Admissions+

I’ve made UCFB my insurance choice but I’d like to change it to firm, is this possible?

If an applicant would like to change it so that we are their first choice then we will always be able to help with this. The exact process however varies on a case by case basis and is dependent on the current status of their application. They should contact the UCFB Admissions Team, by email at admissions@ucfb.com, who can give initial advice on this. They should also speak to UCAS on 0871 468 0 468 who can advise on the process of changing their details through them.

If I’m short on UCAS points or don’t get the grades when my results come out in August, will I still be accepted?

Any applicant who does not meet their offer conditions when results are released will be considered very carefully on a case by case basis. If an applicant has missed the offer conditions by a small number of points and has otherwise shown good potential then we may still accept them.

UCFB will only accept students who have demonstrated that they have the academic ability to succeed on their course and if we do not believe that an applicant will get the full benefit of our degree programmes then unfortunately we have to decline them. In these cases we advise that they reapply to us after further study and preparation.

Will all applicants be interviewed?

In the majority of cases applicants will be assessed without the need for an interview based on their qualifications and application. In some cases we may ask for an applicant to visit us at UCFB and take part in some further assessments and interviews. We would generally ask for this in cases where an applicant does not clearly meet our entry requirements but has otherwise shown potential to succeed on the programme.

Applying through UCAS+

How do I apply for UCFB?

UK and EU students have to apply via UCAS; overseas students can apply either via UCAS or directly using an application form which can be found on the UCFB website.

What is UCAS and how do I register?

UCAS is the online application process to apply to all UK higher education institutions. Go to www.ucas.com to access the apply system; click register/log in to apply to start your application.

Can I send off a second application via UCAS?

No. Applicants can only send off one application to UCAS per cycle. However, if they have used less than the maximum of five higher education institution choices, they can add more choices via UCAS Track, depending on the status of their application.

Can I reapply if I already have a deferred place?

If you are holding a deferred place elsewhere you will need to be released from that institution on UCAS before you can reapply to study with us.

Please get in touch with us as soon as possible on admissions@ucfb.com so that we can offer you personalised advice on how to go about applying to us.

Can I apply if I already attend a higher education institution?

Yes, although the applicant will have to complete a new application form as a previous application cannot be used. All applicants are advised that they must discuss their application with UCFB before taking any action. Please contact admissions@ucfb.com for more information.

Are applicants able to defer their application?

UCFB will allow applicants to defer their entry for one year, as they recognise the value of taking a gap year. However, it’s a good idea to check before applying. When applicants are completing the UCAS application form, they should talk about why they are intending to take a gap year, what they will do and what they hope to gain from it. This will lend support to their application by providing valid reasons for deferring entry.

What information do I need before completing the UCAS form?

  • Personal details
  • Course choices and UCAS codes
  • Names of schools/colleges and dates attended
  • Qualifications, results and examining bodies
  • Names and addresses of any employers

Do I have to pay for my UCAS application?

Yes, UCAS costs £12 to apply for one course and £23 to apply for multiple courses.

Do I have to fill it out all at once?

No. Applicants can log in and out of the UCAS Apply section, amending details each time they do so. There is no time limit for completing the application once started, but the applicant must remain aware of the deadlines. Please note: As soon as the applicant has sent off their application to UCAS, they can no longer amend it.

Can I apply to more than one course for one higher education institution?

Yes. Students can apply for multiple courses at each higher education institution.

Who should write the reference?

Applicants should make sure the referee is someone who is in an official capacity and knows them quite well, so that they can write about their suitability for an undergraduate degree. This person may be a tutor, employer, supervisor, or someone else who meets the guidelines mentioned above. Applicants should not get a family member, friend, or partner to write the reference. If they do, the whole application will be cancelled by UCAS.

How do I enter my qualifications?

The UCAS Apply system has a detailed explanation on how to fill out the qualifications section of the form, as well as other advice elsewhere on the site. The applicant should enter their qualifications as they appear on the exam certificates – they should not put in the UK equivalent. Also, applicants don’t need to send original exam certificates or any other papers to UCAS.

I have applied via UCAS what happens now?

UCAS will process the application and if they need to query anything, they will get in touch with the applicant for more information. The application will then be sent to the relevant higher education institutions for them to consider and the applicant should receive a welcome letter from UCAS.

What is UCAS Extra?

UCAS Extra begins at the end of February and runs until early July. If an applicant has applied for five courses on their UCAS application and didn’t manage to secure any offers, or turned down all of the ones received, they have a second chance to apply for a place.

I’m an international student, how do I apply directly to UCFB?

Contact the international team on international@ucfb.com for an application form.

What will I need to apply directly? 

  • UCFB International Application Form
  • Personal Statement
  • Reference
  • Copy of your passport
  • Copies of any previous UK visas
  • Copies of your highest qualification do date
  • Copy of English Language results (if applicable)

When is the final application deadline?

The final deadline is 30th June.

Academic+

Will I have a ‘personal tutor’ in addition to my course tutors?

Yes, each student is allocated a mentor at the start of the academic year.

When are timetables given?

Timetables are provided at the start of each semester. This will include the core curriculum and some Complementary Curriculum events. Further Complementary Curriculum events will be announced and communicated to all students throughout the year.

How many contact hours per week does each degree programme have?

This is dependent on the course. Students will have around 12 hours of academic contact time per week. Alongside this, students will take part in our Complementary Curriculum consisting of guest speakers, work experience opportunities and management sessions.

Which hours can I expect to be in class?

Students should expect to have classes between the hours of 9am to 5pm on Mondays to Fridays. This includes the core curriculum and Complementary Curriculum. However Complementary Curriculum events may occasionally run outside of these hours.

Finance+

What is Student Finance?

Student Finance is a government department who review applications and award Tuition Fee Loans, Maintenance Loans and Maintenance Grants. Most students rely on Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans to fund their study through the duration of their degree. To apply for a loan please follow the link: https://www.gov.uk/apply-online-for-student-finance

How much Student Finance will I receive?

Each individual is assessed based on their own household circumstances.  See the student finance calculator for a rough calculation: https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-calculator

Who can help me to organise my Student Finance?

For further information you can contact the UCFB Student Finance team via email: studentfinance@ucfb.com.

How much should I budget for on a weekly basis?

Depending on which campus you are based at, we would recommend that you budget for approximately £50.00 per week after rent and any bills.

How do I repay my loans?

Loans will be deducted automatically from your salary once you are working and earning over £21,000.00.

How much debt will I be in?

A UK student leaves higher education with an average debt of £35,000-£45,000. Student loans are based on each individual’s financial circumstances. Although most students will accumulate debt during the course of their degree, we advise that all students follow a budget to help keep track of spending.

What is the criteria and process for being rewarded a Scholarship or Bursary?

Please visit our scholarship or bursary page to see more information on our scholarship or bursary schemes. Each application is individually assessed against the selection criteria for a scholarship or bursary and will be decided on a case by case basis. Please email scholarships@ucfb.com for an application form.

What happens if I apply late for funding?

Applicants who apply late for Student Finance are not guaranteed to receive funding in time for their course.  Applicants will still receive the same level of funding but this may be received after registration.

Why does Student Finance need to know all of this information about my family?

Student Finance need as much detail as possible in order to assist with the means testing for each household, which ensures that each student receives a fair level of finance

My father/mother’s partner is not my mother/father, is their income included in the financial assessment?

If the partner is part of the household then their income will be included in the financial assessment, for the previous year.

Does Student Finance take basic salary into account or are bonuses/commissions included?

Student Finance will always assess a student’s circumstances based on the total gross household income from the previous tax year.

Learning Support+

What is Learning Support?

This is a service offered at UCFB to ensure all students with a disability, illness or any other extraordinary circumstance receive appropriate support from the institution.

Who provides the Learning Support?

UCFB’s highly trained learning support specialists will be provided based on each student’s individual needs.  Evidence must be provided of any disability or illness.

Who is the contact for students requiring Learning Support?

Each campus has designated Learning Support Advisors whose details will be provided to all students who we have identified as needing Learning Support

How do I apply for Learning Support?

Applicants need to declare on their UCAS application that support is required.

When do I need to complete the DSA application by?

We encourage applicants to complete the DSA applications immediately after their Student Finance forms have been completed. At UCFB a member of the Learning Support team contacts them in advance to advise them about what evidence will be required and whether they need to have assessments in place.  If support is going to be in place for September, an early application for DSA is necessary and this is discussed in the consultation.

How long does it take for the Learning Support assessment process?

Once the Learning Support application has been accepted, the assessment process takes approximately 10-12 weeks.  Early applications are advised.

Are bursaries available for the non-medical assessments?

Bursaries are available on a needs basis. Please contact scholarships@ucfb.com for further information.

Is counselling available at UCFB?

Yes, we offer a bespoke counselling service.

UCFB Wembley Accommodation+

UCFB Wembley Accommodation FAQs

  • Is UCFB Wembley accommodation catered?

Hall of residence around Wembley are self-catered, with excellent facilities for students to cook to their own taste in modern studio flats.

A large number of restaurants and cafes surround the Wembley area, with the London Designer Outlet in particular hosting dozens of eateries, including many popular chains for different tastes.

Supermarkets are within walking distance of Wembley and include a large 24 hour Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury and Lidl, not to mention many more family-run convenience stores.

  • Do students stay in halls for a number of years?

First year students are given priority over rooms in halls, but opportunities for second and third year students are available upon request.

  • When do I apply?

Accommodation is available now for 2017/18 entry on a first come, first served basis. UCFB recommends that students apply as early as possible for hall accommodation in order to secure their preferred place.

  • How do I apply?

Please complete the online reservation form via the UCFB website.

  • If I’m holding an offer from UCFB as my insurance choice, should I still make an application for accommodation?

Yes. Please let us know that you are holding an offer as your insurance choice and then we can process your application without delay as soon as you accept a place.

  • Do I need to pay an application fee/deposit?

A payment of £300 must be paid upfront, followed by £700 on the 1st July. This can be paid by bank transfer, cheque or over the phone.

Should you wish to cancel your accommodation request, this must be done in writing (emails are accepted) by 1st September. All rooms are offered on the understanding that you will stay and pay for the room for the entire occupancy period as stated on the Residency Agreement.

  • Is the accommodation deposit refundable if I don’t end up attending UCFB?

The payment is completely refundable if an applicant fails to achieve the required grades to attend UCFB.

  • What are the options for accommodation at Wembley?

A number of halls are available for UCFB students. For more information on prices and how to apply please contact us on 03332223088 or email accommodationwembley@ucfb.com.

  • How do I arrange a tour of the accommodation?

If you would like to arrange a tour of accommodation, please contact us on 03332223088 or email accommodationwembley@ucfb.com.

  • How many weeks of the year will I be liable for?

Contracts generally run for 42 and 51 weeks, and you are liable for the duration of your contract.

  • Who do I need to tell if I have a disability that affects the type of accommodation I require?

In the first instance you will need to tell our Student Recruitment & Admissions Office on 03332417333 or via email at accommodationwembley@ucfb.com.

Arrangements can be made where possible to accommodate individual requests from students that are disability related. Our Student Services team will work closely with you to find the best solution possible regarding your accommodation.

  • Do I need to let UCFB know if I will be living at home?

No, this is not required and you can disregard any information you receive on UCFB accommodation.

  • What if I do not wish to live in halls of residence?

UCFB halls of residence are offered for the full academic year and we encourage you towards this option. However, renting private accommodation is also an option for some students, such as students with families.

  • What happens if I defer my place at UCFB?

In this case, please disregard any information you receive on accommodation for the current academic year. We will send you the information again for your deferred place at the appropriate time.

  • When I receive my exam results do I need to inform UCFB that I am definitely taking up my place?

No. Your application for accommodation will immediately begin to be processed as soon as UCFB is informed by the academic registry at our validating partners that you have an Unconditional Firm (UF) place with UCFB.

  • I haven’t received information about accommodation yet. What should I do?

You should have received accommodation information by the end of April. If you are a late applicant to UCFB you may receive accommodation information at a later stage. If you are worried because you have not received any information, please contact our Accommodation Office on 03332417333 or via email at accommodationwembley@ucfb.com.

  • Can I be released from my Residence Agreement to move into private student housing mid-semester or to return to live at home?

Unfortunately this is not usually possible. You will have accepted a contractually binding Residence Agreement for the entire academic session.

  • If my son/daughter opts to commute but partway through the first term decides they would prefer to move into accommodation, would it be too late?

Rooms are subject to availability and UCFB will be happy to help with any arrangements should this be the case. Please email accommodationwembley@ucfb.com.

UCFB Etihad Campus Accommodation+

  • Are UCFB Etihad Campus halls catered?

Halls of residence in Manchester are self-catered, with excellent facilities for students to cook to their own taste in modern Classic or Premium flats. A number of restaurants and cafes are only a short walk or tram journey away from the city centre and Etihad Campus.   A large 24 hour Asda, Spar, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, not to mention China Town, are also close to the city centre too.

  • Do students stay in halls for a number of years?

First year students are given priority over rooms in halls, but opportunities for second and third year students are available upon request.

  • When do I apply?

Accommodation is available now for 2016/17 entry on a first come, first served basis. UCFB recommends that students apply as early as possible accommodation in order to secure their preferred place.

  • How do I apply?

Please complete the online reservation form via the UCFB website.

  • If I’m holding an offer from UCFB as my insurance choice, should I still make an application for accommodation?

Yes. Please let us know that you are holding an offer as your insurance choice and then we can process your application without delay as soon as you accept a place.

  • Do I need to pay an application fee/deposit?

A payment of £200 must be paid at point of booking. This can be paid by bank transfer, cheque or over the phone.

Should you wish to cancel your accommodation request, this must be done in writing (emails are accepted) by 1st September. All rooms are offered on the understanding that you will stay and pay for the room for the entire occupancy period as stated on the Residency Agreement.

  • Is the accommodation deposit refundable if I don’t end up attending UCFB?

The payment is completely refundable if an applicant fails to achieve the required grades to attend UCFB.

  • What are the accommodation options for students at UCFB Etihad Campus?

A number of halls are available for UCFB students. For more information on prices and how to apply please contact us on 03332223088 or email accommodationetihad@ucfb.com

  • How do I arrange a tour of the accommodation?

If you would like to arrange a tour of accommodation, please contact Unite Parkway Gate on 0161 236 9506, or Liberty Point on 0161 273 8608.

  • How many weeks of the year will I be liable for?

Contracts generally last for 44 weeks. You are liable for the duration of your contract.

  • Who do I need to tell if I have a disability that affects the type of accommodation I require?

In the first instance you will need to tell our Student Recruitment & Admissions Office on 03332417333 or via email at accommodationetihad@ucfb.com.

Arrangements can be made where possible to accommodate individual requests from students that are disability related. Our Student Services team will work closely with you to find the best solution possible regarding your accommodation.

  • Do I need to let UCFB know if I will be living at home?

No, this is not required and you can disregard any information you receive on UCFB accommodation.

  • What if I do not wish to live in halls of residence?

UCFB halls of residence are offered for the full academic year and we encourage you towards this option. However, renting private accommodation is also an option for some students, such as students with families.

  • What happens if I defer my place at UCFB?

In this case, please disregard any information you receive on accommodation for the current academic year. We will send you the information again for your deferred place at the appropriate time.

  • When I receive my exam results do I need to inform UCFB that I am definitely taking up my place?

No. Your application for accommodation will immediately begin to be processed as soon as UCFB is informed by the academic registry at our validating partners that you have an Unconditional Firm (UF) place with UCFB.

  • I haven’t received information about accommodation yet. What should I do?

You should have received accommodation information by the end of April.  If you are a late applicant to UCFB you may receive accommodation information at a later stage.  If you are worried because you have not received any information, please contact our Accommodation Office on 03332417333 or via email on accommodationetihad@ucfb.com.

  • Can I be released from my Residence Agreement to move into private student housing mid-semester or to return to live at home?

Unfortunately this is not usually possible. You will have accepted a contractually binding Residence Agreement for the entire academic session.

  • If my son/daughter opts to commute but partway through the first term decides they would prefer to move into accommodation, would it be too late?

Rooms are subject to availability and UCFB will be happy to help with any arrangements should this be the case. Please email accommodationetihad@ucfb.com.

Sports+

Who runs the sports clubs and provisions for UCFB?

The Athletic Union are responsible for the sports clubs and their members. You can contact the Athletic Union via email: l.timms@ucfb.com.

Am I able to play sport competitively?

UCFB are affiliated to the British University and College Sport (BUCS) Association which runs regional and national leagues and competitions. Students will need to attend trials in order to be selected to represent UCFB at a BUCS competition.

Are there provisions to participate in a sports team socially?

UCFB run an intramural programme for a number of sports. Any student of any level can enter this recreational sports programme at a cost of £35. For more information please contact l.timms@ucfb.com

How much does it cost to be a member of a sports club?

The price ranges from £30 – £120 depending on the sports club. This cost may also include training sessions and equipment.

Where are sports clubs training sessions held?

The UCFB Wembley football training sessions and home fixtures are played at the recently renovated 3G all-weather pitch at Silver Jubilee Park, home of Hendon FC. Silver Jubilee Park’s pitch has been approved by FIFA and further developments to the facilities (new changing rooms, floodlights, terraces, turnstiles etc.) are continuing to be made. Other facilities are also used in and around the Wembley area.

UCFB Etihad Campus makes use of various facilities in the state-of-the-art Etihad Campus surrounding the Etihad Stadium.

All teams are managed by highly qualified coaches and compete against other higher education institutions in their respective regions.

Does UCFB provide sports kit and merchandise?

UCFB has a range of kits available. For more information and a price list please contact l.timms@ucfb.com.

Are students able to start a sports club if it is currently unavailable at UCFB?

UCFB continuously add to the provision of sports for all abilities ranging from competitive to leisure. However, if a student is interested in starting up a new sports club UCFB Athletic Union will offer support. For more information please contact l.timms@ucfb.com.

Do students have to play sport?

This is not compulsory but UCFB promotes health and wellbeing activities.

What sporting opportunities are available for females?

UCFB are proud to be in the heart of the sports industry and pride ourselves in being inclusive of all activities for both genders.

Is it possible to pursue individual sporting activities (rather than team-based)?

Yes, UCFB are happy to support individuals in achieving their personal goals. For more information please contact l.timms@ucfb.com.

Employability & Work Experience+

What internship and work placements are available for students?

UCFB proactively seek work placement opportunities for all students to apply for, and advertise them accordingly. Placements range from clubs, associations and organisations, to businesses and companies – both in and out of a sporting context.

When do the placements take place?

Placements can take place at any stage of a student’s education. After graduating, UCFB still advertises work placements opportunities to alumni for two years.

How many internships are available over the duration of a degree programme?

Students can participate in as many placements as they wish, however academic work must still be submitted and completed to the best of that student’s ability and must always be the number one priority.

What is the application process for applying for a work placement?

Like the real world of applying for jobs, all students are expected to send a CV and cover letter to apply for each placement. Following this, the employer may wish to interview each student.

Are there any paid opportunities?

Yes. From time to time, employers state that the role will be paid.

Are there any opportunities abroad?

Yes. UCFB work in partnership with many organisations globally in order to secure work placement opportunities overseas. Work placements have taken place in many countries including Hong Kong, New Zealand, Brazil and the USA.

Are there any work opportunities at the stadium itself?

Yes. At both UCFB Wembley and UCFB Etihad Campus, students have the chance to apply for both paid and unpaid work placements in a number of business areas within the stadium.

Will I miss out on lectures and study time as a result of a placement?

This is very unlikely, but sometimes unavoidable. If this does occur, the student is expected to alert their lecturer and inform student services or an academic administrator. All academic work must be caught up on.

What types of job opportunities are available for UCFB graduates?

Graduates have gained jobs, both inside and outside of sport, at a number of organisations both in the UK and abroad. Jobs range from clubs to businesses, in many different business facets.

What percentage of UCFB graduates are employed?

Currently, 93% of UCFB graduates are employed and two thirds of graduates are employed within a sporting context.

Do I have to pursue a career in sport upon graduation?

No. A student can pursue a career in whatever industry they wish. Some students study at UCFB in order to gain a degree in an environment for which they are passionate and have empathy.

General+

How much paid work is available for students locally?

UCFB forges relationships with local employers, many of which operate within the sport industry. Internal and external job opportunities are advertised through my.ucfb (our internal student portal), direct mail, and digital signage situated around both UCFB Wembley and UCFB Etihad Campus sites, as well as on social media including Facebook and Twitter.

How safe are the immediate and surrounding areas?

Wembley Stadium is extremely safe. The immediate surroundings at Wembley Park offer the new London Designer Outlet with many high end retail brands and a multiplex cinema. The first intake of students at UCFB Wembley have found the surroundings to be peaceful and friendly.

Manchester is a vibrant city. The city centre and its array of shops, restaurants, bars, museums, leisure facilities and live music venues is just minutes away by tram by from the Etihad Campus.

How does UCFB cater for prayer provision?

UCFB respects the diversity of the student community and offers support where it is required.  There is a prayer and contemplation room available at both campuses.

What healthcare is available?

During freshers’ week all students will be provided with information on how to register with a local GP.

Is there any support for students to continue extracurricular activities at UCFB?

Yes. We understand that our students have individual talents and pastimes, and wherever possible our highly attentive student services team endeavour to encourage continued personal growth and development.  If you have any particular desire to continue an activity whilst at UCFB, please contact our student services team and we will endeavour to support you as best we can.

What additional materials will need to be purchased by the students?

A laptop can be borrowed from the library on a day-to-day basis. Compulsory reading materials and stationary will need to be purchased.

Are students able to work part-time while they are studying?

Yes. All UCFB degree programmes are delivered on a full-time basis and whilst UCFB forges relationships with local employers within the sports industry and locally, any work commitment will have to be in the evening or weekends. It is important that whilst we understand part-time work is a requirement for many students, we expect students to dedicate a minimum of 7 hours per day, 5 days per week to their studies.

What is the dress-code?

Students are encouraged to dress respectably when attending the stadium for lectures and study. For Complementary Curriculum events formal business dress is required.

What extra-curricular activities are available?

The Students’ Union supports a range of societies. The Athletic Union has provision for both competitive and non-competitive sports. In addition there are ad-hoc events and other extracurricular activities through the Student Union.

What are the term start and end dates for 2017/18?

Term dates vary depending on campus and level of study. Once announced, 2017/18 term dates will be available at http://ucfb.com/student-life/semester-dates/.

International Finance+

What are the tuition fees?

Undergraduate:

UK & EU students – £9,250 per year;

Postgraduate:

Information for each postgraduate degree is available on our student finance page.

Am I eligible for Student Finance?

EU Students are eligible to receive a Tuition Fee Loan from the UK Government in 2017. International Students are not eligible to receive Student Finance.

What is a Tuition Fee Loan?

This is government funded loan to cover up to all tuition fees, paid directly to the higher education institution and paid back by the student once they earn over £21,000 per year. It is worked out on an income basis and is deducted from their wages in the same way tax and insurance is. More information is available here with examples of repayment amounts and interest rates: www.gov.uk/student-finance/repayments.

Do UCFB offer scholarships?

At UCFB we have scholarships of up to £6,000 reduction in tuition fees which will be awarded to students who demonstrate academic excellence or exemplary extracurricular activities. If you are an EU or International student and have received an offer to study on one of our undergraduate courses then you are eligible to apply for the scholarships. Contact scholarships@ucfb.com for more information or see www.ucfb.com/programmes/how-to-apply/scholarship-bursaries/.

International Visa & Immigration+

Do I need a visa to study in the UK?

If you do not have an EU passport you will require a visa to study in the UK. If you are unsure have a look at the following link www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa.

I need a visa, where do I begin?

UCFB hopes to secure a Tier 4 licence to issue visas to international students for 2017 entry, we will be providing updated information on this as soon as it is available. Contact international@ucfb.com for more information.

International Working During Studies+

Can I work alongside my studies at UCFB?

Please check your Visa for eligibility to work in the UK. If you can, UCFB encourages students to work part time as long as it does not interfere with their studies at the institution. Our Student Services Team works closely with students to ensure financial stability.

I have a Student Visa, can I work?

Check your visa, however most International students are eligible to work a maximum of 20 hours per week alongside their studies.

General International Enquiries+

What are the entry requirements for international students who don’t have English as their first language?

  • UG requirements IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each sub section.
  • PG requirements IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each sub section.

What healthcare is available for EU and International students?

EU and EEA students will have free access to the NHS, however under new government rules International students who require a visa to study will have to pay £150 per year as a student. Details on how and when you need to pay can be found here www.gov.uk/healthcare-immigration-application/pay.  During fresher’s week all students will be shown how to register with a local GP.