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Coaching and fitness instructor

Passionate about sports and supporting others? Our coaching and fitness instructor programmes will help you progress in this lively industry.

Enjoy a classroom-based and practical programme that will set you up for a rewarding career in coaching and fitness instructing. 

Whether it is 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.

If you have a genuine passion for sport and understand the positive impact it can have on communities – coaching could be right for you. Picture yourself mentoring and developing sportspeople of different abilities, either in your local community, nationally or internationally.

If a career in fitness is where it’s at for you, you could make an impact on the lives of people of all ages and walks of life. You will need to be approachable and an excellent motivator, encouraging people to reach their fitness goals by creating personalised fitness programmes, giving advice on healthy eating and carrying out fitness assessments of clients.

Our programmes can lead to careers in:

  • coaching and development
  • recreational assistant
  • nutritionist
  • sport psychologist
  • professional or semi-professional sports person


  • Coaching and fitness instructor - Gain skills related to coaching and fitness, such as team or individual analysis of sport performance, leadership and nutrition.


We offer coaching and fitness instructor qualifications from Level 1 (equivalent to GCSEs grades D-F or 3-1) to university level, at levels 5-6.


About 60 per cent of your time at college will be classroom-based. The remainder of the time will be made up of practical activities, including fitness coaching or practical sport.

Train in our gyms, including the state-of-the-art Oxford Lifestyle Centre, featuring the latest in fitness equipment. We have state-of-the-art Technogym equipment, including Wellness application, which allows customers access to their training information via their Smartphone, tablet or PC.

Career pathways

A career pathway is a series of building blocks that will take you to your future career. This helps us equip you with the skills, attributes and knowledge that future employers want, giving you a greater chance of success.

Our career pathway maps will show you the best routes through college, higher education and employment and into the most popular industry sectors.

Read more about career pathways

Industry partnerships

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.