The Foundation Diploma in Sport is designed to build your skills and knowledge base in the multidisciplinary field of sport and physical activity. It is suitable for students who have a higher level interest in sports coaching or sports development and who should be looking to advance into higher education.
You will study in both practical and theoretical settings to understand advanced concepts in various areas of sport. This is the first year of a two-year study programme designed to help you progress to higher education. All students will be guaranteed the offer of a place on the Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching at Derby College.
You will need to have an interview and complete a screening test in maths and English. The entry requirements are five GCSEs graded between 9-5, including Maths and English. Your grade profile should reflect more grades at the upper end of the points scale.
Any achievements in BTEC Sport qualifications at Level 2 will only be considered if they are at 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. Students should apply for this pathway with a clear goal of higher level study at university.
Students will build a portfolio based around evidence generated by the various assessment methods in each unit. You can expect to be assessed through:
Anatomy and physiology will be assessed through an externally set and moderated exam.
Students 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.
For applicants from outside the region or who travel over distance, the College has residential accommodation if required.
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.
Derby College offer sport, health and leisure facilities for public use. This includes fitness centre, sports hall and outdoor pitch hire plus lots more. Located at Broomfield Hall, Johnson Building and Mackworth.
Apprentice personal trainer Florence Phillips said missing out on the exam results she hoped for was a "blessing" ...because it gave her a chance to go to Derby College and launch her career.
Nineteen-year-old Flo said instead of going to sixth form college, which had been her plan, she opted to go into fitness because she was keen on gym at school.
Having passed sports coaching and development with flying colours as a student at Broomfield Hall, she then landed an apprenticeship at B Physical in Ashbourne.
Flo has now taken a Level 2 Fitness Instructor course and she will complete Level 3 Personal Training this summer.
She enjoys her job and said she made the right decision in coming to Derby College.
I didn't get the GCSEs I needed to go to sixth form, which is a blessing because it meant I went to college.
I find the exams the hardest but the college gives me all the support I need. At college somebody took me to one side and told me this job could be good for me, so I applied and got it.
College has been really important to me. I'd love to be a personal trainer and stay here. I love taking classes. I take about nine a week, which is really good.