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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.

Fitness Instructing Certificate

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.

Public Services Diploma

Working in the uniformed public services can be a very rewarding experience, be it on the front line of the armed forces or helping the public as a Police Community Support Officer. On this course you will learn about the skills and qualities needed to be an effective member of the services and the types of work that you would participate in. The course is mostly academic, however throughout the course you will also complete a number of practical units which will challenge and develop both your fitness and outdoor activity skills.

Public Services Extended Diploma

This course is suitable for those interested in a career in the public services or those wishing to study a variety of degrees including Law, Criminology, Politics, or Public Services. The public sector is the UK's largest employer and includes central and local government, the armed forces and the emergency services.

Sport & Active Leisure Studies

This course will equip you with the skills, knowledge and understanding to begin to explore career opportunities within the sports and leisure industry. It will provide the skills and knowledge necessary to plan, deliver and evaluate safe and effective sport and leisure activities. You will gain a qualification to enable you to progress onto a level 2 programme as well as developing skills which can be used in all forms of employment. 

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.

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  • Level: 4-5
  • Study Mode: Full-time
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Start Date: September 2019
  • End Date: June 2021

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).