Sport and Public Services

Sport and Public Services

About Sport and Public Services

At CAVC we are serious about providing students with the skills and qualifications to achieve a career in the sport industry. Our sport courses are based in Cardiff International Sports Campus – the inspirational new home for CAVC Sport. This facility features classrooms alongside excellent sports facilities including a large gym, fitness studios, 3G pitch and athletics track. You will also have the chance to develop your skills through opportunities including running coaching sessions or undertaking work placements in sport. Our sport courses cover all aspects of sport – from sports and exercise science, to sports performance and excellence, to leisure management – helping you choose your future career. Public Services develop your physical fitness alongside the desired knowledge and skills to start careers in one of the uniformed services.


Many students choose to take a professional industry qualification with CAVC after the age of 18 to become a qualified Gym Instructor or Personal Trainer. Others go on to higher education with universities across the UK, or stay at CAVC to take the well-respected HND in Sport Coaching run in partnership with Cardiff Metropolitan University.


Currently, there are over 13,000 people working in Public and Uniformed Services occupations and over 7,600 people employed in sports occupations (EMSI, 2016). Over 41,000 people employed in both areas across wales which is set to grow 2.4%.


Our Sport courses and Cardiff based Public Services courses are delivered at the new home for CAVC Sport in Leckwith – Cardiff International Sports Campus. With the latest in facilities including 3G rugby pitch, 3G football pitch, fully equipped gyms and athletics track there’s no better place to be if you’re serious about sport.

Take a look at where our Sport and Public Services courses might take you, with our Career Pathway progression map!


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Course options

16-18 year olds

If you love Sport, there are ample opportunities not only to study in Sport but to specialise in your area of interest, whether that's Rugby, Football, Sport Performance, Health and Fitness or Coaching. With our fantastic facilities and industry experienced staff - we prepare you for a successful career in the world of sport. 

Our Sport Academies also offer amazing opportunities to train, play and compete against other Colleges and teams with dedicated coaching, sports performance and nutrition guidance and support. Visit for further information.

Our Public Services courses are designed to prepare students for successful entry into any of the uniformed public services so the learning is focused upon investigating the work of the Police Service, Fire & Rescue Service, Ambulance Service, Armed Forces and Prison Service.


If you already have experience of the industry and are looking to develop a career as a personal training then we offer the personal Trainer Award - recognised by the industry and delivered on a full-time basis. You will need to have the Certificate in Fitness Instructors (Level 2) to undertake this course. 

Higher Education

In partnership with Cardiff Metropolitan University we offer a HND Sports Coaching and Performance.  This course provides a Higher Level qualification in its own right and progression opportunities include further HE study at Cardiff Metropolitan University.