• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: UCFB Etihad Campus
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2018

Course Overview

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.

Course Details


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.

Teaching and Learning

Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning.

Structured learning activities include lectures, seminars, tutorials and other time-tabled sessions. The amount of time set aside for each activity (‘contact hours’) is set out in individual module descriptors and so will vary depending on the modules you take. When you are not attending structured learning and teaching activities you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, using the library, preparing for seminars, and completing coursework assignments.

The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.

Overall workload

Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.

Year 1: 30 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 356 hours
Independent learning: 844 hours

Year 2: 26 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 308 hours
Independent learning: 892 hours

Year 3: 22 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 258 hours
Independent learning: 942 hours


You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.

Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.

Balance of assessment

The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose.

Year 1

75 percent coursework 25 percent written exams 0 percent practical

Year 2

50 percent coursework 40 percent written exams 10 percent practical

Year 3

80 percent coursework 10 percent written exams 10 percent practical


You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.

Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.

What are the course entry requirements?

Please visit our partner college's website for entry requirements.

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

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.

Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Year 1 Modules

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

Year 2 Modules

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

Year 3 Modules

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


How much does it cost

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry

Full Time Home and EU: UK/EU tuition fees for 2017 entry are £9,250 per year. per year

Full Time International: International tuition fees for 2017 entry are £13,500 per year. per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.

For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020

How do I apply?

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


What are my career prospects

UCFB are proud to announce that an incredible 93% of current graduates are in employment and two in three of those graduates are working within the sports industry.

We and our industry partners believe there are three key ingredients for a successful career. These are namely a degree, good references/networking and work experience (a proven track record). At UCFB, you will have the opportunity to achieve all three components.

Firstly, our academic programme will provide your degree level education. Secondly our Complementary CurriculumTM will provide you with the opportunity to achieve the final two components. In order to place graduates in the best possible position for a career in sport, UCFB's unique Complementary CurriculumTM, prepares students for the dynamic sports industry and ensures that they stand out to all potential employers. UCFB offers unrivalled opportunities to undertake student placements and work experience with leading sports organisations throughout each degree programme.

On top of this, throughout each semester a number of Executive Guest Speakers from the football and sport industry visit UCFB to speak to students about their experiences. Previous speakers have included former Liverpool player turned TV pundit Jamie Carragher, BBC Sport's Gabby Logan and Sunderland manager David Moyes.