Level 2
NCFE Level 2 Diploma in Sport

Course Level

Level 2


1 year full-time


10 days




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Department of Sport and Nutrition
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Access to a state-of-the-art pitch and more facilities at Avery Fields

Thinking about starting a career within the world of sport and fitness? The number of people employed or self-employed in this area has grown by over 30% in the last seven years. If you want to take the first step towards becoming a fitness instructor, get into coaching, or start training in sports therapy, our Sport, Exercise and Fitness college course is the ideal starting point towards your future.

On our Level 2 sports course, you will gain an introduction to a variety of relevant topics, such as how the human body functions, strength and conditioning, healthy exercise and nutrition. You will also learn a broad range of skills and knowledge needed for employment in the sports sector and beyond, while you will have further opportunities to gain add-on qualifications from organisations such as the Football Association (FA) and England Football.

Your learning will take place through a mixture of classroom theory lessons and practical sessions in our sports facilities, as well as a variety of enrichment activities and visits to enhance your industry knowledge. By completing the course, you will earn a widely-recognised Level 2 qualification, setting you up to progress onto our range of Level 3 sports courses and future careers within the sports industry.

Why choose this college course?

  • WORK PLACEMENT – Give your CV a huge boost by gaining real-life industry experience on a work placement
  • ENRICHMENT – Gain additional sporting qualifications and get involved supporting sporting competitions and events or working in local schools
  • RECOGNISED QUALIFICATION – Complete this sports college course and receive a recognised Level 2 Diploma, opening the doors to Level 3 study and beyond
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Our facilities

Students on our sports college courses at University College Birmingham have use of our on-campus sports facilities as well as state-of-the-art facilities at Avery Fields, a purpose-built 15-acre site which we share with leading Birmingham rugby club Bournville RFC.

Course breakdown

Topics you will study

  • Participating in sport
  • Anatomy and physiology for exercise
  • Introduction to healthy exercise and nutrition
  • Physical fitness and injuries in sport
  • Developing sporting skills and tactical awareness
  • Performance analysis for sport
  • Lifestyle and the sports performer
  • Plan and set up an enterprising sport business
  • Strength and conditioning training

Please note: Units/topics of study are subject to change

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

Our lecturers are looking for students who are enthusiastic and passionate about sport, together with a keen determination to succeed in the sector, so please contact Admissions if you do not have the specific requirements outlined below.

If you are unsure if your qualification is equivalent or if you wish to check if you meet the entry requirements for this course, please call 0121 214 2919, email or use our live chat.

Academic requirements

  • 4 GCSEs at grade 3 (grade D) including English (Language or Literature), or equivalent.

English and maths

If you do not have a grade 4/C or above in English and maths and you are under 19, you will be required to study these subjects alongside your vocational subject. After enrolment you will complete an assessment with our teaching team so we can ensure you receive appropriate English and maths support.

Applicants over 19 are not required to complete maths and English.

Supporting documents required

  • School applicants will be required to provide a good school report, which must include attendance. This will be assessed in conjunction with your qualifications and application during the confirmation of your place at University College Birmingham.
  • If you are a school leaver (over 19), you will be required to provide a reference from a previous education provider or employer in support of your application.

Guaranteed progression

Students who achieve Level 2 Sport, Exercise and Fitness and receive approval from the University College Birmingham teaching team will be permitted to progress onto one of our Level 3 sports courses.

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 2021-2024.

Additional qualifications and training

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

  • EE Playmaker – Introduction to Coaching
  • FA Disability Football Introduction

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 employability team can help find the ideal placement for you.

Our Sport Level 2 course requires you to undertake 10 days on work placement. 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:

  • Alexander Stadium (Birmingham)
  • Birmingham Bouldering Centre (Birmingham)
  • King's Norton Boys' School (Birmingham)
  • Hampton in Arden Tennis Club (Solihull)
  • Fairlawns Hotel and Spa (Walsall)

Career opportunities

On completion of the Level 2, you could progress onto our Sport and Exercise Level 3, Sport and Fitness Level 3 or Sports Coaching and Development Level 3 courses, or you could pursue a range of employment opportunities within the industry.

Note: Some roles below may require further study/training. The roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.

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

Average Salary: £32,500

Fitness instructor

Average Salary: £22,000

Teaching assistant

Average Salary: £23,000

Sports therapist (privately/with a professional team)

£17,000 - £35,000


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Jennie’s Story

Lecturer Jennie is familiar with the wealth of opportunities available for working in the sports industry, having already had a varied career of her own in the sector.

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