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BA (Hons)
Football Business and Marketing

The football business is inextricably linked with the marketing industry. Football is a multi-billion pound global industry driven by marketing. This is your chance to develop your skills and expertise.

Qualification: BA (Hons)

UCAS code: 43D6

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 students 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?

The football business is inextricably linked with the marketing industry. Indeed, football is a multi-billion pound global industry driven by marketing. There are particular challenges and opportunities because of the special relationships between clubs and their supporters, from fans queuing at the stadium shop for the new home and away shirts through to those from different continents who follow them on-line and who also want to demonstrate their identification with their favourite clubs and global brands using football as a platform.

Marketing football is not only about individual clubs, however, as shown by the phenomenal global marketing success of the English Premier League and indeed the Championship. Understanding how this growth is achieved makes this rapidly expanding but unusual economic environment an ideal context for studying marketing. Beyond football clubs, leagues and associations, the manufacturers and retailers of football shirts, boots and other kit are well known as among the most successful, fast-changing, fashionable and technologically advanced businesses in the world. Their brands are interwoven with the football business and with the marketing industry.

What's more, many of the world's biggest brands which at first sight seem unrelated to football, from credit cards, banks and insurance to fast food and the soft drinks industry, increasingly use the power of football as a marketing tool in their own businesses.

Football business offers a flexible marketing platform with exciting job prospects for those who can thrive in its multi-cultural, multi-lingual, technologically sophisticated world. Understanding buying behaviour is at the heart of this marketing and informs important decisions about segmenting and targeting customers, the products and services that the organisation needs to provide and the pricing, distribution and communications that will help build successful brands.

The first year of the course focuses on the foundations of marketing and how it relates to the football business and surrounding industries. This focus on buyer behaviour develops an understanding of consumer psychology and customer relationship management.

The second year develops your understanding of how football's global brands are built and managed, how to assess the role of direct marketing and the role of digital technologies in marketing programmes.

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

Year One

  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Understanding Football Business
  • Understanding Football Fans and Customers

Year Two

  • Research Methods
  • Digital Marketing
  • Event Marketing
  • International Football Business Analysis

Year Three

  • Football Brand Strategy
  • Global Marketing Management
  • 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 240-280. 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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