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Specialist Sport qualifications that lead to specialist sport careers

18 Jan 2022 | College

Bishop Burton College and University Centre has an outstanding reputation for sporting excellence locally, regionally and nationally.

This year they have re-shaped their Sport courses to deliver new qualifications at both college and degree level, that can lead to successful careers straight after graduation.

With the national drive to improve health and wellbeing and increase the number of people who participate in sport and exercise at all levels, there has been a substantial growth in career opportunities in the sector. Bishop Burton has specialist Sport courses at both college and university level that can help you move straight into a career in the Sport sector, whether that is coaching and teaching, within the fitness industries or even physiotherapy and rehabilitation.

There is so much opportunity - let’s take a look at some career insights…

Job: Sports Coach
  • Average Salary: £29,150
  • Average pay/week: £560
  • Pay increase since 2017: 5%


Job: Gym Instructor
  • Average Salary: £27,040
  • Average pay/week: £520
  • Pay increase since 2017: 7%


Job: Physiotherapist
  • Average Salary: £31,807
  • Average pay/week: £615
  • Pay increase since2017: 3.5%


So, what makes Sport at Bishop Burton the right choice to help you develop your career? Let’s find out…

Specialist career pathways

At college level students can study the BTEC Sport qualification to gain broad knowledge and skills about the Sport sector. In addition to this, students will have bespoke Employability Sessions that focus on developing specialist chosen career pathways. Career pathway options are: Coaching & Teaching, Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation and Fitness Industries.

Each career pathway option will result in additional, fully funded industry recognised specialist qualifications to give students a head-start in their careers. This is a unique offer only available at Bishop Burton.

Find out more about all of our Sport courses at college and University level.

Special industry experts

Sport courses at Bishop Burton are delivered by both tutors and industry experts and include our unique employability sessions. Industry partners who work with our students include the FA (Football Association), RFU (Rugby Football Union), Active IQ, 1st4Sport, Hull City, Tigers Trust, Hull FC, Les Mills fitness industries and the NHS. Not only does this give students current and directly relevant industry experience, but it opens up opportunities to network within the sector to support future careers.

Stuart Liversedge, Business Development Executive, Active IQ said;

“I am delighted to be working with the college team at Bishop Burton, it’s a privilege to offer Active IQ’s input to their curriculum. The College has a clear vision for their student journey that will lead the students on a path towards employability at the end of their studies. The College is focussed on working towards qualifications that offer their students a licence to proactive within the Active Leisure sector to help them secure employment within the world of work.”

Find out more about Active IQ.

Ready for work

As with most college courses, students who study Sport at Bishop Burton will complete work experience placements as part of their course. But we offer more! A limited number of Bishop Burton Sport students will have the opportunity to complete a ‘ready for work’, enhanced work experience programme, one day a week alongside their studies. Bishop Burton has partnership links with more than 300 sport and fitness organisations locally, regionally, nationally and even worldwide, giving students the best possible opportunities within the sector.

Professionally accredited Sport and Exercise Therapy degree

New for September 2022, University Centre Bishop Burton has launched a BSc Hons Degree in Sport and Exercise Therapy & Rehabilitation, which is validated by University of Lincoln and accredited by The Society of Sports Therapists. This new programme gives students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience as well as theory to gain a real understanding of sporting injuries, their causes and their treatments. The accreditation from The Society of Sports Therapists means that up on completion, graduates will have gained the relevant skills to ensure they are eligible to practice, straight away. The state-of-the art new Sports Therapy and Exercise Science lab, along with access to elite sporting academies at Bishop Burton gives students the ideal platform to succeed in this field of Sport.

Find out more about the Sport & Exercise Therapy degree.

Bishop Burton Sport: The Home of Sport in East Yorkshire

Bishop Burton’s highly successful performance academies allow talented athletes to access top-class coaching and training, whilst gaining first-class education and training. All academy coaches have elite-level sport experience, providing students with the best possible environment to achieve their sporting ambitions – our academies are some of the highest performing in the country.

Find out more about our sport academies.

Join our next Open Event

Our open events are packed full of activities designed to provide you with all the knowledge and support you need to help you on your journey to Bishop Burton College. At our open events you can; find out more about the course(s) you’re interested in, speak with your future tutors, take a campus tour to explore our fantastic campus, state-of-the-art facilities and fully equipped accommodation, learn about the range of support available to you and much more. Register for an upcoming open event.

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