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At Oaklands we offer a range of courses in this rapidly growing industry which has an increasing number of exciting employment opportunities.

With physical activity and exercise coming to the forefront of the prevention and management of many medical conditions, there is an increasing demand for qualified exercise professionals, including coaches, fitness instructors and facilities operation assistants.

To ensure you have the skills and experience necessary to enter, or progress in your chosen area of sport, we provide a range of courses in health, fitness and performance. There is also a chance to achieve coaching awards alongside your main vocational study.

We have developed academies with recognised sports clubs to provide an exciting opportunity for aspiring sports men and women to receive professional coaching in addition to studying for a nationally recognised qualification in sport.

Our partnerships include:

  • EDSV
  • England Basketball
  • Hertfordshire Mavericks
  • Saracens Rugby Club
  • St Albans City Football Club

All of our full time programmes include opportunities to support and enhance your learning so that you can achieve your goals and ambitions. Students enrol on a Study Programme which individualises their education whilst enhancing their employability skills. A Study Programme is made up of four key elements which include a main vocational qualification, the development of English and maths through the study of GCSE’s or Functional Skills, Work-related learning through work experience and Personal Development Reviews.

Find a course to suit you from the list below. If you get stuck, don’t worry, help is at hand just call us on 01727 737000 or email info@oaklands.ac.uk

BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Sport

The BTEC Level 2 in Sport has been developed in the sport and active leisure sector to: Provide education and training for sport, leisure and recreation employees. Give opportunities for sport, leisure and recreation employees to achieve a nationally recognised Level 2 vocationally specific qualification. Give full-time learners the opportunity to enter employment in the sport and active leisure sector or to progress to vocational qualifications such as one of the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports courses and CYQ Gym Instruction. Give learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

  • Full TimeFull time
  • Duration1YR 1 Year
  • 2Level 2
  • SSt Albans Campus

The BTEC Nationa Foundation Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science is suited to students who wish to continue their academic studies in a highly specialised educational area. The course is aimed at 16-19 year olds who have just completed their GCSEs, or are looking to get back into education to study in this expanding and desirable subject area. The course provides a solid grounding for students wishing to enter the world of sports science and its associated industries, either through progression to university or by entering the workplace.

  • Full TimeFull time
  • Duration1YR 1 Year
  • 3Full Level 3
  • SSt Albans Campus

The course is a Level 3 Diploma and includes Exercise and fitness knowledge, nutrition, fitness testing,Health and Safety, Advanced CV and Resistance Training and Personal Programming, sports conditioning, business studies and training outdoors.

  • Full TimeFull time
  • Duration1YR 1 Year
  • 3Full Level 3
  • SSt Albans Campus

The course will also provide a solid base in a number of areas that can be applied to many careers and further study, not just within the sports and leisure industries. In addition, all students will study Functional skills or GCSE Maths and English. The course involves a mixture of practical and classroom-based lessons and will support you to develop not only your knowledge within sport but develop your wider skills e.g. Team work and building confidence.

  • Full TimeFull time
  • Duration1YR 1 Year
  • SSt Albans Campus

This course involves planning, teaching and evaluating both individual and group exercise sessions. You will study both theory and practical units which will include Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition and a healthy lifestyle, Health and Safety in the Fitness environment, Customer care, Employment law and Industry specific legislation and procedures and the active leisure sector. You will be taught how to instruct a variety of exercise sessions which will include Gym Instruction, Circuit Training and Exercise for Children.

  • Full TimeFull time
  • Duration1YR 1 Year
  • 2Full Level 2
  • SSt Albans Campus

This course offers a blend of sports theory and practical experience that gives you an excellent insight into careers in the sport and leisure industry such as fitness testing for the general population as well as elite performers and roles within sports development.

  • Full TimeFull time
  • Duration1YR 1 Year
  • SSt Albans Campus

Foundation Degrees

This is a nationally-recognised degree qualification in its own right, and can also lead onto the final year of an Honours Degree programme. At Oaklands College we deliver foundation degrees validated by University of Hertfordshire.

While studying towards a foundation degree you will have access to a wide range of services and facilities at Oaklands College as well as having access to facilities at the University of Hertfordshire, including:

  • Learning Resource Centre – open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, during term time
  • Sports Village – take advantage of excellent health, fitness and swimming facilities
  • StudyNet – a virtual learning environment providing online course materials
  • Students' Union – join a club, meet new people and enjoy a taste of university life

This course is based around sports coaching, sport and fitness development and sport-related management. If you're hoping to work in the sports and leisure industry, you'll benefit from its strong emphasis on practical, work-based learning. View course