The Sports Coaching and Development course is designed to build your skills and knowledge base. It is suitable for learners who have a keen interest in sports coaching or sports development. You will study in both practical and theoretical settings to understand advanced concepts in various areas of sport.
This is the first part of a three-year study programme in which you will resit your GCSEs in English and Maths in the first year. This is to ensure your options for employment or higher education are improved on completion of the programme.
You will need to have an interview and complete a screening test in maths and English. The entry requirements are four GCSEs graded between 5-4 plus grade 3 in Maths and English. GCSE resits will be a compulsory aspect of this programme.
Any achievements in BTEC Sport qualifications at Level 2 will only be considered if they are at Merit or Distinction grade. Your grade profile and screening results may determine the level at which you study sport alongside your GCSE resits.
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.
The course covers the key aspects of sport in the first year:
Learners will build a portfolio based around evidence generated by the various assessment methods in each unit. Learners can expect to be assessed through:
Learners will be expected to meet deadlines and work on multiple tasks throughout the year.
Your GCSE resits will be the culmination of course work and exam outcomes.
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 £140. This also includes the year-end celebration meal and yearly gym membership. This money is to be received before November. There may be additional costs incurred for selected trips or visits.
If you also join one of our sports academies, such as Derby Trailblazers, you may also be required to purchase an academy-specific uniform.
The completion of GCSE English and Maths is paramount for your future career options and progression to other courses.
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.