Your degree in sports coaching enables you to work in a range of settings, from professional sports clubs to primary schools and prisons

Job options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.

Work experience

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.

Typical employers

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
  • prisons.

Find information on employers in leisure, sport and tourism, teacher training and education, law enforcement and security and other job sectors

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
  • leadership
  • mentoring
  • numeracy.

Further study

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

For more information on further study and to find a course that interests you, see Masters degrees and search for postgraduate courses in sport coaching.

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.

Further study20.9
Working and studying8.1
Graduate destinations for sports coaching
Type of workPercentage
Technicians and other professionals35.1
Childcare, health and education work13.8
Retail, catering and bar work11.7
Education professionals8.0
Types of work entered in the UK

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.

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