This one-year course is for anyone who would like to pursue a career in sport, or for students who have already completed a Foundation Level course. It is designed to provide specialist work-related qualifications and gives full-time learners the opportunity to enter employment in the sport and active leisure sector or to progress to college vocational qualifications. The course also gives learners the chance to develop a range of skills, techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.
You’ll need GCSEs at Grade 3/D or above, a BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma, or Level 1 City & Guilds NVQ in a related area. You’ll also need to come in for a chat about the course. A criminal records check is needed for you to attend school placements.
The course consists of a combination of the following units: fitness testing and training, practical sport, planning and leading sports activities, anatomy for sport, exercise and fitness instruction, lifestyle and the sports performer, and injury in sport. Students will also have the opportunity to acquire additional qualifications including the Community Sports Leaders Award (CSLA) and Functional Skills in Communications and IT. There will be opportunities for you to assist in coaching sessions in primary schools, help officiate at championships, and work at other sports events within the area.
Various activities and events are organised by the Students’ Union. Within the sports department we organise outdoor adventure activity days and residential trips (with subsidised activities), and college sports teams compete in the Association of Colleges Sport Leagues. You will also have the chance to lead activities in local primary schools.
Assessment will take various forms including practical assessment, written coursework and presentations.
Successful students can progress to the Sport Extended Diploma (BTEC). Alternatively, they may seek employment within the sport sector at a junior level in a range of roles, including recreation assistant or sports leader.