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 Sports Coaching and Development course requires candidates to have a minimum of five GCSEs at levels 9-4 (A*- C), including English and Maths, in order to access the full Performance Academy schedule.
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 with Derby College Group 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.
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.