Rachel Newman | Selby College
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Rachel Newman

BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science, BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Exercise Science

Rachel previously studied a BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science and a BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Exercise Science degree at the College. Rachel also completed a Level 3 Sports Massage qualification at the College alongside her degree.

Why did you choose to study at Selby College?

Selby College was local to where I lived, which meant that I could still live at home and work whilst studying. It also allowed me to gain additional support from my tutors due to the class size being smaller in comparison to a university.

What did you enjoy the most about your course?

I enjoyed studying the various topics within the courses as they covered all aspects of sports coaching and exercise science. I particularly liked the sports anatomy-based modules as I have always been interested in learning about how the body functions and the impact exercise has on the body.

I also enrolled onto the College’s Level 3 Sports Massage qualification alongside my degree, which allowed me to further enhance my knowledge in the industry.

My tutors Carla Cantrell and Gabriel Horgan also played a big part in my time at the College and they pushed me to get the best grades I possibly could. The one-to-one support they provided with assignments and on a personal level was invaluable to my degree.

Is there a particular highlight from your time at Selby College?

A highlight during my time at Selby College was the Sports Awards, which are held at the end of each academic year and allowed myself and my fellow course mates to celebrate what we had achieved.

Although, the Graduation ceremony at Selby Abbey was probably my main highlight as it allowed us all to celebrate everything we had achieved in the five years we had been at Selby College.

What did you progress on to following your time at Selby College?

After graduating 2021, I landed my first role at Leeds United Foundation as a Health and Wellbeing Officer. My role is to create programmes to improve the mental and physical wellbeing of the Leeds community. As part of this, I help to arrange and run a range of programmes to meet the needs of various abilities and ages.

This job allows me to combine all of the skills and qualifications I gained during my time at Selby College, as it is a combination of health and fitness, socialising and organising events.