Why Choose The UK Sport Academy?

The UK Sport Academy was established in 2019. We pride ourselves on providing outstanding post 16 sports education provision that ensure learners are fully equipped with the knowledge, experience and skills needed to achieve a career in sport.

Our well balanced study programmes are delivered by industry experts and combine academic study with real world work experience in the sports industry with a particular focus on raising learner’s career aspirations.

Our aim is to instil confidence in our learners and allow them to take ownership of their futures as we prepare them for the next step in their career.

What Is A Typical UKSA Timetable?​

Our timetable is designed to provide learners with a balanced & engaging programme that combines both academic study as well as a rigorous performance training programme each day. This has produced outstanding attendance and punctuality levels in excess of 92%.

  • Academic delivery: 12 hours
  • Maths: 3 hours (if required)
  • English: 3 hours (if required)
  • Sports training: 12 hours
  • Enrichment: 6 hours
  • Total: 36 hours
TimeMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
9 - 12pmAcademic StudyAcademic StudyAcademic StudyAcademic StudyMaths
12 - 1pmLunchLunchLunchLunchLunch
1 - 3pmSports trainingSports trainingCollege fixtureSports trainingEnglish
3 - 5pmEnrichmentN/AN/AEnrichmentN/A

Will The Programme Help Me Become A Footballer?

The UK Sport Academy was established in 2019. We pride ourselves on providing outstanding post 16 sports education provision that ensure learners are fully equipped with the knowledge, experience and skills needed to achieve a career in sport.

Our well balanced study programmes are delivered by industry experts and combine academic study with real world work experience in the sports industry with a particular focus on raising learner’s career aspirations.

Our aim is to instil confidence in our learners and allow them to take ownership of their futures as we prepare them for the next step in their career.

What Makes The UK Sport Academy Unique?

As an organisation we have committed to providing our learners with the best learning environment possible. This includes the use of technology and specifically our custom built online learning platform. Our platform is a one-stop shop for learners, tutors and quality assurance staff. The platform features assignments, progress tracking, learner reviews, ILP’s, student profiles and IQA functions.

This platform has recently been through an Ofsted visit, with inspectors commenting on how valuable the platform was as a resource for both learners & tutors.

What Will I Study?

BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Leadership Through Sport

Entry Requirements: In order to qualify for this course, you will need at least 3 GCSEs at grade D (new grading system: 3) or above.

Course Duration: 1 year

  • Modules:
  • Planning & Leading Sport Activities
  • Technical & Tactical Awareness for Sport
  • Business Skills in Sport
  • Planning & Running a Sports Event
  • Nutrition for Sports Performance
  • Career Progression:
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport
  • Football Coach
  • Referee
  • Gym Instructor

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (3 A levels equivalent)

Entry Requirements: In order to qualify for this course, you will need at least 4 GCSEs at grade C (new grading system: 4) or above.

Course Duration: 2 years (1 year option available to study a 90 credit diploma)

  • Modules (Year 1):
  • Technical & Tactical Skills in Sport
  • Principles of Anatomy & Physiology
  • Physiology of Fitness
  • Assessing Risk in Sport
  • Fitness Testing
  • Fitness Training
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Athletes Lifestyle
  • Sports Coaching
  • Psychology for Sports Performance
  • Career Progression:
  • University
  • USA Scholarship
  • Football Coach
  • Sport Scientist
  • Gym Instructor
  • Physiotherapist
  • Modules (Year 2):
  • Practical Team Sports
  • Analysis of Sports Performance
  • Organising Sports Events
  • Current Issues in Sport
  • Talent Identification
  • Rules & Regulations in Sport
  • Exercise Health & Lifestyle
  • Research Methods in Sport

What Are The Job Opportunities In Sport?

Sports Scientist

If you’re interested in the way the body responds to exercise and training, then a career as an exercise physiologist could be for you.

What to expect:

  • Exercise physiologists working within sport typically work either in a laboratory or in the field. If you're working as a clinical exercise physiologist, you'll usually be based in hospitals, medical centres and private healthcare organisations.
  • You may need to spend time away from home to attend training camps, competitions, fixtures and events.
  • If you work with children and young people, you'll need to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check.
  • Although more career opportunities are becoming available, competition for jobs is fierce. Opportunities exist throughout the UK and abroad.

Salaries

  • Exercise physiologists employed in the sports sector may earn between £18,000 and £35,000. If you work in high-profile sport science, your salary can exceed £60,000 and may reach up to £100,000.
  • Salaries for qualified exercise physiology lecturers in higher education typically range from £24,000 to £37,000. Details of the pay scale for lecturers can be found at the University and College Union (UCU).

Sports Coach

Working as a sports coach offers a rewarding career helping individuals and teams across all sporting areas and abilities

What to expect:

  • Coaches work in different environments, from gyms to playing fields and sometimes in adverse weather conditions.
  • Women are currently underrepresented as coaches, making up just 30% of the workforce. However, initiatives such as Women into Coaching - This Girl Can and Women in Sport exist to help increase the number of women taking part in sport, including coaching.
  • Unsocial hours and fixed-term contracts mean the job may have an impact on your personal life.
  • Frequent travel to reach facilities or to attend competitions, often involving considerable distances, may be necessary.
  • Absence from home overnight and travel throughout the UK and abroad may be necessary, depending on the sport and the level at which you're involved.

Salaries

  • Typical starting salaries for newly qualified sports coaches working for local authorities range from £15,000 to £25,000, depending on location and qualifications.
  • The typical salary range for senior coaches employed by National Governing Bodies (NGBs) or professional sports clubs is £30,000 to £35,000.
  • Experienced coaches working at the highest level have the potential to earn in excess of £100,000.
  • Hourly rates for coaches working with amateur teams or individuals start at around £10.

Sports Therapist

As a sports therapist you may see a range of sporting injuries, provide treatment, rehabilitation and support, and give advice on prevention.

What to expect:

  • As a sports therapist, you're usually part of a wider team of trainers, managers and doctors.
  • You'll often work in a treatment room with specialist equipment. However, the job can involve spending time outside in all weathers during matches and training.
  • Jobs are available throughout the UK. If you work with sports teams, you'll need to be prepared to travel nationally and possibly internationally.
  • You may affiliate yourself to one or more gyms, which may recommend you to members so that you develop a pool of private patients/clients.
  • You may have a portfolio career, involving part-time work in several clinics and also with multiple amateur or professional sports clubs. Other typical part-time jobs include teaching, coaching and personal training.

Salaries

  • If you work in a clinic, salaries start at around £17,000. With experience this can rise to in the region of £28,000.
  • If you work privately or with a professional team, you can earn up to around £35,000. These posts are usually open to more experienced candidates. However, jobs are increasingly opening up in professional sport, particularly football where sports therapists are an integral part of the team.

Sports Development Officer

If you’re enthusiastic about sport and have great leadership skills, help your local community become more active by working as a sports development officer.

What to expect:

  • If you're enthusiastic about sport and have great leadership skills, help your local community become more active by working as a sports development officer.
  • Dress is usually formal for meetings but informal the rest of the time. Specific roles may require you to wear the sports kit of the club or organisation.
  • Local travel within a working day to visit venues, attend events and meet with community groups is common. Many posts include a car allowance.
  • Absence from home overnight is occasional. Overseas work or travel is unlikely.
  • Participation in sport and coaching is encouraged and often supported. For sport-specific posts, such as a football development officer, a playing history in that sport will often be a pre-requisite.

Salaries

  • Starting as an assistant sports development officer, you can expect a salary in the region of £18,000 to £23,000.
  • Typical starting salaries for sports development officers are around £18,000, rising to £30,000 with experience.
  • A sports development manager can earn up to £40,000.

Personal Trainer

Personal training offers you the chance to help others achieve their exercise goals and is an ideal career path for anyone who is passionate about keeping fit and healthy.

What to expect:

  • Personal training is definitely not a 9am-5pm office job. Where you work can be incredibly varied. This could include client's homes, a local gym, a park or even on a cruise ship or in a holiday resort.
  • Personal trainers are often viewed as positive role models by their clients. It's therefore essential that you look after your own health and wellbeing in order to assist you in promoting a healthy lifestyle to others.
  • Keeping up to date with developments in the fitness industry is essential as is the continuous development of your own skills, knowledge and qualifications. This will enable you to offer a varied service to your clients that is tailored to their individual needs.
  • As a freelance or self-employed personal trainer you'll be expected to have public liability insurance.

Salaries

  • A large proportion, almost 80%, of personal trainers work freelance (self-employed) and are therefore usually paid by the hour for each session they undertake with a client. Freelance instructors could expect to earn between £20 and £40 an hour. This could be much higher, £50 to £100 per hour in some locations and if you're working with high profile clients.
  • For those employed by a gym or similar, you can expect to start on a salary somewhere between £14,000 and £16,000, rising to between £20,000 and £30,000 with experience.