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Level: 3

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Certificate in Sport course is designed to build your skills and knowledge base. It is suitable for students 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 and you will take a number of technical qualifications to enable you to work towards employment in the sector.

This particular course is linked to the Run Derby Academy. As such, every student will be linked to the planning, development and delivery of major race events such as Ramathon and Wilne 10k.

This is the first part of a three-year study plan in which you will resit your GCSE in either English or Maths in Year 1. On successful achievement of this, you can progress to a Foundation Diploma and Extended Diploma in subsequent years.

Entry requirements

You will need to have an interview and complete a screening test in maths and English. The majority of your GCSE grades will need to be between 6-4, plus a grade 3 in Maths or English. Your GCSE resit 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.

Course Content

The course covers the key aspects of sport in the first year:

  • Practical Sport
  • Anatomy and Physiology
The course will also include a work placement, tutorial and the development of English and maths skills to support your main programme of study, to help your future progression and to enhance your life skills. 
 
You will also be given the opportunity to achieve qualifications such as SL2, First Aid and Level 1 Coaching awards.
 
You need to be aware that certain volunteering events and work placements take place at weekends or evenings and you will be expected to attend these. We ask that you understand this expectation before you commit to other activities, as many of the Run Derby events depend on your involvement to enable them to run safely and efficiently.
 
You have to fulfil a minimum of 72 hours on work placement. Many of these hours will be offered to you through our existing partnerships with employers.

We expect students to show enthusiasm towards helping the community and a commitment to improving their academic and vocational skills in order to progress to higher levels of study.

How will I be assessed?

Students will build a portfolio based around evidence generated by the various assessment methods in each unit.  Students can expect to be assessed through:

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

Your anatomy and physiology knowledge will be tested in an externally set and moderated exam.

Students will be expected to meet deadlines and work on multiple tasks throughout the year.

Your GCSE resits grade will be the culmination of a final exam outcome.

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.
 
As part of the Run Derby Academy you will be provided with a T-shirt that you must wear at external Run Derby events.
 
There may be additional costs incurred for selected trips or visits.
 
Overseas work placements are available.

If you also join one of our sports academies, you may also be required to purchase an academy-specific uniform which is an additional cost set by that academy.

 

What can I do after this course?

Further study
 
The course provides an excellent platform for progression to the:
  • BTEC Foundation Diploma/Extended Diploma in Sport(Years 2 and 3)
  • Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching

The completion of GCSE English and maths is paramount for your future career options and progression to other courses.

Careers
 
You may also wish to seek employment in the sports and active leisure industry as a sports coach, sports development assistant, leisure operator or sports leader. 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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