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Introductory Diploma in Sport, Level 1

  • 1

    Level 1

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    September 2024

  • Venue
    Easton College

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2024, Full Time


Combining practical activity with classroom work, this is for those interested in working in sport, fitness or outdoor activity industries.

Britain’s sport’s industry is hitting top form. In the past five years it has become a £20 billion industry in the UK and experts believe it will continue to grow long after the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

This qualification will give you an ideal introduction to the sports industry as well as developing essential skills required for employment or progression to further qualifications and training.

Your team work and communication skills will be developed through course activities, both of which are key skills future employers look for. You will have the opportunity to participate in team sports as part of the programme and CCN Active both on site at College and at Eaton Vale for more outdoor adventure activities. As a guide, your course will be split to 40% practical sports activity with 60% classroom based work.

You will hear from industry professional who will offer you real-life interview practice to help prepare you for your next step.

The course is made up of units which may include:

  • Being Organised
  • Researching a Topic
  • Working with Others
  • Developing a Personal Progression Plan
  • How Exercise Affects the Body
  • Training for Fitness
  • Coaching Skills in Sport
  • Keeping Active and Healthy
  • Getting People Active

Entry Requirements

A minimum of three GCSE's at Grade 2 or above, including English Language and maths, or equivalent.

All applicants will be interviewed where you should be able to demonstrate commitment, motivation and enthusiasm to succeed on the course.

Good English and Maths skills are essential for many jobs and courses you will progress onto. The Government has made it a priority for students to improve these skills and your course programme will reflect this key aim. Depending on your grades when you start your course, you could either study Functional Skills or GCSEs alongside the other parts of your course programme. Please check our English and Maths page for further information.


You will be marked in a variety of ways including:

  • Practical demonstrations
  • Written assignments
  • Posters
  • Leaflets
  • Presentations.


Following the successful completion of the Level 1 programme at Merit or above, good attendance, good behaviour record, and appropriate GCSE/ Functional Skills results, students will have the opportunity to apply for a Level 2 programme if they wish to proceed with further education.

Career Progression

The sport and active leisure industry supports over 450,000 jobs in the UK. Over the last five years it has become a £20 billion industry and experts predict it will continue to grow faster than other sectors in the economy.

This course will start you on the career paths which may include a gym instructor, leisure centre assistant, personal trainer. Some of these careers will require further study at degree level. For further information on some example jobs please check the National Careers Services website for:

  • Leisure Centre Assistant
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Personal Trainer


If you are a UK or home fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 and over fees may be payable.

There will be costs for uniform approximately £100 and trips associated with your course TBC.

Financial support could be available depending on your circumstances.

Please check our Finance pages for fee information and any financial help that may be available.

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