The sports sector has seen significant growth between 2017-21. There has been a growth of 15% in job opportunities within the sector. In the UK, almost one million people work in the sports industry and it’s worth a massive £23.8billion to the economy. There has never been a better time to start your journey into the sports sector through one of our industry pathways.

There are many jobs available for people with appropriate sports qualifications and experiences, From leisure and health clubs to teaching and coaching, sports media to physiotherapy, if you’ve got the energy and the drive, the opportunities are enormous.

At Weston Sport we work with a variety of different sports teams, athletes and employers across the region to help you get the skills, knowledge and behaviours you need to reach your aspirations.

With fantastic connections in the sporting industry, we recognise your abilities and efforts and support you to achieve your top potential.

Our top-class sports facilities provide everything you need to perfect your skills, expand your opportunities and help you achieve your ambitions on and off the pitch/court.

We have a history of providing qualifications that give students the edge when they apply for jobs. Plus, our courses range from Level 1 to degree-level.

All of our Sports courses take place in our bespoke, state-of-the-art flagship facility: The Health and Active Living Skills Centre.

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We've bundled the best education in the area with career boosted benefits - and are leveraging our contacts as one of the largest Colleges in the country to give you the best possible chance of success.

Weston Sport programmes are developed in collaboration with leading employers and organisations to ensure industry practices are embedded within each programme. We work with a number of employer partners which ensures that your study programmes makes you job-ready. Our partners include: Bristol Bears and Bristol Bears Women, West of England Sport Trust (Wesport, North Somerset Council, Weston AFC Football Club.

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Level 1

Sport, BTEC Diploma

1 Year
Sep 2024
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This Level 1 Diploma is the perfect introduction to the sports industry, designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to pursue a career in sport, fitness, and exercise. You will develop a wide range of skills through community-based projects, work related experience and practical activities, and you will gain an understandin...

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Level 2

Community Activator Coach, Apprenticeship

18 Months
Aug 2024
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This apprenticeship is a dynamic programme that prepares individuals to make a positive impact in their communities through sports and physical activities. As a community activator coach apprentice, you will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to engage and inspire people of all ages and abilities to lead an active lifestyle. This appre...

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Level 2

Sport, BTEC Extended Certificate

1 Year
Sep 2024
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This course is great way to get a head start on a successful career in sports and fitness. With a combination of theory-based learning and practical applications, this exciting and comprehensive programme is designed to provide you with a solid foundation in the sports industry. You will acquire essential knowledge and have ample opportunities...

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Level 2

Sports Coaching Traineeship

1 Year
Sep 2024
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The Sports Coaching Traineeship is designed for individuals who have a passion for sports and want to become skilled coaches. This programme offers hands-on experience and knowledge in sports coaching. Trainees will learn essential coaching techniques, improve communication and leadership skills, and gain a solid understanding of sports psycho...

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Level 3

Community Sport and Health Officer, Apprenticeship

18 Months
Aug 2024
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This apprenticeship offers an exciting opportunity to make a positive impact on the health and well-being of communities, through sport and physical activity. As a Community Sport and Health Officer (CSHO), you will play a crucial role in promoting and delivering programmes to individuals of all ages and backgrounds, encouraging them to lead a...

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Level 3

Sport & Exercise Science, Extended Diploma

2 Years
Sep 2024
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This course offers a comprehensive study of the principles and applications of sport and exercise science. It serves as a perfect pathway to progressing into a sports science or therapy related degree, as it has been developed in consultation with employers and professional bodies, ensuring the content is consistent with current industry pract...

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Level 3

Sport and Exercise Science, BTEC Certificate and Extended Certificate

2 Years
Sep 2024
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Sports and Exercise Science focuses on the scientific principles and techniques applied to enhance human performance and improve physical health. It combines various disciplines such as physiology, anatomy, biomechanics, nutrition, psychology, and exercise programming. If you are passionate about physical development and analysis, this course ...

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Level 3

Sports Coaching & Physical Education, BTEC Extended Diploma

2 Years
Sep 2024
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If you dream of becoming a coach or teacher of sport, this is the course for you. This comprehensive programme is designed for individuals passionate about sports, coaching, and physical education. This diploma offers a unique blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skills to equip you for a rewarding career in the sports industry. Throug...

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Sports and fitness programmes are based at our new Health and Active Living Skills Centre at Loxton Campus which boasts cutting-edge facilities such as:

  • State-of-the-art exercise physiology lab
  • Large functional fitness suite
  • Multi-purpose indoor sports hall
  • FA approved full-size 3G pitch.

The facility is also be used by a variety of employers to ensure you are developing crucial links and networks to support your journey into employment.


Sport brings together communities, improves health and well-being and provides essential skills, such as teamwork, coaching others, leadership and resilience. Roles available in the sport sector are incredibly diverse; you could become a Coach, a sports Journalist, a Sports Scientist, or many other careers. If you study a BTEC you'll get the necessary understanding and skills, to help further a career in this fast-paced and expanding industry.

- Sports Agent
- Sports Marketing
- Sports Journalist
- Sport Media Commentator
- Social Media Influencer
- Sports Lawyer
- Sports Agent

- Fitness/Gym Manager
- Leisure Manager
- Director/ Head of Centre
- Education Manager

- Swimming Teacher
- Leisure Centre Manager
- Receptionist
- Recreation Assistant
- Lifeguard
- Team Leader

- Community Health Officer
- Pilates, Yoga or Tai Chi Instructor

- Community
- Elite Performance (assistant coach, coach, advanced/senior coach)

- Athlete (sponsorship, influencer, performer)
- Sports Analyst
- Sports Scientist
- Physiotherapist
- Strengthening and Conditioning Professional
- Sports Scientist
- Sports Nutritionist
- Driver
- Sports Kit Manager

- Outdoor Activities Instructor
- Assistant Activity Leader
- Outdoor Centre Manager
- Mountain Leader
- Outdoor Event Organiser

- Fitness Facilities Manager
- Gym Instructor
- Group Exercise Instructor
- Personal Trainer
- Membership Consultant

- Primary Teaching
- PE Teaching

- Sports Development Manager
- Sports Development Officer

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<p>Weston College are delighted to announce that <a href="">Bristol Sport Foundation</a> are partnering with the</p>

<p>College’s Sports &amp; Fitness faculty to offer opportunities to students. Bristol Sport Foundation has a mission to use the power of sport to create active, healthy and happy communities in the greater Bristol area. The foundation works in communities to facilitate physical activity and delivers sports coaching to a range of people, including at after school clubs and holiday camps, with 3,878 children attending their holiday camps in July and August.</p>

<p>The College, which offers <a href="… &amp; Fitness</a> courses including BTEC Fitness and Sports Exercise Science, Apprenticeships and Higher Technical Qualifications in Community Coaching, has award-winning <a href="">Career Excellence Hubs</a> for each faculty subject area across the College with several industry partnerships in place. The purpose of Career Excellence Hubs is for College subject areas to work closely with employers to deliver a curriculum designed by industry, inspiring students with a skills focused curriculum. The Sports &amp; Fitness Career Excellence Hub has key industry partnerships that highlight the breadth of careers available to students, offer work placements, develop the skills of learners beyond the qualification they are studying, supporting their progression to higher education and employment.</p>

<p>David Crew, Head of Business Growth &amp; Employer Partnerships commented “Bristol Sport Foundation are a committed employer partner of the College, providing guest lectures to sports students and various work experience opportunities alongside their coaches who deliver inspirational activity in the greater Bristol area. Weston College, through our Career Excellence Hubs, are building collaborative employer partnerships aligned to our curriculum areas, creating a high-quality learner experience at our College and learners ready to progress to employment and higher education when they complete their course. We’re looking forward to having Bristol Sport Foundation as part of our employer community.”</p>

<p>Hannah Davis-Coward, Partnerships and Workforce Manager at Bristol Sport Foundation commented “We are committed to creating active, healthy and happy communities through our work in the region. Partnerships are key to the foundation, as is developing the pipeline of skilled talent that we need in the future to deliver our mission. We’re delighted to be partnering with Weston College, a large forward-thinking further education college with an established sports faculty, and we look forward to supporting students to gain experiences of work.”</p>

<p>To view our sports courses <a href="… here</a>. Employers looking to work with Weston College can email</p>

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<p data-pm-slice="1 1 []">Weston College are delighted to announce that <a href="">Somerset Football Association</a> are joining the Sports &amp; Fitness Careers Excellence Hub for the 2023/24 academic year. The College, which offers <a href="… &amp; Fitness</a> courses including BTEC Fitness and Sports Exercise Science, Apprenticeships and Higher Technical Qualifications in Community Coaching, has award-winning <a href="">Careers Excellence Hubs</a> for each faculty subject area across the College with several industry partnerships in place. The purpose of Careers Excellence Hubs, which is part of the College’s ‘Making Careers Everybody’s Business' strategy, is for curriculum areas to work closely with employers to highlight the breadth of careers available, offer work placements, develop the skills of learners beyond the qualification they are studying, supporting their progression to higher education and employment.</p>

<p data-pm-slice="1 1 []">Somerset FA are the not-for-profit body responsible for the development and governance of grassroots football in Somerset since 1885. They work closely with the national Football Association to ensure national strategies are implemented in our region, alongside a vital role in football administration and governance.</p>

<p data-pm-slice="1 1 []">David Crew, Head of Business Growth &amp; Employer Partnerships commented “Somerset FA share our passion for encouraging participation in sport at all levels, and we share a commitment to inclusivity, ensuring everyone has an opportunity to play football. Weston College, through our Careers Excellence Hubs, are building collaborative employer partnerships aligned to our curriculum areas, creating a high-quality learner experience at our College and learners ready to progress to employment and higher education when they complete their course. We’re looking forward to having Somerset FA part of our employer community.”</p>

<p data-pm-slice="1 1 []">Jon Pike, Chief Executive of Somerset Football Association commented “Somerset FA are looking forward to working with Weston College to inspire and create opportunities for their students, partnering with their Sports &amp; Fitness Careers Excellence Hub. As the governing body for football in the region commented to the development of grassroots football, we share Weston College’s passion for increasing participation in football and its approach to inclusivity, and we look forward to supporting the students by highlighting the breadth of careers in football.”</p>

<p data-pm-slice="1 1 []">To view our sports courses <a href="… here</a>. Employers looking to work with Weston College can email <a href=""></a></p&gt;

Weston College alumni, Harrison Kingston, working as a Football Performance Analyst

<p paraeid="{56aab9ee-9380-459a-a1f1-36cc8d93a50d}{191}" paraid="728221350">For many students ready to embark on their futures, making the crucial decision of what to study post-16, Sport is forced to shift from a passion to a hobby, in the search for a more 'sensible’ or ‘stable’ prospective career.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{56aab9ee-9380-459a-a1f1-36cc8d93a50d}{219}" paraid="125315468">The reality is that Sport is an excellent career pathway. In 2023, there are so many more opportunities and prospects than simply playing or competing professionally. In the UK alone, the Sport industry contributes over £39 million to economy – a figure that would be far lower without all the supporting roles within the field.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{56aab9ee-9380-459a-a1f1-36cc8d93a50d}{255}" paraid="1145331481">Football, Rugby, Netball. Sport is no longer all about the players.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{88d88f36-76fb-4303-bb92-de160737527d}{16}" paraid="1137870278">To make the game safe we need physios, to make a match fair, we need referees and to enhance the skill of the game, we need coaches and Performance Analysts.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{88d88f36-76fb-4303-bb92-de160737527d}{36}" paraid="1854525819">This brings us to one of our outstanding alumni, Harrison.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{88d88f36-76fb-4303-bb92-de160737527d}{48}" paraid="163645984">After studying Sport at Weston College from 2003—2005, Harrison has gone on to have the most vibrant and successful career in football.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{88d88f36-76fb-4303-bb92-de160737527d}{58}" paraid="879416194">From the Bluebirds (Cardiff City) to Liverpool FC, all the way to his current role as Director of Performance Analysis for the Royal Moroccan Football Federation and contributing to the team’s recent success in the World Cup in Qatar, Harrison boasts an incredibly impressive portfolio of clientele and experience. <a href="; rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">Read the BBC Sport article about Harrison as the Englishman who helped to plot Morrocco's success here</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{88d88f36-76fb-4303-bb92-de160737527d}{103}" paraid="328250279">We recently caught up with Harrison, who told us all about his journey into the Performance Analysis industry. He says:&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{88d88f36-76fb-4303-bb92-de160737527d}{111}" paraid="966971859">My career started whilst I was still a student at University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC) now known as Cardiff Metropolitan University. My first step and knowledge of the Analysis industry came from a course module and task we were given. This led to an internship with Cardiff City's Youth &amp; Reserve teams, and I combined this role with my undergraduate studies, taking specialist modules in Performance Analysis (now a course in its own right).&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{88d88f36-76fb-4303-bb92-de160737527d}{121}" paraid="71502039">Beyond this I continued gaining as much experience as possible and continued my studies by starting a Masters in Performance Analysis (also at UWIC). In this time, I worked with various teams in different sports (Welsh Football Association, Welsh Rugby, University of Glamorgan) and in a variety of roles.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{88d88f36-76fb-4303-bb92-de160737527d}{138}" paraid="808407009">My next step was into full time employment with Tottenham Hotspur U18 as the Youth Team Analyst. From here I made the move into the 1st team football environment with Burnley FC (Head of Analysis/1st Team Analyst) and then onto Liverpool FC (Head of Post Match Analysis). I was really able to take something and learn from each experience.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{88d88f36-76fb-4303-bb92-de160737527d}{192}" paraid="640136190">My current role is Director of Performance Analysis for the Royal Moroccan Football Federation, it is a wide-ranging role covering many aspects including creating and managing an Analysis Department to provide analysis support for all our national teams (across all age groups/categories).&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{88d88f36-76fb-4303-bb92-de160737527d}{192}" paraid="640136190">I enjoy all aspects of the role as I get to do a mixture of everything. Of course, a huge highlight was working with the National team for the recent World Cup in Qatar, privileged and proud to play my small part of an incredible story.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{88d88f36-76fb-4303-bb92-de160737527d}{216}" paraid="682628734">In layman's terms I get to watch football for a living and, whilst it is a bit more intricate and complex than that, it is still a joy to combine a passion of mine (and many others I'm sure) and call it work. As well as this, the job has definitely offered me some of the best seats in world football at some of the best games in recent history.&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{1f7e817a-3a3f-46a9-8685-cb6ea960c726}{10}" paraid="1664078305">Sport is a fantastic topic to study, often it is a passion and one that therefore needs little motivation to learn and improve your understanding of. It's a fantastic tool for development and of course the competitive drive often associated with it is something that really pushes people on.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{1f7e817a-3a3f-46a9-8685-cb6ea960c726}{23}" paraid="1900061864">My advice for new students starting out on this path is to get as much experience outside of your studies as possible. You probably don't realise how much 'free' time you have at this stage of your life, so get out there, test and challenge yourself to apply the theory you are learning, and don't always look immediately to the big names and clubs (in time it will come, if you want to arrive there). You often get a fuller, more rounded experience of the role and jobs it entails at a lower level, plus the pressure here is less so it's a good place to experiment, make mistakes, and learn.&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{1f7e817a-3a3f-46a9-8685-cb6ea960c726}{70}" paraid="1111428694">My time at Weston college was the perfect steppingstone for further education, providing and adding to the foundation knowledge I had in sport and particularly in the Sports Science discipline. It was the ideal place for me to continue my studies and combine this with a continued education in football. I learned and developed many key skills from my time at Weston College, gaining coaching qualifications also.&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{1f7e817a-3a3f-46a9-8685-cb6ea960c726}{80}" paraid="168167538">Huge thanks to Harrison for such incredible insight into exciting pathways and opportunities within the wider Sports industry.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{1f7e817a-3a3f-46a9-8685-cb6ea960c726}{88}" paraid="1295935300">To read more about our Sport programmes, <a href="… here</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

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