PE is about much more than playing sports. It’s about the tactics you use, the training you do, and helping people from all walks of life to be active. PE focuses on fitness, movement and skills development, as well as the science behind playing sport. It teaches us how our bodies work when we exercise. It also develops key skills such as communication, teamwork and leadership which are useful across a range of careers.
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What workplace skills does PE develop?

Motivation: Useful in many jobs from occupational therapy and counselling to management, sales, marketing and freelance work, where you may need to motivate yourself.

Teamwork: Most jobs involve teamwork, but it is a particular asset in the medical profession where different professionals work in teams, as well as in research, lab-based work and office departments.

Leadership: Being a confident leader will set you up well for a range of management roles within and outside the sports industry. Even outside management, you will go far if you can inspire and lead your colleagues.

And one you might not have thought of...

Strategic thinking: Strategic thinking allows you to look at the big picture and make decisions accordingly - something sportspeople have to do all the time. It's vital for managers, marketers, salespeople and business development professionals.

What jobs can you get with PE? 

Personal trainer: Do an A-level in PE or a BTEC National in sport. At undergraduate level you can study a for a degree in sport science or do an apprenticeship as a personal trainer.

Sports therapist: After completing a PE A-level or BTEC National in sport, you could consider a degree in sport science.

Physiotherapist: Complete a PE A-level followed by a degree in physiotherapy, or an integrated degree apprenticeship as a physiotherapist.

Apply for an apprenticeship... or go to university? 


Apprenticeships for students who want to pursue a PE career include: community coach, community sports and health officer, outdoor activity trainer, personal trainer, prosthetics and orthotics officer, healthcare science associate, child daycare assistant, emergency medical technician, police community support officer, registered nurse.


Over a quarter of 2017 sports science graduates work as professionals, many in the sports industry. This includes jobs such as performance analyst at a football club, sports coach at a sport development company and gym instructor. About 7% found work as health professionals and a similar proportion went into education. Just over a fifth went on to postgraduate study in subjects such as nutritional science and exercise science.

What did PE do for them?

"Studying level 2 sport helped me in my role because it gave me an understanding of how sports sectors work, and that it’s not just about knowing how to play sports. You need to plan events and run competitions, which takes a lot of organisation and commitment."
—Max, community activator coach at Trent Bridge Community Trust. READ THE FULL INTERVIEW LINK XXX
"Studying sport at both high school and college helped develop my knowledge of planning and delivering coaching sessions, for example tailoring different games for different age groups. It also helped that I play football and have been coached by different coaches; this has helped me identify what makes a great coach."
—Ruby, Women’s Football Apprentice at Selby College
"As part of my role, I teach children PE so I always think back to school and what made my PE lessons good. This has allowed me to put that knowledge into practice." 
—Kayleigh, Football Development Officer at Haverhill Community Sports
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