport.

James SandfordUCFB graduate and Placing Broker at AON

Modules

Foundation year

Foundation year modules are only applicable to students enrolled onto this degree course with an integrated foundation year at the beginning.

Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity

This module enables students to begin developing the Bucks Graduate Attributes associated with knowledge and its applications and creativity, which are essential for success in higher education and in the world of work. It encourages students to see the significant overlap between study skills and employability skills and provides the opportunity for students to reflect on and develop their existing abilities in both areas. The module will prepare students for successful progression to Level 4 academic study while allowing them to learn about and prepare themselves for employment in the twenty-first century through inquiry based learning, problem solving and critical and creative thinking.

This module complements Preparing for Success: Self Development and Responsibility which develops the Bucks Graduate Attributes associated with leadership and self-development and social and ethical awareness and responsibility. Both Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity and Preparing for Success: Self Development and Responsibility are designed so that students can take them in any order

Preparing for Success: Self Development and Responsibility

This module enables students to begin developing the Bucks Graduate Attributes associated with leadership and self-development and social and ethical awareness and responsibility, which are essential for success in higher education and in the world of work. It encourages students to see the significant overlap between study skills and employability skills and provides the opportunity for students to reflect on and develop their existing abilities in both areas. The module will prepare students for successful progression to Level 4 academic study while allowing them to learn about and prepare themselves for employment in the twenty-first century through inquiry based learning, problem solving and critical and creative thinking.

This module complements Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity, which develops the Bucks Graduate Attributes associated with knowledge and its applications and creativity. Both Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity and Preparing for Success: Self Development and Responsibility are designed so that students can take them in any order.

 

Inquiry Based Learning

Delivery of this module is based on ‘confirmation inquiry’ – a foundational level of inquiry geared for developing students’ understanding of key concepts and themes as well as basic methodologies and approaches to academic work, relevant to the discipline of the individual student. Students will then have the opportunity to analyse a problem or question that relates to their subject area, making use of information gathered from various sources using different methods and strategies.

This module is one of the two subject modules studied during the Foundation Year. It can be taken in either semester one or semester two and does not assume or require and prior knowledge of the subject area.

Managing Football Operations & People

The last two decades has seen football grow at an unprecedented rate, in large thanks to an ever increasing multi-billion-pound TV audience. Because of this the role of a football club and the variety of jobs they provide means that club operations are now wide and varied.

This module will provide students with an understanding of a range of concepts and models related to understanding and managing people, work and behaviour in national and international football related organisations, including the influence of marketing, sources of finance for different commercial purposes and political landscape of the game.

First Year

Semester 1

Understanding Football Business

The football business is a constantly growing global industry because of its increased popularity and revenues. The unique role that clubs play in society creates an environment that distinguishes the football business from other industries.

Administrators of the game need to respect and retain both its spirit and the impact of contemporary issues on its global operations. You will learn how different factors have influenced the development of the football business.

Applying basic business theories, you will begin to understand the framework within which all football-related institutions coexist and the decision-making process of clubs, players, agents, governing bodies and other stakeholders.

The impact of the external environment, the supporters, ownership models of clubs and social context which has shaped the game will also be considered.

An Introduction to Marketing

Marketing has become synonymous with the ways in which firms attract customers and persuade them to purchase goods and services.

Marketing is also a business philosophy that places the customer at the heart of all its activities (customer centric) and regards satisfying customer needs and wants as the only way to build sustainable competitive advantage.

You will explore the application of marketing concepts and ideas to the modern football industry and how it has contributed to its growth both in grassroots and professional contexts.

Semester 2

Fundamentals of Accounting & Finance

This module seeks to develop an awareness of and an understanding of the source and purpose of financial accounting information within the organisation and an understanding of the structure of the main financial statements. It is also designed to encourage students to develop skills necessary to be able to use financial information for planning, control and decision making.

Understanding Football Fans & Customers

This module examines our understanding of the football and sports consumer, their motivations, the difference between a ‘fan’ and a ‘customer’, and their level of involvement in purchasing decisions.

You will examine the unique relationship between the fan and the team and consider the growing number of supporter led organisations and their influence on the national game. In collaboration with other students, you will carry out market research using both primary and secondary research techniques to look at the characteristics of a football fan and their decision-making process, conducting research for the benefit of the sport and its interested parties.

Second Year

Semester 1

International Football Business Analysis

This module examines football organisations from a functional perspective, considering the roles, operations and challenges impacting on the international business environment.

The purpose of the module is to help you to become more familiar with key business functions and indicators of the different football associations and leagues around the world and their connection with their respective business environments.

Intermediate Financial Accounting

The module will develop financial accounting skills from FB402 Fundamentals in Accounting and Finance. This unit equips students with the financial accounting techniques to prepare income statements and statements of financial position with adjustments.

The students will be expected to comment on ethical issues in Financial reporting around the IASs e.g. Recognition of Non-Current Asset values, Impairment and revaluation, Accounting policies when looking at opportunities to window dress financial statements.

Semester 2

Research Methods

The aim of this module is to provide the student with an understanding of research principles, a range of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and appropriate analysis for these. This will enable the student to develop the research skills and knowledge necessary to undertake an independent research project. Students will be provided with support in developing their writing style to incorporate citations and make use of referencing.

They will be introduced to Academic Journals and will use these to inform their understanding of the research approaches used in the sector. This will also serve to familiarise the learners with the role of Journals in their wider study. The final aspect of this module will introduce hypothesis testing, with learners making use of a computer package to undertake simple statistical tests commonly used within their subject area.

Intermediate Management Accounting

The module will develop management accounting skills from FB402 Fundamentals in Accounting and Finance. This unit equips students with the management accounting techniques to evaluate both short and long term proposals. The unit will incorporate measures to assess the key performance indicators of businesses and enable students to make recommendations at operational level.

Third Year

Semester 1

Strategic Management

Studying this module will develop your knowledge of strategic management in different organisational and environmental contexts. You will learn how strategic management is applied within football (grassroots/professional) and sporting industries.

You will also be able to critically evaluate how strategic information systems support strategic planning and thinking. The module will provide you with theoretical concepts and relevant tools for undertaking strategic analyses, considering strategic choices and making strategic recommendations.

International Finance

This module will enable you to critically examine the impact on UK football companies of establishing themselves in the international market place.

In the module you will consider the national and international accounting requirements, as well as the risks faced when carrying out trade in different currencies. As result of the module you will be able to evaluate the methods employed to reduce risk and maximise benefits.

In addition, this module presents an opportunity to analyse, review and assess the impact that trading across borders has on the financial strategies of sports brands.

Semester 2

Research Project

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity for independent learning through the completion of an individual, extended research project. The project requires a high level of individual application and commitment to research and enquiry. It provides students with the opportunity to identify, reflect upon and explore a topic that has implications for their own professional development.

Corporate Reporting

The module will stimulate discussion and debate about how financial managers in the football and sports industries control business operations and are impacted by the prevailing economic climate.

The rationale behind the creation of financial statements based on common accounting standards in the UK, and also internationally, will be examined. Theoretical concepts about financial management techniques will be applied and discussed in case studies based on football and other sports clubs. You will learn about the impact of reporting requirements and financial analysis.

The theories used in short and long term financial management techniques will be examined and you will consider how to apply these methods appropriately.

Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from students with a genuine passion and ambition to work in the football and sports industries.

With Foundation Year
UCAS codes
  • UCFB Wembley course code: FBFF
  • Institution: U10
  • Campus: W
  • UCFB Etihad Campus course code: FBFF,
  • Institution: U10
  • Campus: E
Requirements

The minimum academic requirement for the degree course with Integrated Foundation Year is a 64 UCAS point score under the new UCAS tariff system for 2019 entry.

Other minimum requirements

Applicants will normally have achieved one of the following:

  • A Levels with DDE or higher
  • A BTEC Extended diploma grade MPP
  • A BTEC Diploma grade MM
  • A combination of BTEC and A-Level qualifications

Applicants are also expected to hold a GCSE grade C in Maths or English.

To be considered eligible for the programme, applicants must have completed at least two years of post-secondary education or work experience.

Applicants applying without the minimum required UCAS points can still be considered on a case by case basis and may be requested to attend an interview and assessment prior to receiving an offer.

International applicants will be asked to achieve IELTS for UKVI at grade 6.0 overall or above.
Enquiries are encouraged from anybody who does not meet the above criteria but would like to be considered for the programme. Please email admissions@ucfb.com for further advice.

International students

UCFB cannot currently sponsor non-EU students’ visas.

You will not need a visa to study in the UK if:

  • You are a British citizen
  • You are a citizen of a European Economic Area (EEA) member state or Switzerland
  • You have a visa to stay in the UK for another purpose that allows you to study

If you are still unsure whether you would need a visa to study in the UK, or for more information, please contact compliance@ucfb.com.

Three Year Degree
UCAS codes
  • UCFB Wembley course code: FBF1
  • Institution: U10
  • Campus: W
  • UCFB Etihad Campus course code: FBF1
  • Institution: U10
  • Campus: E
Requirements

The minimum academic requirement for this degree course is a 112 UCAS point score under the UCAS tariff system for 2019 entry.

Other minimum requirements

Applicants will normally have achieved one of the following:

  • A minimum of 2 A Levels including two C grades
  • A BTEC Extended diploma grade DMM
  • A BTEC Diploma grade D*D*
  • A combination of BTEC and A-Level qualifications with at least two C graded A levels or Merit graded BTEC equivalents.
  • International Baccalaureate (minimum of 30 points)
    An Advanced GNVQ in an appropriate subject at Distinction level
  • An Access Course: minimum of 60 credits, including at least 45 at Level 3
  • An equivalent level 3 qualification

Applicants should have a strong GCSE profile, including English at Grade 4 or Grade C, or equivalent and Maths at Grade 4 or Grade C (specifically for Football Business & Finance, Sports Business & Sports Law and Sport Psychology).

Other equivalent qualifications, including those from your own country, will be considered for entry.

Applicants for whom English is a second language will need a valid Academic IELTS certificate with an overall score of 6.0 with no lower than 5.5 in each component for entry on to a degree programme (Level 4).

All qualifications are subject to approval by the UCFB Admissions team, based on UKVI requirements.
We also welcome applications from mature students who may not possess the above qualifications but may have relevant experience.

All applicants will be expected to demonstrate a specific interest in their preferred area of study and should have a commitment to engaging with the subject through the academic programme and our complementary curriculum involving high profile guest speakers, master classes and short course opportunities

International students

UCFB cannot currently sponsor non-EU students’ visas.

You will not need a visa to study in the UK if:

  • You are a British citizen
  • You are a citizen of a European Economic Area (EEA) member state or Switzerland
  • You have a visa to stay in the UK for another purpose that allows you to study

If you are still unsure whether you would need a visa to study in the UK, or for more information, please contact compliance@ucfb.com.

Entry with advanced standing

Students are normally expected to start at Level 4, but can be admitted to any level of the course which is considered suitable, after portfolio review and interview, using the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

Under this arrangement, a student may apply to have previous academic credits or other learning or experience taken into consideration.

Such applications are considered by the Faculty CATS committee and must be supported by the Academic Department.

Career prospects

Career prospects for graduates of the BA (Hons) Football Business & Finance degree programme at UCFB include financial and accounting roles or operational roles within football, including the ability to rise to senior managerial roles due to the management aspect of the degree.

The UCFB Employability & Enrichment programme

Over 90% of UCFB graduates are in employment within six months of graduating and almost two-thirds of them work within the global sports industry.

At UCFB we bridge the gap between education and business, allowing a unique approach to education. We provide two curricula; the academic curriculum which encompasses exams and coursework and the Employability & Enrichment programme – a three year journey of professional and personal development.

This provides access to best-in-class industry guest speakers, additional qualifications and exceptional opportunities to apply for work experience placements to ensure our students graduate as well-rounded, empowered professionals.

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Fees

UK/EU students

UK/EU tuition fees 2019

£9,250 per year
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International students

International tuition fees 2019

£14,250 per year
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Additional costs

The provision of a facility or service including accommodation may be subject to an additional charge (i.e. separate from tuition fees). Where this is the case, we will make this clear in advance and payment for such service shall be made in accordance with any additional contract made between you and the University.

In some instances, optional Employability & Enrichment activities provided by UCFB may carry an additional cost for participants (e.g. qualifications with external certification such as FA Coaching Badges). Any additional costs will be provided to students in advance of any such sessions running.

Student are expected to be in possession of an approved scientific calculator throughout their degree. Costs for these range from £5 to £50.

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