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At the Bury College Sport and Fitness Academy we pride ourselves in providing students with the skills, knowledge and experience they need to achieve their goals and kick-start their careers . Our Level 3 course develops the practical and theoretical skills needed for employment in the exciting and diverse sport and fitness industry.

Being part of the Bury College Sport and Fitness Academy means that in the second year of your Sport Level 3 course you will have the unique opportunity to specialise in one the following pathways:

- Sport Massage 

- Fitness Instructing

- Sports Coaching

Our Sport students benefit from:

  • A dedicated Sport Centre with state-of-the-art facilities
  • Exceptional support from caring tutors with a wealth of industry experience at elite level
  • Visits and masterclasses from industry renowned professionals
  • Professional teaching and coaching
  • Exciting trips and visits
  • Career-enhancing work experience placements

You will study the following topics:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Fitness training
  • Sports massage
  • Sports leadership
  • Application of fitness testing
  • Sports psychology
  • Sports coaching
  • Work experience

In your second year, you can choose to study one of the below additional qualifications:

Level 3 Diploma in Massage Therapy for Sports (RQF)

Level 2 Certificate in Planning and Delivering Gym-based Exercise (RQF)

1st4Sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching (Sport and Physical Activity)

You will have the opportunity to be part of our Sports Academies. Players will receive two hours per week of expertise coaching that will include:

  • Technical and tactical practice
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Personalised workout programmes
  • Competitive fixtures
  • Performance analysis

All will be delivered by our fully qualified FA coaches.

During your time at Bury College there will also be the opportunity to join sports teams and get involved in a wide range of sport enrichment. These may include:

  • Badminton
  • Football
  • Nerf
  • Cricket
  • Table Tennis
  • Boxing
  • Gym
  • Volleyball
  • Running

Assessments will be covered using a wide range of methods used to develop your theoretical knowledge and practical competencies, aligning with real life careers and supporting the development of the wider skills such as confidence, collaboration, resilience and commitment. Assessments will include a range of the following; written reports, practical assessments, professional discussions, presentations.

Future career opportunities may include:

  • Fitness Instructor
  • Personal Trainer
  • Physical Activity Manager
  • Sports and Exercise Coach
  • Sports Development Officer
  • Sport Physiologist
  • Sports Therapist
  • Dietician

You will be required to purchase a full sports kit. This is required for all practical sports activities. You may be required to pay for participation in study visits. 

You will be required to participate in the full range of sporting activities offered by the college and will be actively encouraged to participate in enrichment activities outside of college time. You will need to participate in a five day work experience placement and you must also be prepared to commit to 15 hours of private self-study per week.

Positive Futures is a set of essential qualities, embedded throughout your study programme, that we seek to develop in all students: 

  • Commitment
  • Collaboration
  • Confidence
  • Resilience

You will also engage in the Positive Futures Careers Programme, developing key employability skills through a diverse range of activities including work placements, volunteering, employer talks, industry study visits and employment and university fairs.

For Level 3 Sport: 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 (including English Language) OR GCSE 9-4 in English Language and a Merit on the L2 Extended Certificate in Sport Course. An interest in sport is essential as is regular participation in organised sport/training outside of college.

As a Bury College student you will have access to a wide range of enrichment opportunities which will contribute to your personal growth and development and support your academic studies. 

These may include:

  • Art Club
  • Chess Club
  • Dance, Drama and Singing Workshops
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Gaming Hub
  • Music Club
  • Pride Club
  • Student Ambassador Scheme
  • A wide range of sport including Badminton, Cricket, Football, Fitness Training, Nerf, Netball, Volleyball and Table Tennis.

Please Note: We attempt to ensure that all information contained within this website is correct and up-to-date. However, some details may change as we review and update our provision. Although every effort is made to provide the teaching, examination, assessment and other services detailed on this website and in our other publications, Bury College cannot guarantee the provision of such programmes, services, facilities and fees. Bury College reserves the right to amend, withdraw, alter or amalgamate any of the courses, locations and facilities detailed within at any time. Should circumstances require such amendments, Bury College undertakes to use all reasonable steps to minimise the resultant disruption to those services and most importantly to students.

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