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Welcome to Sport

The Sheffield College is an amazing place to study sport!

Whether you study Sport Science, Coaching, Fitness or our Elite Basketball pathway, you’ll have the chance to represent the college competitively for one of our many teams in the national leagues and gain additional sporting qualifications along the way.

We also have great connections with all the major sporting clubs across the city, which provide unrivalled opportunities for career experience at places such as Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield Sharks.


“The skills that I learnt have set me up for life within sport coaching. It's allowed me to set my own business up and learn how to manage my staff.”

Joe Slater, former Sport student

Which programme is right for me?

Picking the right programme is the first step in your sporting career! There are loads of different pathways to choose from, including Sports Coaching, Fitness or Primary School Education. Whether you choose a full-time study programme and pick your own specialism, or apply to study a university level programme, we're sure to have something that suits you and your learning style. 

What kind of work will I do on a sport study programme?

Of course the exact nature of the work you will do depends on the course that you choose, but all of our sport programmes share some common themes such as:

  • lots of practical work - sport is a physical activity so it stands to reason that your course will comprise plenty of hands-on and practical activities
  • teamwork - working as a team is essential for sport in any form, so you'll do lots of group activities and assignments throughout your course to build up your skills
  • placements and experience of work - what better way to prepare you for the world of work other than to experience it first hand? We encourage all of our students to obtain placements or experiential opportunities during their course to enhance their CV and career prospects!

Trips, Visits and Competitions

Studying sport in one of the best sporting cities in the country means that you'll have loads of opportunities to visit professional venues, such as the English Institute of Sport and Ponds Forge International Sports Venue. 

We’ve got links with hundreds of local employers meaning you’ll get every opportunity possible to engage with professionals during your time with us. This could include seminars hosted by guest lecturers who work in the industry, work placements with the biggest names in sport or trips to some of the leading sports establishments in the world. These are the experiences that will make you stand out to future employers and universities, and we’re on hand to give them to you.

This year one of our Foundation Degree in Sport & Exercise Coaching competed in the BUCS 2020 Indoor Championships where they reached the semi-finals in both the 60m and 200m races!

Work-related Activity and Industry Placements

As a student at The Sheffield College you will be encouraged to spend time with an employer in a real life working environment as part of your study programme. This could be experience of work or an industry placement, depending on what kind of course you are studying.

What's in it for me?

  • Improve your job prospects and gain knowledge of the work place in a variety of areas
  • Enhance your employability skills such as communication skills, problem solving, social skills, time-management, commitment, enthusiasm, flexibility and team work
  • Previous experience of work can help you during interviews and it looks impressive on your CV
  • Helps you understand what motivates you and what you are passionate about so that you can apply this to your future career


All of our Sports courses are based at Hillsborough Campus where you'll be able to take advantage of:

  • 3G sports pitches
  • multi-use sports hall
  • fully-equipped fitness suite 



What can I do once I finish my studies?

Whether you're doing a Level 1 programme or joining us at university level, we want to make sure that you're equipped for the world of work once you finish!

The field of sport is incredibly varied, and so are the employment opportunities that come with it. It's estimated that there are 10,000 sports-related jobs within the Sheffield City Region, and this figure is set to increase by 3.2% by 2022, so you'll be well placed to take advantage of these new roles by the time you finish your study programme with us.

Careers advice to help you go further

Choosing a career path when you've only just left school can seem like a daunting prospect, but our Careers Advice Team are on hand to offer you the best impartial careers guidance going. 

They can help you to figure out the kind of jobs that you might enjoy based on your interests, skills and hobbies; or if you already have a pretty good idea of what you'd like to do in the future they can give you some pointers on how to go further and land your dream job. You can talk to them whether you're still deciding on a course or even if you're about to make the jump from education into full-time work. 

Example careers

Ever wondered how much an accountant is South Yorkshire earns? Or what skills you need to become a developer?

Fitness Instructor

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Sports Coach

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What Courses are available

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Sport and Active Leisure

Hillsborough Campus
Level 1

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