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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Sports Science and Advanced Research A-Level pathway is a two-year programme designed to run in collaboration with other A-level choices.  It develops the vocational skills and knowledge base of learners who have a keen interest in the science of sport but are keen to take their studies on to university.

You will study in both practical and theoretical settings to understand advanced concepts in areas such as anatomy, physiology and psychology.

On completion of this programme, learners are given priority entry to Derby College's Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching.

Entry requirements

Learners will need to complete an interview and screening test in maths and English.  The entry requirements for this course are five GCSEs graded at between 9-4 (A*-C), including Maths and English.

Any achievement in BTEC Sport qualifications at Level 2 will only be considered if it is at Distinction grade.

You are expected to maintain high standards of discipline, punctuality and attendance.  It is essential that you work to the deadlines set or you may face changes to, or withdrawal from, your study programme.

Practical sessions are compulsory so you must be physically able to take part in both indoor and outdoor sessions.

Course Content

The course is made up of six units including:

  • Anatomy
  • Sports psychology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Research methods
  • Sports science project
  • Fitness testing

The course also includes a work placement, tutorial and the development of English and maths skills. A-Level Biology and A-Level English or Maths are advised choices for learners wishing to become PE teachers.

How will I be assessed?

Learners 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 and can expect to be assessed through:

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

Maths and English will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to buy a kit. The cost of this will be finalised at the start of the course but is expected to be in the region of £65. This will also cover 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 visits.

What can I do after this course?

On successful completion, the course provides an excellent platform for progression to higher education with programmes such as a:

  • Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching
  • Sports Massage Therapy degree
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Diploma in Personal Training

You may also wish to seek employment in the sports and active leisure industry. You do not, of course, have to enter the sport and active leisure industry as the skills gained on the course are transferable to a wider range of job areas.

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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

 

This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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Yikai Shen

Yikai Shen

Aiming for a career in financial services

Aiming for a career in financial services, Yikai Shen chose to study A-levels in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Business at Derby College before continuing his education at Imperial College, London.

A British education is recognised throughout the world as the best. My biggest challenge at College was obviously the language but I worked hard and gained a lot of support from tutors at the College.

Derby is a very nice city and I settled in well. I made a lot of good friends and everyone was very welcoming
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