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Sport and Public Services

Thanks for visiting our Sport and Public Services page. Here you'll find all the information you need to know about the sport and public services courses we offer.

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Our sport and public services courses teach you the skills and qualifications you need to be successful in the sports or public services industry.

Whether you plan on entering the emergency services, the army, the sports industry, we have a long history of delivering successful qualifications that give our students the edge when they apply for jobs.

You don’t need to be a professional athlete. With us you can study from Level 1 right up to degree-level, which means we can help you find a course that matches your ability and interests. Plus, if you progress on to a degree at University Centre Weston we will prioritise your application.

A sport qualification can lead to a well-paid job. At Weston College you’ll learn specific aspects of sport such as personal training or fitness instructing – which could lead to a lucrative career as a specialist.

Becoming a pro isn’t easy, but it’s possible with the right level of training and ability. Even if you don’t aspire to be the next top athlete, there are hundreds of other roles in the sporting industry that you can capitalise on - starting with a Weston College qualification.

Entry requirements to the public services sector are tough, ​which means you'll need to be extra-selective when you choose your training provider. At Weston College you'll have an expert teaching and support team, and you'll benefit from new and expanding facilities. Our range of courses means you'll be able to gain transferable public services skills before specialising in an area such as policing or security guarding.

​It doesn't matter if you're new to the subject or returning to education. At Weston College, you can study public services from Level 1 right up to university-level through University Centre Weston. Our team will help you get the skills and qualifications you need to enter your chosen public services career. In addition, if you go on to apply for one of our degree-level courses, we'll prioritise your application.

We work closely with the emergency services so that we can provide you with opportunities that you won't have at other providers. Plus, we have strong links with prisons across the South West - which will be useful if you plan on working in a prison environment.

Why choose us?

  • Course content. As well as maintaining a good balance between practical and theory sessions, at Weston College you’ll develop your skills through our Academy of Sport, tutorials support, and employability sessions.
  • Reputation. We’re one of the top colleges in the country, which means you can expect outstanding teaching and support to help you succeed. Many of our sport and public services lecturers come from the industry and will be able to give you in-depth advice and guidance about your future career.
  • Success rates. Many of our sport students go on to have successful careers and compete in national and international sporting events. Others have gone on to work in the sporting industry in the hundreds of auxiliary and support roles available. Most of our public services students go on to have successful careers in the emergency services and the army. Others have gone on to work in the many hundreds of other roles in the sector such as security guards, immigration officers, etc.
  • Our facilities. We’re constantly investing in our campuses to provide the best learning environment for our sport and public services students. You can find out more about the College’s state-of-the-art facilities here.
  • Our links with local clubs and organisations. We work in partnership with local sports clubs, organisations such as the fire brigade and police, and gyms to enable you to experience high quality work placements and gain an insight into what it’s like to work in the sport and public services industry.

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Career opportunities


Typical jobs

Personal trainer, sports coach, fitness instructor, yoga teacher, sports professional, pilates teacher, outdoor activities instructor.  

What you can earn

Some suggested annual salary ranges for those working in the industry include:

  • Sports coach £12,000-£20,000
  • Football coach £16,000-£24,000
  • Outdoor activities instructor £12,000 £25,000
  • Personal trainer £18,000-£40,000  

Local notes

In this region, there are 53,700 people employed in the active leisure, learning and well-being sector, of which 3,100 are employed in the outdoors industry. The region also has a growing reputation for extreme sports. Industry skills gaps in the region include: sport-specific technical skills, communication, management, team working, planning and preparing work, initiative, project management and problem solving.  


There are 51,500 people working in the health and fitness industry

  • There are over 3,100 private fitness facilities within the UK with 4,397,200 members
  • There are just under 2,600 public health and fitness facilities, which have over 2,758,400 members

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Uniformed and Public Services

Typical jobs

Army officer, army soldier, police officer, civil enforcement officer, coastguard, firefighter, merchant navy deck officer, police community support officer, RAF officer, Royal Marines commando, prison officer, security officer.  

What you can earn

Some suggested annual salary ranges for those working in the industry include:

  • Coastguard £17,000-£20,000
  • Army officer £15,300-£24,100
  • RAF officer £24,130-£29,000
  • Security service personnel £20,500-£36,000
  • Police officer £22,000-£26,000
  • Security officer £12,000-£20,000  

Local notes

There are over 60 coastguard rescue stations in the south west. The region has 14 HM prisons. Avon Fire and Rescue Service has approximately 800 wholetime and retained duty firefighters. There are six fire and rescue services in the region. There are five police forces in the south west. Avon and Somerset Constabulary employs over 3,000 police officers.


  • There are over 50 different roles in the RAF – the majority are airmen and airwomen
  • To become an army officer you must be aged between 17 years and 9 months and 28 years
  • Firefighters respond to a wide range of emergencies including road traffic accidents, chemical spillages and threats associated with terrorism

It's easy to apply...

You can apply online for any of our Sport and Public Services courses in a matter of minutes by selecting the course you’re interested in from the drop-down menu at the top of this page and clicking ‘apply now’. Alternatively, you can find an application form at the back of our prospectus.

There has never been a better time to apply for one of our Sport and Public Services courses - and if you apply now you can secure your place on the course you are interested in. Submitting an application isn’t a binding decision and if you change your mind, you can always withdraw your application at a later date.

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What Our Students Say

Lewis, Sport, Extended Diploma

“The College has opened so many doors for me - it’s helped me build a better future.”

Lewis raves about the College’s facilities, including the gym amenities, and says that staff are very helpful and always encouraging advancement. As well as this, Lewis received a £500 sports bursary to support his studies in areas such as training, travel and equipment costs and, ultimately, further progression in his sport.

What next? Lewis currently runs his own kickboxing gym classes, as well as being a qualified personal trainer. Alongside this, Lewis has a number of kickboxing titles under his belt, the most recent being the European title. His next big event is a world title fight. Following his successes, Lewis has had offers to take his sport to an even higher level and hopes to eventually become a professional kickboxer.

Former School: Worle

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