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Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science and Advanced Research (JWC)Apply Now »

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 academic skills and knowledge base of students who have a strong interest in the science of sport but are keen to take their studies on to university. The qualification is the equivalent of 1.5 A-levels.

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

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

Entry requirements

Students 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 first year of the course is made up of four units including:

  • Anatomy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Biomechanics
  • Sports Coaching

The second year replicates the expectations of a university dissertation with:

  • Research methods
  • Research project

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 students wishing to become PE teachers.

How will I be assessed?

Students 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

Anatomy will be assessed through an externally set and moderated exam.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will 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 and will include your contribution towards the end-of-year celebration event, trips and guest speakers. This money is to be received before November and in return you will get free gym membership for the academic year.

Overseas work placements in Holland and trips to Kenya are available which will involve an additional cost.

If you also join one of our sports academies, such as Derby Trailblazers, you may be required to purchase an academy-specific uniform which is an additional cost set by that academy.

Financial assistance is available, depending on your circumstances.

 

What can I do after this course?

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

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

*You will receive a confirmed conditional offer for this course with priority entry.

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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