Boxing Education (BoxED)

Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE)



2 years full-time


Opportunities available


September (2021)


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Meets the needs of elite, young athletes who have the potential to achieve excellence in their sport

Opportunity to enter higher levels of competitive boxing upon completion

Do you have the potential to become a top-flight boxer? Our Boxing Education (BoxED) course combines vocational study with the tuition and training you need to reach the top of the sport. If you have the potential to achieve excellence as a full-time funded professional or semi-professional athlete, or within an alternative 'dual career' within the elite sport environment, this is the course for you.

The only course of its type in the Midlands, University College Birmingham's BoxED is run in partnership with England Boxing and is open to talented sporting starlets who are capable of representing Team GB at the highest levels of Olympic competition. Focused around your own development as a boxer, the course includes qualifications that enable you to become a qualified gym instructor and personal trainer. You will also study coaching, sports nutrition, sports psychology, anatomy and physiology, preparing you to progress onto higher education or a career in the sports industry.

Throughout your studies, you will be supported by our wide array of facilities on campus, including our Human Performance Centre and massage clinics, as well as access to elite boxing gym facilities in Birmingham city centre.

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Why choose this college course?

  • BOOST YOUR BOXING CAREER – If you are a talented boxer with sound experience through competing at your local boxing club, our course gives you the training to become an elite competitor
  • RECOGNISED QUALIFICATION – Study for a Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE) and balance your sporting ambitions with a respected Level 3 qualification
  • INDUSTRY APPROVED – Our BoxED course is run in partnership with England Boxing and is the only one of its kind in the region
  • 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

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 our on-campus sports injury and massage clinics.

Course breakdown

Topics you will study alongside your DiSE qualification:

Year 1

  • Level 2 Gym Instructor qualification
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Level 1 Sports Coaching – Boxing
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Safeguarding
  • Sport Nutrition, Performance and Healthy Eating
  • Work Placement

Year 2

  • Level 3 Personal Training qualification
  • Sports Psychology
  • Level 2 Sports Coaching – Boxing
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sports Massage
  • Work Placement

Additional training and instruction

In addition to your academic studies, you will:

  • Train 3-4 times a week (depending on GCSE requirements)
  • Receive specialist instruction in fitness, boxing technique, strength and conditioning, sparring, sports therapy and rehabilitation

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

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

How English will support your career

  • Accurate spelling and a wide and specialist vocabulary are key in the presentation of sports services and products
  • Good quality speaking and listening skills are needed when communicating with colleagues/sponsors
  • 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 a business proposal, advertising/marketing your business or when designing a training plan for a client

Entry requirements

  • You must be 16 to 18 years old.
  • Normally, you will require a minimum of 4 GCSEs or equivalent – two at grade 4 (grade C) and two at grade 3 (grade D), including maths and/or English.
  • You must be a member of a club belonging to England Boxing with the enthusiasm to be an elite performer.
  • Excellent levels of attendance and behaviour are expected.
  • You will require a strong work ethic.
  • You will be required to attend a screening event.

Key information

Teaching and assessment

Assessment takes place in realistic working environments including the fitness gym, outdoor fitness and studio-based fitness, alongside class-based portfolio work. You need to be prepared to work both independently and as part of a team.

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

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.)

You will also be required to provide your own boxing kit such as gloves, head guard and gum shield.

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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.

Our Boxing Education course requires you to undertake two periods of work placement relevant to your studies in both years 1 and 2.

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 on the BoxEd course at University College Birmingham, believe me, you have made the best decision in your life when it comes to choosing a college course. It’s a game-changer, a brilliant course with fantastic sports tutors who care about us all as students, boxers and people.

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Career opportunities

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

Competitive boxer


Sports professional


Personal trainer (upon completing year 2)

Average Salary: £25,000

Fitness instructor (upon completing year 1)

Average Salary: £22,000

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


We are here to support your career goals every step of the way. 


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