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Level: 3

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science focuses on the development of the practical, interpersonal and thinking skills required for you to be able to succeed in employment and higher education. The Extended Certificate is the first year of a two-year BTEC programme equivalent to two A-levels.
 
The first year is made up of four units, with an additional four units being taken in Year Two. Students will need strong time keeping and organisational skills to excel in their studies, while also requiring coaching and leadership skills for their practical assessments. The course is focussed on candidates who may wish to go on to study Sport in higher education settings.

Entry requirements

You will need at least five GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including English Language at grade 5 and Maths at grade 5.

It is advised that all candidates should have some existing links to sports teams, clubs or associations. The course requires students to develop their coaching skills and therefore there is an expectation that all students will be motivated to deliver and take part in practical sessions - both in and out of the College environment - with a range of clients.

Course Content

In Year 1, candidates will study four units:

  • Functional Anatomy 
  • Coaching for Performance and Fitness
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Specialised Fitness Training

In Year 2, candidates will study four units:

  • Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Field and Laboratory-based Fitness Testing
  • Applied Research Methods
  • Sports Massage

How will I be assessed?

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.

In Year 1 Functional Anatomy is assessed via an externally set exam and Psychology is an externally set synoptic assessment.

In Year 2 Sport and Exercise Physiology involves an externally set exam.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

There are no additional costs.

In order to access facilities, there may be a requirement for students to travel to Broomfield Hall. This may result in an additional transport cost for these sessions.

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, providing it is suitable for the activity being undertaken.

There are DCG-branded options to purchase should students wish to do so. However, 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.

What can I do after this course?

Successful candidates may wish to go on to study Sport Coaching at DCG or different Sport degrees with other higher education providers.

Students may also wish to expand their knowledge and continue their studies for a third year by completing the Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science at Broomfield Hall.

Other courses that may be of interest are the:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Sports Therapy
  • Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instruction
  • Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training 
  • Level 2 Award in Understanding Nutrition, Performance and Healthy Eating
  • FdA Sport Coaching

 

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Christian Flanagan

Christian Flanagan

Former runner Christian on right track for personal training career

Training for a sport-related career was a natural step for DCG personal training student Christian Flanagan.
 
Christian, who is 19 and from Allestree, comes from a sports-loving family and has been actively involved in sport from a young age.
 
He is currently completing level 3 in sports massage at Broomfield Hall, having previously gained a level 2 certificate in gym instruction and level 3 diploma in personal training.
 
Christian has been going to the gym since he was 12, has played basketball for his county, and at 15 became the fastest 100m runner in his age group in Derbyshire, recording a time of just 10.9 seconds. Until he started college, he ran for Derby Athletic Club at Moorways.
 
Having a dad who used to play cricket semi-professionally has also been a big influence on his career choices.
 
Christian added: “I enjoy College. Our lecturers are good, I like the course content and the social side is great. I’d definitely recommend Broomfield Hall and the sports courses if you’re thinking of going into personal training.”
 
Christian had been working at a Derby gym for a year until the pandemic struck but hopes to get another job as a gym instructor when he leaves college next year.
 
Ultimately, he would like to work for himself as a personal trainer, with sports massage among the services he’ll be able to offer his own clients. 

I enjoy College. Our lecturers are good, I like the course content and the social side is great. I’d definitely recommend Broomfield Hall and the sports courses if you’re thinking of going into personal training

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