Sport case study

Stuart Nicholson - BSc (Hons) Applied Sports Coaching Science (Top-Up)

What’s the best thing about studying at the College?
The people! That’s both the teaching staff and the friends I’ve made. Everyone has been so supportive which has helped a lot. I’ve also been able to take advantage of opportunities outside of my course including volunteering at the Newcastle United Foundation as well as gaining additional qualifications like my FA Level 1 Coaching badge.

What have you enjoyed most about your degree course?
I’ve really enjoying building on my existing knowledge which has helped me to become a more rounded coach and individual.

Have you had the opportunity to go on a work placement as part of your degree?
I undertook a placement at the Newcastle United Foundation in my first year of my degree which I loved. It helped me to develop my communication, interpersonal and leadership skills and improve my confidence in talking to people. Being in a real life working environment made me feel mature and made me feel like I could work in an environment like that and do well.

How would you describe the staff at the College?
The course tutors are amazing! They’re so helpful and always there if you need anything. They treat you as an adult and there’s mutual respect there. All of the course tutors have an open door policy so you can go and see them whenever you need help or advice which is really reassuring especially during exam and assessment periods.

What’s Newcastle like as a student city?
It’s brilliant, one of the best! I’m from Scotland originally and all of my friends come down regularly as they think it’s great. Whatever you’re into you’ll find it in Newcastle.

What are your plans for the future?
I’m considering coaching in America, working in sport development or maybe going into teaching. I haven’t made my mind up yet but that’s the great thing about the course, there are lots of options available to me. The hard part is choosing one.

Any words of advice for any student considering studying a degree at Newcastle College?
Make the most of your time here. I was really shy when I first started at Level 2 but my confidence grew and I came out of my shell and now I feel like I’ve grown into a confident and independent person. Make the most of all the opportunities offered to you and go out of your comfort zone, you’ll reap the rewards if you do.