Jake Kidwell

Course: BSc (Hons) top-up Sport and Exercise Development

Previous school: Samuel Kings Secondary School

Jake moved to New College Durham from another college as he decided it wasn’t for him.

He said:

“I had studied at a different college before joining New College Durham but the standard of teaching was very poor. The journey to New College Durham was worth it because I received a better standard of education. I started on Level 3 Sport and decided I would get better results at New College Durham than university so stayed to study for a foundation degree in sport and exercise.

“The environment at college was amazing and my tutors and lecturers were very passionate and committed to helping me succeed. I continued to top-up my degree at New College Durham because I liked the smaller class sizes as it meant I received more support and contact time with my tutor.

“The Football Development Centre at New College Durham was fantastic and provided me with the opportunity to gain professional coaching experience. The College was very accessible and had superb facilities, the students and staff were just the cherry on top.

“The top-up degree involved more applied tasks which meant I was able to gain real-life experience working with strength and conditioning equipment. I also enjoyed the more varied types of assessments.

“I have achieved a lot at New College Durham and wouldn’t have been able to secure my current role as a Sports Coach at Vision Soccer Training without the help of my lecturers. I would love to be a full-time coach - I have no doubt that the knowledge and skills I have learned at New College Durham will help me fulfil my dream. I had such an amazing and memorable time.”

Jake is now a Sports Coach at Vision Soccer Training.

Related courses


BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Development (Top-up)

This programme will top-up your foundation degree in a sport related area. It will provide you with a high level of knowledge and practical skills, to prepare you for a successful career in the sport and leisure industry. You will explore the science behind sport, human movement and physical activity.