Applications are welcomed from individuals who regularly participate in golf and who show a desire and willingness to develop their sporting performance.
Entry to the Level 3 Sport course requires candidates to have a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grades (including English and Maths).
Learners may also be able to access the Performance Golf Academy by studying at Level 2 or A-levels, depending on whether the timetable fits in with training sessions and fixtures.
All learners will study a full-time Sport qualification alongside the Golf Academy requirements.
Learners will build a portfolio based around evidence generated by the various assessment methods in each unit. They can expect to be assessed through:
Learners need to purchase a Derby College kit. The cost of this will be finalised at the start of the course but is expected to be in the region of £70 and will include yearly gym membership and the end-of-year celebration event. This money should be received before November. There may be additional costs incurred for selected trips or tournaments. Learners are expected to have their own clubs available throughout the year.
The Academy fees are set by Performance Golf. Any questions regarding these fees should be addressed to Nigel Furniss @ Performance Golf. As part of the fees, players will receive a Performance Golf kit package.
The College offers residential accommodation if required.
On successful completion of the course, learners can apply for a higher level of study at Derby College such as the:
Alternatively they may wish to seek employment within the sports and active leisure sector.
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.