Anglia Ruskin University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Sport Coaching and Physical Education [with Foundation Year]

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Course summary

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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.

Course details


Year one, core modules Biology of Cells Biomolecules Mathematics for Science Chemical Principles Physical Principles Physiology Introduction to Sport Coaching & Psychology Introduction to Exercise Science Year two, core modules Exercise Physiology Research Methods for Sport and Exercise Sport and Exercise Psychology Pedagogical Principles in Sport Applied Sports Pedagogy Anatomy for Motion Year three, core modules Performance Analysis Research Methods and Project Preparation for Sport and Exercise Applied Coaching Sport Development (option 1) Year three, optional modules Biomechanics Exercise Testing Psychological Profiling for Sport Sport and Exercise Nutrition Year four, core modules Long-term Athlete Development Undergraduate Research Project Effective and Ethical Coaching Year four, optional modules Applied Biomechanics and Kinesiology Applied Sports Psychology Strength and Conditioning Scientific Basis of Training

Assessment method

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.

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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

5 GCSEs at grade 3, or grade D, or above, (or equivalent) plus evidence of having attempted two years of post GCSE study at level 3. Students who have achieved a minimum of 1 A level (or equivalent), will be exempt from the two year post GCSE requirement (as stated above) but must still hold 5 GCSEs (as stated above). Students without English as their first language will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 5.5 (Academic level with at least 5.5 in each of the four components) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognized by Anglia Ruskin University.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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Sport Coaching and Physical Education [with Foundation Year] at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS