The Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Sports Coaching focuses on the hollistic development of the practical, interpersonal and thinking skills required to be able to succeed in employment and higher education. The Foundation Diploma is the first year of a two-year Extended Diploma BTEC programme equivalent to three A-Levels (1.5 per year) and is endorsed by CIMSPA.
The programme is made up of six units. Students will need strong time keeping and organisational skills to excel in their studies, while also developing coaching and leadership skills for their practical assessments. The course is aimed at students who may wish to become sports coaches or to go into sports-related employment. It is also valuable for those keen to progress to sports focussed degrees in higher education settings.
It is advised that applicants should have existing links to external sports clubs or associations in order to fulfil the coaching requirements in their second year of study. This will also help fulfil their work experience requirements.
You are expecetd to have achieved English and maths GCSE with grade 4 or higher. The majority of your other GCSEs should be graded 5 or higher to show that you can effectively manage the demands of ongoing assessment.
It is advised that all students should have existing links to external sports teams, clubs or associations. The course requires you to develop your coaching skills so there is an expectation that you will be motivated to deliver and take part in practical sessions both in and out of the College environment with a range of clients.
The Foundation Diploma is made up of six units:
Your study programme will also include work experience and tutorial, plus selected additional qualifications.
The Extended Diploma (Year 2) consists of further units with an optional specialist pathway:
Options: (one of the following):
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.
Your time keeping and organisational skills will need to be strong to meet assessment deadlines throughout the year. It is expected that your attendance will be maintained above 95% throughout the year.
This course is CIMSPA endorsed.
There are no additional costs. However, you may consider applying for a European work experience placement which in previous years has cost in the region of £250.
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, as long as it is suitable for the activity being undertaken.
There are DCG branded options to purchase should you wish but 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.
For applicants from outside the region or who travel over distance, the College has residential accommodation if required.
This course is fully mapped to the professional standards of "Assistant Coach" and "Safeguarding and Protecting Children" and is endorsed by CIMSPA. Succesful candidates may wish to pursue a career in coaching or go on to study Sports Coaching at DCG or with other higher education providers.
Students may also wish to expand their knowledge and continue their studies for a third year by completing other courses that may be of interest, such as the:
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.