Sport & Outdoor Activities

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For those with a strong interest in both the theory and practical elements of sport, and with a desire to excel in a chosen sporting area or to help others perform at their highest level we offer a range of Sport and Outdoor Activity Courses.

Our extensive range of courses cover many aspects of the sport industry giving you the opportunity to further your knowledge, develop your practical skills and gain the experience that will prepare you for a career in an exciting and dynamic growth industry.

Progressing through the different levels of courses will provide opportunities to take in-depth studies of specific areas of sport, from coaching to physiology and psychology to development. Courses range from Level 1 Diplomas through to Foundation Degrees.

Alternatively, If you want a career in the outdoor and adventure sector then our Diploma in Outdoor Adventure will give you the knowledge and skills in areas that include adventure training, mountain biking, leadership, navigation, gorge walking, rock climbing, kayaking, survival training. You also have the opportunity for additional training, such as the Mountain Leader Award, winter training in Scotland and a ski trip, etc.

There are a variety of career opportunities open to you, ranging from outdoor activity instructors, sports physiotherapists, the military, adventure training, management and leadership roles and overseas jobs such as skiing instructors and Camp America.

While many of our students go straight into rewarding jobs within the industry, some choose to take their ambitions to the next level by studying subjects like Sports Science at university or our own Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching and Physical Education.
We also offer massage courses, including the Certificate in Swedish Massage that covers full body massage techniques and can lead to further training in sports massage. We also hope to be offering a Foundation Degree in Outdoor and Adventure Training in the near future.

A Level Options
This subject area has courses which can be taken alongside A Levels and other qualifications.

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I did this course for an extra qualification on my CV and to gain extra technical skills, as I’m hoping for a career in training athletes. The facilities here are really good, and although it isn’t the closest college to my home, it has a great reputation.

Nathan Jenks
Level 3 Gym instructing

Student Success

During the two year course the outdoor students have undertaken various charity events, such as raising money for the local paddle club to install a chair lift for disabled people to access the club house by climbing all the Welsh 3000 ft mountains in two days.

Past Students

Career opportunities are diverse including teaching, personal training, wellness management and nutrition, coaching, leisure management, sports development, teaching, outdoor activities instructing, outdoor leadership, physiotherapist, psychologist and gym instructing. Students who have studied here have progressed to universities such as Loughborough, Bath, Cardiff, Liverpool, Birmingham, Sheffield and Worcester.

Career Options

Career options and national starting averages include:

  • Outdoor Activities Instructor £12,000+
  • Leisure Centre Assistant £12,500+

You could go on to be a:

  • Senior Leisure Centre Manager £35,000+
  • Sports Development Officer £35,000+

Source: National Careers Service

I really enjoy interacting with students and love coaching and ‘challenging’ students as well as myself. I particularly enjoy teaching mature students with a thirst for knowledge. For anyone who wants to become a sports teacher then an HE qualification is a must – as it sets you above others.