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Welcome sport applicants!

You have made a great decision choosing West Notts!

A quick message from the Head of Department, Sarah Morley

FAQs - sport courses

The following information will hopefully give you a little bit more of an insight into what it will be like to be a student with us.

  • Where will I study?

    All of our sports courses are based at our Derby Road campus, Mansfield, which has a large, modern sports hall including sports science lab. The college operates 13 different bus routes to and from this campus, both in the morning and the evening. We have strong relationships with local employers where you will access a working gym while on your course.

  • What is it like?

    The college is a professional, adult environment intended to prepare you to work in your chosen industry. We expect students to conduct themselves as they would in the world of work. Attendance and punctuality are very important and, as you will potentially be entering a career where you may be working as a coach with young people, your behaviour in college and at home can also have an impact on your progression to the career of your choice.

  • What will I study?

    You will learn through a mixture of practical and classroom study. Practical activity may include sport, fitness, coaching, leading and team work. Level 1 learning is very project-based, while level 2 study has a much greater emphasis on practical skills. Level 3 learning tends to be more academic-based.

  • What about English and maths?

    If you start at college and you haven’t yet achieved your English and maths GCSEs at grade 4 or above, then you will continue to study these for three hours each week per subject. At the end of your first year you will take a re-sit GCSE exam. It is important you attend your English and maths lessons alongside your chosen course.

    Take a look at our fact sheets to find out why English and maths is important within this industry.

    View English and maths fact sheets

  • What will I have to wear?

    Sport students will be asked to wear a ‘uniform’, comprising of a college tracksuit top, shirt and track pants/shorts, at all times.

  • Will I have to do a work placement?

    At levels 2 and 3 students will be expected to complete a work placement. This is a great way of getting your foot in the door, impress an employer, and may lead to a job. We encourage you to start thinking early on about where this could be and our central work placement team can support you, using their strong employer links.

  • Applicant activities

    Before you start at West Notts, here are a few activites to get involved in.


    Tutors have created these activities for you to take part in. Please download the file for the course you've applied for and follow the instructions.

    Sport - Level 1

    Sport - Level 2

    Sport, Fitness and Personal Training - Level 3

    Sport and Exercise Science - Level 3

    What our students get up to

    Sport students vistited the Mill Adventure Base in Mansfield. They spent time working on teamwork, problem solving and communication skills. Whilst there, the eight learners participated in; raft building, archery, canoeing, low ropes and rock climbing. The instructor was so impressed with the group that he offered one of the learners a summer job working at the Mill as an instructor!

    Over the next few years, the sports and public services department are looking to build an even stronger relationship with the Mill Adventure Base so that even more learners will have the opportunity to test their resilience, teamwork and leadership through the great activities they have on offer.

    ‘Going to the Mill was really good and exciting. We did lots of activities that I’d never tried before. I’m scared of heights and was worried about the rock climbing but I was encouraged to have a go and push myself. It was also my first time canoeing and it was a great experience. The instructor taught me how to tie the ropes onto the boat to make it safe. I really enjoyed this trip and would love to do something like this again!’

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    Watch - What our students say

    Callum speaks highly of the support he’s had on the sport and exercise science programme and goes into detail about the units he’s particularly enjoyed.

    View the video on YouTube

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    Read letters from our current students

    Our students wanted to share their experiences of college with you. We hope their letters help answer some of your questions and put you at ease.

    Read Callum's letter

    Read Callum's letter

    Read Ellie's letter

    Read Jake's letter

    Read Josh's letter

    Read Kiril's letter

    Read Theo's letter

  • Ask your tutor

    Anything playing on your mind about your college course? Then send your questions to our college tutors using our simple online form.

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Why choose West Notts?

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100% A Level pass rate in 2020.

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One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction.**Learner Exit Survey 2019/20

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An extensive bus service across Mansfield and the surrounding area.

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We have four campuses each boasting a number of state-of-the-art facilities.

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