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If you were inspired by the heroics of England’s World Cup team at the World Cup Finals in Russia, then a career in the sport and leisure industry could be for you. We’ll teach you great leadership and management skills that can be transferred across many industries. You will also have the opportunity to experience a variety of trips, visits and residentials. Gym membership and access to the Leisurezone is included when you enrol.


The courses are a mixture of theory and practical units, designed to provide you with a detailed understanding of sports industries. You will develop key generic ‘life’ skills, which would strengthen an application for a variety of roles and careers. Students will also attend NCS (National Citizen Service) where they will participate in a range of outdoor and adventurous activities, as well as a community project.


Opportunities to continue studies at higher education or undertake an Apprenticeship. Students will also be prepared for employment in the following areas: sports coaching, fitness instruction, sports development and leisure/sports assistant.

Gym Instructing Certificate – Full-time

This course is ideal for anyone interested in the health and fitness industry and who wish to develop their practical skills in gym-based exercise. It comprises both practical and theoretical elements and you will be given the opportunity to develop your fitness training skills in a gym environment. In addition to this you will be given the opportunity to gain valuable work experience through work placements related to your study programme.

Gym Instructing Certificate – Part-time

The qualification is based on the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) professional standards for instructing gym based exercise. Throughout this qualification, learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology. They will also develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to prescreen clients and check their readiness to exercise, health and safety and induct individuals and small groups to gym equipment. They will also plan and instruct gym-based exercise programmes. In parallel, learners will develop their communication and customer service skills, their awareness of environmental sustainability and their commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers. Problem solving, team working skills and research skills will also be developed.

Sport & Exercise Sciences Extended Diploma

This course is ideal if you are interested in the sport and leisure industry and enjoy sport and physical activity with an opportunity of specialising in sports at university.

Sport and Exercise Science Higher National Certificate & Diploma

Passionate about a career in sport? This full-time qualification will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need for a successful career in the sport industry as a Practitioner, Manager or Coach. The curriculum will develop your knowledge and understanding, opening up a broad choice of career options.

Year 1 of this two year course is studied at Level 4 (HNC). Year 2 is at Level 5 (HND).