School of Sport Science & Exercise

Level 4 Certificate in Nutrition for Weight Management and Athletic Performance (ONLINE)

This course provides you with all the detailed nutritional knowledge required to create and deliver personalised nutrition plans to clients you work w...

More information

Coaching and Performance 1st4Sport Level 3 Certificate

Advance athletes’ performance with our Coaching and Performance programme. This course covers multiple aspects of exercise such as nutrition and lea...

More information

Fitness Instructing (Gym) 1st4Sport Level 2 Certificate

Inspire and invigorate clients with Fitness Instructing programme. You will learn how to plan, deliver, and evaluate safe and effective fitness sessio...

More information

About the School

Video Transcript

Print Download Fullscreen



INTERVIEWEES – ADAM LUNN – Teaching Facilitator – Leeds City College (SPEAKING), DANIELLE – Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral (SPEAKING)

Scenery – A tutor is setting up the gym ready for a lesson with students.

Scenery – A student walks into the gym and takes off their coat, ties their shoelaces and is ready to learn.

Scenery – A student is using an exercise bike under the guidance of a tutor.

Adam Lunn – “My name’s Adam Lunn, I teach at Leeds City College on the Exercise Referral qualification.”

Scenery – A student is using a weights machine.

Scenery – A student hands a medicine ball over to the student.

Adam Lunn – “The modules that we cover on the exercise referral qualification are understanding medical conditions and instructing exercise referral with exercise referred clients.”

Scenery – A tutor and a student are having a discussion in the gym.

Adam Lunn – “One of the key parts to the course is actually understanding those conditions that are going to be referred to us as a personal trainer or as an exercise referral professional and it’s all about understanding how to cope with those clients that have got those long term conditions.”

Danielle – “The thing I like most about the course is training in the gym and getting to know about the clients and how to work professionally with them. When you go out into the real world it shows how you need to evolve around each client, how you need to learn from the clients and how you need to adapt for them.”

Scenery – A student is using dumbbells in the gym.

Scenery – Two students are having a discussion in the gym.

Scenery – A student is being filmed for an exercise referral assessment in the gym.

Adam Lunn – “This course can lead to a number of different opportunities, one which I actually took part in myself which is Level 4 cancer and exercise rehabilitation. So that is a qualification that I’ve got underneath my belt not just working with somebody that might have been referred for perhaps obesity or high blood pressure but also working with clients with those long term conditions such as cancers and rehabilitating clients back up to normal.”

Scenery – A tutor is doing a demonstration for the students on the correct use of the kettlebell.

Adam Lunn – “Other options include going on to Level 4 Strength and Conditioning, that kind of thing, it depends what you’re interested in. If you’re a personal trainer out there with a personal training qualification it’s how you set yourself aside from anyone else. How you can become the specialist, people more and more want to work with the specialist in that area so if you’ve got ambitions of being that specialist on the gym floor or want to be known then this is the right course for you.”

Scenery – A tutor is offering guidance to a student using the gym.

Scenery – A tutor is using dumbbells.

Logo Slide – Leeds City College Logo

End Slide – Leeds City College Logo (School of Sport Science & Exercise) END

The School of Sport Science & Exercise trains students in practical and theoretical sports knowledge, allowing them to progress their careers as professional players or sports therapists. Courses lead to further study or employment while local partnerships provide multiple exit routes for talented athletes and instructors.

Find out how you can enrol »


Football academy, rugby academy, gyms, gym partnerships, and technical equipment.

Store Links

Higher education sport students can find DBS and Tough Mudder tickets available from the store.


What courses do you offer?

We offer a variety of sports courses including: Sport Coaching (Football), Fitness Instructing (Gym), Supporting Learning in Physical Education and School Sport, Sports Coaching, Sports and Exercise Sciences, Sport and Exercise Science, Coaching and Performance, Supporting Learning in Physical Education and School Sport, Sport (Advanced), Introduction to Sport, and Fitness Instructing and Personal Training.

What are the progression routes from these courses?

Progression routes are available from Entry Level to Level 3 within the department. University Centre Leeds also offers degrees in Sports, Sports Coaching and Sports Performance as a further progression route for Level 3 students.

Do your students have access to work experience and practical assignments?

Yes, for many of our coaching courses students will be assessed on their leadership within coaching sessions. For fitness training courses, students will be able to plan, deliver, and evaluate their own personal training sessions.

Does the college offer any financial support for students?

Yes, students can apply for the college bursary which can pay for travel passes, college meals and trips. Students with children can also gain support with childcare to support their studies.

Which campus is the School of Sport Science & Exercise based at?

We are based at Park Lane Campus.


We are committed to making sure all students and staff are protected from harm. All staff are trained in safeguarding and child protection and our dedicated safeguarding team is on hand for advice and support. Don’t stay silent, we are here for you.

School of Sport Science & Exercise

Leeds City College