Sport, Fitness and Health Sciences

If you have a passion for the sports, leisure and fitness industry and want to pass it on to others, why not follow a career doing something you love?
A career in sport doesn’t just mean being a gym instructor or fitness coach, it can also lead to a broad range of opportunities including sports therapist, psychologist, journalist and many more. And, if you hope to develop your skills further with university, our courses can help you reach your goal as they attract UCAS points.

Level 1 – An introduction to a healthy, active lifestyle and outdoor activities. Classroom sessions will develop your maths and English, as well as your study and employability skills.

Level 2 – Exercise and Fitness – This course is designed for those wanting to work in the sport and fitness industry.
Outdoor – Suitable for those who want to work in active leisure or to pursue careers in the public services. It has a practical emphasis whilst developing organisational and leadership skills required for employment in outdoor and active pursuits as well as careers in public services. Both options will allow you to continue to develop maths and / or English if required and also gain an award in Sports Leadership or Stewarding.

Level 3 – Combine academic studies with developing your sport and exercise skills and want a job-focused alternative to A Levels. Develop your leadership, organisation, and communication skills. YMCA Level 2 Fitness Instructor and YMCA Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training are embedded in this course.

Key elements:

  • Fitness Testing
  • Fitness Training Methods/Instruction
  • Nutrition
  • Psychology and physiology
  • Injury/Sport Massage
  • Maths & English
  • Work experience

  1. Enthusiastic, expert tutors.
  2. National and international trips.
  3. Excellent equipment and facilities.
  4. Opportunity for work experience in local clubs and leisure centres.
  5. Progression to level 3 and higher education at GYC.

Fitness and Personal Trainer, Sports Masseur, Sports Psychologist, Coach, Play Worker, Outdoor Pursuits Specialist, Sports/Fitness Centre Manager, Holiday Centre/Resort Fitness Suite Worker/ Manager, Sports Conditioning Trainer, Physical Activity Lead

What can I go on to do?

  • Enter employment
  • An apprenticeship
  • Progress to a degree programme or other higher education programme

If you are aged 16-19 and have not achieved GCSE grade A*-C in English and maths, any programme you choose will require you to continue studying English and maths.

95% of students that applied to university from East Coast College gained a place

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Sport and Public Services Level 1

  • One year
  • Level 1
  • Full time

This course is for those with an interest in gaining employment in either the Uniformed Public Services or sports industry. ...

Sport Level 2

  • One year
  • Level 2
  • Full time

This course will provide the underpinning knowledge for those who have or are seeking to begin a career in the ...

Extended Diploma in Sport Level 3

  • Two years
  • Level 3
  • Full time

This course will provide you with an insight into a career in the sports industry.

Extended Diploma Sport & Exercise Science Level 3

  • 2 years
  • Level 3
  • Full time

Combine academic studies with developing your sport and exercise skills and want a job-focused alternative to A Levels. Develop your ...

Certificate in Fitness Instructing - Exercise to Music

  • 15 weeks
  • Level 2
  • Part time

The course is designed for those who want to teach fitness classes to music.

Access to Science and Health

  • One year
  • Level 3
  • Full time

This course is based at our Lowestoft Campus. The course offers a solid foundation in the major scientific areas to ...

FdSc Sport, Health and Exercise

  • 2 years
  • 5
  • Full time

The course has been set up in response to skills shortages in the sports industry