Aled Jones - BSc in Sport Development 

As a keen competitive gymnast, Aled Jones always knew he wanted a future career in sport.
After leaving school at 18 with two A Levels in PE and Business Studies in 2007, Aled applied to Cardiff Metropolitan University to study Sport Development and Coaching.

Aled said: “I wanted to study at the Cardiff School of Sport as it has a great reputation. I was advised by the university to consider studying at HND level for two years in the first instance, as my grades hadn’t quite met the requirements for the degree course.

“They explained that if I did well during the first two years, I could potentially study at degree level for the third year.”

Aled worked hard, and achieved a first class honours in BSc Sports Development in 2010.

He then went on to study for an MA in Sport Development and Management at Cardiff Metropolitan University, while also working part time within Cardiff Council’s Sport Development Department, Sport Cardiff.

Aled said: “I really enjoyed my undergraduate course, and I was also able to continue competing as a gymnast by representing the university. Coaching gymnastics has played a big part in my time at university, and it is something I’d definitely like to continue throughout my career. The course had the ideal balance of theory and practice – it has been great to put what I’ve learnt into use during my current role with Sport Cardiff.

Aled is due to graduate from the MA programme in 2012, and hopes to go on to work full-time in a sport development role.

Under the spotlight:

2007: Leaves school with two A Levels in PE and Business Studies
2007: Begins a HND in Sport Development and Coaching at Cardiff School of Sport
2009: Employed coach for the Cardiff Metropolitan University gymnastics academy
2010:  Graduates with a first class honours degree in Sport Development
2011: Studies for an MA in Sport Development while also working for Sport Cardiff. Head boys coach at the Valleys Gymnastics Academy.

Visit the Cardiff School of Sport website to find out more about the range of courses available.