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Sport, Fitness & Leisure Study Programmes

Prepare for a high performance career in their growing business as you help people of all ages and abilities enjoy sport and leisure.

Find out the difference between a Sports course and a study programme here.

Through our excellent range of Sport study programmes, you’ll be able to get on track for a career that will ultimately help people get the most out of sport. Sport, Fitness and Leisure students benefit from the use of a wide variety of facilities, including a fitness suite, sports hall and football and rugby pitches. With a range of backgrounds in many different aspects of the sports industry, MidKent College's experienced and professional staff are passionate about sport and fitness.

You'll learn about the function of the human body and its impact in relation to sport, as well as the benefits related to exercise. You’ll get the chance to study units such as biomechanics, sports massage, nutrition and coaching.

The qualifications include a mixture of theory and practical lessons, with practical units including fitness testing, practical team and individual sports, and sports coaching.

What will I learn?

You’ll be taught the essential elements of sports and fitness including fitness testing, anatomy, physiology, psychology and practical sport. You may progress to focus on the function of the human body and its impact in relation to sport, as well as the benefits related to exercise. You can also so specialise in topics including biomechanics, sports massage, nutrition and coaching.

Find out the difference between a Sports course and a study programme below.

Why choose a MidKent College Sport, Fitness & Leisure study programme?

We enjoy partnerships with Gillingham Football Club and Maidstone United Football Club. With the right level 3 qualification you could go on to study a HND at the College or university.

Our staff are highly trained and experienced sportspeople who are perfectly positioned to provide you with all the support you need to set you up for employment in the sports industry; whatever your desired path may be.

What level am I?

This will be dependent on the qualifications and experience that you currently have. For some very practical subjects you'll need to start at level 1 to ensure you learn the key theory, practical knowledge and health and safety standards for your industry. Check out what level you are on our chart.

How is English & maths involved?

If you are aged 16 to 18 years old, English and maths will be a core part of your study programme. You will study both subjects at a level which is appropriate to you. These skills will help when arranging sports events, in healthcare and nutrition and sports marketing.

How much do physiotherapists get paid?

Physiotherapists in the Medway and Maidstone areas can expect to earn on average £16.03 per hour.*

What facilities and trips are available?

You may have the opportunity to visit Wembley Stadium, St Georges Park, London 2012 sporting facilities and outdoor activity centres. Students in 2016 also had the opportunity to watch the English team train and take part in one of their sessions in the lead-up to the Six Nations competition!

What have your past students gone on to do?

Our students have progressed into a range of careers including sports centre manager, osteopath and boxing coach. Past students have also become Olympic athletes, Paralympic gold medallists and England World Cup winners!

What can I do afterwards?

There’s a whole range of options available to you from sports marketing officer to personal trainer or fitness instructor. Why not consider becoming a coach, physiotherapist or sport centre manager? It’s also common for our students to further their qualifications through a university degree.

What’s the difference between a Sports course and a study programme?

Traditionally you may have studied a Sport course, where you would only study the qualification, such as anatomy, practical sport and fitness testing. A Sport study programme is so much more than a Sport course!

This change to study programmes is due to national feedback from employers saying young people need to have more than just a “qualification”; they need to have the skills to work in their chosen industry. A study programme encompasses the subject qualification, English and maths skills as well as work experience and personal development skills. You can read more about study programmes here.

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*Data taken from EMSI April 2018