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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

24+ Loan Amount: 1987.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Level 3 Certificate in Sports Coaching and Development focuses on the holistic development of the practical, interpersonal and thinking skills required to be able to succeed in employment and higher education. The Extended Certificate is a two-year BTEC programme equivalent to one A-level and is endorsed by CIMSPA.

The course is made up of three mandatory units. Two are studied in the first year with one final unit being taken in Year Two. Students will need strong time keeping and organisational skills to excel in their studies, while also requiring coaching and leadership skills for their practical assessments. The course is focussed on candidates who may wish to become sports coaches or to go on to study sports coaching in higher education settings.

It is advised that candidates should have existing links to sports clubs or associations in order to fulfil the coaching requirements in the second year of study.

 

Entry requirements

Candidates are expected to have achieved English and Maths with grade 4 or higher. The majority of their other GCSEs should be graded 5 or higher to show that they can effectively manage the work demands alongside other A-level choices.

It is advised that all candidates should have existing links to sports teams, clubs or associations. The course requires students to develop their coaching skills and therefore there is an expectation that all students will be motivated to deliver and take part in practical sessions - both in and out of the College environment - with a range of clients.

Course Content

In Year One, candidates will study two mandatory units:

  • Careers in the Sports and Active Leisure Industry
  • Health, Wellbeing and Sport

In Year Two, candidates will study one mandatory unit*:

  • Developing Coaching Skills

*Elite athletes who are engaged in National Governing Body performance programmes or competition may be eligible to study the Professional Sports Performer unit as their mandatory unit.

How will I be assessed?

There will be ongoing assessment throughout the year. Each unit will be split into a number of assignments and assessed against the unit content. These assessments will be graded on a Pass, Merit or Distinction basis.

Assessments will be a mixture of presentations, reports, practicals and essays, and will form your portfolio of evidence.

This course is CIMSPA endorsed.

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Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

There are no additional costs. However, should you so wish, you may apply for a European work experience placement which in previous years has cost in the region of £250.

In order to access facilities, there may be a requirement for students to travel to Broomfield Hall. This may result in an additional transport cost for these sessions.

Students are expected to wear black tops (T-shirts, jumpers, hoodies etc) when in class and when representing the sports department during coaching sessions. Students are free to wear what they choose on their lower half, providing it is suitable for the activity being undertaken.

There are DCG-branded options to purchase should students wish to do so. However, this is not mandatory: we merely expect compliance with our colour code.

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

All students will benefit from having a tablet or laptop to aid them with their studies.

For applicants from outside the region or who travel over distance, the College has residential accommodation if required.

Residential accommodation is based at Broomfield Hall Campus. It is single occupancy with a daily meal allowance included in the fees. For further information about our 'outstanding' Ofsted-rated accommodation provision, please contact maria.banks@derby-college.ac.uk

 

 

What can I do after this course?

This course is fully mapped to the professional standards of "Assistant Coach" and "Safeguarding and Protecting Children" and is endorsed by CIMSPA. Successful candidates may wish to pursue a career in coaching or go on to study Sports Coaching at DCG or other higher education providers.

Students may wish to expand their knowledge and continue their studies for a third year by completing the National Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development at Broomfield Hall.

Other courses that may be of interest are the:

Level 3 Diploma in Sports Therapy

Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instruction

Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training 

Level 2 Award in Understanding Nutrition, Performance and Healthy Eating

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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

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Abbey Sisson

Abbey Sisson

“Amazing” diploma offered more than sixth form for audiologist Abbey

As a teenager Royal Derby Hospital audiologist Abbey Sisson wanted to find “something different” after her GCSEs.
She had achieved As to Cs but was unsure about taking A levels because she wasn’t a natural at exams. She wanted to find a different direction and, on a whim, popped into an open day at Broomfield Hall.  
Abbey liked what she found – she made friends immediately – and was impressed by the Level 3 Public Services Uniformed Extended Diploma. It offered coursework modules, the equivalent of three A levels and “loads of opportunities” which helped her CV for job applications.
Abbey passed with a distinction and almost immediately after College landed a job as an emergency department assistant at the Royal Derby Hospital. Finding no clear career path there, she applied internally and went on to work in audiology as an assistant.
While there, she devoted her spare time, doing work placement on her days off, to achieve a foundation degree and a first-class BSc Healthcare Science Audiology degree at Aston University. Now a qualified audiologist at the Royal Derby, Abbey said her time at College helped her into the workplace.    

I was keen to do something different, and it really was different – it was amazing. I don’t think I would ever have had so many opportunities if I’d gone into the sixth form.  We volunteered in schools, doing sports leadership, as well as stewarding for events too. We had loads of opportunities. Because of the course, when I came to apply for jobs, I had a lot to say.

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