Your degree in sports coaching enables you to work in a range of settings, from professional sports clubs to primary schools and prisons
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
- Outdoor activities/education manager
- Personal trainer
- Sports coach
- Sports development officer
- Sports therapist
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
- Armed forces training and education officer
- Fitness centre manager
- Life coach
- Primary school teacher
- Secondary school teacher
- Sport administrator
- Teaching assistant
- Youth worker
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.
While many sports coaching degree courses offer placement opportunities, you'll still be expected to find your own additional work experience placements during your time at university. This could be through voluntary work, internships and placements with sports clubs or organisations, local schools, community projects or youth organisations.
If you're a member of a sports club or team as a participant, consider volunteering to coach the younger age group section and completing coaching awards alongside this experience.
Almost every university in the UK will have a range of sports clubs and societies open to students to join. You may want to consider volunteering your services as a coach alongside the qualified staff, as a way to gain more experience while shadowing others.
You might like to combine an interest in travel with gaining work experience, by undertaking a sports coaching role with an organisation such as:
Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.
Sports coaches can be found in a range of settings, including:
- educational institutions - including schools, colleges and universities
- amateur and professional sports clubs
- local authority leisure centres
- health and fitness centres
- residential camps
- activity centres
- the armed forces
- national sporting governing bodies
- sports councils
Skills for your CV
A sports coaching degree will give you a range of coaching specific skills and knowledge. This will include, the principles of sports coaching; management; sports policy; sports sociology; sports psychology; anatomy; physiology and movement analysis.
The exact content of your degree in sports coaching will depend upon the university you choose and whether the course you decide to take is a BA or a BSc.
During your course you'll develop a valuable set of transferable skills, including:
- presentation and public speaking
- project and time-management skills
- written and verbal communication
- decision-making and problem-solving skills
- research and data analysis
- information technology
After your degree, depending upon your career plan, you might need to complete a postgraduate or professional qualification. If you're keen to coach a specific sport, the National Governing Body (NGB) for that sport will have a list of recommended coaching badges you'll need to help you progress. Some of these may be available during your degree studies at university.
If you want to coach disabled sport, some specialist courses are available, through organisations such as Disability Sports Coach.
Popular postgraduate courses following a sports coaching degree include:
- Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
- MSc Sports Therapy
What do sports coaching graduates do?
Sports coaches, instructors and officials are the most popular roles held by graduates in employment in the UK six months after graduation. A fifth go on to full or part-time study.
|Working and studying||8.1|
|Type of work||Percentage|
|Technicians and other professionals||35.1|
|Childcare, health and education work||13.8|
|Retail, catering and bar work||11.7|
For a detailed breakdown of what accountancy graduates are doing six months after graduation, see What do graduates do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
Find out more
- UK Coaching - coaching support and advice, opportunities and resources
- UK Sport - news, events, resources and jobs for those interested in coaching elite sport
- Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) - leadership, support and empowerment for professionals working in sport and physical activity.