Anglia Ruskin University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Sport Coaching and Physical Education

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Course summary

Please note the course title has changed to BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching and Physical Education for September 2020. What practical and scientific skills do you need to work as part of a team? Find out as you work towards a career in coaching, PE teaching or sports development at our Cambridge Centre for Sports and Exercise Science, using specialist facilities accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Learn from current and former elite athletes and coaches, gain external qualifications as part of your course and get real experience working with 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. The British Association of Sports and Exercise Sciences Accreditation 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. By studying at ARU, you'll benefit from highly-experienced lecturers, including practising sport therapists, coaches, conditioning specialists, sports analysts, psychologists, nutritionists, and world-leading researchers. Our team currently includes a Paralympian World Record holder, a Scottish Women’s Rugby player and a Judo champion. We also host visiting guest speakers as part of our Excellence in Sport seminar series, which has had an array of speakers including Olympians, world record holders, elite coaches, an International Cricketer and Commonwealth gold medallist! 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 Sport Scholarship for promising athletes -

Course details


Year one, core modules Anatomy and Physiology Pedagogical Principles in Sport Applied Sport Pedagogy Exercise Physiology and Nutrition Research Methods for Sport and Exercise Sport and Exercise Psychology Organisation and Structure of Sport Introduction to Human Movement Year two, core modules Applied Research Skills Applied Research and Employability Performance Analysis Applied Teaching and Coaching Sport Development Psychological Profiling for Sport Year two, optional modules Strength and Conditioning Nutrition for Health and Exercise Perceptual Motor Skills Applied Performance Analysis Year three, core modules Talent Identification and Development in Sport Coaching Philosophy and Ethics Mentoring and Learning in Coaching Strategic Sport Development Research Project (Dissertation) or Advanced Work Placement Year three, optional modules Applied Sports Psychology Advanced Strength and Conditioning Exercise Medicine Contemporary Issues in Sport, Exercise and Performance Physiology Performance and Exercise Nutrition

Assessment method

Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help you and your tutors 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.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

2020 entry requirements are under review for the next cycle and have been published using the current cycle information. Please check back when Apply opens for the exact requirements. If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic Level - with no individual score being lower than 5.5) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information 2022 International fees are to be confirmed
Sport Coaching and Physical Education at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS