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Sports therapy and exercise science

If you have a genuine passion for sport and understand the positive impact it can have on communities, this pathway could be right for you.

About our sports therapy and exercise science pathways

If you choose this pathway, you will combine the study of anatomy, physiology and psychology with biometrics, exercise, health and lifestyle. In addition, you will develop skills in fitness testing and training, sport and exercise massage, sports injuries and coaching.

If a career in fitness is for you, you could make an impact on the lives of people of all ages and walks of life. You will learn how to to be an approachable and effective motivator; encouraging people to reach their fitness goals, creating personalised exercise programmes, giving advice on healthy living, and carrying out fitness assessments.

Our network of employer partnerships means, whichever programme you choose, you will get practical experience in the sports, exercise science, fitness and therapy sectors throughout your time at college.

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What is a career pathway?

Education takes time and money. By giving you a clear view of what qualifications you need to get the job and the salary that you want, we take the stress out of learning.

Our career pathway maps show you the entry requirements for each qualification and how long they take to achieve. With each new qualification, you have the option to continue studying at the next level or explore your employment options with a guide to the jobs and salaries you can expect at that stage. Each step of the way, our career advisors are there to help you make the right choice for you.

By focusing on your future employability and opportunities, we hope to inspire in you the drive to succeed and make the most of your investment in education. 95% of students that completed a course with us progressed directly into employment or onto higher-level learning such as a higher-level course, apprenticeship or university study.*
*AL destination data for 16-19 year olds

While the right qualifications can get you a job interview, it’s the attributes that we teach alongside your chosen programme that will get you the job. Click on the links below to find out more about our Attributes and Learning Philosophy.


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.

What could my future job look like? 

Here are some examples of the tasks that you may be carrying out:

  • 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 athletes in games and training, recruit and evaluate athletes, manage football programmes, oversee outreach, camps, clinics and other activities

The sport, exercise science, fitness and therapy industry

Whether it’s supporting elite athletes to reach their full potential, or introducing 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.

Since 2005, weekly sport participation in England has grown by two million to nearly 16 million. The number of people taking part in sport activities at least three times a week has grown even faster.

Sport and exercise-related activity supports over 400,000 full-time equivalent jobs in the UK, ranging from  professional sportsmen and women, sports and fitness coaches and instructors, to sports officials and referees.

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Industry partnerships

We work in partnership with Oxford City Football Club, Reading Rockets, Community Trust and Ignite Sport ensuring practical and industry-standard teaching to either take your studies to the next level or go straight into employment.