Sport Coaching and Physical Education - BSc (Hons)

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.

Course details

We’re proud to be ranked fourth in the country for sports science courses in the Guardian League Table 2023.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Locations: Chelmsford campus

Anglia Ruskin Univesity, ARU

Course overview

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.


Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), including a pass in Psychology, Physical Education, Sports Studies or a Science subject.

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English and Maths.

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure will be required prior to commencing your course.


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.


Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help you and your tutors measure your progress. We’ll assess you throughout each year, meaning that we can help you stay on the right track.

You’ll complete exams, practical skills tests, presentations, scientific reports, data-handling exercises, case study critiques, computer assessments and a research project on a topic of interest.

  • Multidisciplinary Sport and Exercise Science 1
  • Introduction to Sport Coaching and Development
  • Multidisciplinary Sport and Exercise Science 2
  • Practical Delivery of Sport and Physical Education
  • Professional Development – Level 4
  • Applied Research Skills
  • Analysing Performance in Sport
  • Applied Teaching and Coaching
  • Sport Development
  • Psychological Profiling for Sport
  • Ruskin Module (15 credits)
  • Professional Development – Level 5

Optional modules

  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Nutrition for Health and Exercise
  • Perceptual Motor Skills
  • Applied Performance Analysis
  • Talent Identification and Development in Sport
  • Coaching Philosophy and Ethics
  • Mentoring and Learning in Coaching
  • Strategic Sport Management

Optional modules

  • Undergraduate Research Project
  • Advanced Work Placement
  • Exercise Medicine
  • Contemporary Issues in Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology
  • Performance and Exercise Nutrition
  • Advanced Strength and Conditioning
  • Applied Sports Psychology