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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 fourth in the country for sports science courses in the Guardian League Table 2023.
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.
Going to university can offer you a series of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. As part of your course, you could study abroad with one of our short-term Global Experience programmes. Opportunities include summer schools and placements, lasting from one to four weeks and funded by ARU’s UK Turing Scheme grants.
Additionally, you can apply to study in North America for one trimester. You’ll study on the BSc Kinesiology course at University of Illinois Chicago, or SUNY Cortland in New York State, continuing your ARU degree while there. Read more about studying in North America including the funding you can access.
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Learn how to measure fitness and performance at the Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences.
Learn how to interpret fitness and performance test results.
Learn how to work safely, effectively and professionally.
Learn how to collect, analyse, draw conclusions and make recommendations from data.
We'll always provide you with opportunities to become the best you can be.
At ARU you’ll be based in our Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Science. Its specialist exercise testing and human movement labs feature:
All our Sport Coaching and Physical Education students can:
This course is endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), meaning employers will view you as 'job ready' for roles in sport and physical activity.
You’ll be based in the Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Science, using specialist facilities accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).
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Sport coaches and physical education professionals work in a wide range of careers.
As a graduate, you can consider teaching roles in schools and colleges, coaching at community or performance level, and performance (notation) analysis for sport teams or athletes. There is the opportunity to move towards the area of sport development where there are a broad range of themes to focus on (e.g. mental health, physical activity, and minority groups). Through studying with us you can also shape your learning experiences by taking opportunities in the wider health, fitness and leisure industry.
This course is endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), the professional development body for the UK's sport and physical activity sector, and the sector's only chartered professional body, meaning employers will view you as "job ready" for roles in sport and physical activity.
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. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.
Informed by employers, our 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. It’s a great chance to make professional connections. 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.
As a university, sport is in our DNA. There’s a packed programme of activities including health and fitness classes and fun, social sport. Cambridge boasts a well-equipped campus gym and an array of sports clubs and societies. And, if you’re a keen athlete, you could even represent ARU in national competitions.Be a part of Team ARU
Our friendly, bustling campus is a stone’s throw from the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.Explore Cambridge
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You have the option to take a placement year as part of this course. It’s a great chance to get hands-on experience in the industry you want to work in.Your guide to placements
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