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Business of Football
BSc (Hons)*

BUSINESS

Do you dream of working in football, want to understand what goes on both on and off the pitch, from boot room to boardroom? The BSc (Hons) Business of Football degree is your chance to turn your passion for football into a real-life career.
*This course is subject to approval
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STUDY OPTIONS

OVERVIEW

STUDY LEVELS

BSc (Hons)

DURATION

3 Years

START DATE(S)

Sep / Nov / Jan / Feb / Apr / Jun

ENTRY YEAR

2025/26

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

104*

What you will learn

The BSc (Hons) Business of Football degree will set you up for an exciting career in the multi-billion dollar, global industry, of football business.

Imagine yourself working behind the scenes at your favourite club; developing strategies to increase your fanbase, attracting sponsors, managing finances, organising events, engaging with communities, or identifying the next generation of superstars.

This course gives you a 360-view of the business side of football, from club management and operations to marketing and data analysis. It also places a strong emphasis on the link between on-field performance, off the field club management and the wider club community development.

Get ready to dive into real-world scenarios, unpack the secrets of success and prepare to tackle industry challenges head-on. When you graduate, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and skills to thrive in the fast-paced world of professional football.

So, if you are looking for a Football Business course in Manchester, our BSc (Hons) Business of Football degree is the perfect choice for you.

How You Will Study

Course
breakdown

24 weeks of
study per year

 

4 x 6-week blocks per year

1 subject module per block

4 CPD focus days per block

Subject Module
Breakdown

250 hours of
study per module

 

80 hrs face-to-face (32%)

20 hrs Digital Wednesdays (8%)

150 hrs independent study (60%)

Assessment
Breakdown

No traditional
end-of-year exams*

 

Year 1 – 100% coursework

Year 2 – 100% coursework

Year 3 – 100% coursework

Your course modules

Module 1 - Management and Organisations

You’ll explore the business environment; understanding the internal and external forces that impact on organisations (including football clubs) the historical and contemporary issues affecting the management of people in organisations and the skills and attributes required to become an effective leader.

Module 2 - Introduction to Sports Events Management

You’ll develop an in-depth understanding of what it takes to organise, manage and deliver memorable and successful football events; covering event design, development and practical fundamentals as well as managing the health, safety and security of all stakeholders.

Module 3 - Sports Finance and Economics

You’ll cover the basics of business finance and the economics of professional football. This module will help you develop the fundamental knowledge and skills you need to become familiar with sports financial management, specifically the financial statements and economic factors within professional football.

Module 4 - Fan Engagement, Marketing and Commercialisation of Football

Ever wondered how football clubs sell out stadiums, sign up sponsors, and keeps fans glued to their seat? This module dives into the world of football marketing and commercialisation. You’ll learn how clubs build a passionate fanbase, manage relationships with customers and stakeholders, score big sponsorship deals, and build a recognised brand with socially responsible values.

Module 1 - Sports Operations Management

You’ll study the Operations Management frameworks and techniques used to proactively develop strategies in order to design, plan, and control operations and explore ways to improve football business performance.

Module 2 - Football Law, Ethics and Social Responsibility

This module tackles the legal, ethical, and social side of football. You’ll learn about the laws that govern transfers, contracts, and even fan behaviour. We’ll also explore the ethics of doping and how decisions impact the rules of the game. Plus, you’ll dive into the social responsibility of football clubs and their impact on communities. No legal jargon here – just how to be a responsible leader in the world’s most popular sport.

Module 3 - Talent Identification, Analysis and Player Management

Want to know how clubs find future football superstars? In this module, you’ll learn the secrets of talent identification in both youth development and professional football. You’ll delve into player management and explore how clubs create the perfect environment to develop and nurture future talent. Finally, you’ll get to grips with player and match analysis, discovering ways to collect and interpret data in order to assess player performance.

Module 4 - Football Policy and Community Development

This module looks at how football policies impact society in the UK and worldwide. Learn about the economic and social impact of the sport, policy implementation, and how football can be a force for good! You’ll explore different ways clubs fund local community initiatives, especially for underrepresented groups. Plus, you’ll gain hands-on experience with a 30-hour placement at a local community-based

Module 1 - Strategic Leadership

You’ll develop a critical understanding of the evolution of leadership theory, its function in contemporary football business environments, the role and responsibilities of a business leader and the organisational principles that contribute to contemporary business leadership issues.

Module 2 - Football Governance

This module will give you the knowledge to understand the challenges and opportunities facing football clubs today. You’ll analyse ownership models, legal structures, and how to balance the interests of fans, investors, and players. Think competition fairness, financial sustainability, and navigating the media. This isn’t just about the game – it’s about the business behind the game.

Module 3 - New Trends in Sports Business Management

You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of new trends in the football industry. You’ll explore the key issues, approaches and challenges related to emerging trends within football business and management.

Module 4 - Sports Business Challenge

In this module, you’ll get the chance to apply your knowledge of football management to real-world football business cases. You will use the techniques and skills you have learnt over the course to perform an evaluation and communicate results, with a focus on managing performance and organisational development.

What is the 92 Programme?

Alongside your subject modules, you will complete the 92 Programme.

Engaging with the 92 Programme is a requirement for all students and will count towards your overall grade.

In each block, you will take part in a number of Character and Personal Development focus days. During these focus days, you will complete activities designed to boost your mindset, develop your skillset and get you set for future career success.

Throughout the 92 Programme, you will develop skills in self-reflection and awareness, wellness and resilience and professionalism and employability, as well as upskill in different areas.

Find out more about how we prepare students for future career success.

Why the 92 Programme is part of your course?

In a recent study*, 78% of employers believe graduates do not arrive in the workplace fully equipped with the skills they need to be work-ready.

Another study conducted by the World Economic Forum** identified ‘10 Skills You Need for the Future of Work’. These skills include:

  • Emotional intelligence (EQ)
  • Analytical (critical) thinking
  • Active learning with a growth mindset
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Technology skills

At UA92, we prepare you for life after graduation and equip you with the skills employers value most. You may not realise it, but developing  these skills now, will get you set for career success and could land you that dream job in the future.

*CMI Report: Work Ready Graduates

**World Economic Forum: The Future of Jobs Report 2023

How is the 92 Programme assessed?

You will produce a learning journal that will document your experiences. This will be submitted at the end of each academic year (or level of study) to assess whether you have met the required standard to pass the module.

Why study at UA92

UA92 offer a deliberately different experience to traditional universities; with fixed morning or afternoon timetables and no end of year exams. Our industry-inspired courses, place character and personal development firmly at the core of the learning experience. This is more than a degree. It’s preparation for life.

  • Degrees awarded by the prestigious Lancaster University
  • No traditional end of year exams**
  • Study one module at a time
  • Courses co-designed with industry
  • Fixed morning or afternoon timetable***
  • Multiple start dates throughout the year
  • Focus on Character and Personal Development

90%

said they felt supported with their learning.

NSS Results 2023

UA92 scored higher than all Greater Manchester Universities for Teaching, Academic Support, Mental Health Support Services and Assessment and Feedback in the National Student Survey 2023.*

THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT AT

UA92 Business School

Our game-changing UA92 Business School in the city-centre of Manchester opened in September 2023. As our central hub for enterprise, it will transform the way we deliver our Business and Accounting courses. The campus is in the heart of Manchester's thriving business district, less than one minute from Salford Central train station, and well connected to the rest of Manchester and beyond.  
FIND US
UA92 Business School Baskerville House Browncross Street Manchester UK M3 5FS

Careers In Football Business

What’s next for a Business of Football graduate?

A Business of Football degree at UA92 will give you a deep understanding of the sport’s commercial and regulatory landscape, and equip you with sought-after and adaptable skills.

Whether working for a football club, sports agency, or governing body, professionals in this field manage various aspects of the football industry, including team management, marketing, finance, operations, and player negotiations.

This dynamic career path provides opportunities to shape the business side of the game, influence major decisions, and contribute to the growth and success of football at all levels. With the global popularity of football, the demand for skilled business professionals in this industry continues to rise, promising a rewarding and impactful career.

Industry Partnerships

We have over 60 industry partners who support our mission to develop career-ready graduates. These partnerships provide you with access to industry-leading expertise, mentorship opportunities and work-place experiences.

Our industry partners play a vital role in shaping both the curriculum you study and your student experience. From delivering guest lectures and masterclasses to providing internships and graduate roles. Here are just some of our partners:

Meet the Business Team

Firoz Bhaiyat
Head of Business

Spencer Fearn
Course Leader

Jayne Lawton
Lecturer

Josh Longman
Teaching Associate

ASK OUR BUSINESS STUDENTS

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*The NSS results referred to above compares UA92’s results against the 4 Universities in Greater Manchester (University of Bolton, Manchester Metropolitan University, Salford University and The University of Manchester). Teaching, Assessment and Feedback and Academic support refers to the average score across all questions in these themes. Mental health support services refers to question: How well communicated was information about your university/college’s mental wellbeing support services?

** There may be exams in some subject areas where external accreditations are available.

*** If you start in February, April or June or as an accelerated student, we can’t guarantee your timetable will be fixed am/pm throughout your studies.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The standard entry requirements for the BSc (Hons) Business of Football course is 104 UCAS points.* However, each application is assessed on an individual basis, taking into consideration a wide range of factors. Depending on your personal circumstances, and in line with our  Contextual Admissions Policy, your application may still be considered if you have less than 104 UCAS Points. Alternatively, we have other courses that we can offer. If you would like to know more about applying to UA92 or have any questions about our entry requirements, please contact our Student Futures Team.

LEVEL 2

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including English Language
  • Accepted Alternatives: Functional Skills Level 2 (English and Maths)

LEVEL 3

  • UCAS Points: 104
  • A Levels: BCC (104 equivalent)
  • BTEC National Extended Diploma: DMM
  • BTEC Diploma: D*D
  • T Levels: M
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: AB
  • IB: 28 points with 14 from Higher Level Subjects

NON-TRADITONAL

Some qualifications do not carry UCAS Tariff points but may still be considered. We take into account a range of qualifications and work/life experience that can demonstrate your ability to succeed on the course. Each application is assessed on an individual basis, taking into consideration a wide range of factors.

INTERNATIONAL

International Baccalaureat 

Pass the IB Diploma with minimum 28 points overall, with 14 points from Higher Level Subjects.

English Language Requirements

In addition to meeting the academic criteria, if your first language isn’t English, you may be asked for a recognised English language qualification. This is especially important if you are not a national of a majority English speaking country or you haven’t completed a degree in English. If you are an international student, in order to obtain a student visa, you will be required to demonstrate that you have the correct level of English language competency to study in the UK.

  • IELTS: Overall score of 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5
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