* This degree will be available from September 2022, subject to validation.

Degree overview

This programme 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, fan engagement, operational management and business development.

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.

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Degree content

This degree programme explores the world of football business, including finance, marketing, media, international football business and general applied sports management. BA (Hons) Football Business will explore the vast global football industry and use modern and historical examples of good and bad practice from the industry to add context and further understanding to your studies.

As with many of UCFB’s degree programmes, the course will be underpinned by seminars, lectures, guest speaker sessions and work experience opportunities with a raft of leading industry partners, from national governing bodies to clubs and brands.

Teaching locations for this degree include:

UCFB Wembley

UCFB Etihad Campus

In addition to our teaching locations, we also use specialist facilities throughout the academic year as well as additional facilities where required.

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Degree specification documents and information

University Campus of Football Business is an embedded college of the University of East London. All graduates that begin their degrees with UCFB from September 2021 onwards will receive a degree from the University of East London. 

Together with the University of East London, we are taking the opportunity to review and reinvigorate our curriculum. While at present we cannot confirm specific details of our new modules before they have been confirmed at a validation event, we are able to confirm that the new curriculum will have:

  • More overall teaching hours
  • Updated, fit for purpose, content 
  • A strand of academic and research skills to support your learning journey
  • A strand of learning to better equip you for the 21st century workplace and enhance your employability opportunities 
  • More alignment to the needs of local, national and global industry

The structure of the advertised programme may therefore change prior to it beginning in September 2022, however, all applicants will be notified of any such changes prior to enrolment. 

Benchmark statements

UCFB degrees fall under five subject benchmark statements – Business and Management (2019); Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies (2019); Events, Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism (2019); Law (2019), and Psychology (2019). Visit the QAA website to access each of these benchmark statements.

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Modules

Together with the University of East London, we are taking the opportunity to review and reinvigorate our curriculum. The modules below are planned for delivery on the programme beginning in September 2022, but are still to be confirmed at a validation event beforehand:

Foundation Year
  • Skills for Learning
  • Mental Wealth 
  • Research Project
  • Contemporary Issues in Sport
  • Managing Football Operations and People
  • Introduction to Business and Management (Sport and Football)
First Year
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Introduction to Football Finance
  • Industry Competencies (Mental Wealth) 
  • Understanding Sports Fan Behaviour
  • Understanding the Business of Football
  • Sport, Media and Society
Second Year
  • The Organisation and Marketing of World Football 
  • International Culture and Relations 
  • Industry Readiness (Mental Wealth) 
  • Research Methods
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
Third Year
  • International Finance and Football Business
  • Football Brand Management
  • Professional Project
  • Industry Engagement (Mental Wealth)
  • Contemporary Issues in Sports Management

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: FBUF
  • Institution: U10
  • Campus: W

 

  • UCFB Etihad Campus course code: FBUF
  • Institution: U10 
  • Campus: E
Requirements

The minimum academic requirement for this degree course is a 64 UCAS point score under the UCAS tariff system.

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 Duolingo 95 or 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

Our access to an International License is currently being reviewed. This means we are unable to accept applications for anyone who requires a student visa to study in the UK as we cannot issue Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Once the review is finalised and we have a definitive outcome, all students who’ve expressed an interest in studying at UCFB and the Global Institute of Sport will be notified.

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: FB22
  • Institution: U10
  • Campus: W

 

  • UCFB Etihad Campus course code: FB22
  • Institution: U10 
  • Campus: E
Requirements

The minimum academic requirement for this degree course is a 96 UCAS point score under the UCAS tariff system.

Other minimum requirements

Applicants will normally have achieved one of the following: 

  • A minimum of two A Levels including two C grades
  • A BTEC Extended Diploma grade MMM
  • A BTEC Diploma grade DD
  • A combination of BTEC and A-Level qualifications with at least two C graded A levels or Merit graded BTEC equivalents
  • International applicants will be asked to achieve Duolingo 95 or IELTS for UKVI at grade 6.0 or above 
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma (minimum of 28 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 Employability & Enrichment involving high profile guest speakers, master classes and short course opportunities.

International students

Our access to an International Licence is currently being reviewed. This means we are unable to accept applications for anyone who requires a student visa to study in the UK as we cannot issue Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Once the review is finalised and we have a definitive outcome, all students who’ve expressed an interest in studying at UCFB and the Global Institute of Sport will be notified.

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 depending on an assessment of their previous certificated studies or evidence of relevant experience. To be considered for entry with advanced standing, please contact our Admissions Team at admissions@ucfb.com for information, advice and guidance.

Career prospects

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. Potential careers could span across agency, commercial, finance, marketing and business development roles within football.

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

Home students

Home tuition fees 2022

£9,250 per year
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International tuition fees 2022

£14,950 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.

Scholarships & bursaries

UCFB has a range of scholarship and bursary options to help with the cost of studying and to encourage students to embrace their time at UCFB and graduate with more than just their university degree. Click here to learn more.

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UCFB provides an exceptional environment to live and learn in, with state-of-the-art facilities in two inspirational campuses in London and Manchester, which have the iconic Wembley and Etihad stadiums at their heart.

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