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Sports Coaching and Physical Education

Anglia Ruskin University
In Cambridge (England)

Price on request

Important information

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Cambridge (England)
  • Duration:
    3 Years

This degree has two main aims: To provide you with a sound theoretical and applied understanding of coaching and physical education. To equip you with the communication, analytical, practical, organisational and scientific skills required for coaching and teaching sport.

Important information

Requirements: Required subject(s): GCE A-level Any Science subject GCSE(s) Required: English, Mathematics and Science grade C We welcome applications from International and EU students. There are country-specific entry requirements.


Where and when

Starts Location
01 October 2016
Cambridge Campus, East Road, CB1 1PT, Cambridgeshire , England
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What you'll learn on the course

Physical Education
IT Development
Skills and Training

Course programme

Course overview

The coach is responsible for instructing, training and directing the athlete or the team. Their aim is to develop the players' skills or to achieve a specific goal. But how does the coach know what will be the best approach to use? In this innovative degree you will explore the scientific approaches to coaching. You will find out what areas of knowledge such as human movement, pedagogy, child development, physiology and psychology have to make coaching methods more effective. Then you will go on to explore how these ideas can be best put into practice.

This unique mix of both the theory and practice is crucial for the modern coach. The strategies employed must be adaptable and appropriate for all ages and all types of learner. This degree has been carefully designed to fulfil the needs of the scientific coach.

Module guide

Year one core modules

  • Research Methods for Sport and Exercise
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Anatomy for Motion
  • Coaching and Behaviour

Year two core modules

  • Research Methods and Project Preparation for Sport and Exercise
  • Sports Development
  • Notational Analysis

Year three core modules

  • Undergraduate Research Project
  • Long-term Athlete Development
  • Scientific Basis of Training
  • Skill Acquisition

Year two optional modules

  • Exercise Testing
  • Psychological Profiling for Sport
  • Biomechanics
  • Sport and Exercise Nutrition

Year three optional modules

  • Applied Biomechanics and Kinesiology
  • Applied Sports Psychology
  • Strength and Conditioning


A wide range of assessments are used to test the skills learnt. This includes: presentations, practical examinations, scientific reports, data-handling exercises, computer assessments, end of module examinations and a research project. Reflective practice and self and peer assessment is also encouraged.

You will be given considerable opportunities to apply your coaching and instructing skills in real-world settings.

You will run physical education classes within both primary and secondary schools across the region, work with local teams and governing bodies of sport in relation to coach development and club development strategies, work with coaches and athletes from a wide range of team and individual sporting backgrounds and write structured training programmes.

Additional information

Comments: You will be encouraged to become a student member of The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and to attend and possibly present at the student conferences.
Career opportunities: Coaching is the obvious career choice after this degree and applicants should consider that the government intends to make coaching a paid profession. Other careers include: physical education teacher, primary school teacher, sport development, strength and conditioning coach, performance analyst, military officer or physical training instructor, Schools Sports Community Officer (SSCO), Further Education Sports Community Officer (FESCO), lecturer in higher education, and research.