University of Cumbria

Launched ten years ago as the University of Cumbria, we are founded on the experience and tradition of well over 150 years of higher education. We are a growing, multi-campus university that is home to over 10,000 students. Sport is located on our Lancaster campus. Our institution offers high quality research-informed academic studies, professionally focused programmes and technical skills to help you achieve your future career. By creating knowledge with our research, sharing information through our courses and making business connections with our placement opportunities, we help enable our students to realise their potential and achieve life-changing outcomes. We have seven, specialist departmental areas that offer a range of flexible, multidisciplinary courses covering the academic areas of Health, Sport, Psychology, Social Sciences, Arts, Education, Business, Science, Policing, Law, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies. You'll be taught by experts with a wealth of experience in the world of work and are committed to helping you achieve your ambitions.

Key contact for enquiries

Timothy Barry, Head of Department of Medical & Sport Sciences
Tel: 01524 590834

Associated courses

BSc Sport and Exercise Science
Fascinated about how the body and mind responds to exercise, what happens when we don't exercise or what makes an elite athlete? Studying the science behind sports and exercise is for you. Our course is designed for you to gain high-quality, profession-specific training – including strength and conditioning for elite sport and notational analysis. Physiology, biomechanics, sports nutrition and psychology sit at the heart of our degree – but you won’t just talk about it, you’ll be actively learning in our state-of-the art human performance laboratory. Add to that placements giving you real-world experience and you can graduate with key workforce skills to boost your employment prospects as a sport and exercise scientist. Access to our sports complex, clinics and laboratories are available during all three years of study. We have great industry links – including with top-flight football teams, local authorities and private and public leisure providers. Our contacts and partnerships give you great placement and job prospects. We pride ourselves on great tutor support and we get to know you because our seminar class sizes are small. Our tutors are involved in international research, keeping your learning up-to-date whilst also consulting for professional teams and athletes. Sport and exercise scientists are in increasing demand, due to Government focus on public health and fitness and the growth of professional athletes determined to maximise their potential. Many of our students have gone on to work with elite athletes in sport science support – including in the Premier League - as well as helping to improve the health of the community. We offer the opportunity for 100 hours on placement in a variety of sport and exercise settings which is assessed as part of your degree. We will develop you as an individual so that you can graduate confident in the knowledge, behaviours and skills expected by employers.

BA Sport Coaching and Physical Education
Have a passion for sport and would love to help others discover the joys and boost their performance in it? Studying this course will enable you to develop great practitioner skills to ignite and sustain healthy lifestyles and assist others to improve in their sport. You will gain a deep knowledge of coaching, physical education and sport development from a sociological, scientific, philosophical and political perspective giving you scope to step into a diverse range of careers. You will examine the theory of physical education, sport and coaching science across education, leisure and community sectors with hands-on experience from within the sport and physical education sector. Your academic learning will be intertwined with practical sessions in our purpose-built sports facilities and you'll have regular access to our human performance laboratories. Couple this with placements and events with schools and community groups, and you’ll be able to graduate with all the skills needed to secure employment in this rewarding profession. Our strong relationships with local and regional organisations give you the opportunity to liaise and work with real-life stake holders and community groups helping to organise sporting events with schools and in the community. Our tutors have a wealth of experience in sport as coaches and sport development managers. Teaching is up-to-date and informed by research relevant to the profession. You will conduct an assessed placement of 100 hours with opportunities including football clubs, schools, sport clubs, and state funded sport development organisations. You will have the opportunity to develop key entrepreneurial skills you need to set up your own business and enjoy outdoor activities in the Lake District – now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our aim is to give you all of the academic knowledge and practical skills needed in the teaching of physical education and the coaching of sports activities – from childhood to elite performance.