Sport & Health

BSc (Hons) Sports Science with Education

We are pleased to confirm that Writtle University College and ARU (Anglia Ruskin University) are joining together. The merger will happen during the 23/24 academic year. Writtle’s full range of Higher and Further Education courses will continue to be delivered on site at the Writtle campus, enhanced by resources available at nearby ARU. If you are starting your course in September 2024, your degree will be awarded by ARU. Find out more about ARU, including our recent Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, at

Writtle University College in partnership with USP College are pleased to launch the BSc (Hons) Sports Science with Education.

This combined sport and education-focussed award is aimed at those wishing to combine their passion for Sport with the development of teaching and coaching skills. Many of our sports science graduates have gone on to become teachers at secondary schools via a post-graduate SCITT route. The BSc (Hons) Sports Science with Education has been tailored to meet the needs and prepare students for such a career pathway.


The following information provides the entry requirements for this particular course.

UCAS Tariff Points


GCE A Levels

96 UCAS tariff points, to include one GCE A level grade C or above

Irish Certificate

96 UCAS tariff points, to include 4 x H3 higher, one of which in a relevant science-based subject

Scottish Highers

96 UCAS tariff points, to include 3 x B

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Total (IB) Diploma point score of 24 or more

BTEC Level 3 Diploma


C & G Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (720)

Distinction (96)

C & G Level 3 Extended Diploma

Merit (96)

Please note:

An equivalent or higher combination of grades to that indicated above will also be accepted.


All applicants must hold a minimum of four GCSE passes at grade C/4 or above to include English, Maths and Science.

Access course

Writtle University College welcomes applicants studying Access to HE Diploma courses. For more information please contact Admissions.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL)

Information about our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL) policy can be found on our Higher Education Regulations and Policies page.

As an individual seeking employment within the many ancillary industries that provide resources for sport and exercise, it is imperative to understand the influencing factors that affect the body both physically and mentally .

Students will be able to apply the knowledge of the underpinning science to successfully manipulate these influencing factors to the benefit of both the athlete and those involved in managing them.

The inclusion of education studies within the award will facilitate a graduate looking for a place on a SCITT (School-centred initial teacher training) programme or on a postgraduate certificate of education award with the ultimate aim of employment as a teacher.

The course will suit individuals who have studied a related award at level 3 in the UK or abroad, or who have an interest in sports coaching with other appropriate academic qualifications. Mature applicants with a background in the industry are also welcome - with or without those qualifications.

The following list shows the variety of learning and teaching methods experienced on this course.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Practical laboratory sessions
  • Coaching sessions in the field
  • Seminars and debates
  • Case-studies
  • Visits
  • Online quizzes, wikis and activities

This course provides a mix of assessment methods including.

  • Practical assessments - both in small groups and individually
  • Practical portfolios
  • Presentations - both individually and in small groups
  • Reflective logbooks
  • Case studies
  • Critiques of literature
  • Written assessments
  • Examinations - both multiple choice and essay questions
  • Reports
  • Peer and tutor observations
  • Capstone Project

There are a range of jobs within the sports industry and associated ancillary industries that would suit a graduate from this course. They include science-based roles such as working in the professional and amateur coaching environments as well as a variety of positions within the health and wellbeing sector.

The inclusion of modules in education studies prepare graduates who aim to work in education.

The variety of skills taught throughout the award prepared for an alternative career if required, alternative roles may include journalism or sales jobs for companies (providing products such as sports equipment).

Graduates will also be able to consider relevant graduate schemes and postgraduate study.