Foundation Level 1

Sport and Active Leisure

This is a great first stepping stone for anyone keen to work in the field of sport or adventure sports. It’s an active learning pathway, so you’ll take part in a range of different sports.

From football, badminton and table tennis to rock climbing and kayaking, you’ll study both on and off campus to give you a broad insight into the sport and exercise sector.

Course includes

What will I study?

  • Football, table tennis and badminton
  • Rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking
  • Visits to sporting venues
  • An introduction to fitness
  • Health and safety
  • Preparation for Interview
  • Insight to college day
  • Job applications and course applications
  • Work experience
  • Personal development classes
  • Awards in canoeing/kayaking
  • You will undertake a 2-3 week work placement
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 1 year, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • You do not need any formal entry requirements to enrol on this course

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Working in a sports shop
  • Working at a leisure club
  • Good preparation for public services
  • After the Level 2 or 3 Diploma – working at an outdoor centre as an instructor
Additional qualifications

You will be able to work towards nationally recognised qualifications with the British Canoe Union (BCU) and other industry recognised qualifications.

Team sports and the gym

Sports teams at Reaseheath

As a sports student you will have the opportunity to develop and improve your skills in a chosen sport by joining one of the college teams. Throughout the year our teams regularly compete in the North West British College Sports (BCS) Leagues.

The college also offers recreational sports including Tough Rugby, Indoor 24 crickets and badminton. To find out more about these sports and our college teams visit the sports teams pages on our website.

The College gym

This state-of-the-art facility is fully equipped with top specification machines including an Olympic lifting platform, free weights area and Technogym cardiovascular and resistance machines.

To find out more about our gym and how to become a member visit the College gym pages on our website.

Fit for Work

Every student takes part in a dedicated hour of physical activity a week.

Duke of Edinburgh

We are now offering the Gold Duke of Edinburgh award across college to all students.  So if you are between the ages of 16-25 you can sign up to Duke of Edinburgh here at Reaseheath.

Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2018 the tuition fees and exam costs are free for our courses. If you are aged 19 or over you may have to pay a fee.

You may also be required to pay costs associated with study tours or additional qualifications.

For more information on fees and to find out about what financial support may be available to you visit the student finance pages on our website.


Our college buses pick up over 1,400 students each day from a wide area. From September 2018 all college bus routes to Reaseheath will be FREE. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.


At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for 785 students. If you are aged over 16 and studying on a full-time course you may apply for a residential place. Visit the accommodation pages on our website for more information.

How do I apply?

If you have found a course you are interested in and are in Year 11 or above you can apply now online. For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find out more information about this course on our FAQs page.

Student Profile
Alex Shaw

Ambition: Sport psychologist / nutritionist

School: Middlehurst School, Stoke-on-Trent

Age: 17

A multi-talented sportsman, Alex enjoys learning about fitness and was delighted when our new gym opened this year.

A former competitive swimmer with the City of Stoke on Trent Swimming Club and a long standing member of Trentham Gardens kayaking club, Alex continues to back up his experiences at visiting a gym near his home most days.

Keen to take his learning as far as he can, Alex has now moved onto our Level 2 Diploma in Sports (Performance), plans to progress to our Level 3 Diploma in Sports (Performance and Excellence) and may consider taking a degree.

He says: “I’ve really enjoyed it at Reaseheath. I’ve learned new skills like indoor climbing and I’ve made loads of new friends.”