Work Hard, Play Hard

For 16-18 year olds

Full-time education and sports development programme

In partnership with 70+ sports clubs & foundations

Proven progression routes




Combine your passion for sport with a full-time education and sports development programme this September and benefit from an outstanding learning and teaching experience which will push you to achieve your best and set you on the path to establishing yourself within the industry.


Study with SCL and gain a nationally-recognised qualification within sport, coaching and fitness.

NCFE/BTEC Level 2 or Level 3 Diploma in Sport
Where required, students will study maths and English GCSE or Functional Skills.


4-5 GCSE's Level 9-4 including English or maths, or both.
You will need to be 16 years old by 31st August, ready to start the programme in early September 2019.

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Qualification in sport
Level 2 or Level 3
Maths and English Functional skills or GCSE
Sports training from our partner club
Information, advice and guidance - Life skills
Industry relevant work experience



Our proven and tested programmes combines all the elements you need to succeed on your journey towards a career in sport.

Our programmes are designed to build your knowledge and practical skills in real-life scenarios to develop the employability skills that businesses today are looking for, helping you to succeed in your career.



Our highly qualified and passionate teachers are specialists in sports based learning, with extensive experience in teaching and guiding young people.

Our programmes are built on our sporting excellence framework with proven progression routes into the world of sports.

On your journey with us you will achieve anything from a Level 1 to Level 3 qualification in sport, and benefit from an outstanding learning and teaching experience.

To set you up for success, you will be given access to our virtual learning platform where you will have a personalised, first-class, digital learning experience. You will also benefit from free Microsoft software products, ensuring that you have the correct tools to complete your studies.

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Sports Training


We work in partnership with 70+ football, cricket and rugby clubs, from professional level to grassroots. Together we educate and develop over 2000 students a year through the power of sport.

Your sports club will provide your sports training, and SCL will deliver your education programme.


Enjoy daily training from highly qualified coaches, and benefit from their playing experience and industry knowledge:

• 6-8 hours of extensive sports development a week
• Guidance on individual fitness
• Nutritional advice
• Regular appraisal to monitor development
• Regular competitive fixtures
• Weekly competitive games programme
• Opportunity to play in a league

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With us you are immersed in a sports environment right from the start and studying with other students, who just like you are looking to start their journey into the world of sport.

Your education and sports development programme is practically based, and will provide you with the opportunity to complete assignments and activities based on realistic situations, linked to working in a variety of sports related environments. 

Why SCL?

One of the UK's leading independent providers of education through sport, we have educated, developed and graduated thousands of people using the power of sport.

We are nationally accredited for information, advice and guidance, with over 15 years' experience in innovating education and a proven track record of engaging and developing young people.


Your experience with SCL is designed with you at the centre of everything we do to give you the best chance to succeed:

• We are focused on your future
• We are focused on sporting excellence
• We are here to help you reach your potential
• We ensure that our programmes are right for you
• We are nationally accredited for our information, advice and guidance

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Watch the video, as we ask FE Sports Lecturer, Tom Weeks, why students looking to start their career in sport should come to SCL...


Your Future

Our team of experienced tutors are committed to supporting you in understanding the prospects and pathways available to you, positioning you perfectly for a career in sport.

Once you have completed your programme, you will have the opportunity to go down the following pathways:


Continue your studies to Higher Education. Successful completion of your programme will provide you with the option to apply for university.

As part of your weekly tutorials, you will receive support and guidance with your UCAS application. 


Combine further study with employment, or progress onto Further Education with SCL.

Upon completion of your programme, you will be eligible to apply for an apprenticeship within the sport and leisure industry, or progress onto SCL's Year 13 Fitness programme.



Studying with SCL provides you with an opportunity to play professional or non-professional sport, as well as a pathway to a scholarship abroad, allowing you to continue your studies whilst training and competing at a high level.


Having showcased your skills, knowledge and personality through work experience and direct engagement with employers, you will be perfectly positioned to secure meaningful employment upon completion of your programme.

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Our learners

Find out how our SCL learners Work Hard, Play Hard...

Watch the videos to hear how our current learners are benefiting from an education and sports development programme with SCL.

Your Teachers

You will benefit from being led by our highly qualified and inspirational team as you take your journey with SCL.

From our teachers, quality and curriculum team to our support centre staff, we live and breathe the SCL values.

To us, teaching young people and helping them on their journey is more than just a job.

Watch the videos to hear how studying with SCL this September could be your first steps towards a career in sport...

Next steps

What are you waiting for? Take the next steps towards your career in sport...


Find a venue near you and register your interest, or book your place on an upcoming recruitment event.

Presentation or Sports Assessment
Join us at a presentation to learn more about the programme, or attend a sports assessment to showcase your ability.

Meet with our education team to discuss your education options

Conditional Offer
If you've impressed, you'll be given a conditional offer, pending your GCSE results

GCSE Results Day
Good luck! Attend our GCSE results drop-in to let us know how you got on

Formal Offer
Congratulations! We'll see you in the first week of September

Please note: This process may vary, dependent on venue.

Sports Education Prospectus

Kick off your career in sport
Request a copy of our Sports Education Prospectus to find out more about our programmes and how you can kick off your career in sport.
  • SCL are pleased to announce that they are Finalists for the Apprenticeship Provider of the Year!

  • SCL are an Ofsted registered Childcare provider.

  • SCL have partnered with De Montfort University to launch a Sports Coaching Degree programme,

  • The Flame Awards are the largest celebration of innovation and excellence from across the sector.

  • SCL are strategic partners with UKactive.

  • EU EFS

  • Matrix

  • Traineeships are a stepping stone to future success for young people, businesses and the wider economy.

  • Our Saturday Soccer Coaches are FA qualified, Level 2 and above

  • SCL's School Sport Apprenticeship programme has been designed specifically to give those wanting a career in coaching and physical education the skills, knowledge and qualifications to help make it happen.

  • SCL is an employer partner of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity.

  • SCL were awarded an Ofsted outstanding in 2015 for their Holiday Activities.

  • HITZ is Premiership Rugby’s award-winning education and employability programme.