* This degree will be available from September 2021, subject to validation.

Degree overview

A career in sports management is both challenging and exciting. Students will learn many operational, financial, marketing, and legal skills required for many management roles at the same time as developing specific and detailed knowledge of complex and contemporary developments in national and global sport.


Your first year will provide a strong foundation in sports business practice, with particular attention to understanding the sports industry, key sports marketing principles and fan and consumer behaviour. From here the programme will advance your knowledge and skills development by focusing on sports-specific organisation management, legal issues in sports governance, entrepreneurship, before the final year teaches you how to engage with contemporary issues in sports management and build specific strategic management competencies.

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Degree content

This degree programme explores the world of sports business, including finance, marketing and law, as well as best practice in people management and the planning of major sporting events, such as Olympic Games and World Cups. BA (Hons) Sports Management will explore the vast global sports 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
First Point

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 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.

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:

First Year
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Understanding Sports Business
  • Industry Competencies (Mental Wealth)
  • Understanding Sports Fan Behaviour
  • Financial Management Information Systems
  • Sport, Media and Society
Second Year
  • Negotiating and Winning Contracts
  • Managing Sports Organisations
  • Industry Readiness (Mental Wealth)
  • Research Methods
  • Legal Issues in the Governance of Sport
  • Entrepreneurship
Third Year
  • Strategic Management
  • Event Delivery
  • Professional Project
  • Industry Engagement (Mental Wealth)
  • Contemporary Issues in Sport Management

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: SM10
  • Institution: U10
  • Campus: W
Requirements

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

International Baccalaureate – 28.

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 overall or above
  • International Baccalaureate (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 complementary curriculum involving high profile guest speakers, master classes and short course opportunities.

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.

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 Management programme include sports business development, sports and leisure management and administration, club directorship, sporting facilities management, sports agency, sponsorship and commercial management, sport operations management and sports entrepreneurship.

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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Mental Wealth

Each of our UCFB undergraduate degrees is underpinned by an embedded strand of learning and skills development, including a formalised a short work-placement opportunity, to better equip students for the 21st century workplace and enhance employability opportunities.

This allows students to develop a set of key transferrable skills to ensure they are ready for the modern workplace when they graduate, including emotional, social, physical, cultural and cognitive intelligence, digital proficiency, industry and community connections, and giving back to the community through projects and volunteering.

Every UCFB degree has one Mental Wealth module in each academic year to cover these skills, and our learning outcomes for all modules are closely mapped to these same competencies in order to maximise graduate's industry readiness and career opportunities.

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"What I love about the sports industry is that it’s so unique to any other industry. Social, political, and economical affairs, to name a few, all come into question."

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Fees

Home students

Home tuition fees 2021

£9,250 per year
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International students

International tuition fees 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 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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