• Tuition Fee

    £15,000.00 (UK/EU)
    £18,500.00 (INT)

  • Duration

    4 Years (Full-time)

  • Accreditation

    Richmond University QAA

    Middle States Commission of Higher Education (US)

  • Location


Programme Overview

BA Degree in International Sports Management (Leeds) is a unique undergraduate programme that will enable you to fully develop your soccer potential as you earn an American-accredited degree in International Sports Management.

In addition to graduating with a BA in International Sports Management, you will also gain a FA Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Football. You’ll attend the Leeds-based Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy (RIASA) for your coaching training and all of your studies. BA International Sports Management is also offered at our London campus in Richmond.

You will play in a top quality soccer academy with professional coaching and playing opportunities and be taken through a rigorous football training and playing schedule, with coaching focusing not only on your technique, speed and tactics on the field but on your nutrition and health. Alongside the practical side of the programme, you will examine the theory and practice surrounding the management and the business of sports in various parts of the world, and gain the vital business skills required for a successful career in sports management.

Top 5 reasons to study this programme:

  • Specialise your academic studies in an area of particular interest such as sport marketing, healthy lifestyles, sport event management and coaching
  • Earn an integrated internship in a Sports Management setting and football career development advice including: how to pursue UEFA coaching courses that can lead to a licensed UEFA coaching qualification
  • Access to the Chartered Management Institute’s (CMI) resource portals, ManagementDirect and employment opportunities database for the duration of their studies
  • Train with professional UEFA A licensed coaches
  • Opportunities for exit trails with clubs in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Slovenia & Latvia
  • After you graduate

    Career Paths

    Professional Football, Coaching, Sports Management, Sports Promotion, Sales and Marketing

  • Career Support

    We offer career support and advice through our Careers & Internships Office that will assist and guide you in your study choices to make sure you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Through internships you will gain business acumen, beneficial work experiences and transferable skills which will give you a competitive advantage in a fast-paced working environment.

  • Study Abroad

    Whether you’re studying in another country, or studying here at the university in London, with Richmond University you have the opportunity to study abroad. That could mean trying out university in London for a semester to a year, studying overseas at any of our partner locations across the world, or taking part in a world internship – designed to give you the experience you need to complement your programme.

Modules Breakdown

Football Training and Coaching

Football training and coaching sessions with FA and UEFA qualified coaching staff four times a week (2 hours per training session) in modern, state of the art training facilities with a minimum of one scheduled League match each week.






Foundations of Business

Financial Accounting

Public Economics

Senior Project in Business

Functions and Applications

Managerial Accounting

Corporate Finance

Sport Law

Sport and Society

Introduction to Microeconomics

Research Methods

Talent Identification: Principles and Practice

Transitions I

Introduction to Sports Psychology

Legal and Ethical Concepts in Management

Team and Leadership Dynamics in Sport and Coaching

Transitions II

Computer Applications in Management

Principles of Marketing

Sports Marketing

Scientific Reasoning

Calculus with Applications

Exercise Nutrition and Lifestyle Management

Sports Finance

Creative Expression

Probability & Statistics I

Sports Events Planning and Promotion

Research and Writing I

Research and Writing II

Sports Management

2 QCF Level 3 Electives

2 QCF Level 4 Electives

Sports Journalism

Sport in Documentary Film







Plus three of the following OR Internship and one of the following


PR and Self-Presentation in the Media


Foreign Trade Policy


World Internship in Sport Management (6 CREDITS)


Internship in Sport Management (6 CREDITS)


Competition and Strategy


Marketing Planning and Strategy


Policy Making in the Globalized World

Entry Requirements

A Level: 96 UCAS points

US High School Diploma (or equivalent): 2.5 GPA minimum (on 4.0 scale)

International Baccalaureate: 24 IB points (year 1) BTEC National Diploma: MMM.

☐ Completion of Year 12-13 International equivalent secondary school qualification with a minimum grade average of grade of C including mathematics and English

English Language Requirements (Non Native English Speakers)

IELTS 5.5 with 5.5 in each Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
TOEFL (IBT) 80+ overall with: Listening 17, Reading 18, Writing 17, Speaking 20
Pearson Academic Test of English (PTE) 51
Overall Cambridge English Scale score of no less than 168 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

How to apply

Once you have been accepted on the Soccer programmme www.riasasoccer.org, you can apply directly to Richmond using our online application system. In order to submit a complete application you will need the following information:

  • Apply to the Soccer Programme on RIASA website
  • Once accepted complete Richmond’s Direct Application Form
  • Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
  • The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
  • A personal statement – this can either be uploaded as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online
  • An electronic copy of your in-process or completed transcript or high school certificate
  • An athletic-soccer training video or attend a RIASA on the Road Event www.riasasoccer.org/events
  • Physical Evaluation Form

When to apply

We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible even if you are completing your undergraduate programme of study.

Selection process

Admission is determined by your academic qualification (your achievement in high school or secondary school), your athletic review, which consists of an attendance at one of the RIASA on the Road Events or evaluation of your submitted athletic training video and your completed physical evaluation form.

  • The programme is recognised in the US via our MSCHE accreditation.
  • Major
  • US Federal Aid is available

Full Time 3-4 Years

Including one year at QCF Level 3
(subject to credit transfer)

Contact our admissions team for more details:

Please note: Non US students are eligible

Useful Links

Undergraduate Prospectus

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What our students say

Kim Northrop

Chip left home with trepidation, but I have heard only enthusiasm and excitement from him since his arrival. He says these are the best coaches he has ever had in his life, people who really understand football. Even more impressive, he likes his classes and is engaged in the academics!

It is obvious to me that you care a great deal for the students and truly want them to improve and succeed. The program is such a great way for the North American players to matriculate into a foreign system and style of play. Throughout the years, I have seen several boys head off to Brazil and Europe for tryouts with teams and have a very difficult time fitting in, usually returning without making the teams. With this program there is the time to learn and prepare for a higher level, build confidence and skill. I wanted to tell you how impressed I am with the program and congratulate you on the excellent results for the team.

Kim NorthropSan Francisco, California
Hollie Stray-Gundersen

We teach our kids to reach for the stars, to pursue their dreams. We want them to follow their hearts — but not at the expense of a College Degree. As parents, we also know the tremendous value of that four- year- degree and how critical it is to any “post soccer” success. The idea of pursuing a soccer career while earning an American Accredited Degree in Europe was not possible — until now. The Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy (RIASA) is the World’s first opportunity for the North American player to earn an Accredited American Four-Year-Degree while playing in a professional academy in the UK — it is the real deal.

Hollie Stray-GundersenDallas, Texas

Where to find us


218 Priestley Hall
Leeds Beckett University
Headingley Campus