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BA (Hons)
Football Business and Finance

There's a common core to understanding the finances of a business, whether you want to be the finance director of a big company or the financial controller of your local football club.

Qualification: BA (Hons)

UCAS code: X317

Study mode: Full-time

Location: UCFB Manchester

Duration: Three years

Start date: September


Is this course for me?

Our programmes have been created for aspiring professionals wishing to work within the football industry. The industry includes some of the most powerful brands and businesses in the world, such as Adidas, Nike, Umbro, Sky TV, Barclays, Standard Chartered, Mastercard, Visa, Sony, Ford, Heineken, Thomas Cook, Emirates and Samsung, right through to the clubs themselves. We are looking for individuals who are aiming high and who are passionate about this industry and the way in which it plays a part in the lives of millions who identify with clubs and enjoy games in person and through the media.

What will this course cover?

Football business brings the study of finance into a highly stimulating context. This means that students can check their evolving understanding against the intensive media coverage of this global industry's finances. It also means that what you learn in lectures, seminars and the library can be considered in the light of your own experience of how finance affects performance and performance affects finance in the football business.

This joint honours degree is aimed at motivating students and preparing them for work in either or both of these two overlapping spheres. The industry ranges from some of the most powerful brands and businesses in the world, such as Adidas, Nike, Umbro, Sky TV, UEFA Champions League, FIFA World Cup, Barclays Premier League, right through to the stories every season of clubs struggling with cash flow in meeting their responsibilities to the tax authorities and to other creditors.

The course explains that there is a common core to understanding the finances of a business, whether you want to be the finance director of a company with a turnover of hundreds of millions of pounds or the financial controller of your local football club securing the cash to pay the players' wages that month. So this course offers a good grounding in finance. It will bring the content of balance sheets and cash flow alive. It is of even greater significance for those who make their career in the football business. As the industry becomes more professional, there will be an increasing need to understand its finances.

The first year of the course focuses on the foundations of finance and how it relates to football business. This focus on the basic principles of economics and accounting will enable students to develop an understanding of financial terminology and the role of finance in business management. Access to the accounts and financial concerns of local clubs form a practical introduction to the weekly rhythm of finance in the football business.

The second year develops your understanding of how football's global businesses are financed and managed, how to assess and improve financial performance and the role of finance in the most high profile of international football business matters, from takeovers to transfers.

The final year sees the development of a finance and football-related research project on a topic chosen by you, together with modules providing a strategic view of international finance and a bridge into financial practice.

Year One

  • Fundamentals of Accounting and Finance
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Understanding Football Business
  • Understanding Football Fans and Customers

Year Two

  • Research Methods
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting
  • Intermediate Management Accounting
  • International Football Business Analysis

Year Three

  • Corporate Reporting
  • International Finance
  • Strategic Management
  • Research Project

What are the entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 280-320. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Full-time Home and EU students: £9,000 per year
Full-time International students: £13,000 per year

For information on fees and finance, please visit our fees and funding section.

For information on fees and finance, please view our fees and funding section.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow.

Places for this course are still available in Clearing.

Call our phone line on 0330 123 2023 or apply now

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