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Student Experience



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Sporting City

With top-flight rugby league, high-profile football and international cricket, the city is teaming with live sport. Underlining its sporting credentials, Yorkshire has been chosen to host the 2019 UCI Road World Championships, one of the most prestigious events on the professional cycling calendar, marking the return of the cycling’s showcase event to Britain after a 37-year gap. 

£45m Investment in State-of-the-Art Home for Carnegie School of Sport 

Construction of a new, £45m state-of-the-art building at our Headingley Campus is now well underway, and will provide an iconic home for the Carnegie School of Sport: co-locating our highly specialist teaching and research laboratories. The facility will provide a focus for the School’s undergraduate, postgraduate and research and enterprise programmes, and it will also act as a hub for elite athletes, sports and industry partners. Find out more about the new building.


We have a range of sports science facilities, including physiology, biochemistry and biomechanics laboratories. You can use the labs to monitor physical activity and assess sporting performance, measure hear rate, oxygen consumption and blood lactate responses during exercise and analyse muscle strength and movement patterns. 
Some of our more specialist laboratory facilities, including a DXA scanner, which measures bone health and body composition, and an environmental chamber, which can simulate conditions of extreme humidity heat, cold and altitude. 

Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, giving you round-the-clock support for your studies. 

Our Campus

Our historic campus is set in 94 acres of beautiful parkland and offers easy access to Leeds city centre. It is where our main sport facilities are based, including 3G and astroturf pitches, a high performance strength and conditioning room, indoor and outdoor tennis courts and an athletics centre. 

Student Support and Opportunities

Student support and opportunities

Personal Tutors

Students are allocated a personal tutor who will usually remain as the key contact throughout their studies. Your personal tutor will get to know you and discuss your progress, helping to support you in your studies and to make the most of your university experience.

Hands on experience

We are dedicated to helping you gain a competitive edge in the job market. You could work with peers and staff at large scale public events and for high-profile organisations. Our students have enjoyed placements at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and Dubai Sports City. Students and alumni also worked as interns at the London Olympic and Paralympic Games and volunteered at the World Triathlon Series in Leeds.

Great sporting links embedded within your course

Our School has close links with Leeds Rhinos, Yorkshire Carnegie, Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC), Leeds United, Leeds City Council, local primary and high schools as well as many other professional and sporting bodies. This provides our students with volunteering and work placement opportunities. For example, we have previously trained students to volunteer and work at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Those that can, teach

Our comprehensive coach education programme organises a variety of qualification courses with a number of national governing bodies in various sports, including basketball, cricket, football, rugby union, swimming, tennis and volleyball. We also deliver professional development courses in first aid and lifeguarding. We’ve already helped more than 3,000 people achieve nationally-recognised qualifications that will allow them to seek voluntary or employment opportunities in coaching. 

Industry Links

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Links to industry partners

You will benefit from our partnerships and links with leading industry organisations, including Public Health England, the Football Association, the Ministry of Defence, the World Anti-Doping Agency, the Rugby Football League, the Rugby Football Union and the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE).

Industry approved

We are committed to ensuring our courses are of the highest calibre and adhere to industry standards giving our students competitive advantage when seeking employment.  Where appropriate, our courses are either accredited or endorsed by relevant professional bodies, including: Skills Active; The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity; Sports Coach UK; United Kingdom Coaching Certificate (UKCC); National Occupational Standard to Coaching, Teaching and Instructing; UK Strength and Conditioning Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association, The British Psychological Society (BPS) and Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register. 

Get involved

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Get fit and play sport

Our excellent facilities and sports-related opportunities are open to everyone to help you maintain your sporting interests. Leeds Beckett University has a rich tradition, through our Athletic Union teams across a variety in Sports. Our students not only represent the University but also go on to represent their country on the international stage. In the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics, Carnegie School of Sport students and alumni featured in many events including Samantha Quek, Kadeena Cox and Dame Sarah Storey. 

Athletic Unions

Our Athletic Union (AU) has 41 clubs and over 85 teams that compete in BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) competitions on a weekly basis. Leeds Beckett have won 50 BUCS National Championships across a range of sport disciplines in the last 10 years. Notably, our Rugby League team have won 11 national championships consecutively from 2005 – 2016. In addition, the Athletic Union also supports various recreational and outdoor activity teams from Tchoukball to Sub Aqua. On a weekly basis over 1,500 students participate in representative sport for the University.


The Carnegie School of Sport offer all students great opportunities to get real experience in industry during their time at the University which is a great way to enhance your CV. Work placements are a key part to most courses, with students being able to source their own placements or apply for an opportunity to work within one of our many industry partners including; Leeds Rhinos RFL; Bradford City FC; Active Schools; Leeds United FC; Yorkshire County Cricket (YCCC); Yorkshire Carnegie RFU; Banana Kick; Opta Sports and  SkyBet.  Students carry out a range of roles relevant to their course, working with coaches at local amateur and professional clubs, leading sport coaching sessions in the community, supporting physical education delivery in schools and assisting with marketing and public relations in a variety of sporting organisations. 

Study Abroad

Where will your studies take you