Pembrokeshire College, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1SZ


Protective Services, Sport and Leadership

Protective Services, Sport and Leadership

Protective Services Course

Protective Services, Sport and Leadership

Pearson BTEC Level 2 Certificate Preparation for Public Services and OCR Level 2 Certificate in Sport and Activity Leadership

With a vast number of careers available across our Armed Forces, Emergency Services and Sports, this course is designed to give you a better understanding of these opportunities and to provide you with a range of skills including teamwork, communication and leadership.

If you are motivated, outgoing and enjoy exercise, then this is the course for you.

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Is this course right for me?

This is a great course for individuals looking to pursue a career in the field of sport, public services, health and physical activity related careers.

This one year programme investigates the theory of sport, teamwork and leadership and will provide you with essential knowledge surrounding the world of sport, working with others, career pathways, public service skills, community participation and physical activity.

The Sports Academies in football and rugby for male and female applicants will be studied alongside this course. All learners will be expected to participate and contribute to one of the sports academies organised by the College. The experience of having additional skill acquisition, analysis of performance and team ethics will further enhance students understanding of group dynamics benefitting them in their future employment.

  • Three GCSEs at grade D or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/English Literature/First Language Welsh or Mathematics/Numeracy
  • Should demonstrate a keen interest in physical activity and be physically fit
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to attending a course information session or informal interview
  • Successful completion of relevant Level 1 programme (including skills) and decision from progression board meeting
  • GCSE English Language/First Language Welsh or Mathematics/Numeracy at grade D or above
  • or evidence of improvement from internal GCSE/s

Units to be studied include:

  • Skills and support for the community
  • Employment in uniformed public services and sport
  • Health and fitness
  • Activities and teamwork
  • Sport and recreation
  • Practical sport
  • Anatomy and physiology for sports
  • Development for personal fitness
  • Planning and leading sports activities

You will be required to attend tutorials as part of this programme.

You may need to study an additional skills course depending on:
  • the course you are taking at College
  • what grades you gained in your GCSE Maths and/or English Language
Click below to find out what skills course you may be taking at College

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually. Visit our Welsh Language in the College page to find out what else is available to you.

  • Continuous assessment during the course
  • Practical assessment during the course
  • Portfolio of evidence

Career opportunities across sports and public services include: Personal Trainer, Nutritionist, Gym Instructor, Sports Therapist, Fitness Coach, Sports Scientist, Army, Navy or Royal Air Force, Sport Development, PE Teacher, Football Development, Police, Development Manager, Community Sports Coach, Talent Identification Manager, Ambulance Services, Sport Rehabilitator, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Sports Physiotherapist, Referee, Ski Instructor, Outdoor Adventure Instructor, Performance Analyst or any other Protective/Public Service.


Following successful completion of this course learners could look to progress to a higher level course at the College, seek an appropriate Apprenticeship or go directly into employment.


  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • You will need to bring your own device/laptop for this course, click here to find out more
  • Specific branded clothing, payable at the start of your course
  • Practical/comfortable clothing for parts of the course
  • Specific sports kit, which you can purchase online before you start the course
  • Football Academy kit - £160 (if applicable)
  • Rugby Academy kit - £120 (if applicable)
  • Female Academy kit - £110 (if applicable)
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2024/25
  • You will need to pay a £60 fitness facility fee each year before you start the course
  • There may be trips/expeditions required or optional as part of this course
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

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Sports Academy: While on this course you may be able to join our Sports Academy, if you have a talent for sport, find out what we offer on our Sports Academy page.

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Last updated: 10/11/2023
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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