BA (Hons) International Sports Management

Year 3 entry only

The International Sports Management field is a growing and dynamic industry. If you're passionate about sport and have the desire to professionalise your career in this area, GCU can help you gain the skills and experience to succeed in the management of sport, fitness, leisure and recreation.

You'll study key aspects of international management in the context of sport, and through a range of specialist modules, including language options, you'll develop the skills to pursue a successful career at both a local and international level.

This programme is delivered by an experienced team who combine their academic track record with a practical approach to learning and impressive industry connections.

You will benefit from profiled guest speakers and field trips including an international trip experiencing the European snowsports industries. Furthermore our students work on live consultancy projects with sporting clients, each designed to provide you with networking opportunities and key insights into this expanding industry.

Your career

Graduates of the programme may pursue employment working in the sports management field within areas including sports event management, community sports coaching development, managing sport volunteers, sports facility management, sports development, sports tourism, sports marketing and promotion and health and fitness management.

Students enter this course at Year 3

Year 3

The Enterprise Value Challenge, Business Research Methods and Skills, International Marketing Strategy, Sports Coaching Management, Sport Governance, Sports Management option module

Year 4

Dissertation, Global Sport, Sport and Volunteering, Critical Issues in Sport Management, option module

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Study Options

  • 2019/20


Mode of study


Start date




BA (Hons)
Full Time
2 Years
16 Sep 2019
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BA (Hons) Full Time 2 Years 16 Sep 2019 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Year 3

HND Coaching and Developing Sport or HND Fitness, Health and Exercise or HND Applied Sports Science with AB/ABB in the Graded Units.
Other sports-related HND programmes may be considered.

English Language

Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

Additional Information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International Pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

We're in UCAS Clearing!

Clearing spaces are available on this course for students from England, Wales or Northern Ireland and international students.

To enquire about a Clearing place at GCU, speak to our helpful Clearing team on 0800 027 9171.

Clearing entry requirements

College: HND in relevant subject such as Sports Coaching and Development, Fitness Health & Exercise, with Passes

Standard entry requirements

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2020/21

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
EU: £1,820*
International: £12,250

Tuition fees 2019/20

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
EU: £1,820*
International: £11,845

*Scottish and EU student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

**Students from rest of UK will pay no more than £27,750 towards the total fees of a three or four-year degree.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

View our Undergraduate scholarships.

For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 13 September 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.

Find out more about international life at GCU.

Combining practical and academic skills will put you in a great position to succeed. Throughout your degree, you'll be encouraged to get relevant experience working in the sports industry.

Our teaching team has excellent industry links with private and public sports providers. Every year, we help students gain internships and volunteer opportunities working with organisations at foundation level right through to elite sport in national and international settings.

You can choose to study language modules as part of this degree. GCU offers modules in French, Spanish, German and Italian from beginners to professional level.

You can choose to add an international experience to your programme with a study exchange at one of our partner institutions across Europe, Canada, USA, Australia or Latin America.

There are also opportunities for students to undertake work placements with our European partners as well as being offered international short study trips in a variety of areas including physical education, sports development and the snowsports industry.

Our approach to the learning, teaching and assessment of our students is tailored to the needs of the sport and leisure sector. We adopt a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you not only gain knowledge and understanding of the international business world, but also develop your intellectual and personal skills.

All modules include examinations and coursework in line with learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and include: unseen examinations, sporting case study interventions, class tests, written course work, presentations and group work.

The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that the programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical and relevant to the needs of students and employers. We focus on a more independent learning approach, where you will be encouraged to generate and critically evaluate theory and practice.

As well as the traditional lecture, seminar and workshop formats, we adopt a multi-platform approach to learning that includes a wide range of supporting material, including podcasts, webinars (internet-based seminars), discussion boards and independent (including web-based) study. The nature of the classroom setting is a balance between knowledge transfer, interactivity and group activities; with students having the opportunity to contribute to the learning environment.

The range of modules from theoretical to practical and business-orientated, will equip you with a critical awareness of the role of sports management in society and the wide range of knowledge and skills necessary to take on leadership positions in the sports industry and social business, or to launch your careers as an entrepreneur.