The Sports Coaching and Development course is designed to build your skills and knowledge base. It is suitable for learners who have a higher level 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 flexible programme can be studied over one, two or three years and allows learners to progress into employment or higher education.
You will need to have an interview and complete a screening test in maths and English. The entry requirements are five GCSEs graded between 7-5, including Maths and English. With a strong grade profile it is possible to combine this with a GCSE resit in either English or Maths.
Any achievements in BTEC Sport qualifications at Level 2 will only be considered if they are at Merit or 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. Learners should apply for this pathway with a clear goal of higher level study at university.
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 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.
English and maths are assessed via coursework, controlled assessments and external examinations.
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 will include yearly gym membership and the end-of-year celebration event. This money is to be received before November. There may be additional costs incurred for selected trips or visits.
If you are combining your study with a sports academy, please note that your kit costs will be higher.
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.
Ever since school, Katy Morten had set her heart on becoming a personal trainer.
By the age of just 21, she had already achieved her career goal – thanks to a sport apprenticeship programme run by Derbyshire Dales District Council in partnership with Derby College.
Having secured a full-time job as an instructor at Bakewell Swimming Pool, Katy particularly enjoys helping people to reach their goals – whether it be weight loss or training for a particular sporting event.
I knew I could get nationally recognised qualifications more quickly on an apprenticeship – and having lots of work experience in the industry under my belt would stand me in good stead when looking for employment. Plus, who could argue with being paid to learn?
There’s a real feel-good factor to my job – just knowing you have helped someone improve their lifestyle and become happier with themselves.