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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 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. 

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 9-6 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. 

Course Content

The course enables learners to understand advanced concepts in areas such as physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, psychology and sports analysis. The first year is made up of nine units which may include:
  • Anatomy
  • Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Fitness Testing
  • Research Methods
  • Practical Sport
  • Exercise, Health and Lifestyle
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.

How will I be assessed?

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:

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

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

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.

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)
  • Leadership and Teamwork for the Public Services course
  • Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science
  • 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

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E. Wheeldon-Jones

E. Wheeldon-Jones

Former sports student Ellie prepares for coaching trip to Australia

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.

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