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Business of Football
Cert HE


Want to turn your passion for football into a real-life career? The Cert HE in Business of Football, is a level 4 qualification that will kick-start your dream career or enable you to progress to the second year of our BSc Business of Football degree.
*This course is subject to approval
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Cert HE


1 Year


Sep / Nov / Jan / Feb / Apr / Jun





What will you learn?

Want to turn your passion for football into a real-life career? The Cert HE in Business of Football, is a level 4 qualification that will kick-start your dream career or enable you to progress to the second year of our BSc (Hons) Business of Football degree.

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

This course gives you an introduction to the business side of football, from club management to fan engagement. You’ll focus primarily on understanding how a football club operates and how they engage with fans and the wider community. Get ready to dive into real-world scenarios, unpack the secrets of success and prepare to tackle industry challenges head-on.

When you complete the Cert HE, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and skills to start a career in the fast-paced world of football. Or, if you want to continue to learn more, you can choose to continue your studies and go straight into the second year of our Business of Football degree.

So, if you are looking for a Football Business course in Manchester, our Cert HE in Business of Football is the perfect choice for you.

How You Will Study


24 weeks of


4 x 6-week blocks

1 subject module per block

4 CPD focus days per block

Subject Module

250 hours of
study per module


80 hrs face-to-face (32%)

20 hrs Digital Wednesdays (8%)

150 hrs independent study (60%)


No traditional
end-of-year exams*


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.

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 the academic year 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.

  • Degrees and Certificates of Higher Education 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


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.*


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.  
UA92 Business School Baskerville House Browncross Street Manchester UK M3 5FS

Careers In Football Business

What’s next?

This 1-year course is the perfect stepping stone to a full Business of Football degree. If you pass the Cert HE successfully, you will automatically be eligible to progress to the second year of the 3-year degree programme.

If you choose to leave after the 1-year Cert HE, you’ll walk away with a valuable level 4 qualification which will support your job applications in the industry.

Whatever you decide, you’ll be building the skills to manage various aspects of the football industry, including team management, marketing, finance, operations, and player negotiations.

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

Josh Longman
Teaching Associate


Our friendly ambassadors are ready to answer your questions. Click on the ‘Ask me a question’ button to start a conversation.

*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.


The standard entry requirements for the Business of Football Cert HE course is 64 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 64 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.


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


  • UCAS Points: 64
  • A Levels: CC (64 equivalent)
  • BTEC National Extended Diploma: MPP
  • BTEC Diploma: MM
  • T Levels: P (C+)
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: DD
  • IB: 24 points with 14 from Higher Level Subjects


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 Baccalaureat 

Pass the IB Diploma with minimum 24 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
Students studying on the Accelerated Accounting and Business Management course.