This course is ideal for 16-18 year-olds who have a passion for cricket and who have an ambition to work in the industry. You must be prepared to gain an academic qualification in Sport as well as developing your cricket playing ability.
You'll need four GCSEs at Grade 4/C and above, including English and Maths, although lower entry qualifications may be accepted if you do further study alongside the programme. You'll be required to purchase college Sports uniform, which you'll be expected to wear during all lessons at college.
The course combines an academic qualification with cricket development. You will gain a BTEC Level 3 in Sport alongside weekly training and playing in competitive fixtures. Education takes place in the classroom, computer suite, sports hall and fitness suite at Sandwell College. The cricket element is delivered by ECB qualified coaches who have direct links to Dartmouth Cricket Club and Staffordshire Cricket Board. Students will receive 12 hours of teaching and 4 hours of coaching a week, in addition to indoor and outdoor fixtures.
Each learner will receive an individual player assessment report at the end of the academic year. Cricket players here at Sandwell College have access to a top quality indoor facility, while strong links with West Bromwich Dartmouth CC allow us to use their excellent Birmingham Premier facilities for both nets and outdoor fixtures.
Assessment is through written assignment work, practical observations and presentations.
Successful completion of the course enables progression into Higher Education on an undergraduate degree or equivalent. There is also the possibility of working in the Sports Coaching and Development Industry or even, potentially, of pursuing a career in cricket.