BSc (Hons) Applied Sport Science and Coaching (Top Up)

  • Available in Clearing 2024
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Studying Applied Sport Science and Coaching at ARU

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.

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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 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.

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Facilities and accreditation

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Specialist equipment

At ARU you’ll be based in our Cambridge Centre for Sports and Exercise Science. Its British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) accredited specialist exercise testing and human movement facilities include:

  • Five dedicated laboratories (cardio-respiratory physiology, metabolic and anaerobic physiology, body composition, biomechanics and strength and conditioning)
  • Sport and Exercise Therapy Clinic
  • Equipment such as our 3D motion capture suite, high speed treadmills, metabolic carts for the assessment of cardiorespiratory responses, force plates, full haematology suites, an array of cycle and rowing ergometers, GPS systems for field work and eye-tracking glasses
  • You’ll also have access at any time to an array of sport and exercise science software packages

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Multiple ways to learn

All our Sport and Exercise Science students can:

  • train and work in the on-site Exercise Testing Consultancy team, gaining experience of testing athletes and members of the public
  • learn from highly experienced lecturers, including practising sport therapists, coaches and conditioning specialists
  • hear from research seminars, networking events, consultancy and Excellence in Sports seminar series, where you’ll listen and learn from world leading guest speakers from the world of sport including Olympians, world record holders, elite coaches
  • gain work experience with sport development teams such as Living Sport and Cambridge City Council where you can work on community projects that will improve your opportunities to work in youth development in the future
  • join a training programme to improve strength and conditioning coaching and you’ll have the opportunity to join a number of sports clubs and societies as part of Team ARU


Throughout your course you'll develop a wide range of professional skills that prepare you for an academic career or a career in sport science and coaching. You’ll have gained skills to tackle complex problems through critical evaluation and can use your research skills to evidence and solve research questions in real world contexts.

You’ll gain skills to communicate your ideas and findings effectively to variety of audiences and can use your skills when working with coaches, athletes, or professionals. Within your future career, you can use the professional frameworks and ethical guidelines described by professional bodies. Graduates can continue their academic career and start a master’s degree or develop a career as sport scientist and/or coach.

Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us, of course. You might decide to stay at ARU and study a postgraduate degree such as our MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

Employability and personal career development

Informed by employers, our sports science courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.

To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.

Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.

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