Football has become an important global industry, regulated by an increasingly complex pattern of laws and regulations, in which disputes requiring legal expertise commonly arise.

Those involved in the football industry must therefore be capable of navigating through relevant regulations, and demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the legal framework to protect their business and ensure its prosperity.

Degree content

This programme combines the development of academic skills and knowledge across the areas of football business and law with a bespoke practical dimension. Modules will focus on areas such as football business (national and international), the application of national, EU and international sports law, competition law and the role of national and international governing bodies.

Students will focus on topical issues including the exploitation of commercial rights, players’ contracts and players’ intermediaries, arbitration and competition law as well as governance, anti-doping, match-fixing, betting and stadium safety. Students will be encouraged to relate theory to practice, display skills of critical analysis, reasoning, problem-solving and undertake independent research. This programme will enable students to develop transferable skills that will allow them to meet the changing demands of employment.

The programme sets you up for unique employment and placement opportunities, particularly in the fields of sports intermediaries, governing bodies, football and sports clubs, law firms and associated sports businesses. Students will receive high quality teaching, learning and industry led provision from professionals with backgrounds in academia, law, professional football, elite sport and business.

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

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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.


* This degree is subject to validation for 2019 entry

Semester 1

Introduction to Law+

Introduction to Law

Whilst sports law is now widely recognised as a discrete jurisprudential category of law, it has its foundations in the traditional areas of law such as contract law, tort law, criminal law, employment law and European Union law.

It is also a category of law heavily influenced by legislation and judge made law. Recognising that most students will come to the programme with limited legal knowledge, this module introduces students to the sources and institutions of the English and European Union legal systems and systematically explains the workings of the law so as to prepare them for study on the sports specific modules that follow.

The module not only covers the key substantive areas of the law, but it also introduces students to key legal skills including legal research, legal writing, legal referencing and legal etiquette, as well as familiarisation with alternative legal systems.

Understanding Marketing and Sponsorship in Football+

Understanding Marketing and Sponsorship in Football

The aim of the module is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of all factors that shaped the current football sponsorship’s scenario, introducing them to key concepts and allowing them to identify key players in this market and their impact on football organisations in terms of revenues.


Semester 2

Introduction to Football Law+

Introduction to Football Law

This module explores the intellectual foundations to the study of the historical and contemporary debates concerning the relationship between sport and law and we introduce the emergence of this now common category of law.

The module provides an introduction to how sport is regulated and how sport organises itself. The module will have a particular focus on and how football operates within the framework of national (UK) and European law.

Introduction to International Football Business+

Introduction to International Football Business

The international football business environment has undergone a variety of fundamental changes in the last twenty years and in this module you will examine the reaction of football governing bodies and clubs to the opportunities and threats which arise from the existence of international forces.

You will gain an understanding of the impact of globalisation and apply this within the context of international football governing bodies and football clubs. Organisational structures and business management practices in the international football business environment will be analysed along with the environmental factors that affect international governing bodies.

Semester 1

Research Methods+

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.

The Legality of Football+

The Legality of Football

The football system faces continuous challenges related to the legality of the conducts of those who operate in it. The majority of the challenges stem from misconduct of sports participants, fans and other stakeholders in general, and ranges from on-the-pitch misbehaviour, to off-the-pitch conduct, to corruption at governance level.

The module explores a number of issues with the aim of critically analysing how does the law apply in this area, how the governing bodies have complied with it and what is the consequence of lack of compliance. Students will identify the interests affected by the various kinds of misconducts and the protection offered by the football system.

The module will draw from the content covered in previous modules and expand on the application of criminal law and the law of torts within the football system.


Semester 2

International Football Business Analysis+

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.

Commercial Regulation in Football and Sport+

Commercial Regulation in Football and Sport

The module examines the specificity of sport in its commercial aspiration, ad whether and how the interests of the stakeholders are protected against illegal/unfair/restrictive practices.

Semester 1

Research Project+

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.

Governance in Football and Sport+

Governance in Football and Sport

This module will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of how the football industry is governed and will equip them with the ability to critically analyse different governance approaches. The module will examine governance on two levels:

  • The organisational level: students will appraise the various roles performed by the board of directors of individual football clubs, while also evaluating the antecedents of board effectiveness. Comparisons will be made with boards in alternative industries.
  • The inter-organisational level: students will critically examine how governing bodies within the football industry are organised and how they can maximise their effectiveness. This will involve a particular focus on ethical standards, CSR and corruption.

Semester 2

Intellectual Property in Football and Sport+

Intellectual Property in Football and Sport

This module explores the way in which sport and intellectual property interact. Ultimately sport shows intellectual property (IP) in action. Patents encourage technological advances that result in better sporting equipment. Trademarks, brands and designs contribute to the distinct identity of events, teams and their gear.

Athletes and events organisers and broadcasters require protection from exploitation. IP lies at the heart of the huge commercial opportunities offered by the world of sport.

Contract Law, Interpretation and Negotiation+

Contract Law, Interpretation and Negotiation

This module explores the web of contractual relationships that operate within sport. An athlete, manager, coach and support staff are usually employees of clubs and organisations. Other athletes may be self-employed but are still engaged under a contract of sorts. These parties may also find themselves contractually bound by the rules of a governing body (i.e. FA) and athletes may also enter into contracts with agents, sponsors and events organisers.

This module also focuses on the practical elements of the commercial negotiation that are common place in the professional sports including commercial negotiations, player transfers, takeovers, endorsements and third party ownership.


* This degree is subject to validation for 2019 entry

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

The minimum academic requirement for this degree course is a 112 UCAS point score under the new UCAS tariff system for 2018 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 C, or equivalent and Maths at 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). For applicants who require a TIER 4 Student Visa you will need an ‘IELTS for UKVI’ certificate.

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 Employment & Enrichment involving high profile guest speakers, master classes and short course opportunities.


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.


Fees

UK/ EU Tuition fees for 2018 entry are:
UCFB Etihad Campus – £9,250 per year

International Tuition fees for 2018 entry are:
UCFB Etihad Campus – £13,500 per year

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Scholarships & Bursaries

A limited number of scholarships and bursaries are available for 2018. Visit the undergraduate scholarships and bursaries page for more information.

If you have any further questions regarding entry requirements, please contact us at admissions@ucfb.com.


*This degree is subject to validation for 2019 entry

Career prospects not only include qualifying as a lawyer, through further study, but commercial and governance roles in football or sports organisations, and sport management roles for teams, clubs, athletes and sports agency, and player liaison roles.

The programme sets you up for unique employment and placement opportunities, particularly in the fields of sports intermediaries, governing bodies, football and sports clubs, law firms and associated sports businesses. UCFB’s unique personal development programme monitors each student throughout the three-year course, enabling us to know each student’s needs and expectations.

This ties in with students’ career development, ultimately leading to them finding the right place within the football and sports business. For those who wish to extend their studies at the end of their degree, opportunities to study at Masters level will be encouraged.

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Employer Endorsements+

David Dale, Chief Executive Officer of Football Aid & Field of Dreams

“The relationship we have with UCFB and their students is a significant one, and something we are delighted with. The students have been a fantastic addition to the team and have all displayed a very professional attitude with a real emphasis on using their time with us to build and develop their knowledge and understanding of our events and the relationships we have with our club partners – many of whom are regarded as the most powerful brands in world football.”

Michael Tattersall, Chief Executive of The National League

“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.”

Click here to find out more about what UCFB’s employment partners say about our students.

*This degree is subject to validation for 2019 entry

Tuition fees

UK/EU tuition fees for 2018 entry are £9,250 per year.
International tuition fees for 2018 entry are £13,500 per year.

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 Employment & Enrichment activities provided by UCFB may carry an additional cost for participants. 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.


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* This degree is subject to validation for 2019 entry