Alongside our Public Services students, you will embark on amazing trips in the UK and overseas. Previous experiences have included visiting the Nou Camp and cycling around Barcelona, canoeing the Ardèche River, and taking part in the annual Oxfordshire College Games.
From studying nutrition and sport psychology, to creating personal training plans for clients; a career in sport opens up a range of topics for you to find your specialism.
Coaching and fitness are key components of what we teach. This could be using the College's sport facilities and equipment to improve your physical abilities, taking part in competitive matches representing the College, or advising gym-goers on training regimes and delivering lessons. These all give you first-hand, important employment experience.
There are also visits and workshops to a variety of universities, to get an insight into options after college, and opportunities with local schools to deliver different sports. These experiences will promote a number of important 'soft' skills, such as leadership, confidence, problem-solving, and cultural and diversity awareness.
Liam is a former student of the College, studying on the Level 3 Sport course. From this, he went on to pursue a degree in Sport Coaching and Physical Education at Oxford Brookes University.
Starting as a Student Performance Manager, Liam has been studying his teaching qualifications with the College and now lectures on the Sport courses. In his spare time, he coaches a local football team and is planning to do his UEFA B Licence in the near future.
"As a teacher, I really love seeing our students succeed and progress onto the next level, whether that is university, an apprenticeship or full-time employment. By being exposed to a highly-qualified and experienced team like the Sport department, students can gain a range of practical skills and use them to influence whatever they enjoy doing most.
At college, students have an opportunity to develop their transferable and employability skills alongside their course too. It could be someone improving their teamwork or overcoming fears to take on a new challenge – we find that as their confidence grows in gaining more soft skills, their projects improve and they become more successful."
Jack has playing football since the age of 6 locally but at the age 14 moved away from home to play for Liverpool FC, where he was part of the academy for three-and-a-half years. While playing for Liverpool, he earned 11 caps at international youth level for Scotland, before leaving Liverpool to play for Bristol City FC for nearly two years while living there.
After spells with Eastleigh FC in the National Conference and Swindon Supermarine FC, where he won promotion through the playoffs, he currently plays for Thatcham Town FC alongside his role as Sport Technician at the College.
"At the College I get a mix of both gym life and office which I think is a healthy balance to have, and I share my energy with staff and students whether it be in lessons or the staff room.
The students are brilliant and nothing is better than seeing their transformations in how they think and the practical approaches they take.
Knowing what it takes to succeed in jobs is key to what we teach and being able to help students reach the levels required so they reach their dream careers makes it worthwhile.
With the various exciting excursions they go on and the major employers they visit, they can apply themselves positively and take everything in they are experiencing. It clearly has a massive influence on them and it's often their favourite part of the course."
George is former Sport student of the College, which is now one of the curriculum areas he manages. After college, he attended Manchester Metropolitan University studying Coaching and Sports Development, where he developed his professional and academic skills and broadened his understanding of teaching and sport as a tool to support society.
His diverse career background has seen him manage within business, work for Government sport organisations and professional sports clubs, and coach sport internationally. This has led to a range of skills and experiences and it has given him great pleasure to be able to pass these on to students at the College.
"For me, the best aspect of teaching is being able to help young people and change their lives. Every student that walks through our doors is different. They have their own strengths and face their own challenges. Our role as teachers is to help each student achieve their potential and take their first step in starting a career.
College is a step up from school. Students often comment on the more mature environment at college and how they enjoy being treated like an adult. Being at college helps young people develop the professional skills required to achieve, stand out and be successful within the workplace. Experienced staff and inspiring educational trips, visits and professional speakers all help support a student’s development and immerse them into the industry."
Lucy wanted to become a teacher when she was in secondary school and throughout sixth form at Wheatley Park School. Having achieved her grades, she got an unconditional offer to study Physical Education and Coaching at University of Gloucestershire and achieved a First Class degree.
After 3 years in Gloucester, she moved back to Oxford to continue studying to become a teacher. She is now a student at Oxford Brookes, completing a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education part-time whilst also teaching in the College's Sport department.
"I really enjoy teaching at college; the students are all old enough to understand sarcastic humour which I am big fan of! There’s no ‘Year 9 sass’ like you see in secondary schools, and I can treat them like adults in a more mutual, informal relationship.
I also love teaching the content; there’s more to sport than just playing a sport, which all the students here understand and value which is really encouraging to see.
I went to a sixth form, but I feel like the benefits of both are very similar. Students are treated like an adult, they are responsible for themselves – a lot more than they were at school. It’s a pretty sociable environment and resembles the workplace a lot more than school ever does. So, for a student you start to get used to what adult life might entail, whilst achieving your qualifications in a very social atmosphere, with the help of staff if need be."
Our Sport students regularly raise money for charities, including a 12-mile walk for Dogs Trust and an indoor "Rowing the Channel" challenge for Sport Relief.
At the start of term, our Sport and Public Services students go on an adventure-filled boot camp excursion, full of exciting outdoor activities.
I came to an open day here at the college and straight away the atmosphere was different compared to school. Here I feel I have independence, and we connect as a class too.
I've done a 12-mile walk for the Dogs Trust charity as part of my social action project; tried boxercise, rugby, football and circuits as part of enrichment, and then there're the trips to the Ardèche and Barcelona!
My plan now is to study Sports Psychology, which I'm currently doing a project on, at Portsmouth University and then turn that into a career.
Faringdon Community College
I'd heard really good things about college and when I first met the staff they were really nice, encouraging, and enthusiastic about the course.
Because I'm so interested in sport, it was a better option for me than staying at Sixth Form. The facilities here are excellent and we get to cover lots of different sports.
There's a lot of focus on personal growth along with what we study, as the independence is there. Liam, our current tutor, is a really nice person and wants us to do our very best, but is also laid back.
John Mason School
Sport was my favourite subject at school and after finding out I could get into university by studying this course, I decided to go for it.
There is a lot of practical learning with this course, such as leading activities and creating exercise programmes, and it's great being able to learn away from the classroom and being able to use the gym.
I'd say that there is definitely a lot more freedom here and that you're treated more like an adult.
Outdoor Pursuits Coordinator
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