Our sport and fitness apprenticeships and courses will get you on track to achieve your goals.

With excellent facilities and a winning team of tutors, you’ll have the opportunity to develop your practical sports skills and develop your knowledge of personal training, fitness coaching, nutrition and sports massage.

Students aged 16 to 18 also have the chance to be part of our Football Academy and Basketball Academy, run in partnerships with Leyton Orient FC and the London School of Basketball. The college also has a Martial Arts Academy, run by the English Karate Federation.

CONEL runs a Sponsored Athlete Programme to help provide funding and physical support for promising and talented sports stars of the future. The programme is open to athletes aged 16 to 18 on any full-time sport course.

Our sport and fitness courses and apprenticeships

At CONEL, we offer progression routes from Level 1 to Level 3.

We offer courses in:

  • Skills for Sport and Active Leisure
  • Instructing Gym-Based Exercise
  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • Personal Training
  • Sport Development and Coaching

Benefits of completing our sport apprenticeships and courses at our London college

  • CONEL offers facilities and professional coaches at Football, Basketball and Martial Arts Academies
  • We have fully-equipped gyms available at Tottenham and Enfield
  • CONEL is home to a Football Academy that has produced exemplary results
  • We offer a Sports Scholarship Scheme to help with funding to support aspiring athletes

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If you are unsure which course or level is right for you, we offer a free information, advice and guidance service across both our centres - please click here for more information.

What you could earn

If you’re considering a career in the sport and leisure sector, you’re probably curious to know how much you’d earn in your dream job. Here’s a guide to how much you could be earning in the following roles:

  • Health and Fitness Instructors: Hourly Pay L10.59, Weekly Pay L360, Annual Pay L18,720
  • Sports Coach: Hourly Pay L13.53, Weekly Pay L460, Annual Pay L23,920
  • Leisure Centre Managers and Assistant: Hourly Pay L15.00, Weekly Pay L600, Annual Pay L31,200
  • Sports Development Officer: Hourly Pay L11.25, Weekly Pay L405, Annual Pay L21,060

Success Stories

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Potchu Mendes Calucane

Potchu excelled on his diploma, producing assignments and practical work of the highest level, far exceeding the requirements of the course. A talented footballer, he was also the captain of...

Brandon Wilkins

Brandon is the British junior karate champion for his age and weight and won his first English gold earlier this year. Described by his tutors as a committed, motivated and...

Amanda Ferguson

Amanda was a wonderful student whose confidence excelled during her Level 1 diploma, which she achieved with flying colours. She was an excellent example to other students and regularly contributed...

Nikola Rusinov

I liked the College from the start and I am now studying my Level 2 here. It has been a great year for me and I have learnt a lot...

Dimitar Karov

My personal knowledge and experience of sport helped me with my studies, but I also received a lot of support from my teachers. I gained a double-starred Distinction in my...

Josie Butler

With her excellent time keeping skills Josie was able to balance both her academic life and her personal life whilst also maintaining part time employment. Being a highly organised individual...

Graham Bell

Graham is a sporting all-star. While on the first year of his Sport Diploma Level 3 course he achieved six Distinction grades from 8 units of his course and had...

Kayode Tobun

Kayode constantly went beyond the call of duty during his course. He travelled two hours each way to attend class every day and has had exemplary attendance, punctuality and commitment...

Kayleigh Moult

  Kayleigh excelled in her course, completing it with a Distinction and two Merits. As part of her work experience, Kayleigh worked at Leyton Orient FC as part of the physiotherapy...

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Kyron Williams

Everyone at College helped me to focus and believe in myself. I’m getting better all the time – I love the buzz of pushing myself to go faster. - He ran for Great Britain’s Under-19 100m relay team alongside his studies.

Kyron Williams Sports and Fitness BTEC Diploma Level 3

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Level 2

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Level 3

This level gives you a thorough and developed understanding of the subject area. This level will give you experience in problem-solving, managing a workload and adapting your skills to achieve your objectives. This level is the minimum requirement when applying to universities and is the preferred requirement for most employers.

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Level 4 and Above

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