Degree overview

Sport is regulated by a complex pattern of law and regulation. Sport executives not only need to conform to the regulations established by the authorities, but they must also use their understanding of the legal framework to ensure compliance with the law of the land, and protect the business from risk.

This degree links the commercial and legal aspects of sports business, through varied learning such as field trips to the likes of the Supreme Court and workshop masterclasses with sports law specialists.

YouTube video
BA (Hons) Sports Business & Sports Law

 

Item 3

Degree content

Modules will focus on sport business, domestic and EU sport law, the role of governing bodies in sport and international sport business governance.

You will also explore the legal challenges regarding the use of social media within the industry, recent case studies regarding drug abuse and racism in sport and the legal issues surrounding safety in sport stadiums and of spectators.

The broad spectrum of subjects covered, including player contracts at home and abroad, loan agreements, transfer negotiations, disciplinary and regulatory problems, intellectual property rights, product endorsement and sponsorship deals, will help you apply theory to live projects to develop your employability skills and provide you with a balanced undergraduate degree.

Through our Employment & Enrichment team you will benefit from our partnerships with industry-leading sport specialists including Beswicks Sports. You will develop a taste for both the sport business and legal sectors with our sport law master class workshops delivered by sport law specialis. These masterclasses have included award-winning sport lawyer Daniel Geey, a Senior Associate (Competition and EU regulatory) at Sheridans Sports.

 

Teaching locations for this degree include:

UCFB Wembley
Wembley Stadium

UCFB Etihad Campus
Manchester Sports Village, Belle Vue
UCFB Study Hub @ Piccadilly Place

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

Show more
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.

Saad Wadia, Avalon

UCFB gave us the platform to work while studying, and it gave us the opportunity to work on projects that we liked. It gave us the chance to grow organically.

Saad WadiaUCFB graduate and Co-Founder and Director of Avalon Sports Group

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:

Year 1
  • Legal Systems and Principles
  • Understanding Sports Business
  • Industry Competencies (Mental Wealth)
  • Sports Law: Theory and Practice
  • Financial Management Information Systems and Internal Controls
  • Understanding International Football Business Environment
Year 2
  • Sports, Crime and Deviance
  • Managing Sports Organisations
  • Industry Readiness (Mental Wealth)
  • Research Methods
  • Legal Issues in the Governance of Sport
  • Entrepreneurship
Year 3
  • Employment Law and Sport
  • Strategic Management
  • Industry Engagement (Mental Wealth)
  • Professional Project
  • Commercial Sports Law

Entry requirements

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

Three Year Degree
UCAS codes
  • UCFB Wembley course code: SBL1
  • Institution: U10
  • Campus: W

 

  • UCFB Etihad Campus course code: SBL1
  • Institution: U10
  • Campus: E
Requirements

The minimum academic requirement for this degree course is a 112 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 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 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 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 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 & Sports Law degree programme at UCFB include not only qualifying as a lawyer through further study but governance roles, paralegal work within sport organisations and sport management roles for teams, clubs and athletes.

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.

Find out more about your career journey at UCFB

YouTube video
UCFB Award In Football & Sports Leadership
Global Insight Series

The UCFB Global Insight Series is a thought leadership series, exclusively collated and made available for all UCFB on-campus and online students. The UCFB Global Insight Series provides unprecedented access to UCFB’s elite sports network; including interviews with LMA managers and other UCFB guest speakers, and content from UCFB’s Global Sports Summits at New York’s Red Bull Arena, Atlanta’s brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Toronto FC’s BMO Field and the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

Find out more

Employer Endorsement

Our partnership with UCFB represents a great opportunity for all 68 of our clubs and the students. Not only do our clubs benefit from added behind the scenes assistance and guidance from a number of skilled and willing individuals helping take our leagues to the next level, students learn and adapt vital skills crucial to the football industry and their future careers.

Michael TattersallChief Executive of The National League
UCFB student Evie Gane

The UCFB Academy, Wembley team at UCFB Wembley had a hugely successful season, winning the BUCS League South Eastern Tier 2A in an unbeaten season. Among their ranks is Evie Gane, a BA (Hons) Sports Business & Sports Law student who backed up her team’s success with the individual achievement of earning a trial and then signing for WSL Championship side London Bees. 

Read more
Evie Gane
UCFB graduate and Commercial & Legal Executive at Wycombe Wanderers Josh Easterbrook

UCFB is lucky enough to count not one, not two, but three graduates who are employed at recently promoted, Championship newcomers Wycombe Wanderers. Here, Josh Easterbrook, who works as a Commercial & Legal Executive at the club, tells us about his role.

Read more
Josh Easterbrook

Fees

Home students

Home tuition fees 2021

£9,250 per year
Apply now
International students

International tuition fees 2021

£14,950 per year
Apply now
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 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.

GIS global study hubs

New York’s Red Bull Arena, Atlanta’s brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Toronto FC’s BMO Field and the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) play host to the Global Institute of Sport study hubs, enabling students and graduates to enhance their knowledge and expertise of the international sports industry.

Find out more
UCFB Award in Football and Sports Leadership

At UCFB we are dedicated to maximising the career opportunities of all of our students. This is why we offer unparalleled opportunities beyond the learning environment, enhanced by exclusive partnerships with some of the biggest and most influential names and organisations in world sport.

Find out more
UCFB news & videos
Register for the UCFB newsletter

Stay up to date with all things UCFB by registering for our monthly newsletter.

Register