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If you have an enthusiasm for sport and a passion for physical fitness and stamina, we can help you get into an exciting career of your choice.

Sport careers offer excellent prospects not only if you compete professionally but also if you’re keen on coaching, exercise science, sports development, fitness instruction, leisure centre management and outdoor pursuits.

At Nottingham College, we pride ourselves on offering a variety of opportunities for students to keep active, take part in competitive sport and engage in college life. Our reputation speaks for itself but our many achievements have also made us the number 1 FE sport provider in Nottinghamshire.

We have a lot of options for you to choose from. For instance, we have pathways in sports development, fitness, training, coaching and elite performance. You’ll also benefit from a well-rounded educational and sporting experience, that can lead directly into a rewarding career or to university-level study.

In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to join one of our Sport Academies across a variety of sports. Our course timetables are managed to allow you to participate in weekly practical sessions and regular Association of Colleges (AoC) Sport and Conference Youth Alliance leagues/competitions.

On top of all this, our sport department also offers a comprehensive work experience/volunteering scheme through our exclusive partnerships in the world of sport. Highlights include coordinating one of the largest tennis events for children in Europe at the Nottingham Tennis Open on behalf of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), volunteering at the National Ice Centre and Trent Bridge International Cricket Ground, leading events with the college Darts Academy and coordinating Primary School sports events.

We also organise residential trips in the UK and overseas, plus UK day trips to complement your course.


We offer a variety of courses at Nottingham College, ranging from Level 1 to University Level.

Careers in Sport

Sport is as attractive to many as it has ever been in the UK and world-wide - particularly with the rising popularity of sporting stars and personalities like Lewis Hamilton, Anthony Joshua and Jessica Ennis-Hill.

We have the expertise, high quality training and connections to ensure our students can stand out amongst competitors in a variety of sports and sports related professions.

There are a vast number of career options in the industry – whether you would like to be a Fitness Instructor, a Grounds Person, a Leisure Attendant, a Personal Trainer, a PE Teacher, a Referee, a Sports and Exercise Psychologist, a Sports Coach, a Sport Development Officer, a Sports Physiotherapist, a Sports Scientist – there are many choices available to you.

A sport course with us will open up an exciting range of careers. For example, many of our students have gone on to become personal trainers, PE teachers, nutritionists, leisure managers, professional sports coaches and even professional athletes.

Did you know?

  • A Fitness Instructor can earn from £14,000 to £30,000 per year.
  • The average salary of a Premier League football player is about £45,000 per week.
  • A Sports Coach can earn from £14,000 to £35,000 per year.
  • It is predicted that the number of Fitness Instructors and Sport Coaches will increase nationally by more than 12% by 2020.
  • 6.7 million people – 14.9% of the population in England – have volunteered at least twice in the last year to support sport and physical activity.

Not sure what you'd like to study?

Are you interested in Sport but not sure which course is right for you? You can receive Careers Advice before you decide which course is best for you! Apply through our Application Portal using the link below and our Careers Advisors will help you find the perfect course that's suited to you!

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Sports Coaching (Community and Performance) Foundation Degree (Level 5) - Full-time

Become a great all-rounder and prepare for your career with this industry-focused sport coaching qualification.

Sports Coaching (Community and Performance) Foundation Degree (Level 5) - Part-time

Become a great all-rounder and prepare for your career with this industry-focused sport coaching qualification.

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