Focus on Sport

Today’s BTECs are more focused, more aspirational and more relevant…….. BTECs are known to increase student engagement, enable students to progress, develop student life skills and add value and variety. Grantham College offer a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma/90-Credit Diploma in Sport Development, Coaching & Fitness and BTEC Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Sport Development, Coaching & Fitness which are taught in a variety of environments including a dedicated gym and sports hall.

A Sports team staff, with a wealth of experience between them, pass on their knowledge, experience and skills to students studying on the BTEC courses. Staff have a wide range of degrees including Physical Education and Education, BA (Hons) Leisure Studies, MA Sport and Leisure Management, PGCE Education, MSc Sociology of Sport and Sports Management and BSC (Hons) Sport Studies and Geology.

Students studying on any of the BTEC Sport courses at Grantham College will gain practical and hands-on knowledge of the sector through trips, work experience and class tasks.

2013 saw Sports students Tim Brooks and Kieran Taylor undertake coaching experience at Nottingham Forest FC coaching within the ‘Development Squad’ which resulted in them both volunteering as coaches long term for the club.

During the sessions Kieran and Tim supported a qualified Nottingham Forest coach coaching anywhere up to 21 boys who have been scouted by Nottingham Forest to potentially move up to the academy if they show enough potential.

Tim said ‘We looked at different aspects of football such as defending and dribbling. We implemented the session plans the top coaches such as Tony Cook, had devised and get the lads academy ready so if they are successful in gaining an academy place they don’t feel out of place to others in the academy.’

Kieran said ‘Grantham College Sports courses are a great foundation to help build on your future career, I cannot recommend this course enough to anyone looking at a career in sports.’ Kieran actually gained one of the highest pass rates on his course with a D* D* D* grade which is equivalent to 3 A*s at A-Level and 420 UCAS points.


Progression to Higher Education……

On successful completion of any of the BTEC Sport courses at Grantham College you can progress on to Higher Education, of which you can do with Grantham College on the Foundation Degree Sports Coaching course. Previous BTEC Sport students have been highly successful in gaining university places going on to study degree courses in Applied Sport Science with Coaching, Sport Development with Coaching and Sport and Exercise Science at the likes of Northumbria University, Sheffield Hallam University, Leeds Metropolitan University and University of East London.

Independent research on progression and career opportunities for young people in the UK demonstrates how BTECs open doors into Higher Education and beyond.

Figures based on research revealed in January 2011 from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) show that:

  • More than 100,000 BTEC students apply to Higher Education and make the university grade
  • In 2011, admissions to UK universities by BTEC students had risen 30% year on year
  • Ninety-five per cent of Higher Education Institutions accept BTEC students, including Russell Group universities
  • More than 50% of 20-30-year-olds going on to higher education are BTEC students
  • 20% of level 3 BTEC holders go on to undergraduate degree courses*
  • With a level 3 BTEC you can boost your lifetime’s earnings by up to £92,000.*

* Independent research carried out by London Economics in 2010.

The world of work…….

Opportunities in the sport sector can be categorised into:

  • sport and leisure centre management – gyms, spas and sports clubs;
  • coaching and performance analysis;
  • sports development, sports event management and disability sport;
  • facilities management/operations;
  • outdoor activities/education.

Who are the main graduate employers?

Examples of big companies operating in the industry include:

  • Parkwood Leisure;
  • Bannatyne’s;
  • UK Sport;
  • Merlin Entertainments;
  • Center Parcs;
  • Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL);
  • The British Horse Racing Authority (BHA);
  • Serco Leisure;

The majority of employers in this sector are small to medium sized companies (SMEs). Employment opportunities are also available in local authorities, national governing bodies of sport and sports associations.

What’s it like working in the sector?

Graduates entering the sport sector can expect:

  • a variance in salary – sport and leisure salaries can vary depending on the size and location of companies and whether they are local authority or privately owned. There can be big differences between a small health club and a big leisure centre;
  • a customer-facing working environment – many roles require interaction with customers from a variety of age groups;
  • to not have typical 9am-5pm working hours – employees will be hired on seasonal contracts or asked to work irregular and sometimes long or unsociable hours. On the plus side there are good opportunities to travel or live away from home.

Part of the legacy of the London 2012 Summer Olympics has been to distribute money to 377 county sports projects across England. The aim is to increase access to quality coaching and encourage more people to take up sport. This has resulted in more opportunities for coaches and sports development officers and corresponding jobs in marketing and fundraising. The government commitment to raising participation in disability sports has also created jobs in this area.

Graduate jobs in Sport

  • Fitness centre manager
  • Outdoor activities/education manager
  • Sport and exercise psychologist
  • Sports administrator
  • Sports coach
  • Sports development officer.