The University of South Wales has a strong sporting background and a reputation for excellent sport degrees. We’ve designed our sports courses to produce graduates who are ready for professional careers in the sport industry – strong links between practical and classroom learning are a key part of our sport courses.
A strong ethos of practical experience is embedded in all our sports courses. You’ll benefit from our partnerships with local business and sports clubs, which provide opportunities that match your course and interests.
Plus, all our sports coaching courses are mapped to the United Kingdom Coaching Certificate (UKCC) to provide you with an industry-recognised qualification in addition to your degree.
USW Sport allows you to train and develop to your full potential in one of the best teaching and learning environments for sport in the UK. We have purpose-built laboratories full of specialist equipment. This includes an underwater weighing system and whole-body MRI to measure whole and regional body fat and muscle. We also have a hypobaric or altitude chamber that tests subjects in different conditions, often at the extremes of endurance.
There are five teaching laboratories, where you’ll study under the guidance of our academic staff and conduct your own experimental work. You’ll also have access to the biomechanics lab to measure the internal and external forces involved in performing sporting actions.
At USW Sport Park, you’ll find a notational analysis suite and over 30 acres of playing fields, including five floodlit pitches. We have a sand-dressed ‘astroturf’ pitch, as well as a full-size FIFA-approved 3G pitch. In addition to these all-weather pitches, there are six grass football pitches, three grass rugby pitches, and a large changing pavilion.
Our facilities are regularly used by international professional teams, such as the Wales national football team and Cardiff City Football Club, as well as the touring New Zealand, South Africa and Australia rugby squads. This confirms the high quality of our pitches and the versatility of our equipment.