Volunteer teaching sports

Service and Leisure Industries

This Study Programme will focus on either of the following areas:

  • Sport and Leisure
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Care Service

Sport and Leisure

With this option, you will not only learn about different sports, you will also improve your health and well-being and develop skills to support you in everyday life.  If you want to coach, work in a leisure centre, gym or sporting environment or similar role, this is the route for you. We have had lots of regional and national sporting competition successes, and you could join us on that journey.  

Learners throwing basketball
Catering learner

Hospitality and Catering

This is a great option if you want to develop practical skills relating to independent or assisted living, or if you want to work in the hospitality sector.  You’ll learn lots of skills and can gain real work experience through our main catering kitchen and Coffee Shop

Care Service

This route can help you learn the basic skills you would need to work in the social care industry.  You’ll learn how to support individuals with their daily activities such as shopping or cooking, you’ll also develop social and communication skills to support you in this sector. 

Social care learners

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Alongside the Sport and Leisure option, learners can work towards the Bronze or Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award to help build confidence and teach lifelong skills. 

Throughout the year, learners will have lots of practice walks and expeditions in preparation for the award, with the official Duke of Edinburgh expedition taking place in summer. 

In 2021, the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh group all successfully completed their qualifying expedition which included a 9-mile trek with overnight camping at Carsington Water. 


Duke of Edinburgh Learners

Work experience

As part of your Study Programme you will get the option of doing work experience in your chosen area, this might be in a department on campus, or for a local employer – whichever is best for you. 

Work experience can help you learn new skills and gain confidence in a real work setting, so you can see what it’s like to work in your chosen industry.. 

Our Facilities

Our 32-acre campus includes some of the best facilities in the sector. 

The brand-new Newstart Sports Hall, Multi-use Games Area and gym provide the perfect setting for learning new sports and exercise techniques and team working skills. 

Our teaching kitchens, Coffee Shop and Conference Suite can help you gain experience in catering, customer service and front of house. 

Our therapies hub has all you need if you’re interested in working in a hair and beauty salon. 

What you might do after Portland

Depending on what you’re interested in, you could go on to jobs such as: 

  • Sports coach
  • Sports event steward
  • Gym assistant
  • Cafe assistant
  • Waiting roles
  • Care support worker

Or you might choose to further your education at a different College to develop your skills and knowledge even more. 

If you want to find a job but need a bit more support with your employability skills, our Progress with Portland programme might be perfect for you. 

Whatever you choose to do, our Information, Advice, Guidance and Transition Team will be here to help you make your decision. 

What Next? 

If you’re interested in finding out more about learning at Portland there are lots of things to help you make your decision. 

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