This course is available with a Foundation year for those who do not meet main entry requirements. Please see ‘Requirements’ and ‘Modules’ tabs on this page for further information, including UCAS codes.

There are currently over one hundred stadia across the world under planning and/or construction. This degree programme will help you gain an understanding and research different international stadia, design processes, pitch construction, architectural challenges and other important factors such as health and safety constraints. You will cover topics such as international retailing, football infrastructures, the challenges of dealing with differing stakeholders, cultural differences and attitudes to corporate social responsibility. Lastly you will learn how to understand and formulate successful bids for global football competitions and events, and develop your operational understanding of sport law with an international perspective, such as international player transfers and migration.

Degree content

Football is a multi-billion-pound global industry, and the sport industry as a whole is growing faster than GDP both in emerging and mature economies. You will study the key drivers which fuel this rapid market growth including the nature of ‘fandom’, the development of the international football and sport industries, and the creation of a global strategy. There are over 200 member associations around world who each govern and manage football in their respective countries. Therefore, you will examine the international licencing schemes and regulations of organisations such as UEFA, CONCACAF and FIFA, along with the implications of cultural differences linked to commercial and sponsorship opportunities.

To enrich your learning, there may be opportunities for work experience both in the UK and internationally between your second and third year. Furthermore, during your three years at UCFB, there may be opportunities to interact with global events at the likes of Wembley Stadium, enabling you to apply your knowledge and increase your competitive edge in the workplace. Your studies will provide you with an understanding of the broader global football industry and its history as well as contemporary challenges to provide a solid foundation for your degree. You will explore marketing in the football industry with an international perspective as well as an appraisal of the different types of league structures and franchises such as in the USA.

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Graduates of the BA (Hons) International Football Business 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 – General business and management (2007); Hospitality, leisure, sport and tourism (2008); and Psychology (2010). Visit the QAA website to access each of these benchmark statements.

Download the BA (Hons) International Football Business Programme Specification.

All modules on this Foundation year are currently subject to validation.

Foundation year modules are only applicable to students enrolled onto this degree course with an integrated foundation year at the beginning.

Preparing for Success in Higher Education+

This module enables students to develop self-awareness and to identify those personal qualities, attributes and skills required for successful progression to Level 4 academic study.

The module provides students with the opportunity to reflect on their existing abilities, and to further develop key academic and study skills.

Employability and Enterprise+

This module allows students to learn about employment prospects in their chosen area of interest. This includes research about what employers are looking for in future recruits – including technical skills, transferable skills, personal attributes and business awareness – as an important pre-cursor for being able to present themselves effectively to employers using a CV, application form, social media networking and during a job interview.

Students will also develop entrepreneurial skills, being able to formulate a properly evidenced proposal to address the needs of identified consumers, for example, some innovation, service improvement or new business opportunity. They will be able to pitch their idea in a professional manner and using a range of appropriate visual aids.

Project+

This module provides students with the opportunity to analyse a problem that relates to their specialist subject area, making use of information gathered from various sources using different methods and strategies.

Once the problem is fully understood, as well as the requirements and expectations of the stakeholders, a project can then be planned and completed in a structured manner in order to implement some intervention to bring improvements and benefits to the inspected situation.

Throughout, students will be required to effectively communicate and report their progress with their project, and make use of the advice and guidance provided by an appropriate project supervisor.

Managing Football Operations and People+

The last two decades has seen football grow at an unprecedented rate, in large thanks to an ever increasing multi-billion-pound TV audience. Because of this the role of a football club and the variety of jobs they provide means that club operations are now wide and varied.

This module will provide students with an understanding of a range of concepts and models related to understanding and managing people, work and behaviour in national and international football related organisations, including the influence of marketing, sources of finance for different commercial purposes and political landscape of the game.

Semester 1

Understanding Football Business+

Understanding Football Business

The football business is a constantly growing global industry because of its increased popularity and revenues. The unique role that clubs play in society creates an environment that distinguishes the football business from other industries. Administrators of the game need to respect and retain both its spirit and the impact of contemporary issues on its global operations. You will learn how different factors have influenced the development of the football business. Applying basic business theories, you will begin to understand the framework within which all football-related institutions coexist and the decision-making process of clubs, players, agents, governing bodies and other stakeholders. The impact of the external environment, the supporters, ownership models of clubs and social context which has shaped the game will also be considered.

An Introduction to Marketing+

An Introduction to Marketing

Marketing has become synonymous with the ways in which firms attract customers and persuade them to purchase goods and services. Marketing is also a business philosophy that places the customer at the heart of all its activities (customer centric) and regards satisfying customer needs and wants as the only way to build sustainable competitive advantage. You will explore the application of marketing concepts and ideas to the modern football industry and how it has contributed to its growth both in grassroots and professional contexts.


Semester 2

Fundamentals of Accounting & Finance+

Fundamentals of Accounting & Finance

This module seeks to develop an awareness of and an understanding of the source and purpose of financial accounting information within the organisation and an understanding of the structure of the main financial statements. It is also designed to encourage students to develop skills necessary to be able to use financial information for planning, control and decision making.

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

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.

Stadium Management+

Stadium Management

The module examines stadium safety issues and why stadium managers need to maximise sources of income from a range of small and large scale events including sporting, retail, hospitality, conferencing and banqueting. It will provide students with contextual experience of a range of stadium management issues that include stakeholder management, stadium safety and operations and developing income streams. Students are required to analyse key components of stadium management and will apply their learning to contextual assessment.


Semester 2

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.

Intermediate Management Accounting+

Intermediate Management Accounting

The module will develop management accounting skills from FB402 Fundamentals in Accounting and Finance. This unit equips students with the management accounting techniques to evaluate both short and long term proposals. The unit will incorporate measures to assess the key performance indicators of businesses and enable students to make recommendations at operational level.

 

 

Semester 1

Strategic Management+

Strategic Management

Studying this module will develop your knowledge of strategic management in different organisational and environmental contexts. You will learn how strategic management is applied within football (grassroots/professional) and sporting industries. You will also be able to critically evaluate how strategic information systems support strategic planning and thinking. The module will provide you with theoretical concepts and relevant tools for undertaking strategic analyses, considering strategic choices and making strategic recommendations.

International Finance+

International Finance

This module will enable you to critically examine the impact on UK football companies of establishing themselves in the international market place. In the module you will consider the national and international accounting requirements, as well as the risks faced when carrying out trade in different currencies. As result of the module you will be able to evaluate the methods employed to reduce risk and maximise benefits. In addition, this module presents an opportunity to analyse, review and assess the impact that trading across borders has on the financial strategies of sports brands.


Semester 2

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.

Strategic International Football Business+

Strategic International Football Business

This module enables you to examine the operations, behaviour and strategic decision-making of football organisations from an international perspective. You will focus on strategic development and how this implemented. You will develop analytical and reflective knowledge in assessing football organisations and their business environments from a global viewpoint. You will study the key management disciplines which shape policy development from a strategic level and explore their relationship to the football industry.


* Modules listed above may vary depending on changes to the syllabus.

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 96 UCAS point score under the new UCAS tariff system for 2017 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 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 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 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 complementary curriculum 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 2017 entry are:
UCFB Wembley – £9,250 per year
UCFB Etihad Campus – £9,250 per year

International Tuition fees for 2017 entry are:
UCFB Wembley – £13,500 per year
UCFB Etihad Campus – £13,500 per year

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Scholarships & Bursaries

A limited number of scholarships and bursaries are available for 2015. 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.

UCAS Codes

UCFB Wembley Course Code : N8N8 , Institution: B94, Campus: D
UCFB Etihad Campus Course Code: N8N8, Institution: B94, Campus: F

The minimum academic requirement for the degree course with Integrated Foundation Year is a 64 UCAS point score under the new UCAS tariff system for 2017 entry.

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 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.

Due to the flexible nature of the BA (Hons) International Football Business degree programme, graduates will be able to access roles ranging from event operations to business development, including the possibility to work for clubs, sport businesses or governing bodies.

Student profiles:

Thomas Freismuth, BA (Hons) International Football Business

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UCFB Wembley+

Tuition fees
UK/EU tuition fees for 2017 entry are £9,250 per year.
International tuition fees for 2017 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 the University.

In some instances, optional Complimentary Curriculum activities provided by UCFB may carry an additional cost for participants (e.g. qualifications with external certification such as FA Coaching Badges or ProZone qualifications). Any additional costs will be provided to students in advance of any such sessions running.

UCFB Etihad Campus+

Tuition fees
UK/EU tuition fees for 2017 entry are £9,250 per year.
International tuition fees for 2017 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 the University.

In some instances, optional Complimentary Curriculum activities provided by UCFB may carry an additional cost for participants (e.g. qualifications with external certification such as FA Coaching Badges or ProZone qualifications). Any additional costs will be provided to students in advance of any such sessions running.