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Our students have access to dedicated biomechanics, performance analysis, physiology and psychology laboratories and a sports therapy clinic. Work has also recently been completed on new functional rehabilitation and kinesiology facilities, and strength and conditioning, performance, sleep and biochemistry laboratories. These facilities will allow you to gain significant ‘hands-on’ practical laboratory and field based skills and experience to help prepare you for future employment.

The University’s sports complex also provides 25 acres of playing fields, a synthetic athletics track, fitness suite, dance studio, 25m swimming pool, floodlit 3G multicourts, and tennis and netball courts. Where appropriate, you will use these facilities as part of your course.

Student Life

You will be encouraged to attend tutorials to obtain feedback on your work and you will be allocated a Personal Tutor to help you plan your career and personal development. You will receive regular academic support via our intranet and hear about exciting job opportunities and work experience via social media.

You will also receive advice on the various opportunities you have to pursue relevant professional qualifications and voluntary experience. Alongside this, you will be supported to in working with our external partners to help you gain as much ‘real life’ experience as possible in your preferred career pathway.

There will also be various opportunities to pursue relevant professional qualifications and you will have the option to participate in a recreational sports programme or compete for the University sports teams.

It is important to us that our students receive all the support they need to succeed in their studies. Find out more about the support available in the Department and hear from our recent students below.

PE and School Sport

Watch the videos below to find out more from recent students Keara, David and Lewis, who share their experiences on the PE and School Sport programme:

Sport and Exercise Science

In the videos below, recent students Abbie and Victoria talk about their work experience placements, activities outside of their lectures and more. Click on the videos to find out more.

They also shared their experiences during their studies, find out more in the video below:

Sports Coaching, Management and Development

Recent students Michael, Zoe, Simone and Tom share their experiences during their studies, find out more in the video below:

Sports Therapy

Hear from recent students Charlie and Charlotte about their experiences studying Sports Therapy in the video below.

Department News


Health and Wellbeing Week

During a special Health and Wellbeing week, PE and School students spent time with special educational needs pupils at Lansbury Bridge School in St Helens, teaching the joys of living an active healthy lifestyle.

Edge Hill University sports students working with pupils at Lansbury Bridge School, St Helens. Picture by Paul Heyes

Student Reece Foster said;

“It was a fantastic opportunity to plan and organise lessons for children with different needs. It was really rewarding to see the pupils grow in confidence.”

Read more about the voluntary experience here.

Sports Scholarship

Second-year Sports Coaching and Development student Chris Heaton believes his Edge Hill University scholarship award will benefit his career. The cycling prospect was awarded an initial £1000 as the Sports Scholarship Gold award winner, allowing him to further pursue his coaching qualifications. Other benefits of the award include free gym membership and sports science support at the University’s state-of-the-art sports facilities on campus.

Chris, who combines his studies with competing and coaching commitments said;

“I went into higher education to increase my knowledge and understanding, and the degree allows me to study what I want, as well as allowing me to be based close to home and Manchester Velodrome.”


Find out more about Chris’ story here.



Mental Health Awareness

The importance of mental health awareness and an active lifestyle have been key in talented sportsperson’s Mel Mitchell’s role in Campus Sport at Edge Hill University.

Mel, who is currently undertaking a Masters in Sports has been an active supporter of the University’s recreational sports programme in aiding students’ health and wellbeing.

Building on her own experiences, Mel said:

“The scale of the problem with students’ mental health and wellbeing in higher education is a big issue. It’s something very close to my heart, and I’m extremely passionate about conducting research in the future to help reform how student support is coordinated.”

Find out more about Mel’s story here.

Your future

The Department of Sport and Physical Activity is committed to supporting you in preparing for your future career and is currently involved – with just 10 other UK universities – in the national Higher Education pilot led by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity. Read more about the benefits of this here. You can also find out more about how we support our students, as well as activities specific to your course, below:

Getting work-related experience

You will have the opportunity to pursue a range of work-related learning experiences throughout your time at Edge Hill. You will work alongside staff and our external partners to develop the skills and experience employers will require of you when you graduate.

This year, our students have engaged with a range of organisations including: local schools, sport and health organisations (e.g. West Lancashire School Sport Partnership), sports charities such as Everton in the Community (the official charity of Everton Football Club), and professional sports organisations in football (e.g. Liverpool FC, Everton FC, Wigan AFC) and rugby league (e.g. Rugby Football League, St Helens, Warrington Wolves).

Researching with internationally recognised staff

At Edge Hill you will be taught by internationally recognised research-active staff who will give you the opportunity to gain valuable experience through working alongside them on diverse research topics, including:

  • Promoting physical activity and health in children and young people
  • Coaching and performance analysis in recreational and professional sport
  • Visual perception and psychology of sports performance
  • Tackling mental illness and promoting good mental health
  • Sports injury, rehabilitation and massage
  • Science of sports performance.

Additional qualifications and training courses

Students have recently had opportunities to gain externally accredited qualifications (including those delivered by national governing bodies of sport). Engaging with courses like these will allow you to build your skills and CV, and will enrich your academic studies by informing your practice with applied work and research experience.

In previous years students have engaged in courses such as safeguarding and protecting children, first aid, mental health first aid, and a range of coaching and teaching courses. Availability of courses varies each year and will be advertised to you once you are on course.

Hear more from current students studying your course by clicking on the drop down menus below:

PE and School Sport

Whilst developing a wide range of knowledge and key skills through the course, you will also have the opportunity to apply and enhance these skills in a real–world context through working with our external partners.

Our students have shared their views on the course below:

"The PESS degree has enabled me to decide which career path I wish to take – primary or secondary education. I have been given numerous placement opportunities to help stand out from the crowd, which was crucial when applying for teacher training. In addition to this, the placement opportunities have given me the life experience I needed. All the staff on this course are super supportive and are all enthusiastic about their modules.”

- Hayley Rutter
“Across all three years of the course there have been opportunities for both personal and professional development, including school based placements that enable hands on experience whilst also preparing you for a potential future in the field. The teaching quality is extremely high throughout all the modules and the lecturers are always willing to go above and beyond their call of duty.”

- Samantha Parkinson
“Over my three years at Edge Hill studying PE and School Sport I have gained a great deal of self-confidence in teaching. This is facilitated through the fantastic staff and their ability to guide you down a career path within PE Teaching! Overall, it’s a perfect pathway for any aspiring PE teacher.”

- Harry Brindle

Sport and Exercise Science

Our Sport and Exercise Science degree is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), the UK professional membership organisation that endorses sport and exercise science undergraduate courses.

You will have the chance to engage in a range of placement experiences both within the University and with a range of external organisations. The availability of placements will vary from year to year. Students have previously undertaken placements in health and fitness clubs, cardiac rehabilitation settings, GP referral schemes and with various sports teams.

Sports Coaching, Management and Development

To achieve the experiences and practices necessary for a career in the industry you will be encouraged to engage with our external partners. We are currently partnered with a range of local, regional and national governing bodies, professional clubs and organisations.

Experiences with these organisations may take place across a range of settings, across the private and public sectors, including education, health and business and you will obtain real-world experience by working alongside mentors and professionals in the field.

Our students have shared their views on the course below:

“This course at Edge Hill gives a great opportunity to gain work experience within an area of your interest. The University staff have lots of connections to get the best work placement for you.”

- Zoe Rhodes
“Sport Coaching and Development has developed me as a coach, providing me with the skills, experience and knowledge that I need for the real world.”

- Elliot Bentley

Sports Therapy

Our Sports Therapy degree is accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists and will give you the opportunity to undertake a range of modules and assessments specific to their professional competencies.

Clinical placement opportunities form a large part of the course and give our students the professional skills required. These opportunities are available both within the University and with a range of external professional sports clubs with whom we have established partnerships, such as regional football and rugby clubs.

Our students have shared their views on the course below:

"Studying Sports Therapy at EHU has improved my knowledge and practical skills surrounding injuries, rehabilitation and training methods, positively affecting my own physical performance. Subsequently, I am confident I can implement my skills to benefit high level athletes as well as the general population. I have been able to demonstrate this whilst on placement at the Wigan Athletic Football Club academy. Alongside the placements this course offers, the on-site clinical experience and broadened resulting knowledge base will leave me in a great position to have a successful career within sport. Upon graduation I aim to become a certified strength and conditioning coach, utilising my knowledge gained from Sports Therapy to help reduce the risk of injury and improve athletic performance.”

- Tom Dedman
"Prior to coming to Edge Hill University, I played football at a high level and experienced two ACL reconstructive surgeries on the same leg. That experience really got me interested in sports injuries and sports therapy, and I am even conducting my dissertation on ACL risk factors in female soccer, using the same GPS technology that is used in elite clubs. Once I graduate, I would like to work in football to help prevent injury and guide athletes through their recovery process and help them overcome barriers that I personally experienced throughout my injury.’

- Felicity Winters

Study Abroad

Hear from some of our recent sports students, as they talk about their experiences studying abroad.


Staff profiles

See some of the staff who migh be teaching you in First Year:

Our courses

  • BA (Hons) Physical Education and School Sport
  • BA (Hons) Sports Coaching and Development
  • BA (Hons) Sports Development and Management
  • BA (Hons) Sports Management and Coaching
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy
  • MSci Sports Coaching and Development
  • MSci Sport and Exercise Science
  • MSci Sports Therapy