Applications are welcomed from individuals who regularly participate in golf and who show a desire and willingness to develop their sporting performance. Ideally golfers would be playing at - or playing towards - a single figure handicap.
Entry to the Level 3 Sport course requires candidates to have a minimum of five GCSEs at levels 9-4 (A*- C) including English and Maths.
Students may also be able to access the Performance Golf Academy by studying at Level 2 or A-levels, depending on whether the timetable fits in with training sessions and fixtures. GCSE resits will take priority over the Performance Golf training sessions.
All students will study a full-time Sport qualification alongside the Golf Academy requirements.
Students will build a portfolio based around evidence generated by the various assessment methods in each unit. They can expect to be assessed through:
For applicants from outside the region or who travel over distance, the College has residential accommodation if required.
On successful completion of the course, students can apply for a higher level of study at Derby College such as the:
Alternatively they may wish to seek employment within the sports and active leisure sector. A number of Performance Golf Academy graduates have gone on to work in golf clubs, to work towards professional status or have been offered golfing scholarships in the United States.
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.
As someone who has always been sporty, working as a personal trainer at Matlock’s Arc Leisure Centre is the ideal job for 18-year-old Jess Guest.
Jess, who first worked at Arc on a casual basis, has been taken on full-time after completing a leisure apprenticeship with Derbyshire Dales District Council. While an apprentice, she gained her level two personal training qualifications with Derby College and she is currently working towards level three.
Jess, who is from Morton, took PE at GCSE and has been involved in competitive sport since a young age. She used to swim for City Of Derby Swimming Club and trained with Olympic Gold medallist Adam Peaty, who is also a former Derby College student. As part of her apprenticeship, Jess gained experience across a range of areas including lifeguarding, swimming teaching and Reception, as well as fitness instruction.
In her role as personal trainer, she now helps people to achieve their fitness goals, as well as showing them healthy new ways to shed excess pounds and build muscle tone. Since taking up her full-time role Jess has introduced Pound – a cardiovascular workout which involves exercising to the rhythm of drumsticks.
Arc is among only a handful of centres to offer Pound in Derbyshire and Jess’s classes are very popular. Working with people of all ages and abilities, she teaches a whole range of activities, including swimming and aerobics. Jess said Derby College had been very supportive throughout her apprenticeship and beyond it.
Steve, my college tutor, is really good. I’m assessed on site and he’s always very helpful and happy to give me advice whenever I need it. Working hours vary in this job and I work shifts and weekends.