« Go Back

Advanced Foundation Diploma in Sports Science and Advanced Research (Burwitz)Apply Now »

Course Image
Level: 3

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Sports Science and Advanced Research study programme is a two-year course designed to develop the skills and knowledge base of students with a keen interest in the science of sport.

It consists of the Foundation Diploma studied in Year 1 and the Extended Diploma completed in Year 2.  Students will study in both practical and theoretical settings.  This is an ideal pathway for anyone wishing to advance their studies at university: as such, all students will have a guaranteed offer for the Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching delivered at Derby College.

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 9-5 (A*-C) including Maths and English. Any achievement in BTEC Sport qualifications at Level 2 will only be considered if at a Merit or Distinction grade.

Students are expected to maintain high standards of discipline, punctuality and attendance. It is essential that each student works to the deadlines set or they may face changes to, or withdrawal from, their study programme. Practical sessions are compulsory, so students must be physically able to take part in both indoor and outdoor sessions. 

Course Content

The course enables students to understand advanced concepts in areas such as physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, psychology and sports analysis. The first year is made up of six units which may include:
  • Anatomy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Coaching
  • Fitness Training
  • Research Methods
  • Socio-cultural issues
The course will also include a work placement, tutorial and the development of English and maths skills to support your main programme of study, help your future progression and enhance your life skills.
 
Students are also able to work towards Duke of Edinburgh awards alongside their studies.

How will I be assessed?

You will build a portfolio based around evidence generated by the various assessment methods in each unit.  Students are expected to work on multiple assessments at any one time.  You 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.
 
There may be additional costs incurred for selected trips or visits.
 
Overseas work placements are available.

What can I do after this course?

Further study
 
On successful completion, the course provides an excellent platform for progression to the:
  • Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science (Year 2)
  • Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching
  • Diploma in Sports Massage

It is an ideal pathway for those seeking to study at university level.

Careers
 
You may also wish to seek paid or voluntary 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. 

 

This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

broomfiled hall campus

About Broomfield Hall »

centre for sport

centre for sport logo

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.

Find out More »

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.


 

Go to top