The Sports Science and Advanced Research study programme is a two-year course designed to develop the skills and knowledge base of learners with a keen interest in the science of sport.
It consists of the 90-credit Diploma studied in Year 1 and the Extended Diploma completed in Year 2. Learners will study in both practical and theoretical settings. This is an ideal pathway for learners wishing to advance their studies at university.
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 9-6 including Maths and English. Any achievement in BTEC Sport qualifications at Level 2 will only be considered if at a Merit or Distinction grade.
Learners are expected to maintain high standards of discipline, punctuality and attendance. It is essential that each learner works to the deadlines set or they may face changes to, or withdrawal from, their study programme. Practical sessions are compulsory, so learners must be physically able to take part in both indoor and outdoor sessions.
You will build a portfolio based around evidence generated by the various assessment methods in each unit. Learners are expected to work on multiple assessments at any one time. You can expect to be assessed through:
The course requires a kit to be purchased. The cost of this will be finalised at the start of the course but is expected to be in the region of £140. This will include yearly gym membership and the end-of-year celebration event. This money should be received before November. There may also be additional costs incurred for selected trips or visits.
It is an ideal pathway for those seeking to study at university level.
Sports coach Ellie Wheeldon-Jones is planning to go to Australia to teach swimming after successfully completing a foundation degree course in sports coaching at Derby College. Ellie, who has always been sporty, would like to travel and take a break from studying before deciding whether or not to take a third-year top up degree course. Like her sister Sophie, who is now a personal trainer, and her boyfriend Mykylo, a semi-professional cricketer, Ellie initially took the BTEC sports sciences course at Derby College after leaving school following GCSEs.She then went on to take her foundation degree at Broomfield Hall and is currently working as a children's swimming coach as well as teaching tampolining to adults.
Ellie said: "One of the best things about the foundation degree course was the amount of one-to-one attention you receive. Our groups were small so the lecturers had more time to dedicate to you. It was hard work but I enjoyed it and felt very comfortable at Broomfield."
Ellie has participated in many sports including gymnastics, athletics and running during and since her schooldays. She has also swum at county level.