Applied pathways

Add experience to the teaching on your degree to help you stand out in the graduate job market.

As a student in the School of Sport, Science and Health Sciences, you will have the opportunity to develop practical experience alongside your studies to enhance your future job prospects.

The Optional Practitioner Programme (PP) allows you to develop practitioner-valued skills and gain a nuanced understanding of the performance sport landscape, in collaboration with the University’s Coach and Volunteer Academy (CVA).

High quality sport-based opportunities are available in three pathways: strength and conditioning, sport management and sport and exercise psychology.

Strength and Conditioning

Students of all levels will be given the opportunity to shadow and be mentored by Loughborough Sports’ senior strength and conditioning staff with the potential to coach and support Loughborough Student Athletes.

Students will grow their knowledge of different Strength and Conditioning (S&C) testing procedures, programmes and training. You will develop practical skills of planning, implementing and reviewing S&C sessions for individuals and teams.

The end goal of the programme is to enable students to develop the skillset and experience to provide elite level strength and conditioning services.

For further information please contact

Sport Management

Students are able to choose one of two Sport Management strands: ‘Sport Events’ or ‘Media, Marketing and Communications (MMC)’.

The Sport Events strand provides opportunities ranging from sports event volunteering through to sports events management, within Loughborough Sport or at one of many national and international events hosted on campus.

By choosing the MMC strand you will gain real life experience in a range of media, marketing and communications opportunities, from creating content to running large marketing campaigns.

Students on either pathway will be supported by mentors from relevant professions and will be given priority access to workshops and masterclasses to enhance their ability to apply knowledge.

For further information, please contact Martin Foster.

Sport and Exercise Psychology

Students will engage and receive training in core skills relating to the role of the SEP. These include profiling and assessment, psychological performance analysis and observation.

They will work closely with a team of practitioners that include Postgraduate and BPS Stage 2 candidates and support them in SEP work with these skills.

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As a Sport Science, Coaching and Physical Education (SSCaPE) student at Loughborough University, you will be given the opportunity to develop your professional network and practical experience alongside your degree.

SSCaPE LIVE is designed to enhance your education and student experience; offer opportunities for applied practice; engage with PE teachers, coaches and performance analysts; and develop community links and impact opportunities.

Activities are student-led and staff-facilitated, allowing students to shape the direction of SSCaPE LIVE. To date, this opportunity has allowed our students to plan and deliver a series of physical activity sessions for pupils from local schools and receive in-house continuing professional development (CPD) relating to inclusive physical activities.

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