Alexander Stadium

A stunning new home for our Sport and Exercise courses, in a world-class elite venue

The Commonwealth Games lit up Birmingham in the summer of 2022, with the eyes of the world on the West Midlands during a spectacular festival of sport and culture. And now, one of the most iconic venues from the Games will become our latest specialist space - as our Sports and Exercise Sciences courses move into the world-class Alexander Stadium.

Speaker 1: Well, here we are, guys. Our first reaction of the Alexander Stadium. I mean, it's quite big, isn't it? Very. It's quite big. I mean, like I you see on TV and you think it's it's a fairly decent sized stadium. And then while you actually step into and feel the size of it, I mean, it is huge.

Speaker 2: Yeah, it's very impressive. It's very exciting. Get into practical work into an environment like this. I think it's going to be an experience.

Speaker 3: For us and actually because it's got loads of practical elements to it, being able to apply that unlike an actual track, is going to be really beneficial to Colin.

Speaker 4: And it's really cool to be a part of because you see this track is all the international athletes getting to use it and to be able to use it is just quite incredible really.

Speaker 1: I think, first of all, students are always looking to get inspired by being in a space like this. It's so easy to feel inspired being in such a professional setting and the students working here. It's going to be absolutely amazing.

A first look...

Some of our Sport and Exercise students had the opportunity to visit Alexander Stadium. Watch their reactions to seeing the stadium for the first time.

BCU's Legacy of Sport

By moving into the Stadium, we’re helping to secure the legacy of the Games for the benefit of the whole city and region, ensuring that this world-class facility remains an integral part of the sporting fabric of the city and country for many years to come.

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The University is investing £5 million in developing space in both the East and West stands at the Stadium to house our specialist laboratories and other facilities, including bespoke learning spaces to offer our students the very best experience for their course. The stadium will include an environmental chamber, biomechanics lab and physiology labs alongside equipment including anti-gravity treadmills, all in a space which our academic staff have helped us to design.

We'll be situated right next to UK Athletics, who will also call the stadium their home as they relocate their National Performance Centre to Perry Barr, which means students will have even more opportunities to engage and work with elite athletes and staff from specialist sport backgrounds.

Sport Courses

Sport and Exercise Science

Our Sport and Exercise Science course will equip you with the skills to become a practitioner in the sport and exercise industry.

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Sports Therapy

Our Sports Therapy course is a chance for you to develop specialist skills in the prevention, treatment, management and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries.

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Sports Coaching and Physical Education

The course content is designed to ensure graduates develop the pedagogical practice required to coach athletes across a range of ages and abilities and more.

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Health Sciences

The School of Health Sciences was established in 2014 to accommodate our growing biomedical science and sports courses portfolio alongside our health and social care courses. We invested £41 million to extend our building to accommodate new facilities  which give us world-class research and teaching spaces.

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Sport at BCU

Sport and exercise offer great benefits both physically and mentally. As a student at BCU, you'll have the chance to try out a new sport or activity or join a weekly session with no strings attached! You'll be able to stay active while you study, meet new people and feel great. Whether you're keeping fit or are interested in competitive sports, BCU Sport has something for you.

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Studying in Birmingham offers you the chance to live and work in the youngest major city in Europe with world-class restaurants, entertainment and shops. Birmingham is home to more than one million people from a range of different cultures and ethnic groups, 40 per cent of this population is 25 and younger.

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