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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

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Level 3 Extended Certificate in Sports and Exercise Science  focuses on the development of the practical, interpersonal and thinking skills required for you 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 designed to be taken alongside other A-level options.

The course is made up of four units. Two are studied in the first year, with two units 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 go on to study Sport in higher education settings.

Entry requirements

You will need at least five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English Language at grade 5 (C/B) and Maths at grade 4 (C).

It is advised that all candidates should have some 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:

  • Functional Anatomy 
  • Coaching for Performance and Fitness

In Year Two, candidates will study two units:

  • Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Specialised Fitness Training

These units will be studied alongside other A-levels or can be converted into a larger qualification, with further study based at Broomfield Hall campus.

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.

In Year 1 Functional Anatomy is assessed via an externally set exam.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

There are no additional costs.

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.

What can I do after this course?

Successful candidates may wish to go on to study Sports Coaching at DCG or different Sport degrees with other higher education providers.

Students may also wish to expand their knowledge and continue their studies for a third year by completing the Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science 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
  • FdA Sports Coaching

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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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Yikai Shen

Yikai Shen

Aiming for a career in financial services

Aiming for a career in financial services, Yikai Shen chose to study A-levels in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Business at Derby College before continuing his education at Imperial College, London.

A British education is recognised throughout the world as the best. My biggest challenge at College was obviously the language but I worked hard and gained a lot of support from tutors at the College. Derby is a very nice city and I settled in well. I made a lot of good friends and everyone was very welcoming

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