A degree in sports coaching could see you working in diverse 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.
Many sports coaching degrees offer placements but you'll still be expected to find your own additional work experience during your time at university. This could be with sports clubs, 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 could 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.
You can find work as a sport coach in a range of settings, including:
- educational institutions - including schools, colleges and universities
- amateur and professional sports clubs
- local authority leisure centres and sport departments
- 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 gives you a range of coaching specific skills and knowledge. This includes 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 on the university you choose and whether the course is a BA or a BSc. You may also be able to tailor the modules you take in years two and three to match up with your career aspirations.
A sports coaching degree also develops 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 on 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.
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 (22%) are the most popular jobs held by sports coaching graduates in employment in the UK 15 months after graduation. Moreover, one in ten (11%) are employed as secondary education teaching professionals.
|Working and studying||13.5|
|Type of work||Percentage|
|Technicians and other professionals||30.3|
|Childcare, health and education||11|
|Retail, catering and bar staff||8.8|
For a detailed breakdown of what accountancy graduates are doing after graduation, see What do graduates do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
Find out more
- Find coaching support and advice, opportunities and resources at UK Coaching.
- Discover news, events, resources and jobs for those interested in coaching elite sport at UK Sport.
- Learn more about leadership, support and empowerment for professionals working in sport and physical activity at Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).