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Level: 3

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

24+ Loan Amount: 3000.00****

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Course Summary

The Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Sports Science study programme is a two-year course designed to develop the skills and knowledge base of students with a keen interest in the science of sport.

It consists of the Foundation Diploma studied in Year 1 and the Extended Diploma completed in Year 2.  Students will study in both practical and theoretical settings.  This is an ideal pathway for anyone wishing to advance their studies at university: as such, all students will have a guaranteed offer for the Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching delivered at Derby College.

Entry requirements

Students will need to complete an interview and screening test in maths and English.

The entry requirements for this course are five GCSEs graded at between 9-5 (A*-C) including Maths and English. Any achievement in BTEC Sport qualifications at Level 2 will only be considered if at a Merit or Distinction grade.

Students are expected to maintain high standards of discipline, punctuality and attendance. It is essential that each student works to the deadlines set or they may face changes to, or withdrawal from, their study programme. Practical sessions are compulsory, so students must be physically able to take part in both indoor and outdoor sessions. 

Course Content

The course enables students to understand advanced concepts in areas such as physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, psychology and sports analysis. The first year is made up of six units which may include:
  • Anatomy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Coaching
  • Fitness Training
  • Research Methods
  • Socio-cultural issues
The course will also include a work placement, tutorial and the development of English and maths skills to support your main programme of study, help your future progression and enhance your life skills.
 
Students are also able to work towards Duke of Edinburgh awards alongside their studies.

How will I be assessed?

You will build a portfolio based around evidence generated by the various assessment methods in each unit.  Students are expected to work on multiple assessments at any one time.  You can expect to be assessed through:

  • practical demonstration
  • logbooks and performance records
  • written reports and essays
  • presentations
  • workbooks
  • discussions and vivas

Anatomy will be assessed through an externally set and moderated exam.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to have a uniform that is worn every day and when you are on work experience. The minimum expectation for the uniform is that you wear a plain black T-shirt or polo shirt and sweatshirt etc. DC Uniforms can be purchased for £50.
 
All learners must have a tablet or laptop to aid them with their studies.
 
A one-off payment of £50 is required as a contribution towards the end-of-year celebration event, DBS requirements, transport, trips and guest speakers. This money is to be received before November and in return you will have free gym membership for the academic year.
 
There may be additional costs incurred for selected trips or visits.
 
Overseas work placements are available.

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.

For applicants from outside the region or who travel over distance, the College has residential accommodation if required.

Residential accommodation is based at Broomfield Hall Campus. It is single occupancy with a daily meal allowance included in the Academy fees. For further information about our 'outstanding' Ofsted-rated accommodation provision, please contact maria.banks@derby-college.ac.uk

 

What can I do after this course?

Further study
 
On successful completion, the course provides an excellent platform for progression to the:
  • Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science (Year 2)
  • Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching
  • Diploma in Sports Massage

It is an ideal pathway for those seeking to study at university level.

Careers
 
You may also wish to seek paid or voluntary employment in the sports and active leisure industry. You do not, of course, have to enter the sport and active leisure industry as the skills gained on the course are transferable to a wider range of job areas. 

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Rosie Sharp

Rosie Sharp

College powers weight trainer Rosie’s gym career forward

Fitness apprentice Rosie Sharp said Derby College is "100 percent" behind turning her passion for gym training into a new career.
Rosie, 20, decided against going on to further studies after taking philosophy, psychology and law at A-level.
Instead she worked in sales at a sports magazine but eventually found the job was not really for her.
But Rosie has been keen on weight training from the age of 17, and when she found an apprentice job advertised online at B Physical in Ashbourne, she decided to go for it.
Despite having no directly relevant qualifications she managed to demonstrate her commitment to the gym environment and landed the role.
Rosie said she wasn't sporty at all at school and her mum just said "really...?", when she told her she was going to work in her a gym.
She said the college and B Physical worked closely together. She was visited once a week as part of her course.
Rosie has now passed Level 2 Personal Training and is considering going on to Level 3.
In addition, she said she had also taken a sports massage distance learning course and may take her career in that direction.

Derby College has been 100 per cent important for my career because without the qualification I couldn't do what I'm doing – I had no fitness qualifications before I came here.

The college and gym work well together, and it was all relevant to what I needed to learn. It's been really good.


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