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Sport & Sports Science

The Sports Department’s staff are high level performers, members of national coaching squads and sports psychology coaches for elite performers. We are an innovative, energetic team who are always developing ways of bringing your learning to life.

Available Courses

The Sport Department

Our teaching team are sports industry professionals, having enjoyed successful careers in a variety of areas including sports coaching, personal training, strength and conditioning, sports therapy, osteopathy and sports centre management. That experience is used to bring learning to life!

What You Can Expect
  • You will be involved in sports coaching and fitness classes for all age groups and abilities in your community.
  • We actively encourage all our students to get involved in sport as athletes and coaches and we provide the support to ensure you fulfil your potential.
  • We make arrangements to work with your training and competition schedules.
  • This means that you do not have to sacrifice your education for a promising sporting career.
  • The department runs a Football Development Squad, which plays in the higher-level college league and for a local non-league team.
  • Nescot Sports students have free access to the Sports Injury Clinic.
  • Our football academy coach, Jack Johnson, holds a UEFA A licence, which is the highest coaching badge. He is Academy Coach at Fulham FC.
  • Some of our sport programmes include extra qualifications, such as Level 1 coaching qualifications, sport-specific first aid or YMCA Fitness Instructing Certificate.
  • Many of our students have the opportunity to go on residential outdoor activities trips, such as Skern Lodge in Devon.
  • Our students organise and run local primary schools’ sports day events.


• Athlete
• Fitness instructor
• Leisure attendant/duty manager
• Lifeguard
• Nutritionist
• Osteopath
• Outdoor activities instructor
• Personal trainer
• Physiotherapist
• Sports coach
• Sports player
• Sports psychologist
• Sports Science Analyst
• Sports therapist
• Strength & Conditioning Coach
• Teacher
• Youth worker

Our students have gone on to:

• Nescot - BSc Sports Therapy
• Nescot - BOst Osteopathy
• University of Bath
• St Mary’s University
• University of Wales
• University of Chichester
• Kingston University
• University of Exeter
• University of Bristol
• Bournemouth University

At Nescot we encourage our students to think ahead, so that they can choose the right courses to fit them and their future. We also use an innovative online platform called Start, which is a free and comprehensive digital platform, offering students a single starting point to help simplify careers guidance. Students can build a personal profile aimed at guiding them throughout their career. Find out more here.

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Skills you will gain

Sports and leisure are not just hobbies but industries employing many thousands of people. Our courses will give you the skills and knowledge to combine with your passion for sports and fitness:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Communication
  • Self-motivation and discipline
  • Designing exercise and fitness programmes
  • Fitness instructing
  • Psychology and mental well-being
  • Resilience and emotional intelligence
  • Literacy and numeracy

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“Alongside studying at Nescot I also compete in judo at a high level. I’m currently the under-21 national judo champion. I knew I wanted to study Sport, and one of the reasons I chose Nescot is because the timetable gives me the flexibility to train and compete. The teachers are really knowledgeable, and really supportive of my sport. I’m looking forward to studying nutrition this year, and learning more about fuelling my body through training five times a week for a physically demanding sport.

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The teachers are really experienced in the industry, so they have a lot of knowledge to share. They’re so supportive of all the students, and you can see that they’re invested in our future careers. They’ve helped me get a job as a Learning Support Assistant at Nescot, which I fit around my course. I’m really enjoying it, and it’s great preparation for training as a teacher in the future. I’m looking forward to going to university next year, and I know that my qualification at Nescot is great preparation for that.

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The support from the teaching team and LSAs has been amazing, ensuring I can overcome any challenges on the course. The sports course has really helped me with my part-time job as a youth worker. We did a module on organising activity sessions, which taught me how to run sports with groups of children of various ages, some as young as 9.

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My favourite unit this year is psychology, and learning how someone’s mentality can affect their physical performance. We also study anatomy, and that’s really useful for everyone who competes or trains because it helps you to improve. It was the best decision to come here, and I’d recommend it to anyone.

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