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Level: 3

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

24+ Loan Amount: 2882.00****

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Course Summary

The Foundation Diploma in Sport is designed to build your skills and knowledge base in the multidisciplinary field of sport and physical activity. It is suitable for students who have a higher level interest in sports coaching or sports development and who should be looking to advance into higher education.

You will study in both practical and theoretical settings to understand advanced concepts in various areas of sport. This is the first year of a two-year study programme designed to help you progress to higher education. All students will be guaranteed an offer on the Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching at Derby College.

Entry requirements

You will need to have an interview and complete a screening test in maths and English. The entry requirements are five GCSEs graded between 9-5, including Maths and English. Your grade profile should reflect more grades at the upper end of the points scale.

Any achievements in BTEC Sport qualifications at Level 2 will only be considered if they are at Distinction grade.

You are expected to maintain high standards of discipline, punctuality and attendance. It is essential that you work to the deadlines set or you may face changes to, or withdrawal from, your study programme. Students should apply for this pathway with a clear goal of higher level study at university.

Course Content

The course covers areas such as anatomy and physiology, sports coaching, fitness testing, psychology, officiating and practical sports. It is made up of a number of units including:
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Professional Development in Sport
  • Sports Leadership
  • Sports Psychology
  • Fitness Training and Programming and Wellbeing
  • Practical Team Sport
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 will also have the option to study a Duke of Edinburgh award alongside their course.

How will I be assessed?

Students will build a portfolio based around evidence generated by the various assessment methods in each unit.  You can expect to be assessed through:

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

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

Students will be expected to meet deadlines and work on multiple tasks throughout the year. Your workload will be challenging, so excellent organisation and time management skills are essential. The qualification submission policy will be explained to you and must be adhered to.

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
The course provides an excellent platform for progression to the:

  • BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport (Year 2)
  • Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching

Careers
You may also wish to seek employment in the sports and active leisure industry. The skills gained on the course are, however, 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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