Sport Coaching and Physical Education (with Placement year) at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS

Course summary

Develop a critical and practical understanding of sport coaching, physical education, sport management and development and work towards a career in sport in an immersive, inspiring environment in the heart of Cambridge. Do you dream of being the great coach behind a great athlete? Or to inspire children through engagement with sport and physical activity? Or maybe you would like to have your say in the policing of sport and in the development of athletes? Work towards all these and even more careers at our Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences. We're proud to be ranked third in the country for sports science courses in the Guardian League Table 2022. As a Sport Coaching and Physical Education student at ARU, you'll have access to amazing opportunities: you can use specialist labs accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), gain safeguarding and coaching qualifications, and get first-hand experience working with schools and sports clubs. We know that you want to learn from professionals, so our staff members include elite athletes and coaches who will be teaching you not just based on their academic knowledge, but also from their hands-on experience. Our Sport Coaching and Physical Education degree course is endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) and has membership of the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE), so you'll graduate ready to work in the UK’s burgeoning sport and fitness industry or to continue your learning journey to postgraduate study. Find out more about our approved and accredited courses. By choosing to study BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching and Physical Education at ARU, you’ll be choosing an applied course that is embedded in real-life experiences and focused on getting you career-ready. Our degree course is packed with opportunities to complete work placements in local schools and sports clubs. Moreover, you'll have the chance to gain unique work experience with organisations such as Living Sport and Cambridge City Council, who run community sports projects for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. You can also apply to internship programmes with professional sports teams. In the final year of your Sport Coaching and Physical Education degree, you'll be offered a unique opportunity to complete a real-life research and development project immersed in industry. All this is supported by what you learn in the lecture theatre. Together, we’ll explore sport development, applied coaching pedagogy (how people teach and learn), athlete development, sport physiology and the psychology of sport coaching. You’ll learn how to use your knowledge as a leader, teacher and a sports coach – and to work safely, ethically and confidently on your own, or as part of a team. To do this, you’ll use fantastic facilities including exercise testing and human movement labs, and a strength and conditioning suite. And to top it all off, there’s financial support for talented athletes.


Year 1 Core Modules Multidisciplinary Sport and Exercise Science 1 Introduction to Sport Coaching & Development Multidisciplinary Sport and Exercise Science 2 Practical Delivery of Sport and Physical Education Professional Development - Level 4 Year 2 Core Modules Applied Research Skills Analysing Performance in Sport Applied Teaching and Coaching Sport Development Psychological Profiling for Sport Ruskin Module Professional Development - Level 5 Year 2 Optional Modules Strength and Conditioning Nutrition for Health and Exercise Perceptual Motor Skills Applied Performance Analysis Year 3 Core Modules Work Placement - Psychology and Sport Sciences Year 4 Core Modules Talent Identification and Development in Sport Coaching Philosophy and Ethics Mentoring and Learning in Coaching Strategic Sport Development Year 4 Optional Modules Undergraduate Research Project Advanced Work Placement Exercise Medicine Contemporary Issues in SEP Psychology Performance and Exercise Nutrition Advanced Strength and Conditioning Applied Sports Psychology

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

An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure will be required prior to commencing your course.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

English language 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) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

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

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Please note the fee for the placement year is £1,400.
Sport Coaching and Physical Education (with Placement year) at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS