Sport and exercise enthusiasts take note: UCLan is one of the UK’s top providers of sport, outdoor and wellbeing courses and our global reputation grows by the day. Our sports, exercise and nutrition degrees are informed by our world-leading research and are taught by internationally-acclaimed academics. Our sports and wellbeing courses are delivered from our multi-million pound, world-class facilities in Preston including purpose-built classrooms and laboratories, Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre and our Sports Arena, where you will develop the practical skills and theoretical knowledge you need to excel in your chosen career.
Academics are at the forefront of their professions, leading and undertaking ground-breaking research. Current projects include developing a revolutionary new running shoe in collaboration with Intersport, enhancing the wellbeing of elite rugby players with Wigan Warriors RLFC, and improving the nutrition and health status of communities in Pakistan with the Abaseen Foundation.
You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a wide range of work experience opportunities in the UK and around the world, including 48-week placements, shorter internships and volunteering roles, aided by our relationships with partner organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors. In addition to gaining crucial industry experience, many students have secured jobs off the back of work placements.
We have strong links with a large number of sports organisations, including professional sports teams, public and private sector sports providers and grassroots sports clubs including Wigan Warriors RLFC, Preston North End FC and Preston City Council.
We’re training the coaches, scientists, managers, analysts, therapists and outdoor leaders of the future. With ever increasing numbers of people engaging in sport and wellbeing activities, it’s a future brimming with significant career opportunities. Through a range of interesting and innovative teaching and learning techniques including workshops, seminars, practicals and lectures you can develop knowledge and skills across a range of sport disciplines. Many of our sport and wellbeing degree courses are endorsed by the relevant professional body, such as CIMSPA, Skills Active (REPs) and BASES and you’ll have the opportunity to gain those all-important National Governing Body Awards alongside your degree, increasing your chances of securing the first step on your career ladder.
We encourage our students to challenge themselves with vocational experiences within leading UK and international organisations. Previous students have embarked on working in Zambia on an International Sport for Development project, coaching football in the USA with Challenger Sports and studying abroad through the International Student Exchange Programme. ISEP is a network of over 300 colleges and universities in 50 countries cooperating to provide affordable access to international education for a diverse student population. ISEP students gain intercultural competence through integration into their host institution and host culture while exploring the international dimensions of their academic field.
We provide a range of National Governing Body qualifications to enrich your CV and employability. You can find a variety of sports and wellbeing short courses here.