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Level: 1

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This one-year course introduces learners to working in the sports sector - from leisure centre work, gym instruction and sports coaching to sports therapy, psychology and nutrition. Emphasis is placed on skills development at this level and so a supportive programme of maths and English is compulsory within the course. 

Entry requirements

The course is designed for learners with low-level GCSE grades (3-1) or limited qualification achievements. It is essential that you show a commitment to maintaining high standards of behaviour and attendance and to meeting deadlines. Candidates will be invited for an interview and screening test as part of the application process. You are welcome to attend the Sport Information Evenings held at the College throughout the year for further details. 

Course Content

The programme will enhance your understanding in:
  • Searching for sports jobs
  • Participation in exercise programmes
  • Maths skills
  • Working in a sport and leisure environment
  • Taking part in sport
  • Health and fitness
  • English skills
  • Volunteering
You will develop your skills in maths and English to support your main programme of study, help your future progression and enhance your life skills. 
 
You need to be aware that certain volunteering events take place at weekends and you will be expected to attend these or find work experience in your free time.

 

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods will vary. You are expected to build a portfolio of evidence for each unit. Assessments will include presentations, essays, workbooks, discussions, practical performance, viva, physical testing and externally set exam assessments. You will need to meet deadlines and work on multiple tasks throughout the year.  
 
Maths and English will be assessed through a controlled assessment
or final exam.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You are expected to purchase a uniform to wear at College and for practical sessions. Kit costs vary depending on the items purchased and the cost is non-refundable once the order has been placed. You are also asked to contribute towards the end-of-year celebration event and yearly gym membership. Total costs are approximately £140. There may be additional events during the year to which you may be asked to contribute.

Financial assistance is available, depending on your circumstances.

What can I do after this course?

Further study

This course is designed to allow you to move to other Sport courses to develop your skills further, or to another course in other areas of study. This will be dependent on attendance, behaviour and references from teaching staff. The achievement of maths and English is a priority for progression.
 
Courses that would be suitable are:
  • Leadership and Security Skills for the Public Services
  • Skills for Sport
  • Gym and Fitness Instruction
Careers
 
The skills you gain are transferable to a wide range of career areas but will particularly enable you to enter organisations within the sport and leisure sector.

 

This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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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.

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Jess Guest

Jess Guest

Apprenticeship leads to leisure centre personal trainer job for Jess

As someone who has always been sporty, working as a personal trainer at Matlock’s Arc Leisure Centre is the ideal job for 18-year-old Jess Guest.

Jess, who first worked at Arc on a casual basis, has been taken on full-time after completing a leisure apprenticeship with Derbyshire Dales District Council. While an apprentice, she gained her level two personal training qualifications with Derby College and she is currently working towards level three.

Jess, who is from Morton, took PE at GCSE and has been involved in competitive sport since a young age. She used to swim for City Of Derby Swimming Club and trained with Olympic Gold medallist Adam Peaty, who is also a former Derby College student. As part of her apprenticeship, Jess gained experience across a range of areas including lifeguarding, swimming teaching and Reception, as well as fitness instruction.

In her role as personal trainer, she now helps people to achieve their fitness goals, as well as showing them healthy new ways to shed excess pounds and build muscle tone. Since taking up her full-time role Jess has introduced Pound – a cardiovascular workout which involves exercising to the rhythm of drumsticks.

Arc is among only a handful of centres to offer Pound in Derbyshire and Jess’s classes are very popular. Working with people of all ages and abilities, she teaches a whole range of activities, including swimming and aerobics. Jess said Derby College had been very supportive throughout her apprenticeship and beyond it.

 


Steve, my college tutor, is really good. I’m assessed on site and he’s always very helpful and happy to give me advice whenever I need it. Working hours vary in this job and I work shifts and weekends.


 

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