Applied Sport Science and Coaching [Top up] at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS

Course summary

Develop skills and knowledge on how to work with athletes and members of the public and apply these to the key disciplines of sport science and coaching. Why study Applied Sport Science and Coaching (Top Up) at ARU?

  • Study on one of the leading Sports Science courses – ranked second in the UK and 17th in the World (Shanghai Rankings 2023) and ranked fourth in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2021-2023).
  • Discover what makes great sports performers in our high-performance specialised labs endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).
  • Develop your theoretical understanding and applied practice in Sport Science and Coaching.
  • Join a school with a long-standing reputation for teaching excellence and innovative research.
Our BSc (Hons) Applied Sports Science and Coaching (Top Up) course is an exciting opportunity to progress your qualification and gain a full honours degree. You’ll develop your understanding in areas such as a sports coaching, PE teaching, athlete support, clinical practice, sport development and athlete support. Additionally, you’ll develop employability skills such as communication, teamwork, problem solving, creative thinking and independent working in both an applied and research settings. This top up degree will give you the opportunity to work in sport clubs, sporting organisations, local government, clinical practice, primary and secondary schools, and in sport development. Throughout the course you’ll learn the most important aspects of sports coaching and sport and exercise science which are carefully selected to align with industry needs and standards, and your prior learning. They’ll include sport development, athlete development, sport and exercise psychology, strength and conditioning, and the principles of exercise in relation to health and wellbeing. You’ll learn how to apply this knowledge and as a result, you’ll become more effective in teaching, coaching, athlete support and broader areas where sport is used to support individuals and communities. Our modules cover both the theoretical and practical approaches to Sport Science and Sports Coaching and you’ll have a unique opportunity to choose between a final year research project or to work and complete a project in industry and deliver on an organisation’s strategic priority.


Core: Coaching Philosophy and Ethics Talent Identification and Development in Sport Applied Sports Psychology Exercise Medicine Advanced Strength and Conditioning Strategic Sports Development Optional: Advanced Work Placement Undergraduate Research Project

Assessment method

Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help you measure your progress. These include presentations, practical skills tests, scientific reports, case study critiques, online assessments and a research project. We’ll also encourage you to reflect on your work and participate in peer assessment.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Successful completion of a level 5 foundation course or higher national diploma in Sport or related discipline with a merit or distinction profile. GCSE English Language and maths at grade C (or 4) or above, or equivalent

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 .

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Applied Sport Science and Coaching [Top up] at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS