Dubbed the greatest sporting city in 2015, there’s arguably no better place to study sports, exercise and fitness than in Manchester, with its history, heritage and sporting drive! You don’t need to be a Blue or a Red either, to become one of the 17,000+ people employed in the sporting industry in the area, at places like Adidas, Umbro and British Cycling, as well as big clubs like Manchester United and Manchester City.

You’ll be aiming to be the very best, competing to succeed as you learn an incredible range of skills, abilities and knowledge on a course with us. You’ll combine exercise with nutrition, science with psychology, and focus your passion of keeping fit and healthy living into an exciting sport-related career.

  • When you enrol on a sports-related course at The Manchester College, you’ll benefit from state-of-the-art exercise physiology equipment and facilities, including a fully equipped gym, a custom-built football centre, pulsometres and microspirometres, and specialist scientific tools like cortex metalyzer gas analysers and blood lactate, cholesterol and glucose measuring tools. Not sure what they are? Come and join us, and you’ll find out!

  • As well as the incredible equipment you’ll be able to use in our department, you’ll benefit from a good relationship with your tutor, with each course kept to small-sized groups to build a close, friendly atmosphere. There are loads of opportunities to compete in elite events and casual games, with the chance to join an academy squad, train your talents as an athlete, or just practice your coaching skills with a fun kick-about.

  • Whether you’d like to be a PE coach or an exercise specialist, a personal trainer or a sports scientist, we’ve got a fantastic range of courses for you to choose from, including BTEC diplomas in fitness and activity, and foundation degrees in human performance.

  • Our main sports department is at our Nicholls Campus, which is where you’ll find the dedicated football centre too. We’ve got some great facilities at our Harpurhey Campus as well, and you’ll be able to take courses in sports development, coaching, and fitness here.

Photo Gallery

Available Courses View all

HNC / HND / FdA / FdSc / BA View all

Personal Training

Level 3

View course

Gym Instructing and Personal Training

Level 3

View course

Continue Your Studies Here | 100+ higher education courses across our Manchester campuses starting in September 2020

In one of The Manchester College’s 19 Centres of Excellence you’ll develop the skills and gain the qualifications that you need to take the next steps towards your dream career.

Learn More

Top Careers Opportunities

A group of people taking part in a fitness class

Fitness instructor

Average salary: £17k

A close-up of a rugby player getting tackled

Sports player

Average salary: £32k

A personal trainer coaching a client

Leisure / sports manager

Average salary: £23k

School sports teacher

Average salary: £42k

I enjoyed sport before college but now I know a lot more about it. I’ve gained new skills and qualities and I would like to go to university. The units and assignments are interesting and taught in a fun manner. Once I have completed my course it is my intention to progress on to university to further my studies.

Kylie McDermott • Sports Science Level 3

The work placements have helped me develop the skills to think on the spot and learn about developing sessions to deliver. I really want to change perceptions of disability in sport and help people with disabilities realise the benefits of exercise.

Dan Bird • BA (Hons) Sports Coaching and School Sports

Related News View all

Title View
Stay active with our Workout of the Week View News Item
Get your heart and mind active with our Workout of the Week View News Item

Related Events View all

Date Event View
UCEN Manchester Degree-level Online Experience View Event Details
Couch to College 2020 - Week 2 View Event Details