What opportunities will this course give me?

This combined course of sport and public services brings together the two sectors through teamwork and leadership which are important qualities to both sectors.
Year on year, the sport and active leisure sector out performs the rest of the UK economy. The annual contribution of the sport sector to the UK is over 8 billion. The sector has more than 36,000 employers, creating work for more than 600,000 full-time and part-time employees and 5 million plus volunteers. A significant proportion of the total volunteer workforce is volunteering in sport and the public services, with most of them involved in sports or activity leadership. Careers in the public services are very popular and therefore the job market is very competitive. Recent changes have opened up increased opportunities for part-time employment within the armed forces due to the increase of Reservists. Police officer roles are often selected from internal staff and therefore entry requires prior experience such as that of a Special Constable or PCSO. Fire and Rescue Service jobs are more readily available through the part time retained duty system or full time within larger cities. This programme will help you develop the skills needed to work in sport and the uniformed public services.

On successful completion of this programme, you will have the opportunity to progress to Level 3 in Sport or Level 3 in Uniformed Public Services or seek advice of other programme options and employment.

Students from this programme have progressed directly into the sectors and are now to be found employed in related health and fitness roles, including sports coaching, sport and leisure assistants, sports development, the forces and uniformed public services such as fire fighters, emergency first responders and PCSO roles.
Salary earnings can range from 12,000 per year to in the excess of 20,000 per year.

What will I be learning?

This programme is ideally suited for individuals with a genuine interest in sport, active leisure, outdoor activities and the public services, but who also have the ability and determination to succeed in the area they want to progress into. We ask that applicants are ideally actively involved with a sports team or health and fitness club as this will enhance their research and ability to complete the practical units on this active course. There is an expectation for all students to take part in college sports teams and enrichment activities, before lessons and on Wednesday afternoons, throughout the year.

This programme provides students with an opportunity to gain an insight into the wide and diverse nature of these growing sectors. The programme retains an academic base, whilst including practical units and modules. You will need to be confident, self- motivated and a good communicator as this will stand you in good stead for your research work as well as your work placement.

You will complete projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands and learn about the employment area you have chosen, growing the skills you need to start a career.

You will develop both knowledge and understanding of the sports, active leisure and public services sectors as well as develop important practical and organisational skills to support your progression.

The programme is made up of a variety of practical and theoretical units from the wide nature of these growing sectors. Each unit is worth a number of credits which will make up your final grade. The following are a sample of the unit (these may vary each year):

Participating in Sport
Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
Leading an Outdoor Activity Session
Physical Fitness and Injuries
Expedition Experience
Promote Outdoor Activities
Introduction to Healthy Exercise and Nutrition
Development of personal fitness through training

With our help, all students are expected to organise a relevant work placement each year. In addition to this, you are expected to help voluntarily at college enrichment and sporting events around the College and with the local primary schools.

All students without an A*-C / 9-4 grade in English or Maths will be required, as a condition of the programme, to undertake either a GCSE or Functional Skills programme.

Why is this course for me?

Throughout the year assessment for both practical and theory units is undertaken using a variety of methods and styles. Each assignment will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction level and contributes to the unit and overall programme grades.
Hours will be timetabled between 08.45 - 16.30 over four days per week, however these may change when offsite activities are taking place. You need to be prepared to take an active role in a variety of outdoor and team activities, as well as classroom based learning throughout the year. Offsite trips and activities form part of the course and attendance is mandatory. Most of your coursework will be carried out in class but there will also be the need to complete some tasks in your own time.
Attendance in the College is an average of 16 hours per week of contact time. In addition to this, it is expected for students to complete a further 8-12 hours of independent study, both in college and at home.

What do I need to sign up?

You require 4 GCSEs at grade A*-D / 9-3. You should also demonstrate a proven engagement in teamwork, leadership and related activities, be committed to improving your fitness, be self-disciplined and prepared to study in a class as well as an outdoor environment, have good attendance and attainment reports from your previous school or college and complete a successful college interview.

Is there anything else I need to know?

You will be required to carry out assessments on clients and therefore expected to meet industry standards in health and safety.

Fitness kit - shorts/tracksuit bottoms, sports trainers. (College training tops will need to be purchased)
Study equipment - pens, notepad, highlighters, memory stick, headphones.

Desirable kit: walking boots (prices vary, no need to spend more than 30-40); lightweight waterproof jacket.

Course Code


Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
SPRT Eastleigh College 7/9/2020 Full-Time Full-Time Full-Time   £1,715.00 Apply now

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Need some further advice?

If you require further advice and guidance about any of our courses, the College has a dedicated Careers Advisor who can be contacted on telephone 023 8091 1014