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Sport Vocational Courses

Learn the skills needed to succeed in this diverse industry.


Industry leading courses

If you are highly motivated to develop yourself physically and mentally, and want to help others achieve their health and fitness goals, one of our sports vocational courses could be the perfect option for your next career step.

Our sports courses are delivered from the brand new Tarka Leisure Centre in Barnstaple, offering state-of-the-art facilities and equipment to help you excel in your studies and achieve your goals in the sports industry.

The Tarka Leisure Centre features an impressive range of facilities including a multi-use sports hall, a 110+ station gym, 2 fitness studios and top-of-the range group cycling studio.

You will also head into the local community to practise your newly acquired skills in real-life settings such as schools, festivals and community events, to help prepare for a career in this diverse field.

With a wealth of opportunities in wearable health tech, gym wear and equipment, fitness and nutrition coaching among many others, this is an industry for innovative and driven individuals. You may decide that you want to step straight into employment, start your own business or use your knowledge base to move onto a degree in sports science or psychology.

Students who have studied these courses with us have gone on to secure roles such as PE teachers, personal trainers, nutritionists and sports massage therapists, and many have secured places at some of the country’s leading sports universities.

"The lecturers are friendly, patient and make sure every student gets the help and support they need to reach the best grade possible."


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Why Petroc should be your first choice

Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.

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We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can flourish and feel a valued member of the college and wider community. 


Our teaching spaces and facilities are some of the best in the region, providing stimulating and true-to-life learning environments. 


We’ll provide you with the experiences you need to be ready for employment or the next step on your educational journey.