Career Links

The Gatsby Benchmarks:

Gatsby Benchmark How we will meet this:
1: A Stable Careers Programme  Career links are made explicit during PE and Sports Science lessons that are appropriate to the topic being delivered.

Careers notice board is present in the PE department with relevant information on a range of careers in sport.

University based trips to Liverpool John Moores, Edge Hill and Loughborough for those students that may want to pursue a career in sport.

2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information  Career display down in the PE department which outlines different career pathways.

Career information is available to students and parents at year 8 options evenings.

Establish links with employers in the Sport industry.


3: Addressing the Needs of Each Pupil Specific advice and information can be given to students based on their interests and passions during option evenings and parent evenings.

PP funding for students that have interests in Sport and Performing Arts to have wider opportunities.


4: Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers Careers are linked to the schemes of learning and signposted to the students during these lessons to enhance their understanding of different careers.

Career links tracker in all sports science books to make the links in lessons explicit.

Career lessons at the start of term linking to PE, Sports and Dance.

Career of the month to be displayed on the careers board and made reference to in lessons.

5: Encounters with Employers and Employees  Continue working with Halton Borough and Joe O’Biro.

Development of an Alumni page for PE and Sports Science from past students.


6: Experiences of Workplaces Looking at development of links with employers in Halton for students to attend their work placement in year 10.


7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education Continue to use links already established with LIPA, LJMU, Edge Hill and Loughborough.


8: Personal Guidance Survey’s are frequently carried out to develop understanding of the type of interests and career passions.



Links to Higher Education:

These courses are linked to the colleges and FE institutes within the local area of Halton.

  • BTEC Sport First Award Level 3.
  • Physical Education A Level.
  • Sport Level 3 Extended Diploma.
  • Sport and Leisure Level 1 Certificate.
  • Sport (Sports Coaching) Level 2 NCFE Diploma.
  • Personal Training (Gym Based Exercise) Level 3 YMCA Diploma.


Here are some degrees that students could pursue at university level should they deem it a requirement to achieve their desired career pathway:

  • Sports Coaching and Development BSc (Hons)
  • Sports & Exercise Psychology BSc (Hons)
  • Sports Development & Management BA (Hons)
  • Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons)
  • Sports Therapy MSci (Hons)
  • Sport and Nutrition for Health BSc (Hons)
  • Science and Football BSc (Hons)
  • Sports Technology (with placement year) MEng (Hons)
  • Sport, Coaching and Physical Education BSc (Hons)


Many of these courses are based on the those from universities in the North West of England such as Liverpool John Moores, Liverpool Hope University and Edge Hill. However, some courses are from Loughborough University where OCA have taken students on educational visits in the past.

Links to different Career Pathways in Sport:

The different pathways mentioned below are not the only career pathways that are opened up to our students through studying and gaining a qualification in sport. There are many more that are available; some of which become more accessible through the choice of FE courses once they have left the academy.

  • Sports coach
  • Sports journalist
  • Sports development officer
  • Nutritionist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Sports Scientist
  • PE teacher
  • Sports lawyer
  • Leisure centre / gym manager
  • Personal trainer
  • Sports marketing, PR, communications and social media
  • Sports photographer.