Degree overview

This programme is ideal for those looking for experience and understanding of the world of business and sport and to develop as a manager. It provides a unique learning experience and the opportunity to live, learn and develop within the live operations of a professional sports environment by our UEFA qualified coaches, some of whom have previously coached at the academies of leading Premier League clubs. This allows engagement and understanding across areas such as rehabilitation, physiotherapy, player acquisition and analysis. Studies will focus on the broad concepts involved in the sport business and surrounding industries.

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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BA (Hons) Sports Business & Coaching

 

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Degree content

You will develop your understanding of sports as a business and combine the opportunity to improve your coaching skills, long term athlete development and coaching pathways. You will explore different techniques for analysing performance including notational analysis and the use of technology to improve performance.

You will cover high performance coaching, with the opportunity to become a qualified STATS analyst; STATS is the global leader in sports analysis software. You will examine elite sports performance, gain an insight into leadership and management skills and develop an understanding of physical education and pedagogical issues.

Teaching locations for this degree include:

UCFB Wembley
Wembley Stadium
The Hive, London

UCFB Etihad Campus
Manchester Sports Village, Belle Vue
UCFB Study Hub @ Piccadilly Place
Curzon Ashton FC
National Cycling Centre

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

From September 2021, 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 2021, however, all applicants will be notified of any such changes prior to enrolment.

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.

Alumni Josh Arnold

The skills that I learnt during my degree throughout all the different units really helped me, such as talent identification, and coaching specific units where I’ve learnt how to handle different age groups.

Josh ArnoldUCFB graduate and Sports Coach at Aldro Prep School for Boys

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 2021, but are still to be confirmed at a validation event beforehand:

Foundation year
  • Skills for Learning
  • Mental Wealth
  • Research Project
  • Contemporary Issues in Sport
  • Theory of Coaching
  • Introduction to the Principles of Coaching
First Year
  • Fundamentals of Sports Business and Coaching
  • Understanding Sports Business
  • Industry Competencies (Mental Wealth)
  • Coaching in Education and the Community
  • Understanding Sports Fan Behaviour
  • Development of Sport
Second Year
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Talent Development and Scouting
  • Industry Readiness (Mental Wealth)
  • Research Methods
  • Event Planning
  • Coaching in Education Settings
Third Year
  • High Performance Coaching
  • Leadership and Management
  • Professional Project
  • Industry Engagement (Mental Wealth)
  • Performance Analysis

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: SBCF
  • Institution: U10
  • Campus: W

 

  • UCFB Etihad Campus course code: SBCF
  • 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.

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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

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 admissions@ucfb.com.

Three Year Degree
UCAS codes
  • UCFB Wembley course code: SBC1
  • Institution: U10
  • Campus: W

 

  • UCFB Etihad campus course code: SBC1
  • Institution: U10
  • Campus: E
Requirements

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

International Baccalaureate - 30

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 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 overall or above.
  • 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 are expected to demonstrate a strong interest in understanding both sports business and coaching. Students will need to be able to synthesise and translate theory and knowledge from a variety of business and coaching disciplines to aid sportsmen and women achieve their potential and maximise their performance.

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 admissions@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) Sports Business & Coaching degree programme at UCFB are diverse, ranging from coaching at grass roots to high performance level within your chosen sport. The programme also provides students with the skills and competencies to rise to senior managerial roles within the sports business and coaching world 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

Home students

Home tuition fees for 2021

£9,250 per year
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International students

International tuition fees for 2021

£14,950 per year
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Additional information about fees and costs

Visit our dedicated page about fees and student finance.

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 UCFB.

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.

UCFB students may also be asked for an additional contribution fee of £10-20 for trips.

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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