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Level: N/A

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Sports Leaders UK Leadership Academy programme focuses on the development and leadership of sport. Students need to have a passion for sport but need not be actively involved in playing sport. The Leadership Academy will work closely with 1st Grade Sport, Soccer Stars UK and Erewash Schools Sport Partnership for work placement opportunities coaching sport in primary and secondary school settings.
Leaders will help to advance the organisation and delivery of sport and leisure activities across the College, schools and in the wider community - from organising tournaments and fixtures to leading and promoting sports activities. The programme is an opportunity for them to develop these important skills while studying academic qualifications in Sport to enhance their career prospects.
The College’s commitment to health and lifestyle management - covering areas such as nutrition, stress and fitness - enables Sports Leaders to work with a diverse range of people. The programme is an excellent choice for students wishing to work within sports promotion, sports development, teaching, leadership or facility management.

Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from individuals who are highly motivated to engage in the College's health and physical activity agenda and who show a desire and willingness to develop their leadership, management and sports promotion skills.

Entry to the Level 3 Extended Certificate in Sport course requires candidates to have a minimum of five GCSEs at level 9-4 (A*- C) including English and Maths. However, students with a grade 3 in one of these subjects may be accepted subject to screening results and a positive interview.

Course Content

The course includes:

  • An extensive programme of sports leadership opportunities
  • Opportunities to engage with large local events such as the Ramathon, Derby 10k and health events
  • Guidance and job evaluation from the College's Further Education Sports Co-ordinator
  • Collaboration with sports facility managers and sports activators
  • Working towards national health agendas to tackle inactivity

All students will study a full-time Sport qualification alongside the Sports Leaders UK Leadership Academy requirements. For further information regarding the content of these programmes, please see our Sports Coaching course pages.

How will I be assessed?

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

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

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Students are expected to purchase a uniform to wear at College and for practical sessions. Kit costs and mandatory contributions towards the end-of-year celebration event, trips and speakers amount to £100. Students will have free gym membership for the academic year once this payment has been received.The cost is non-refundable once the items are ordered or you withdraw from the course.

Sports Leaders will be provided with a Leadership Academy T-shirt in addition to the kit pack. ID cards should be worn at all times with the exception of practical sessions.

The College offers residential accommodation if required.

What can I do after this course?

Further study
The course provides an excellent platform for progression to the:
  • BTEC Diploma in Sport (Year 2)
  • Derby College Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching
  • Apprenticeship opportunities with 1st Grade Sport and Soccer Stars UK
You may wish to train further or to seek employment in the sports and active leisure industry as a sports leader, sports development assistant, PE teacher or health and wellness advisor. 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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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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