Writtle University College and ARU have merged. Writtle’s full range of college, degree, postgraduate and short courses will still be delivered on the Writtle campus. See our guide to finding Writtle information on this site.

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Sport and Exercise Sciences

You live and breathe sport, and you want to use your passion and energy to help others reach their full potential. Our courses teach you the theory behind sport science, sports coaching and sport therapy.

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With courses available in Cambridge and Writtle, we offer extensive specialist facilities where you'll gain hands-on experience along with all the support you'll need to succeed in the industry.

You'll learn in the classroom, laboratory, field, court or gym from highly-experienced tutors whose expertise covers nutrition, physiology, coaching, strength and conditioning, sport therapy, and more. Learn how to maximise sporting performance and gain invaluable hands-on experience, while studying in our specialist facilities.

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Our Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Science hosts an exercise testing consultancy and sport therapy clinic. Our extensive facilities and courses are accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), Society of Sport Therapists (SST) and CIMSPA.

You’ll learn from highly experienced practitioners and world leading researchers. Study with a work placement year on courses that are ranked consistently in the top of national league tables (Guardian University Guide 2021-23).

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If you dream of working in the expanding sports and health industry, our practical courses at Writtle offer the skills, expert theory and qualifications you need to succeed.

The 150-hectare Writtle campus is located in the Essex countryside, on the edge of the village of Writtle. Home to plenty of outdoor space, extensive specialist teaching spaces and facilities, including the dedicated Centre of Sport and Health, and a friendly and supportive community, it's a great place to study.

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Facilities in Cambridge

Study at ARU in Cambridge and:

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Facilities in Writtle

Study at ARU's Writtle campus and:

  • Get hands-on experience in our Centre of Sport and Health, with its sports laboratory, strength and conditioning suite, and consulting rooms.
  • Make use of facilities including a sports hall, gym, and extensive sports grounds.
  • Take part in a range of social sport activities on campus.
  • Join one of our sports clubs and potentially represent ARU in competitions.

Get in touch

If you're thinking about applying to ARU or have questions about your application, contact our Admissions Customer Service Team.

Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm
Friday 9am-4.30pm
Please note we close at 3.30pm on the first and third Thursday of the month for staff training

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Sport college courses

Interested in studying a sports course at Writtle College? Discover our full range of sport performance, coaching and football academy college courses, based at ARU Writtle, home of Writtle College.

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