The study of sport, physical education (PE) and sports science aims to train PE teachers for future careers in schools and for sports-related careers outside the school sector, e.g. in leisure and health sports or top-class performance competitive sport. In some cases, studies will also lead to an academic career. Hence, sports students receive a thorough practical-methodological training in the major sporting areas (track and field, apparatus gymnastics, gymnastics/dance, swimming, ball games, etc.) and a theoretical-scientific grounding in areas like education, didactics and methodology of sport, psychology, medicine, sociology and history of sport, movement and training theory, construction of sports grounds and facilities, sports administration, sports journalism and sports law.
To become a PE school teacher, applicants must generally complete a second academic school subject. A health certificate must accompany the application, while most institutions also require proof of sporting fitness in the form of an entrance test. Degree programmes in sports economics and sports management encompass the theory and practice of sporting disciplines and sports science (training theory, sports medicine, sports biology, sports education) on the one hand, and economic contexts (marketing, corporate accounting, organisation and human resources management) and topics from the field of law, on the other. The Universities of Applied Sciences of Koblenz and Braunschweig/WolfenbÃ¼ttel offer programmes in close cooperation with the sports organisations. Besides gaining an academic degree, students are also awarded trainer and club manager licences by the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB).