The variety of careers in the sports industry is vast and the opportunities are endless

Working in the sport industry means you will always be part of a huge team effort. Not only will you learn key skills that employers demand, such as team work, time management, leadership and communication but you will benefit from some of the best facilities around.

If you are highly motivated, energetic and dynamic, our Sport & Fitness courses will enable you to study and specialise areas such as, outdoor leisure, development and fitness, sport and personal training.

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Part-time courses

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Courses we offer

Level 2 Study Programmes
Level 3 Study Programme
HNC/HND

Sport (Outdoor Adventure) HNC/HND (offered at Bedford College only)

FdSc

Sport Science (Personal Training) Foundation Degree (FdSc) Level 5 (offered at Bedford College and Tresham College)

Entry requirements

Level 2 Study Programme

Fitness Instruction Intermediate (Level 2)
Duration: 1 year

3 GCSEs 9–3 or A*–D including English and maths

Sport Intermediate (Level 2)
Duration: 1 year
3 GCSEs 9–3 or A*–D including English and maths
OR Sport BTEC Level 1 Diploma with Functional Skills

Sport, Public Services and Travel & Tourism Vocational Studies (Level 2)
Duration: 2 Years
3 GCSEs grades 9-1 (A*-G) ideally including English and Maths and a keen interest in learning more about Sport, Public Services and Travel & Tourism to support progression into one of these vocational routes in the second year of your study programme.

Sport and Exercise Studies + Boys / Girls Football / Rugby Academy (Level 2)
Duration: One year
3 GCSEs grades A*-D or 9-3 ideally including English and maths OR Sport & Exercise at Level 1.

Duration: Two years
3 GCSEs grades A*-G or 9-1 ideally including English and maths and a keen interest in sport and fitness.

Other relevant levels of qualification or experience will be considered.

Level 3 Study Programme

Duration: 2 years
4 GCSEs grades 9–4 or A*–C including English and maths
OR Sport BTEC Level 2 First Certificate with Functional Skills

HNC/HND
  • 48 UCAS points from a BTEC Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma qualification in a relevant subject area studies over a two year period OR
  • 48 UCAS points from relevant A Levels OR
  • equivalent Level 3 qualification, AND
  • GCSE in English AND maths at Grade A*-C/9-4 or equivalent

Applicants from A-Level programmes with relevant experience will also be considered, as will mature students, who will be considered individually on experience rather than qualifications. Mature applicants who do not meet the advertised academic entry requirements may be required to complete a ‘bridging assignment’ to demonstrate their writing and referencing skills.

Entry will also be subject to a successful interview, where you will be asked to produce evidence of your prior experience.

FdSc
  • 32-48 UCAS points (BTEC: Pass Merit Profile) from a Level 3 course (A-Level, Level 3 Diploma or BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in a relevant subject area) studied over a two year period.
  • GCSE Grade A*-C/9-4 grade or Level 2 equivalent in English and maths.

We also welcome applications from mature students who will be considered individually on experience rather than qualifications.

Mature students

We also welcome applications from mature students who will be considered on relevant work experience rather than qualifications.

What will I be doing?

Course Content

Level 2 Study Programme Overview

Fitness Instruction Intermediate (Level 2)
This study programme will combine both theory and practical sessions to develop your skills, knowledge and understanding of a range of sports-related occupations. The programme will focus on the fitness industry, circuit training and fitness for children, while also giving you the knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. There will be coursework and practical assessments and you will have an Anatomy & Physiology and Principles of Exercise exam.

Sport Intermediate (Level 2)
This study programme will combine both theory and practical sessions to develop your skills, knowledge and understanding of a range of sports-related occupations. The programme will focus on sport development and coaching, while also giving you the knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. This assessment is predominately coursework based, however you will have an Anatomy & Physiology and Fitness for Sport exam.

Sport, Public Services and Travel & Tourism Vocational Studies (Level 2)
This study programme is a fantastic opportunity to learn the basics of the Sport, Public Services and Travel & Tourism industries combined with developing transferable skills such as working with others, being organised and research skills. Successful completion of year one allows for you to pick the vocational route (in either Sport, Public Services or Travel & Tourism) you are most interested in for year two of your study programme.

Sport and Exercise Studies + Boys / Girls Football / Rugby Academy (Level 2)
Following trials, you will be offered a place on either our Elite Football Academy / Football Development Academy / Rugby Academy and will receive high level training by experienced and qualified coaches as well as the opportunity to play at the highest level of competitive fixtures. In addition to your sporting commitments you will study on an academic sports programme where you will gain an understanding of the structure of the sport and leisure industry. You will gain an understanding of the structure of the industry and the skills and knowledge necessary for employment in sports development, coaching, leisure and fitness. The programme consists of units such as practical sport, personal fitness, anatomy and physiology for sports performance, the mind and sports performance and leading sports activities.

Level 3 Study Programme Overview

This study programme is ideal if you are interested in pursuing a future career in the sports industry. It is made up of a combination of theory and practical based study, which allow you to apply your knowledge in practical settings. Key subjects include learning about anatomy, psychology, nutrition, fitness and coaching. You will be assessed via coursework throughout the year with a total of four exams over the two year programme. The Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A-Levels.

Sport and Exercise Studies + Boys / Girls Football / Rugby Academy (Level 3)
Following trials, you will be offered a place on either our Elite Football Academy / Football Development Academy / Rugby Academy and will receive high level training by experienced and qualified coaches as well as the opportunity to play at the highest level of competitive fixtures. In addition to your sporting commitments you will study on an academic sports programme where you will learn about a number of key sporting principles which form the basis of careers in the sport and fitness industry. The study programme includes fitness training and testing, sports coaching, the psychology of sport and anatomy and physiology. The course is delivered and assessed both in the classroom and in a practical environment. Work experience will form part of your main course.

HNC & HND Overview

This course is a launch pad for those who have experience in outdoor adventure delivery who wish to further their coaching, teaching, instructing and facilitating skills. A key focus of the course is to introduce and enhance management skills in the outdoor adventure, sport and leisure sectors. All modules integrate theory and practical, there will be an expectation to achieve NGB qualifications that are integrated into the course.

FdSc Overview

This course will provide you with a specialist work-related programme of study that covers the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required to work in the sport, health and fitness industry as a qualified personal trainer.

Course Structure & Expectations

Course Structure
Your full-time Further Education course will consist of a study programme. This means that alongside your industry-recognised qualification, you’ll also study English and maths and improve your personal and employability skills. In short, your study programme will provide you with:

  • A nationally-recognised qualification
  • English and maths skills
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills
  • Study skills
  • Employability skills

Our Higher Education programmes can be studied either full-time for two days per week or part-time one day per week. Teaching methods include lectures, practical sessions, group work, tutorials and workshops. In addition, substantial learning resources and support material are available online for home study.

Expectations

  • Attend punctually and regularly
  • Work hard and complete all work within specified deadlines
  • Participate in class activity and discussions
  • Take responsibility for your own learning
  • Treat everyone with respect
Drew Sport TC
Sport Level 3 and Football Academy

Drew Wilkinson

I’ve played football since I was four and wanted to experience studying something different after I finished school. The Football Academy at Tresham is perfect because we train four times a week but are also working towards an academic qualification.

I currently play for Corby Town, as well as playing a match once a week in College. Being part of the Academy has really helped my game; my attacking side is better and I feel more comfortable with the ball and able to play well under pressure.

Our tutors are very good; they all play football. They took us to Barcelona last year to watch the team play and look around the city. The tutors also organised for some people to come in and talk to us about American scholarships. Once I finish here I am going to Northeastern State University, Oklahoma to play football and study Sport Management.

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