Sport & Public Services

This is for you if… you enjoy being physically active, work well in teams, enjoy helping or bringing out the best in others, and have the discipline and determination to be successful. The sport and leisure industry is a fast-paced, dynamic and thriving area with an ever-increasing demand for qualified, professional staff. Public Services courses are all about ‘helping you to help others’. Public Services are often regarded as the cornerstone of society, providing services which offer safety, protection, education, health, emergency response, defence and humanitarian aid to name but a few, and which primarily focuses on improving people’s quality of life.  

Our wide range of Sport courses enables you to consider all career options from teaching/coaching, through to sports science, physiotherapy, health, fitness and gym instruction, centre management, sports development/events, outdoor education and water sports. A Public Service course prepares you for entry into a career within the Emergency Services, Armed Forces or non-uniformed roles in local and central government.

Why study with us?

Our Sport courses are rated Outstanding by Ofsted (2013) and described as among the very best in the country, so you can be sure you’re getting the very best education and experience possible. We can say with confidence that you’ll study at the best department in the region. The courses are designed to give you access to all areas of the sport sectors and the facilities are excellent – there’s even an outdoor adventure academy at the National Sailing Academy on Portland.  The experienced, well-qualified staff will ensure that you are able to gain practical skills, combined with essential theory to ensure a successful future career in this field.

Our Public Services courses are designed to give you the edge when pursuing a career in the public sector. The department offers a range of exciting trips, residential activities and interactive lessons to gain an insight into the diverse range of uniformed and non-uniformed public service careers and to develop lifelong skills. The range of work-based learning experiences, knowledge and skills, and combination of theory and practice ensure that you’ll emerge from your course ready and prepared to tackle the challenges of work or further study.

Next steps

You may want to discuss courses with teaching staff and students at one of our Open Evenings and apply for a place online.