The Sector

Sport and fitness have an estimated contribution to the UK economy of £21 billion every year. This important and robust sector is the 15th largest in the country and spans sport and leisure centres such as gyms, spas and sports clubs, sports coaching and training facilities as well as stadiums and arenas. There are more than 6,000 fitness facilities in the UK and over 13% of the population are registered as members of a private health or fitness club.

 

The Careers

Sport employment is crucial to the economy and the number of people with sport-related jobs is estimated to rise to over 415,000 next year. That’s 3% of the overall working population. Job opportunities include gym floor assistant, fitness class instructor, personal trainer, sports coach or youth worker. From sports marketing and media to dieticians and therapists, sports journalism or sports event management, the industry is flourishing with opportunities.

 

Click here to view more information about the fantastic Sports Academy.

Institute of Sports Performance

The Institute of Sports Performance is available to every student in the college, not just sports students, and is based within the fantastic sports facilities at the college.

The new Institute is a core part of the college’s new commitment to being one of the top sports institutions within the region, and will be working very closely with partners such as Staffordshire Universities TEAM:STAFFS Elite programme, and the European City of Sport Team, alongside key commercial partners My Protein and Under Armour.

The Institute of Sports Performance has been established to ensure that all students have the opportunity to be a success in their sport, whether it is competing, volunteering, coaching or just trying to keep fit and active.

There will be a wide variety of programmes offered which are aimed at the following areas:

  • Supporting elite college athletes
  • Sports Academies and competitive inter-college sport
  • A coach and short course education programme
  • Intra-mural sport and physical activity within the college.

New opportunities will be continually developed and many are run in conjunction with local and national partners.

 

If you want to continue to compete within an elite environment, need high level advice and support or just want to play sport and get fit and active, Stoke on Trent College’s new Institute of Sports Performance is the place for you.

For more information on the Institute of Sports Performance please click here.


Advanced Apprenticeship Exercise & Fitness

Sports Science & Coaching

This qualification is available at Level 3 and would be for someone interested in working in a health and fitness related role. It has been designed for those currently employed by, or looking to be employed by, fitness clubs or public and private health and fitness facilities, and have completed a level 2 fitness qualification or Apprenticeship. This qualification would allow the candidate to work within a wide range of fitness environments. This Apprenticeship is available throughout the year.

Type:
Apprenticeship
Level:
3
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Apprenticeship Activity Leadership – Coaching Football Route

Sports Science & Coaching

This qualification is available at Level 2 and would be for someone interested in working in a sports coaching role. It has been designed for those currently employed by, or looking to be employed by, coaching organisations, professional sports clubs but who are not yet qualified. This qualification would allow the candidate to work and experience a broad range of coaching within different sports, rather than focusing on a specific area. This Apprenticeship is available throughout the year.

Type:
Apprenticeship
Level:
2
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Apprenticeship Activity Leadership – Coaching Rugby Union Route

Sports Science & Coaching

This qualification is available at Level 2 and would be for someone interested in working in a sports coaching role. It has been designed for those currently employed by, or looking to be employed by, coaching organisations, professional sports clubs but who are not yet qualified. This qualification would allow the candidate to work and experience a broad range of coaching within different sports, rather than focusing on a specific area. This Apprenticeship is available throughout the year.

Type:
Apprenticeship
Level:
2
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Apprenticeship Exercise & Fitness

Sports Science & Coaching

This qualification is available at Level 2 and would be for someone interested in working in a health and fitness related role. It has been designed for those currently employed by, or looking to be employed by, fitness clubs or public and private health and fitness facilities, but who are not yet qualified. This qualification would allow the candidate to work within a wide range of fitness environments. This Apprenticeship is available throughout the year.

Type:
Apprenticeship
Level:
3
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Apprenticeship in Sports Coaching/Activity Leadership – Leadership Route

Sports Science & Coaching

This qualification is available at Level 2 and would be for someone interested in working in a sports coaching role. It has been designed for those currently employed by, or looking to be employed by, coaching organisations, professional sports clubs but who are not yet qualified. This qualification would allow the candidate to work and experience a broad range of coaching within different sports, rather than focusing on a specific area. This Apprenticeship is available throughout the year.

Type:
Apprenticeship
Level:
2
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Sport and Exercise Sciences Extended Diploma BTEC Level 3

Sports Science & Coaching

This course focuses on the application of scientific principles to sports performance and coaching. Individual group and project type experiments are carried out with the latest equipment from our sports science laboratory. Practical sports take place on the college site or in nearby specialist facilities. Visits are included to enhance both theoretical and practical work. Sports nutrition, fitness testing, technological developments in sport and practical sports coaching are among the units delivered. This course is an alternative to AS/A2 levels for those who wish to pursue a career in the field of sport, sport science, sports coaching or professional sports.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
3
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Sport BTEC Level 2

Sports Science & Coaching

The Level 2 is a demanding theory based course which includes some practical elements. The course provides you with the necessary skills and knowledge to work or study at higher levels in the sports industry, and looks at the aspects of coaching and support required for sports performance. This involves subjects related to nutrition, sports psychology, health and anatomy and physiology. In addition the course investigates aspects of health issues and fitness instruction.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
2
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Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness) BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Sports Science & Coaching

The Level 3 Extended Diploma is an advanced course that investigates current issues and principles around the development of sports coaching and fitness. This involves aspects of sports coaching and development, exercise for specific groups, talent identification and organising sports events. This is a theory and practical based course. You will be provided with the knowledge and practical skills required to work in or study at higher levels in related fields.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
3
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Sport (Performance and Excellence) BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Sports Science & Coaching

The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence) is an advanced course that combines the opportunity to study a level 3 qualification with the opportunity to develop your own sporting performance through the colleges extensive sports clubs and the Institute of Sports Performance, in addition to competitive experience in the Association of Colleges sports leagues in a variety of sports. The course investigates current issues and principles around the development of sports coaching and fitness. This involves aspects of sports coaching and development, Fitness and programming, talent identification, Fitness Testing, Sports Psychology and Sports Nutrition. This is a theory and practical based course. You will be provided with the knowledge and practical skills required to work in or study at higher levels in related fields the fields of sports development, sports coaching, fitness instructing and physical education. This course has excellent links with schools and charitable sporting foundations that enable students to gain valuable field based coaching and leadership experience, making it an ideal qualification for those interested in this area.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
3
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Fitness Instructing (Gym Based) Level 2 Certificate (CYQ)

Sports Science & Coaching

The CYQ Level 2 Gym Instructors qualification is a nationally recognised qualification that can lead employment in any gym facility. The course will give you the skills and knowledge required to plan and prepare a gym-based exercise programme with apparently healthy adults – both individuals and groups.

Type:
Course - Part Time
Level:
2
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Personal Training Level 3 Certificate (CYQ)

Sports Science & Coaching

The aim of this qualification is to recognise the skills, knowledge and competence required for an individual to work unsupervised as a personal trainer. This course is designed to follow on from the Level 2 course in Fitness Instructing, and takes the principles and knowledge covered on that course to a more advanced level. The course will allow you to apply your knowledge in a more diverse and specific way to meet the needs of individuals more specifically. Aspects such as Nutrition and sports performance are added to the knowledge base of the learners.

Type:
Course - Part Time
Level:
3
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FUTSAL

Learn: Study towards a BTEC Level 1, 2 or 3 Diploma in Sport

Train: Regular futsal coaching to develop technical, tactical and physical ability

Play: Represent Port Vale Football Club in EFLT Futsal League and cup competitions

Work: Open the door to University courses and careers in the Sports Industry

Facilities for you:

  • New Sports Academy and Gym
  • Excellent resources and facilities
  • Sports Fitness testing lab
  • Sports Massage centre
  • Excellent achievement rates on programmes
  • Good progression routes into careers and university

Careers in this sector:

  • Fitness Instructor
  • Leisure Centre Manager
  • Sports Coach
  • Sports Nutritionist
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Sports Therapist

Dana Smith – Sport

The course has helped me learn a lot which I am using outside of college in my training and the sports facilities are great.  I’m now hoping to compete across the UK and even Europe, as well as go on to University.  I’m looking at a career in physiotherapy and nutrition thanks to the College.