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.
Sports enthusiast Beth Wood is weighing up study options and a potential career thanks to her college course and work placement. The seventeen-year-old Level 3 Sports Coaching and Development student has completed the first year of her course with the offer of an apprenticeship.
On work experience, as part of the course, she so impressed bosses at children' coaching company First Grade Sports that they first gave her a job teaching children in holidays and half terms.Now they have now gone one step further and offered an apprenticeship. Beth is also considering whether to go on to higher education at Derby College or whether to experience university life.
She said: "Without the college I wouldn't have got the chance of my work experience, or my job, or the offer an apprenticeship. My work experience helped me to understand how to teach different ages and abilities. It also helped improve my confidence, helping me feel comfortable in my own ability and knowledge."