Graduate career opportunities

The School has an excellent record of employment, with 97.6% of our Sport, Physical Education and Coaching Sciences graduates in jobs or postgraduate study six months after graduation (DLHE 2015/16 data). These statistics reflect the strong reputation of the School and the wide range of employability skills on offer in our multi-disciplinary degree programmes.

What do Sport, Physical Education and Coaching Science graduates do?

The majority of Sport, Physical Education and Coaching Science graduates work within a wide range of sport, coaching, fitness and leisure, sport development, school and community contexts, with fewer graduates entering commercial roles (in comparison to sport and exercise science graduates). A number of students choose to pursue further study, with most going on to study postgraduate teaching qualifications in both primary and secondary subjects, and other courses are related to improving their specialist sport or health skill-set or retraining in another industry.

A selection of employers for our graduates

  • A variety of schools/colleges
  • Enterprise Rent-a-car
  • One Leisure
  • Planet Sport
  • Sheffield United Community Foundation
  • Sport UK
  • Sports Plus Scheme
  • Wychavon Leisure
  • Wesleyan Assurance Society
  • Sheffield Borough Council

A selection of occupations for our graduates

Coaching, Leisure & Fitness:

  • Swimming Coach
  • Personal Trainer
  • 4 x Swimming Instructors
  • Assistant Director of Sailing
  • Multi-sport Development Officer
  • Partnership Coach
  • Premier League Programme Coordinator
  • Semi-professional rugby player
  • West Midlands Regional Administrator


  • 6 x Teaching Assistants/Classroom Assistant
  • PE Teacher
  • PE Graduate Assistant
  • Primary School Teacher
  • Student Support Assistant
  • TEFL Teacher


  • Management Trainee

Further Study

The academic training that our degrees provide enables our graduates to follow academic careers in research and in teaching in Science and Sport at all levels from Primary education to University level. Many graduates continue to further study; for example medicine, physiotherapy, dietetics and occupational health. The University offers a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDipEd) for those wishing to enter the teaching profession

Range of courses of further study for our graduates

  • PGCE Primary
  • PGCE Seconday (Physical Education)
  • MSc Sports & Health Promotion
  • MSc Marketing Communications
  • MSc Education with QTS
  • MSc Development Management
  • MSc Sport Policy & Business Management
  • Strength & Conditioning Instructor Development Course
  • Gym Instructor Level 2
  • Graduate Diploma in Law

Helping you find the right career

Students have access to a comprehensive careers service, based at the Careers Network. In addition, careers and CV advice, and work experience/internship support, are available within the School on a weekly basis. We also arrange for you to meet a number of our alumni during your studies in order to learn from their experiences of preparing for a successful career in a chosen field.