Sport, exercise science, fitness and therapy

From a career as a personal trainer to sports massage therapist, football coach or fitness instructor - explore where a career pathway in Sport, exercise science and fitness can take you to.

Choose a career pathway in sport, exercise science and fitness

Whether it's supporting elite athletes to reach their full potential, or introducing a sport to a young person for the first time - with a career in sports you can play an important role in leading people to a healthy lifestyle. 

Our network of employer partnerships means, whichever sport pathway you choose, you will get practical exprience in the sports sector through your programme. Our teams work closely with sports providers in the local area, and run sports clubs for schoolchildren. This gives students additional skills in coaching and leadership - vital attributes for a career in sport. 

What is a career pathway?

A career pathway is a series of building blocks that will take you to your future career. Our career pathway maps will show you the best routes through college, higher education and employment and into the most popular industry sectors.

Our aim is to offer every learner a direct line of sight to employment. This means that we will equip you with the skills, attributes and knowledge that future employers want, giving you a greater chance to succeed.

search sport, exercise science and fitness courses
  • Fitness instructor: plan and lead sessions of fitness classes, maintain equptment, monitor participant safety, tailor workouts
  • Personal trainer: design individualised programmes for clients, develop raport and maintain customer base, evaluate and assess client fitness
  • Sports massage therapist: diagnose patients based on stress, pain and medical history, record prognosis, treatment, response and progress, instruct clients in many techniques, treat issues. 
  • Head football coach: instruct althetes in games and training, recruit and evaluate athletes, manage football programmes, oversee outreach, camps, clinics and other activities. 


Our aim is to equip you to be successful in the job market,

whether you are heading for a job straight after your time at

college, plan to take a university-level programme first or are

already working in a part-time job.

Industry partnerships

We work in partnership with Oxford City Football Club, Reading Rockets, Community Trust and Ignite Sport.