Sport and physical activity (coaching)



2 years full-time


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September (2021)


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Build your practical boxing skills alongside academic study

Enjoy taking part in boxing? Want the chance to become more advanced? If you want to develop as a boxer and increase your knowledge of the sports industry, our Boxing Development course offers a great way to boost your boxing skills while also attaining an academic qualification.

Our course is open to young people who are starting out in the boxing industry but may not yet have the experience or qualifications to enrol onto our Boxing DiSE course. Training in a state-of-the-art boxing gym in the heart of Birmingham, you will have two practical boxing sessions each week with an England Boxing coach. The course also includes a Level 3 Introductory Certificate and Certificate in Sport and Physical Activity (Coaching), introducing you to a range of subjects including sports psychology and nutrition, while you can even gain a range of further additional qualifications.

By completing this Level 3 course, you will have the opportunity to progress onto a sports-related degree course at university, or you could move straight into a variety of industry careers. You will be equipped for a range of roles including fitness instructor, sports coach or teaching assistant, while additional study could open up a wealth of further career opportunities, from PE teacher to sports therapist or nutritionist.

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Why choose this college course?

  • BOOST YOUR BOXING CAREER – Train twice a week under the expert supervision of an England Boxing coach
  • BOOST YOUR SKILLS – From coaching and sports nutrition to anatomy and sports massage, develop your knowledge for a range of careers in the sports industry
  • ENRICHMENT – Gain additional qualifications alongside your course, including boxing coaching, first aid and safeguarding
  • WORK PLACEMENTGet valuable work experience during your studies with a placement in the industry
  • TEAM SCOTLAND PARTNERSHIP – Our University will be the home for Team Scotland at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, offering exciting opportunities for our students to work with the team and its athletes
There are lots of reasons why we think you should study with us, but here are our top 5. View video.

Our facilities

As a student on our boxing course, you will have access to elite boxing facilities in the heart of Birmingham, as well as the state-of-the-art sports complex at Avery Fields, which we share with rugby club Bournville RFC.

Course breakdown

Year 1

Level 3 Introductory Certificate in Sport and Physical Activity (Coaching)

  • Exercise Health and Lifestyle
  • Preparing for a Career in Sport and Physical Activity 
  • Sports Coaching
  • Principles of Anatomy and Physiology

Year 2

Level 3 Certificate in Sport and Physical Activity (Coaching)

  • Practical Individual Sports
  • Work Experience in Sport
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Sports Massage

You will also have an individual study programme to help you build the skills and experience you need to progress onto higher education or gain employment.

Maths and English

To help you secure your dream career, you will also continue developing your maths and English skills alongside your full-time course. If you haven’t achieved GCSE grade 4/C in English and maths at age 16, you will continue to study these through resits or taking Functional Skills at an appropriate level.

How maths will support your career

  • Mathematics is central to an understanding of nutrition and sports formulae
  • Fractions are needed in calculating BMI
  • When designing fitness programmes, a sound understanding of basic numbers is needed for working out appropriate repetitions and determining increments in weight training
  • Measurements are also key in determining and monitoring client heights and weights

How English will support your career

  • Good quality speaking and listening skills are needed when communicating with colleagues/sponsors
  • Accurate spelling and a wide and specialist vocabulary are key in the presentation of sports services and products
  • Customer service requires good English skills in speaking and written communication
  • Accurate reading is a vital skill when following instructions
  • Secure English is important when preparing a CV or business proposal, advertising/marketing your business or designing a training plan for a client

Entry requirements

  • Normally, you will require a minimum of four GCSEs – two at grade 4 (grade C) and two at grade 3 (grade D), maths and English must be achieved at a minimum of grade 3.
  • Alternatively, you will need a BTEC Level 2 Diploma along with a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 3.
  • Applicants will be required to provide a good school report, which must include attendance.
  • You should be committed, enthusiastic and have a desire to succeed in the sports industry.

Key information

Teaching and assessment

You will be required to prepare work independently and as part of a team. You will be assessed through coursework, assignments, projects, practical observations and presentations, some of which will involve industry-related visits and external assessment. 

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Additional qualifications and training

Our course offers opportunities to gain additional qualifications alongside your studies, such as:

  • Boxing coaching
  • Emergency first aid
  • Safeguarding

Uniform and kit costs

This course requires a uniform and kit costing approximately £50, depending on the items you purchase. (Prices are subject to change each year – exact costs and information on how to order required items will be provided to you prior to enrolment.)

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Work placements

Work placements offer a wealth of benefits alongside your studies, helping you put your learning into practice, develop your skills and understanding of the workplace, boost your CV for your chosen career or enhance your UCAS application for higher education. Our hired@UCB team can help find the ideal placement for you.

As part of this boxing course, you will be required to undertake a work placement throughout both years of study. Our industry links allow you to benefit from coaching sessions, qualifications and training sessions, as well as opportunities to assist at competitions at the Birmingham School Games, Inclusive Sports Festivals and working in local schools.

Work alongside experts in your sector

A snapshot of some of the employers we have worked with:

  • Burton Albion FC (Burton-upon-Trent)
  • The Gym (Birmingham)
  • Ackers Adventure (Birmingham)
  • Revolution Fitness (Malvern)
  • Fitness Unlimited (Redditch)
If you are a novice boxer and want to develop your boxing skills while studying an academic programme, this course is perfect for you. It will support you in developing a career within the sports industry as a boxing coach, fitness instructor or personal trainer. Alternatively, upon completion, you could progress onto a foundation degree at University College Birmingham in order to continue your education and work towards a career in strength and conditioning, sport therapy or sports management.

Nicola Brady Assistant Dean, School of Sport and Creative Studies

Career opportunities

The example roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.

Fitness instructor

Average Salary: £22,000

Sports professional


Sports coach (senior, employed by NGBs/professional sports clubs)

Average Salary: £32,500

Teaching assistant

Average Salary: £23,000

Aspiring to a higher level career? Complete this course and you could progress onto our Sport and Fitness Studies degree.


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