Want to become a sports coach or PE teacher or work in sport development? Learn the essential practical and scientific skills you need to work as part of a team, or as an effective leader. Test your skills and enhance your employability power with opportunities to take placements in local schools and sports clubs.
Our course will teach you the most important aspects of sports coaching and physical education. These essential elements include 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 you more effective in teaching, coaching or other broader areas of sport development.
Our modules cover theoretical and practical approaches to coaching and physical education. Put these together and you’ll be able to operate ethically, safely, and confidently when working independently or as a team member.
To do this, you’ll use our fantastic facilities which include exercise testing and multipurpose human movement laboratories with its specialist equipment including notational analysis software, heart-rate monitors, GPS, breath-by-breath oxygen-analysis systems and accelerometers along with our strength and conditioning suite.
While on the course, you’ll have the opportunity to gain nationally recognised coaching qualifications, complete work placements in local schools and sports clubs, and apply to internship programmes to spend time working with professional sports teams or other sectors of the sports business. 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 coaching and you’ll have the opportunity to join a number of sports clubs and societies as part of Active Anglia.
We work closely with Living Sport and Cambridge City Council to provide additional work experience opportunities. You’ll have the chance to 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 and complete a project in industry (i.e. schools/sport teams/local govt. sport providers) and deliver on an organisations strategic priority, as a result potentially creating a service/product/change 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.
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You’ll be able to choose from a wide range of careers once you graduate. These might include teaching (school/college), coaching (community level or performance), performance analysis, physical training, sport development, and the wider health, fitness and leisure industry. 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:
We have links with many sports organisations, and you’ll have the opportunity to do research projects with them while you’re studying. This offers an early insight into the world of employment, and keeps you up-to-date with who’s hiring. While you’re studying, we also encourage you to become a student member of UK Coaching, to keep up with the opportunities in the sector.
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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