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A market leader and world first in Higher Education, UCFB is dedicated to the delivery of undergraduate and graduate degrees in the operational and business facets of the soccer, sports and leisure industries. UCFB gives each individual student the opportunity to study a traditional academic subject within the context of an industry for which they have a genuine passion and interest, whilst ensuring full transferability of education, skills and experience.

UCFB provides an exceptional environment to live and learn in, with facilities in three inspirational campuses; the iconic Wembley Stadium, London, the English home of football and sport; the state-of-the-art Etihad Stadium, Manchester, part of the modern Etihad Campus sporting facility, and the historic Turf Moor, Burnley, home of Burnley Football Club.

UCFB’s active involvement in the soccer, sports and leisure industries is phenomenal, working with organizations such as The FA group, The BBC, St Georges Park, Scottish Professional Football League, English Premier League, Football League, New York Tennis Open, ITV Sport, Sky Sports and TalkSPORT. This provides a unique experience for students and it is the university's mission to ensure that they provide the best in-class graduates by ensuring students not only leave UCFB with a degree but with good references from a network of business contacts and a proven track record of work experience.

As a higher education institution, UCFB is proud to announce that an incredible 90% of the inaugural 2014 cohort of UCFB graduates are in employment and two in three of those graduates are working within the sports industry. In order to place graduates in the best possible position for a career in sport, UCFB focuses on a unique Complementary Curriculum, which prepares students for the dynamic sports industry and ensures that they stand out to all potential employers.

Members of the Academic Team at UCFB are all leading experts within their fields and renowned for their contributions to the soccer, sports and leisure industries. Together they bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and research with an impeccably strong academic background and a firm grounding in the practical nature of practicing sport, providing the perfect blend for our undergraduate and graduate degree programmes. Their array of unique degree programmes all fall under schools, with the leadership of the esteemed Heads providing an even greater foundation for an inimitable student learning experience. 


UCFB provides an exceptional environment for students, within world-leading sporting facilities that allow you to live, learn and work within the machinery of the sports industry.

Within the UCFB Wembley and UCFB Etihad Campuses, the facilities reflect the excellence of the Stadium with classrooms, lecture theaters, seminar rooms, quiet study areas, libraries and media suites all overlooking the pitch. Each lecture, seminar, guest speaker session and placement encounter will enable students to build up their own experience in the industry, to help achieve their aspirations. 

UCFB provide accommodation for students at each of their campus locations. Situated 5 minutes’ walk from UCFB Wembley, and just minutes from Wembley Park underground station, Victoria Hall offers modern student accommodation in the vibrant Capital City. Furnished to a high standard, the halls have contemporary fully-equipped kitchens and free Wi-Fi internet. Comfy communal areas with flat screen TV’s provide a relaxing environment to socialize and a newly fitted gym ensures students can exercise in luxury. Victoria Hall has 24hr security presence, CCTV, secure access entry systems, and onsite management & maintenance teams, ensuring student’s safety and security. A pastoral team encourage a safe, secure and happy residential living environment and provide discreet support for students when they need help, whether practical or emotional.

A personalized approach to supporting each student is central to all they do at UCFB. The Personal Tutor is the first point of contact for each student, supporting personal and academic development. Each student will have weekly opportunities to meet with their Personal Tutor face-to-face. Such opportunities will include a weekly, one hour personal and academic tutorial session with an immediate peer group, as well as one-to-one tutorial opportunities that students can arrange directly with their Personal Tutor. 

Sport is an important part of student life at UCFB. The UCFB Athletic Union facilitates all students to participate in sport of some nature during their academic career, whether as a competitor, participant, organizer or spectator. With both competitive and recreational activities being played every Wednesday afternoon and at other convenient times during term time, it is the perfect opportunity to get involved and represent UCFB in a variety of sports, including football, netball, futsal, rugby, cricket, tennis or martial arts. UCFB enter teams and individuals into the competitive BUCS leagues and tournaments for a range of sports. UCFB Wembley students enjoy the state-of-the-art facilities at neighbouring Hendon Football Club.

If you would like to find out more about UCFB, please contact one of our Across the Pond Advisors.

Student population: 600 (UCFB Wembley. Ethiad opens September 2016)

Number of international students: 100

City population: 8.5 million (London) - 2.5 million (Manchester)

Location UCFB Wembley: North-west London – urban setting. Campus located within Wembley Stadium. 
Location UCFB Ethiad: Sportcity, Manchester – urban setting. Campus located within the Etihad Stadium. 

Closest airports UCFB Wembley: London Heathrow/Lundon Luton/London City
Closest airports UCFB Ethiad: Manchester Airport

Date of establishment, UCFB Wembley: 2014 (UCFB established 2011 in Burnley)
Date of establishment, UCFB Ethiad: 2016

Areas of expertise, UCFB Wembley: Sport Business, Sports Finance and Marketing, Sports Broadcasting and Media, Stadium and Events Management, Sports Law
Areas of expertise, UCFB Ethiad: Football Coaching and Management, Sports Coaching, Sports Finance and Marketing, Sports Broadcasting, Stadium and Events Management

Cost of Tuition per year: from £14,250 per year (2019/20)

Accommodation cost, UCFB Wembley: Victoria Hall, London Wembley - Starting from £180 per week
Accommodation cost, UCFB Ethiad: Liberty Point - Starting from £142 per week

Still time to apply

There is still time to apply to UK universities for most subject areas! Many UK universities will take applications until late Spring and early Summer. That being said, we do advise you to apply as soon as possible to make sure that you can get an offer.

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January 15th deadline

If you're thinking of applying, consider applying before January 15th! While generally the 15 January UCAS deadline doesn't apply to international students, there are some exceptions and it helps to beat the rush of UK/EU students who will be submitting.  

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