Sport and fitness

Fulfil your sporting potential

If you are ready to start your journey to a career in the Sport and Leisure Industry then this is the place for you.

Our sports programmes are delivered by an enthusiastic team committed to providing you with a top quality educational experience.

We offer a range of courses to suit all abilities from courses at entry level giving you the basic knowledge of the fundamental aspects of sport in preparation for further study programmes, up to our BSc Hons degree in Exercise, Health & Sports Performance. We also offer an Access course for people who would like to study a Higher Education programme but need the required entry qualifications and skills.

Having strong links with local professional football and athletics clubs allows us to have use of a variety of venues and facilities along with our own sports performance testing lab. The college also participates in the BUCS and AOC national competitions giving all students the opportunity to compete in extracurricular activities.

Career destinations
  • Gym instructor
  • PE teacher
  • Fitness centre manager
  • Nutritionist
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Community sports coaching
  • Sport journalist
  • Physiotherapy
  • Rehabilitation worker
  • Exercise scientist

Success stories

Celebrating Success 2022: Mia Riley

Celebrating Success 2022: Mia Riley

Course studied

Sport and Exercise Sciences Level 3 Extended Diploma

I am so glad I chose South Essex College as it has given me the independence I needed in preparation for university

Mia Riley, 17, from Southend, studied the Level 3 Sport and Exercise Science Diploma at the college’s Southend campus.

She was nominated for her award for taking on multiple extracurricular activities and qualifications through college and putting in all her effort to every academic situation.

Her tutor said: “Mia is on track to achieve the highest grade possible for her course and has improved greatly throughout her time on the course. She is an exemplary sports student and person with a great care for education and future. We wish her all the success for the future.”

Mia liked that the students were treated as adults compared to school and that she was given more independence across the two years.

She describes herself as a shy person and said it would have been easier to stay at school, however her current course sounded a lot more challenging and pushed her out of her comfort zone. 

She said: “I feel so pleased about winning the award and feel proud to receive it. I am so glad I chose South Essex College as it has given me the independence I needed in preparation for university.”

Mia will be going to Loughborough University to study sport science, physical education and coaching, with ambitions to eventually become a PE teacher.