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.

Sports science facilities

We offer sports science degrees in Cambridge and Writtle, and you’ll find a range of specialist facilities on both campuses where students gain hands-on experience.


Sport and exercise student running on a treadmill while being monitored

Our Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences offers exercise and sport-related testing, and sports therapy and rehabilitation support, to the local community. It’s accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).

If you’re studying a sport and exercise science degree in Cambridge, you’ll be based in the centre.

Its specialist exercise testing and human movement facilities include:

  • five dedicated laboratories (cardio-respiratory physiology, metabolic and anaerobic physiology, hydrostatic weighing, biomechanics and strength and conditioning, physiology teaching)
  • electrocardiography (ECG)
  • near infrared spectroscopy for monitoring of blood oxygenation
  • body composition systems
  • isokinetic dynamometer for the assessment of muscular strength
  • heat chambers
  • an array of ergometers: treadmills, cycles and rower
  • GPS monitoring technology
  • breath-by-breath oxygen-analysis systems
  • accelerometers.

As a student in Cambridge you can also train and work with the Exercise and Performance Testing Consultancy team, gaining experience of testing athletes and members of the public.

If you’re studying BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Therapy in Cambridge, you can get invaluable experience in your final year by supporting members of the public in our Sport and Exercise Therapy Clinic. You’ll work under the supervision of qualified sports therapists, carrying out assessments and planning rehabilitation strategies.


Four students - one using an exercise bike and the others monitoring performance - in a sport science centre

As a student in Writtle you’ll have access to specialist facilities including the Centre for Sport and Health, with its sports laboratory, strength and conditioning suite, and private consulting rooms.

The Centre is a research and consultancy service that's open to the public, and gives our students the opportunity to gain experience in sports science consultancy while also supporting the local community. You might assist a club athlete by providing objective fitness test data, or help a local cardiac rehabilitation group to broaden the range of physical activities it offers its members.

Elsewhere on campus, you’ll find:

  • dedicated 3x3 basketball facility
  • Sports Hall
  • gym
  • sports grounds including football and rugby pitches, and a netball court
  • open countryside for cross-country running events
  • reservoir for water sports.

Take a look around our campuses and facilities, and find out more about studying at ARU, at one of our Open Days.