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What career opportunities can this lead to?

Year on year, the sport and active leisure sector outperforms 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, with most of them involved in sports or activity leadership. Within sport and active leisure, a third of the workforce is only qualified to Level 1. Feedback from employers suggests that skill shortages are responsible for the large proportion of the vacancies in this sector, hence the importance of formally recognised Level 2 qualifications.

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

Students from this programme have progressed directly into the industry and are now to be found employed in related health and fitness roles, including sports coaching, sport and leisure assistants and sports development.

Salary earnings can range from 12,000 per year working in a Leisure Centre to in the excess of 20,000 per year working in a coaching role.

What are the entry requirements?

You require 4 GCSEs at grade A*-D / 9-3. You should also demonstrate a proven engagement in sports and related activities, have good attendance and attainment reports from your previous school or college and complete a successful college interview.

What does this programme involve?

This programme is ideally suited for individuals with a genuine interest in sport and active leisure, but who also have the ability and determination to succeed. We ask that applicants are ideally actively involved with a sports team or health and fitness club as this will enhance their research. There is an expectation for all sport 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 this growing sector. 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 and active leisure industry 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 this growing sector. 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):

-Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise
-Participating in Sport
-Introduction to Healthy Exercise and Nutrition
-Psychology for Sports Performance
-Physical Fitness and Injuries
-Work Experience in the Sports Industry
-Lifestyle and the Sports Performer
-Exercise Health and Lifestyle
-Introduction to Sports Massage
-Outdoor and Adventurous

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.

How is the programme taught and assessed?

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.

Each of the units will have three to five assignments. These assignments may be reports, presentations, practical assessments or research projects.

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 else do 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.

College kit will need to be purchased.

Dates for the diary

Our School Leaver open events are held each October, November, March and June. For specific dates and times please see the events section of our website or telephone 023 8091 1299.

How do I apply?

Apply by clicking on the APPLY NOW link on this page. Alternatively, you can apply by completing an application form from our printed prospectus or through our Information, Advice and Guidance team by telephone 023 8091 1299 or via email at

*Fees will apply if you are over 18. You may be eligible for fee support or a loan. To find out an accurate cost, based on your individual circumstances, please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance team.

Course Code


Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
SPRT Eastleigh College 10/09/2018 Full-Time Full-Time Full-Time   £1,617.00 Apply now

* Please note that although this tool looks to give customers the best indication of course costs, a final cost can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Need any 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

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