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In Short

This nationally recognised qualification is a practical, work-related course. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. There will be plenty of enrichment activities in addition to your course. You will develop a range of skills, techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for a career in sport-specific employment. You will benefit from being taught by a well-qualified team of lecturers with substantial teaching and practical experience.


Entry Requirements

Selection is by interview. At least 4 GCSEs at minimum grade 3 (D) or above to include English and maths or a BTEC Foundation Certificate in a related subject.


Course Content

You will study the following units:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Participation in Sport
  • Planning, deliver and evaluate an activity session
  • Planning and leading sport event
  • Developing Skills and Tactical awareness
  • Introduction to health exercise and nutrition
  • Development of personal fitness through training.

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?

All units are assessed giving an overall grade for the qualification. There will be a vocational emphasis to the course with opportunities available to be involved in ‘real’ working situations. You will therefore need to be well motivated and prepared to develop a sense of responsibility.



A BTEC Extended Certificate prepares you for employment in sport and leisure centres, and provides a good grounding to progress to a more advanced course such as the BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport.



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 £45.00 plus light-soled indoor footwear, studded boots and personal protection 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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