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Level: N/A

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Cycle Derby Cycling Academy programme gives riders the opportunity to develop their cycling skills in a number of disciplines while studying academic qualifications in Sport.
The College’s partnership with Cycle Derby enables learners to benefit from the expertise of highly qualified and respected coaches, which enhances the cycling-focussed curriculum. Riders will have block weeks of developing their skills in track, bmx, cyclo-cross, road, mountain biking and TT, alongside coaching and bike maintenance workshops.

Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from individuals who regularly participate in any form of cycling and who show a desire and willingness to develop their sporting performance.
Entry to the Level 3 programme requires candidates to have a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grades (including English and Maths).  Learners without this profile should still apply as the Academy is open to learners on Level 2 provision too.

Course Content

The course includes:
  • A dedicated training calendar
  • Opportunities to progress to elite level pathways through Team Derby
  • Access to British Cycling regional and national events
  • A comprehensive coaching programme
  • Technical and tactical aspects
  • Bike maintenance
  • Work placements and volunteering at the Derby Arena

For specific curriculum content, please see the Sports Coaching and Development or Skills for Sport pages.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments occur throughout the year depending on the subjects studied. See information on our Level 3 Sports Coaching and Development course or Skills for Sport course for more details.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Learners 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.  An additional cost of £60 is to be paid for the year-end celebration meal and yearly gym membership. There may be additional costs incurred for selected trips or visits.

There is no expectation that riders will have their own bikes. However, they are welcome to use them if they do. Riders are advised to provide their own helmets and shoes - although, again, these can be provided.

For applicants from outside the region or who travel over distance, the College has residential accommodation if required.

What can I do after this course?

On successful completion of the course, learners may wish to progress to the Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching or seek employment within the sport and leisure sector.


This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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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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