OVERVIEW Football is not just a game. From sponsorship, marketing and finance to education and leadership, it is a hugely diverse sport and industry offering a wide array of employment opportunities far beyond the most visible roles of playing or coaching. On our Football Business Management foundation degree, you’ll work with clubs and organisations to gain understanding and knowledge of management and leadership within football, preparing you for a varied and exciting career. From men’s and women’s clubs to youth and para squads, football offers a vast variety of roles, including playing a vital part in developing communities. You will be based at a partner club and your course will feature a combination of classroom-based activities and unique opportunities working on live projects in the club environment. The course will help you gain an in-depth understanding of the business of football, working with a range of people and boosting your CV with real-world experience in a stadium environment. Placements and industry guest speakers are embedded into each year of the course to expose you to wider industry experience and input from experts. You will also have the chance to take football coaching awards and other industry qualifications to support your first steps towards your chosen career.
- This course is delivered in partnership with Birmingham City FC Community Trust and Shrewsbury Town In The Community
- Practical application – Take on live projects and practical assessments working at our partner football clubs, as well as having access to our outstanding sports facilities on campus
- Live study environment – Based at your partner club, you can learn from industry experts while being immersed in the club environment, as well as having use of our University facilities
- Enrichment – Take a range of additional qualifications alongside your degree, including FA Level 1 and 2, FA First Aid, FA Safeguarding, FA Basic Referee Training Course, Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Personal Training
- Team Scotland partnership – Our University will be the home for Team Scotland at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, offering exciting opportunities for our students to work with the team and its athletes
- Digital content manager
- Fan support/liaison manager
- Social media manager
- Commercial director
- Please refer to our website www.ucb.ac.uk for the latest updates to this course
- Coaching for Performance and Management
- Brand U
- Finance and Economics of Football
- Football and Contemporary Issues
- The Global Football Industry
- Digital Media and Marketing for Football
- Investigative Football Journalism
Note: Indicative information only. Actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. Please be aware that methods of delivery for this course may be altered due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic – for the most up-to-date information, please refer to our website: www.ucb.ac.uk WHERE YOU WILL STUDY – OUR PARTNER FOOTBALL CLUBS For our Football Business Management course, you will be based at one of our partner football clubs, studying directly with them within a stadium environment: Birmingham City FC Community Trust
- Student Experience – Work placements are vital for gaining real-life experience and for building your confidence and skills before you finish your course – and they may even lead to a job when you graduate. Here at BCFC CT, you will be given the opportunity to gain work placement experience with both the club's and trust's digital marketing team and media team, as well as the Community Trust management looking at business management and finances. You will have the opportunity to work with new projects which need to be created and promoted for the business but also the football programme.
- Teaching and Learning Facilities – Work placement is integral to both the experience and assessment of our Football Business Management FdA. You will be required to participate in various community and club-based projects to achieve specific module assessments in a live environment, as well as to enhance your CV. And because of this, we want to provide the best real life business work experience possible which will help promote your skill set both practically and theoretically to the next level.
- Student Experience – Students who study at Shrewsbury Town in the Community are treated like a member of staff. They are immersed in the different programmes that are delivered across the county as well as working closely with the management and marketing teams at Shrewsbury Town in the Community and Shrewsbury Town Football Club. As well as getting an STITC staff uniform, students who join us will be able to access our in-house training courses, talks from guest speakers, tickets to STFC home games and get the opportunity for paid work alongside their studies. We organise events throughout the year to give the students opportunities to socialise away from the classroom.
- Teaching and Learning Facilities – Students will be based at Shrewsbury Town Football Club where they will complete their studies in one of the executive suites at the Football Club, the Reech Community Hub and the Mercedes Benz Football Hub. All of these rooms will be equipped with up to date resources and IT equipment needed to complete your academic work. There are also quiet breakout areas where students can work with fewer distractions. Away from teaching and learning, students will be able to access our brand new state-of-the-art 4G artificial pitch for enrichment activities.
- Smaller group teaching – 4 hours
- On-site live project work/applied learning – 6 hours
- Tutorials – 2 hours
- Coursework – 55%
- Practical assessment – 40%
- Written examinations – 5%
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Non-tariff: Non-UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry please contact [email protected] to check your eligibility. Work-based: We also give equal consideration to applicants who are currently in work and wish to apply to UCB. To apply, you must have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience, demonstrating management or supervisory duties. Your application must also include a reference from your line manager supporting your entry to higher education. For further details please contact Admissions. Students who are studying a mixture of qualifications will receive an offer that will be inclusive of all Level 3 qualifications.
Additional entry requirements
- For those making it through the initial selection process, you will be invited to participate in an online interview with the partner club you have selected as your preference. Our admissions team will ask you to select your preferred football club after submission of your application to UCB. The interview will consist of a presentation from our partner club and an individual interview, this will give you the opportunity to ask and understand all aspects of your Football Business Management degree course. After your interview, all evidence from the above selection procedures will be considered and successful applicants will receive an offer from UCB.
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||Level B2||BA/BSc - Minimum 170 with no less than 160 in any skill FdA/FdSc - Minimum 160 with no less than 150 in any skill|
|IELTS (Academic)||BA/BSc - Overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each component|
|Institution's Own Test||BA/BSc - Overall score of B2 with no less than B2- in in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of B2- with no less than B1+ in in each component|
To apply for all undergraduate degrees, if your first language is not English, you will need to sit an approved test in English.
UCB English Language Requirements
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
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