The Foundation Diploma in Sport is designed to build your skills and knowledge base in the multidisciplinary field of sport and physical activity. It is suitable for students who have a higher level interest in sports coaching or sports development and who should be looking to advance into higher education.
You will study in both practical and theoretical settings to understand advanced concepts in various areas of sport. This is the first year of a two-year study programme designed to help you progress to higher education. All students will be guaranteed an offer on the Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching at Derby College.
You will need to have an interview and complete a screening test in maths and English. The entry requirements are five GCSEs graded between 9-5, including Maths and English. Your grade profile should reflect more grades at the upper end of the points scale.
Any achievements in BTEC Sport qualifications at Level 2 will only be considered if they are 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. Students should apply for this pathway with a clear goal of higher level study at university.
Students will build a portfolio based around evidence generated by the various assessment methods in each unit. You can expect to be assessed through:
Anatomy and physiology will be assessed through an externally set and moderated exam.
Students will be expected to meet deadlines and work on multiple tasks throughout the year. Your workload will be challenging, so excellent organisation and time management skills are essential. The qualification submission policy will be explained to you and must be adhered to.
The course provides an excellent platform for progression to the:
You may also wish to seek employment in the sports and active leisure industry. The skills gained on the course are, however, transferable to a wider range of job areas.
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.
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.