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 3 qualifications.
On completion of the second year of this programme, you may progress directly into your chosen area of the sports industry or progress onto Higher Education. Students from this programme that have progressed directly into the industry are now to be found employed in related health and fitness roles, including sports coaching, sport and leisure management and development.
Those progressing to university have gone on to join the teaching and sports development professions, sports coaching and instructing as well as sports therapy and teaching at primary and secondary level. Degree courses chosen have included Sport, Coaching and Fitness, Sports Science and Foundation Degree Sports Therapy, all at local universities such as Chichester, Winchester, Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Southampton Solent University, as well as further afield to Bedfordshire, Leeds, Bath and Worcester.
Salary earnings can range from 16,000 per year working in a Leisure Centre to in excess of 100,000 per year working at Sport England or similar organisations.