Bucks is the ideal place to combine your football performance training with your academic and career aspirations. We work closely with sports organisations such as National Governing Bodies, clubs, and commercial organisations in sport for many years. 

We pride ourselves on delivering strong, personal and caring support so that you can succeed on and off the pitch. 

Why Bucks?

Learning in an inspiring, friendly and well equipped university makes a huge difference, which is why we’ve invested £100 million into making our campuses amazing. Our staff are involved in the delivery of performance sport and understand the needs of student athletes that need to balance their academic and sporting demands. 

Academy 23 and Bucks

A23 and Bucks have a long and successful partnership of supporting athletes with sports performance. This has focused on providing sports therapy and sport science support for footballers associated with A23. Our extended partnership now provides A23 athletes with the opportunity to maintain receiving high quality coaching, training and competition combined with a higher education at University. Both organisations are committed to providing outstanding football and education within a supportive environment that meets the needs of the student athlete. The combination of developing the strengths of the ‘athlete’ and the ‘student’ is vital to develop successful longer term careers and both organisations share this mission.

Our Experience

We currently offer the following support for elite athletes during their education with us:

Our courses are designed to prepare you for a rewarding career

You can choose from a wide range of degree programmes, including sports coaching science, sport psychology, sports therapy, psychology, early childhood and primary education, sports development and coaching, and sport and exercise science. 

We also offer foundation year programmes for many of our degree courses, helping you develop your skills and confidence before progressing onto a degree.

You can gain valuable hands on experience too – from working on live project briefs to taking part in placements and industry visits.

Our investment in cutting-edge equipment will ensure you graduate with the latest knowledge and experiences. All student athletes have access to first class facilities including first class strength and conditioning equipment, fitness testing and 3D motion capture. Our High Wycombe campus has a state of the art Sport and Wellbeing Clinic with staff that have worked at the highest levels of professional football and other sport settings.  

Sports Industrial Advisory Board

We have some outstanding strategic partnerships to support the student experience. Partners from across the sports business work closely with our university staff and students to develop opportunities for internships, workforce development, and careers.

Student life

As a Bucks student you are automatically a member of Bucks Students’ Union, ranked as the UK’s number three SU (National Student Survey 2019*). You will be able to take part in all aspects of the Students’ Union, including developmental activities, additional skills sessions, volunteering opportunities and all sports clubs and societies for FREE thanks to the Big Deal.

Based in the lively towns of High Wycombe, Uxbridge and Aylesbury, our campuses have great transport links, which means you’ll be within easy reach of London, Oxford, Reading and beyond!

And with guaranteed accommodation for all first-year students, we know you’ll soon settle in and call Bucks your home.

Come and join us at our next Open Day, alternatively email or to find out more about Bucks New University and our Performance Centre.