The Extended Certificate in Sport is designed to build your skills and knowledge base. It is suitable for students who have a high level of interest in sports coaching or sports development. You will study in both practical and theoretical settings to understand advanced concepts in various areas of sport. This flexible programme can be studied over one, two or three years and allows students to progress into employment or higher education.
You will need to have an interview and complete a screening test in maths and English. The entry requirements are five GCSEs graded between 7-5, including Maths and English.
Any achievements in BTEC Sport qualifications at Level 2 will only be considered if they are at Merit or 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. You should apply for this pathway with a clear goal of higher level study at university.
We expect that all students want to be physically active and are enthusiastic about participating in a range of sports.
You will build a portfolio based around evidence generated by the various assessment methods in each unit. You can expect to be assessed through:
Your knowledge of anatomy and physiology will be assessed through an externally set and moderated exam.
You 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.
If you also join one of our Sports Academies, such as Derby Trailblazers, you may be required to purchase an Academy-specific uniform which is an additional cost set by that Academy.
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.
Keen runner Kirsty Peinelt has always wanted a health related career but hadn't considered sports therapy until her partner needed physiotherapy after an illness a few years ago.
His physiotherapist explained to her how soft tissue massages work so she decided to look into that area of health and fitness and found her ideal course at Derby College.
And Kirsty who is 22 and from Heanor, has been gaining valuable hands-on experience as she works towards completing her BTEC level 3 Sports Science Advanced Diploma.
Over the summer break she worked part-time at Belper Life Fitness giving sports massage treatments to people of all ages and fitness levels.
As part of her therapist's role she has treated everyone from keen athletes in training for gruelling triathlons through to older people who just want a massage in order to feel better.
Kirsty, who is soon to start the second year of her two year diploma course, hopes to go on to university and study for a degree in physiotherapy.
Once qualified she would like to work in the NHS and ideally specialise in paediatric, neurological or malignancy physiotherapy.
Luckily I found just the course I was looking for at Derby College.
My Level 2 course, which I took in 2013/2014, was fantastic – there wasn't a thing about it that I didn't love.
To be a good sports massage therapist you need to thoroughly understand physiology and anatomy, so there is a lot to learn.