Sports coaches instruct, train and direct athletes or teams, managing skills development in order to achieve a specific goal. Our innovative degree combines a scientific approach to coaching with hands-on experience, with a foundation year that will build your scientific knowledge.
Our extended course is for those who don’t have a background in science but have a passion for sports coaching, so your first year will teach you the essential subjects you need to know.
There's a focus on the most important aspects of sports coaching and physical education, such as human movement, applied coaching pedagogy (how people teach and learn), long-term athlete development, physiology and psychology. You’ll learn how to apply your knowledge to make coaching more effective.
Our modules cover theoretical and practical approaches to coaching and physical education. You’ll learn how to operate ethically and safely, and to be confident whether you’re working independently or as a team member.
You’ll have access to our facilities - including the Human Energetics and Performance Centre - and specialist equipment like notational analysis software and heart-rate monitors, breath-by-breath oxygen-analysis systems and accelerometers in our strength and conditioning suite.
While on the course, you’ll have the opportunity to gain nationally recognised coaching qualifications, do work placements in local schools and sports clubs and apply for our internship programme to spend time working with professional sports teams. You’ll develop experimental and analytical skills, as well as transferable skills such as communication, teamwork, problem solving, creative thinking and independent working.
We offer scholarships and bursaries to promising athletes.
Our course is designed for people who want to become sports coaches. However, you might also choose to use it as a springboard into a range of other careers, including:
While studying, you could become a student member of Sports Coach UK. And, if you wish to follow a career in performance analysis, you’ll have the opportunity to be accredited by the International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport.
We have strong links with local school sports co-ordinators, sports development officers, various rugby, soccer, hockey, netball and basketball teams, and several academies in the region.
You’ll also be encouraged to make the most of our links with a wide range of sporting organisations, including:
Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you'd like to continue your studies we offer a wide range of full-time and part-time postgraduate courses, including MSc Sport and Exercise Science.
Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help you measure your progress. We’ll assess you throughout each year, meaning that we can help you stay on the right track.
You’ll complete exams, practical skills tests, presentations, scientific reports, data-handling exercises, case study critiques, computer assessments and a research project on a topic of interest.
The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.
Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.
Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.
For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages
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You can pay your fees in the following ways.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.
Grants and scholarships are available for:
Important additional notes
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