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Sport is a major source of entertainment for participants and non-participants alike, it offers you an enjoyable and exciting environment. Sport teaches you how to interact with others and work as a team whilst helping you become more independent and feel better about yourself.

Our sports courses encourage positive self-esteem and self-confidence, fostering good mental health which is extremely important for determining later happiness and success.

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Student case studies

Chloe Allan


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Chloe graduated from Bishop Auckland College Level 3 Sport programme two years ago and has since travelled to the USA to pursue her dream of playing football and studying in America.

She’s just recently graduated from Hawkeye Community College in Iowa with her associates degree, winning awards from the field along the way such as ICCAC athlete of the week twice, ICCAC Women’s Soccer all tournament team, ICCAC Women’s Soccer first team all region.

She received 15 offers to transfer on, but the scholarship she finally chose was with Minot State University in North Dakota. She is continuing her studies there from August majoring in a psychology degree as well as minoring in a coaching degree, whilst playing the sport she adores!


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‘I completed my Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Exercise at Bishop Auckland College. Andrew and Kevin my tutors were brilliant and supportive throughout the course. Alongside my education they put me forward to represent Durham County and also a once in a lifetime opportunity of trialing for England schoolboys in Derby, something I will never forget.

I now work full time for Sunderland A.F.C. Foundation of Light as a Community Education officer and have since completed my FA Level 2 in Football with Andrew and Durham County FA. I loved every minute of my time at Bishop Auckland College and would highly recommend anyone who is looking for a future career in sport to sign up!’


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After graduating from Bishop Auckland College Higher National Diploma Level 5 with a distinction, I have now been employed by the College within the Sport Department.

I started my journey on Level 2 Activity Leadership and progressed through Level 3 up to the HND. I can’t thank the Sport Department enough for the support and guidance they gave me!

I recently discovered that I’m going to be flying over to America 🇺🇸 in 2021 and living my dream playing football and furthering my education at the same time. I can’t thank Andrew, Kevin, Ben, Katy, Iain and Wayne enough for what they have done for me over the years being there! I definitely couldn’t have done it without their support, which I am now a part of providing for others as a staff member.

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What courses could I study?

We have a course at BAC regardless of your previous experience of Sport. If you have studied it at GCSE level or have other experience, you might be able to go directly onto our Level 3 A-Level equivalent course! If not, we have other courses designed to build up your skills first. Click below to read about the options available:

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What facilities would I have access to?

As a Sport student at BAC you would have access to a range of sporting facilities, including MyGym (our fitness suite), our Sports Hall with climbing wall, and our outdoor fields. Students will also have access to Heritage Park, the home of Bishop Auckland Football Club.

Our equipment includes items such as the smart footballs, speed guns and watt bikes, which are perfect for those who are interested in coaching and analysis. We also have a range of football, rugby, golf and fitness equipment.

What trips could I go on?


Previous student trips have included a visit to Barcelona to take inspiration from sites such as Camp Nou, the training ground of the famous Barcelona FC. Other trips have included visiting London to look at how sport can influence the regeneration of a city.

Our students have also worked with Middlesbrough Football Club, where learners were engaged with analysis of coaching and performance.

What work experience could I take advantage of?

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Our students enjoy a range of work experience at local sport settings. We have a strong partnership with OneGym, where many of our students gain valuable work experience for careers in fitness and personal training. One example is Lewis (pictured), who is about to start studying for his fitness qualifications after studying our Level 3 Sport qualification. He has been taken on as a volunteer at the gym for 4-6 weeks and will be employed as a member of staff if this trial goes well.

Many staff at local gyms and fitness centres actually studied at the college before gaining employment and we enjoy watching our students learn new skills in these settings.

What careers are there in this area?

Find out more about careers in this area by clicking the image below:

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