Sport - Level 3
Course Code: TS1FE20
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Gain the knowledge, skills and expertise needed to build a career within the fitness, leisure and sports industry. Learn all about coaching, sports development and fitness through the analysis of health, fitness and human movement, designing exercise programmes, treating and preventing sports injuries, and organising sports events.
After your first year, you will progress into year 2 to complete the full BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport, equivalent to 2 A-levels. To gain entry to the second year you will need to meet your target grade (set from your GSCE results) and have a minimum of 90% attendance.
In the second year we concentrate on getting you ready for other types of customer-focused employment. We include a qualification in either Coaching (Higher Sports Leaders Award) or Gym Instruction (YMCA L2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing). Volunteering - a key way into sport-related employment and a way to enhance your job prospects generally – is encouraged.
There is also the opportunity to pursue opportunities in football through our fantastic new Boys Shadow Youth Team and Girls Elite Football and Education Programme.
You will need 5 GCSEs at minimum grade 4 (previously grade C) or above, including English and Maths. Alternatively, you will have a suitable level 2 qualification at Merit level along with a grade 4/C or higher in GCSE English and Maths.
If you are a year 11 student applying for this programme, we will compare your GCSE results with the minimum target grades set for you by your school. This will help us decide whether this is your most suitable programme of study. Other students, including those from outside the area, will have an opportunity to discuss their qualifications and experience to make sure they too are studying at the right level. For some programmes, we might need to observe you carrying out certain practical tasks before we can make you an offer.
Teaching and Learning Methods
Our expert tutors understand that everyone learns in different ways so they use a range of teaching methods to enable everyone to achieve their potential. A key method used is demonstration, which allows you to observe the practical application of skills before having a go yourself.
The course combines group work, practical sessions and dedicated self-study periods. This needs to be supported by your own study outside of College, using online development platforms such as Moodle, our virtual learning environment.
E-learning is a key element of all our courses and we also use a range of online apps to support, enhance and motivate learning. Your tutors will support you with these technologies and also in preparing for examinations.
The main programme totals 540 learning hours a year, which equates to around 16 timetabled hours a week. On top of this you will spend up to 2.5 hours a week developing your maths and English depending on the level you're at. A further 1.5 hours a week is needed for progress meetings to ensure you're on track to achieve your learning goals.
Industry Placement and Field Trips
Other Costs and Equipment Needed
All staff involved in the delivery of further education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.
Students who are 18 or under and resident in the EU pay no course fees. Read our tuition fees guide for students 19 and over.