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In Short

This nationally recognised qualification will help you to develop a range of skills, techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for a career development in sport specific employment. The course uses practical application and performance to support and reinforce the knowledge and understanding required to study aspects of instructing, coaching and leadership, fitness and training, physiology and health and safety. This course provides a dynamic, relevant and challenging contribution to the study of sport at this level. This qualification is equivalent to three A Levels, so on completion you can choose employment or higher education.


Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) including English and maths (or equivalent) or a First Diploma with Merit profile.  You should be interested in all aspects of sport and sport performance and be committed to practical sport.


Course Content

Year 1

Unit 1 – Anatomy and Physiology

Unit 2 – Fitness Training & Programming for Health, Sport & Well-being

Unit 3 – Professional Development in the Sports Industry

Unit 5 – Application of Fitness Testing

Unit 7 – Practical Sports Performance

Unit 10 – Sports Event Organisation

Unit 25 – Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport


Year 2

Unit 4 – Sports Leadership

Unit 8 – Coaching for Performance

Unit 9 – Research Methods in Sport

Unit 18 – Work Experience in Active Leisure

Unit 19 – Development and Provision of Sport and Physical Activity

Unit 22 – Investigationg Business in Sport and the Active Leisure Industry

Unit 23 – Skill Acquisition in Sport


Sports Leadership


In addition to this, if you are a talented individual, aged 16-19 and committed to developing your sports performance while studying, you may also be able to participate in one of our Academies – Football or Tennis. How do the Academies work? Academy players will have a timetable with coaching and playing sessions built in. This enables you to study on a full-time course and play/train for the Academy team without missing key lecture time. The Football Academy is coordinated and run by experienced and qualified coaching staff who deliver a first-class football performance programme. • Professional and FA qualified coaching team • Competitive matches in British Colleges SW regional league • Sports injury staff • Cup competitions • Excellent training and playing facilities (including new 3G artificial pitch) • Academy kit

The Tennis Academy has access to four indoor courts so runs all year around. The Academy is coordinated and run by experienced and qualified coaching staff who deliver a first-class tennis performance/coaching development programme. • Professional and LTA qualified coaching team • Competitive matches and British Colleges regional competitions • Sports injury staff • Opportunity to develop coaching skills and gain recognised awards • Excellent training and playing facilities (including access to 4 indoor tennis courts)

Academy selection process: To be considered for the Football Academy, you need to attend a formal trial in May where a squad will be selected for the coming year. Players that do not make the Academy squad still have an opportunity to play for the College through the second team. To be considered for the Tennis Academy you need to attend a formal trial in September where a squad will be selected.


How will I be assessed?

Assessment is specifically designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification. It includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector. Units are assessed through a mix of assignment based tasks and external assessments.  There will also be a mix of individual and group work, which will require you to complete investigations, reports and presentations.



Students who completed this course have gained places on courses such as BSc (Hons) Sport Therapy, BSc (Hons) Sport (Health & Fitness) and BA (Hons) Business Studies at institutions such as University College Plymouth St Mark & St John, Bournemouth University and University of Bath.



The College library has an extensive lending and reference book stock, in addition to videos and journals. You will be expected to purchase some books and you will be advised of this nearer the start of the course. For practical elements you are required to have the appropriate college kit at a cost of approximately £65.00 plus light-soled indoor footwear, studded boots and personal equipment.



If you are aged 16-18 as of 31st August on the year of enrolment – no course fee.  If you are over 19 as of 31st August and enrolling on a full-time programme of study a tuition fee will be applicable in most cases, please contact us for full information. Bursary Funds: There are financial support arrangements for 16-18 year olds and hardship funds available for the over 19s. Please contact our Information Centre for details of costs and concessions on 01305 208808 or email: Rehabilitation of offenders: To help us look after students and assess risks, you will be asked to declare any unspent criminal convictions when you apply to do a course at Weymouth College. We are committed to providing an inclusive learning environment for all. We welcome people with additional learning needs and/or disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds in all minority groups within the community, ensuring students receive fair treatment when studying at Weymouth College. Copies of the College’s Equality and Diversity policies can be found in the Library.

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