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Level: 3

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

24+ Loan Amount: 3000.00****

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Course Summary

The Sports Science and Advanced Research study programme is a two-year course designed to develop the skills and knowledge base of students with a keen interest in the science of sport.

It consists of the Foundation Diploma studied in Year 1 and the Extended Diploma completed in Year 2.  Students will study in both practical and theoretical settings.  This is an ideal pathway for anyone wishing to advance their studies at university: as such, all students will have a guaranteed offer for the Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching delivered at Derby College.

Entry requirements

Students will need to complete an interview and screening test in maths and English.

The entry requirements for this course are five GCSEs graded at between 9-5 (A*-C) including Maths and English. Any achievement in BTEC Sport qualifications at Level 2 will only be considered if at a Merit or Distinction grade.

Students are expected to maintain high standards of discipline, punctuality and attendance. It is essential that each student works to the deadlines set or they may face changes to, or withdrawal from, their study programme. Practical sessions are compulsory, so students must be physically able to take part in both indoor and outdoor sessions. 

Course Content

The course enables students to understand advanced concepts in areas such as physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, psychology and sports analysis. The first year is made up of six units which may include:
  • Anatomy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Coaching
  • Fitness Training
  • Research Methods
  • Socio-cultural issues
The course will also include a work placement, tutorial and the development of English and maths skills to support your main programme of study, help your future progression and enhance your life skills.
 
Students are also able to work towards Duke of Edinburgh awards alongside their studies.

How will I be assessed?

You will build a portfolio based around evidence generated by the various assessment methods in each unit.  Students are expected to work on multiple assessments at any one time.  You can expect to be assessed through:

  • practical demonstration
  • logbooks and performance records
  • written reports and essays
  • presentations
  • workbooks
  • discussions and vivas

Anatomy will be assessed through an externally set and moderated exam.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to purchase a kit. The cost of this will be finalised at the start of the course but is expected to be in the region of £100 and will include your contribution towards the end-of-year celebration event, trips and guest speakers. This money is to be received before November and in return you will get free gym membership for the academic year.
 
There may be additional costs incurred for selected trips or visits.
 
Overseas work placements are available.

What can I do after this course?

Further study
 
On successful completion, the course provides an excellent platform for progression to the:
  • Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science (Year 2)
  • Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching
  • Diploma in Sports Massage

It is an ideal pathway for those seeking to study at university level.

Careers
 
You may also wish to seek paid or voluntary employment in the sports and active leisure industry. You do not, of course, have to enter the sport and active leisure industry as the skills gained on the course are transferable to a wider range of job areas. 

 

This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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E. Wheeldon-Jones

E. Wheeldon-Jones

Former sports student Ellie prepares for coaching trip to Australia

Sports coach Ellie Wheeldon-Jones is planning to go to Australia to teach swimming after successfully completing a foundation degree course in sports coaching at Derby College. Ellie, who has always been sporty, would like to travel and take a break from studying before deciding whether or not to take a third-year top up degree course. Like her sister Sophie, who is now a personal trainer, and her boyfriend Mykylo, a semi-professional cricketer, Ellie initially took the BTEC sports sciences course at Derby College after leaving school following GCSEs.She then went on to take her foundation degree at Broomfield Hall and is currently working as a children's swimming coach as well as teaching tampolining to adults.

Ellie said: "One of the best things about the foundation degree course was the amount of one-to-one attention you receive. Our groups were small so the lecturers had more time to dedicate to you. It was hard work but I enjoyed it and felt very comfortable at Broomfield."
Ellie has participated in many sports including gymnastics, athletics and running during and since her schooldays. She has also swum at county level.

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