Want to be a PE teacher or professional sports coach? Learn to instruct, train and direct athletes or teams on our innovative, extended degree. You’ll gain hands-on experience with placements in the local community, schools and sports clubs, while building on your scientific knowledge in our Cambridge labs.
If you don’t have a background in sports science, or are returning to education and would benefit from a warm up year, this foundation year will teach you the essential biological principles you’ll need to build upon to be an effective coach.
From there, our course will teach you the most important aspects of sports coaching and physical education. You’ll focus on sport development, applied coaching pedagogy (how people teach and learn), athlete development, physiology and psychology. You’ll learn how to apply all of this knowledge and as a result, help make your coaching more effective.
You’ll use our specialist facilities to support your learning, benefiting from the Human Energetics and Performance Centre, with its specialist equipment including 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 also offer optional training programmes to improve strength and conditioning, and you can join a number of university sports clubs.
We work closely with Living Sport and Cambridge City Council to provide additional work experience opportunities. You’ll work on community projects that will improve the confidence and ability of those from disadvantaged backgrounds, opening up opportunities to work in youth development in the future.
In your final year you’ll have a unique opportunity to choose between a final year research project or you can choose to work in industry and deliver on an organisations strategic priority, as a result creating a service/product that helps them fulfil their needs.
To top it all off, the Cambridge Centre for Sports and Exercise Sciences offers an Excellence in Sports seminar series, featuring guest speakers from industry.
Check out our sports scholarship for promising athletes.
You’ll be able to choose from a wide range of careers once you graduate. These might include teaching, coaching, physical training, and management roles in global organisations, professional clubs, schools or higher education.
We have experts from a multitude of high-performance sport, but have naturally evolved as a specialist in football (soccer) due to our Coaching for Performance in Football degree, which is specifically designed for coaches and players in professional clubs. Some of the top jobs our Sports Coaching graduates* work in include:
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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