For those aspiring to a career in Sport, we have a variety of courses at all levels covering many aspects of the subject.

Whether you choose to investigate the science behind sports performance, training, health and fitness, or learn about theories of sport, and focus on how they can be used to practically improve the performance of sportspeople, our courses will give you the necessary knowledge and experience to pursue a successful career in the sector.

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Top career opportunities

Sports players

Average salary: £22,922
Experienced salary: £41,704

Sports coaches, instructors and officials

Average salary: £24,066
Experienced salary: £40,602

Sports and leisure assistants

Average salary: £17,950
Experienced salary: £27,851

Top jobs in sector

  • Leisure and sports managers
    What does this career do?

    Leisure and sports managers organise, direct and co-ordinate the activities and resources required for the provision of sporting, artistic, theatrical and other recreational and amenity services.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £45,094 per year. That is about £3,757 per month, or £22 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £29,578 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £81,515 per year.

  • Natural and social science professionals
    What does this career do?

    Jobholders in this unit group perform a variety of scientific research and related activities not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 211: Natural and Social Science Professionals.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £44,741 per year. That is about £3,728 per month, or £22 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £30,784 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £67,392 per year.

  • Journalists, newspaper and periodical editors
    What does this career do?

    Jobholders in this unit group investigate and write up stories and features for broadcasting and for newspapers, magazines and other periodicals, evaluate and manage their style and content and oversee the editorial direction of these types of output and publication.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £30,618 per year. That is about £2,551 per month, or £15 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £20,134 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £53,186 per year.

  • Health associate professionals
    What does this career do?

    Job holders in this unit group carry out a variety of technical and complementary support functions not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 321: Health Associate Professionals.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 4 NVQ; Intermediate, DipHE, DipFE

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £18,512 per year. That is about £1,542 per month, or £9 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £12,584 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £26,333 per year.

  • Arts officers, producers and directors
    What does this career do?

    Arts officers, producers and directors assume creative, financial and organisational responsibilities in the production and direction of television and radio programmes, films, stage presentations, content for other media, and the promotion and exhibition of other creative activities.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £39,395 per year. That is about £3,282 per month, or £19 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £27,227 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £65,624 per year.

  • Sports players
    What does this career do?

    Professional sportsmen and women train and compete, either individually or as part of a team, in their chosen sport for financial gain.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £22,922 per year. That is about £1,910 per month, or £11 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £15,288 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £41,704 per year.

  • Sports coaches, instructors and officials
    What does this career do?

    Sports coaches, instructors and officials work with amateur and professional sportsmen and women to enhance performance, encourage greater participation in sport, supervise recreational activities such as canoeing and mountaineering, and organise and officiate at sporting events according to established rules.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £24,066 per year. That is about £2,005 per month, or £12 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £16,765 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £40,602 per year.

  • Fitness instructors
    What does this career do?

    Fitness instructors deliver training in a range of fitness activities, including weight training, yoga, pilates, personal training and other forms of exercise at private health and fitness centres, local authority run sports and leisure centres, other public and community establishments, and in private homes.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £19,989 per year. That is about £1,665 per month, or £10 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £15,059 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £37,835 per year.

  • Company secretaries
    What does this career do?

    Company secretaries (excluding qualified chartered secretaries) file and maintain company records, translate notes and dictation into typewritten form and perform other clerical tasks within commercial organisations.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £19,760 per year. That is about £1,646 per month, or £10 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £15,475 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £32,136 per year.

  • Groundsmen and greenkeepers
    What does this career do?

    Groundsmen and greenkeepers cut and lay turf and maintain areas for golf courses and other sports grounds.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £21,258 per year. That is about £1,771 per month, or £10 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £18,034 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £29,661 per year.

  • Furniture makers and other craft woodworkers
    What does this career do?

    Furniture makers and other craft woodworkers make, repair and restore wooden furniture, decorative objects and other crafted pieces of woodwork.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £17,326 per year. That is about £1,443 per month, or £8 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £13,582 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £25,085 per year.

  • Other skilled trades
    What does this career do?

    Workers in this unit group engrave jewellery and stoneware, make artificial hairpieces, charge fireworks and munitions with explosive material, make lampshades, wickerwork, toys, dolls, models, candles, artificial flowers, other fancy goods, make patterns for moulds for metal castings, make and tune musical instruments, craft precious metals and stones, and perform other hand craft occupations not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 544: Other Skilled Trades.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £20,051 per year. That is about £1,670 per month, or £10 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £14,498 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £29,702 per year.

  • Sports and leisure assistants
    What does this career do?

    Sports and leisure assistants, provide and maintain facilities for sporting and recreational activities and supervise their use, maintain the continuity of entertainment and social events, offer odds and accept bets on the result of sporting and other events and control gambling activities.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £17,950 per year. That is about £1,495 per month, or £9 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £15,038 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £27,851 per year.

  • Routine inspectors and testers
    What does this career do?

    Jobholders in this unit group inspect and/or test metal stock, parts and products, electrical plant, machinery and electronic components, systems and sub-assemblies, textiles, wood, paper, food, plastics and rubber goods, parts and materials to detect processing, manufacturing and other defects.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £24,461 per year. That is about £2,038 per month, or £12 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £16,786 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £37,315 per year.

  • Assemblers and routine operatives
    What does this career do?

    Jobholders in this unit group perform assembly and routine operative tasks not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 813: Assemblers and Routine Operatives.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £19,926 per year. That is about £1,660 per month, or £10 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £14,331 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £29,661 per year.

  • Leisure and theme park attendants
    What does this career do?

    Leisure and theme park attendants monitor the operation of amusement arcades, check tickets of entry to theatres and cinemas and show people to their seats, operate rides at funfairs and theme parks, and entertain and look after guests at holiday camps.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 1 NVQ; GCSE at grades D-G

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £17,285 per year. That is about £1,440 per month, or £8 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £13,208 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £22,214 per year.

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