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Level: 1

Location: Johnson Building

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This study programme has been designed for learners whose focus is on achieving English and/or Maths GCSE at grade C (4) or better. The study programme will cover fitness testing, sports leadership and personal development. A focus on employability skills and customer service will ensure learners are actively carrying out work experience placements at regular events throughout the year. These will often require a commitment to weekend events and early starts.

Learners will need to be focussed on the completion of their skills programme in order to advance to higher level qualifications and to open up greater chances of employment. In both practical and theoretical settings, you will study what the Active Leisure sector can offer and where the employment growth markets are within the sector.

Entry requirements

You will need to complete an interview and screening test in maths and English. The entry requirements for this course are five GCSEs graded between 5-3. Your individual timetable will be developed around your skills needs.
 
The study programme will focus on the achievement of English and maths, with employability, fitness, personal development, sports leadership and work experience supporting the rest of the timetable.
 
You are expected to maintain high standards of discipline, punctuality and attendance. It is essential that you work to the deadlines set or you risk the chance of not achieving your programme of study.
 
Practical sessions are compulsory, so you must be physically able to
take part in both indoor and outdoor sessions. You will also be expected to volunteer on selected dates throughout the year (including weekends).

Course Content

The course is made up of a number of units which can include:
  • Maths and English
  • Sports Leadership
  • Employment and Community Engagement
  • Health and Fitness
  • Work Placement and Volunteering
  • Personal Development
It also includes a tutorial session to monitor your progress, set targets,  support your main programme of study, help your future progression and enhance your life skills. The completion of your GCSE will enable you to apply for higher level courses.
 
You will need to be aware that certain volunteering events take place at weekends and you will be expected to attend these.

How will I be assessed?

You will build a portfolio based around evidence generated by the various assessment methods in each unit. You are expected to work on multiple assessments at any one time. You will be assessed through practical demonstrations, logbooks and performance records, written reports and essays, presentations, workbooks, discussions and vivas. Maths and English will be assessed through course work, controlled assessment and 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 will vary depending on the items purchased: the cost is non-refundable once the items are ordered.
 
You are also asked to contribute towards the end-of-year celebration event, trips and speakers. Total costs are approximately £140 and in return you will receive yearly gym membership to the value of £60.  
 
There may be additional events during the year to which you are
expected to contribute. Financial assistance is available depending on your individual circumstances.
 
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?

 
Further study
 
On successful completion, the course provides an excellent platform for progression to programmes such as:
  • Level 3 Certificate in Sports Coaching
  • Basic Expedition Leadership

 

This course is run at the Johnson Building

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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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