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.
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.
Students will build a portfolio based around evidence generated by the various assessment methods in each unit. You can expect to be assessed through:
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.
The course provides an excellent platform for progression to the:
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.
Derby College offer sport, health and leisure facilities for public use. This includes fitness centre, sports hall and outdoor pitch hire plus lots more. Located at Broomfield Hall, Johnson Building and Mackworth.
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.