Sport Performance and Excellence (Elite Performance or Football, Basketball Pathway )
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
More than a qualification
We will offer you an exciting and personalised study programme wherever possible, so you get the learning experience and support you need to help meet your ambitions.
As well as learning your subject through varied teaching methods, you can enhance your skills
through high quality experience of work - with an employer or the college’s own business
operations. You can also take part in competitions, events and business idea workshops – all
designed to add value to your experience.
In short, we want to create the right programme around you. We’ll help you become an
innovative, creative team player so that you can become a valuable employee, progress in your
studies or start your own business – whatever fits your aspirations.
What will I study?
24+ Fee £3759.50 tbc 24+ Loan available
19 - 23 Fee £1559.50 tbc
Year 1 - Candidates will complete a Level 3 90 Credit Diploma
Year 2 - Candidates will continue into the second year to complete a Level 3 Extended Diploma
The aim of this two year programme is to enable basketball and football players or elite performers to gain an understanding of the sports industry and the needs of elite athletes. In addition you will be able to develop your skills via training to meet your individual needs.
Elite Performers will receive both 1-1 and group support in developing skills in nutrition and strength and conditioning. Elite Performers are encouraged to undertake coaching qualifications through their outside NGB. Elite performers could be current European or GB ranked players or those who have reached above a county standard. Sports could be broad and varied but may include Hockey, Athletics, Water Sports, Extreme Sports, Motorsport as examples. Other minority sports are also considered that may not be as traditionally known but where national or international competition exists.
Students whose aim it is to be employed in the Sport and Training environment as well as those being ‘elite’ performers in their sport. This qualification is equivalent to 3 A Levels and prepares students to go on to higher education or into the workplace. This qualification is aimed towards basketball and football players who are playing at a competitive level i.e National League or representing their school/college team.
Basketball players will have an opportunity to gain Level 1 and 2 coaching qualifications as part of their course (additional fees apply), as well as receiving additional coaching from a Level 3 National League coach and linking with Arden Griffins, Coventry Tornados and Aylesford Hawks Basketball Teams.
Football players will have an opportunity to gain Level 1 and 2 coaching qualifications as part of their course (additional fees apply), as well as receiving additional coaching from UEFA A & B coaches. Footballers are expected to already be associated with one of the following:
Experience at Professional Club
Midland Junior Premier League
Junior Premier League South
What modules are covered?
Principles of Anatomy & Physiology of Fitness
This unit provides the knowledge and understanding of how the body responds and adapts to exercise. It identifies the structure of the skeletal and muscular systems, applies movement analysis and studies the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
Assessing Risk in Sport
You will learn all aspects of Health & Safety and their relevance in the working environment of sport. You will study the importance of legislation and how it should be used to provide a safe environment in which to work, learn and participate in sport and exercise.
Fitness Testing for Sport & Exercise
Here you study the importance and purpose of health related fitness, investigate the fitness requirements for three contrasting sports and prepare and conduct appropriate fitness tests. A large part of this unit involves practical work and students are expected to select suitable fitness tests for two clients based on their individual needs.
Current Issues in Sport
This unit examines how sport has evolved within British society. You will study the scale, structure and organisation of the sports industry in the public, private and voluntary sectors. This unit also covers the many cultural factors that influence participation and non participation sport.
Psychology for Sport Performance
In this unit you will investigate the role of personality and motivation in sports performance and the importance of teamwork in sporting situations. Here you will also examine the effects of stress and anxiety on sports performance and discuss a range of strategies to enhance performance.
The Athlete’s Lifestyle
This unit examines aspects of the athlete’s lifestyles, as well as duties that they will have to undertake as part of their professional role in sport, for example public appearances and media interviews.
Fitness Training and Programming
This examines the principles of training and their application to the design of training programmes. You will also investigate the various methods of fitness training and design an effective fitness training programme. Finally, you will investigate the long-term adaptations of the body to fitness training.
Ppractical Team Sport
You will participate in a variety of team sports offered as part of the centre’s curriculum, as well as other sports offered in the wider community. It is expected that you will provide the evidence for this unit by selecting two sports in which you either excel or have a particular interest.
The students will investigate the roles, skills, techniques and responsibilities of successful sports coaches as well as explore the techniques involved in improving the performance of selected athletes. They also learn to plan and lead effective coaching sessions.
Technical and Tactical Skills in Sport
In this unit, learners will look at the technical skills and tactics demanded by selected sports. This will lead to looking at individual performers and their abilities in the areas that their sports demand. Learners will then consider their own abilities, in competitive situations over a period of time and produce a plan to help optimise performance.
The aim of this unit is to provide learners with a broad understanding of the key nutritional issues, where diet can be adjusted to meet individual sports performer’s needs, and the energy requirements for a range of activities.
Instructing Physical Activity
The aim of this unit is for learners to be able to design, plan, deliver and review exercise sessions which meet the needs of different client groups.
This unit concentrates initially on the importance of injury prevention, and looks at the main factors that can lead to injuries occurring or to a performer being pre-disposed to suffering an injury. Having identified these risk factors, learners will then look at the different methods used to minimise risk.
Analysis of Sports Performance
In this unit, you will be able to understand the performance profile of a sporting activity and be able to analyse sporting performance. Furthermore you will be able to provide feedback to a range of athletes and understand the different styles of analysis required for different types of levels i.e. a school child in a PE lesson to an Olympic athlete.
Talent Identification and Development in Sport
The purpose of this unit is to give learners an understanding of the different predictors of talent and the ways of developing talent. This enables learners to devise programmes for the identification and the development talent. This enables learners to devise programmes for the identification and development of talent in different sports.
Sport and Exercise Massage
This unit combines the theory and practical knowledge necessary for learners to study sport and exercise massage. It is designed to encourage learners to use anatomical terminology and to be able to apply the knowledge in order to perform massage treatments.
The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the skills needed to undertake a work experience placement in the sports industry. This unit presents an ideal opportunity to prepare learners for careers within the sports industry. Learners will explore the range of career opportunities available within the different sectors of the industry and will also acquire and understanding of how to prepare application documents and develop their interview skills in order to maximise their potential.
Organising Sports Events
Learners will explore, gain and develop the knowledge skills and qualities needed to successfully plan and lead sports events. Learners will then plan, deliver and review a sports event of their choice.
What qualifications will I get?
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport Performance and Excellence
Level 2 Sports Leaders Award
Level 2 Award in Multi-Skills Development in Sport
We’ll give you the opportunity to improve your English and mathematics skills up to GCSE standard – depending on your individual needs.
How will I be assessed?
Written assignments, presentations both poster and oral and end unit assessments are all assessment techniques used on this programme. The programme is continuously assessed and equivalent to 3 A levels. Each module carries, on average, three assessments which contribute to overall module grades of Pass, Merit and Distinction. When you have finished your course you can choose whether to get a job straightaway or go into higher education first.
What is the entry process?
Applicants are encouraged to apply online so that an interview can be arranged.
What are the entry requirements?
Minimum qualifications: Full level 2
Either 5 GCSE passes at GRADE A* - C, one should be in English Language plus preferably Maths at grade D or above. GCSE PE would be beneficial but is not essential. Learners must be playing or competing at a National, Regional or County level in their chosen sports in individual discipline.
Or a First Diploma in Sport with a Merit profile over the range of modules studied (this should include evidence of some distinction level work) plus Functional Skills in English at Level 2. Students who have not attained GCSE Maths at Grade C or above on joining the course will be required to complete a Functional Skills Maths qualification and then full GCSE during their time at college.
A good school/college report containing evidence of attendance, good behaviour and attainment may also be requested. A commitment to a sports team in a chosen sport, and/or experience of coaching an activity.
What else do I need to know?
Additional Requirements: Students who have not attained GCSE Maths at grade C or above on joining the course will be required to complete Functional Skills Maths qualifications during their time at college. There will also be an opportunity to take GCSE Maths in the second year.
Personal Learner Advisor sessions: All students receive full tutorial support, individual and group tutorials throughout the two year course. If you require extra support we can organise this for you through our Learning Support Centre.
Entrepreneurial Activities and Work Experience: Warwickshire College is committed to creating an Entrepreneurial College by creating work based opportunities within the industry. For example students will have the opportunity to organise community events, coach local primary schools, participate in volunteering activities within National Governing Bodies, British Colleges Sport and with other sporting groups. All of these activities will develop the students’ skills and experience for university or work progressions.
Additional Qualifications: Learners will also have the opportuity to gain additional sports qualifications which will enhance their future employability prospects within the industry. In year one learners will take their Level 2 Sports Leaders Award or a Level 1 Award in Coaching Football or Basketball. In year two learners have an opportunity to take their Level 2 Multi-Skills Development in Sport qualification.
Sports Teams: All students get an opportunity to participate in a range of sports including: Football, Rugby, Netball, Hockey, Badminton, Tennis, Basketball, Strength & Conditioning and additional activities such as Archery, Trampoline, Wheelchair Basketball etc.
There will be chances to represent the college in inter and intra college leagues and with British Colleges Sport. Elite performers may represent us at a higher competitive level and take part in a specialist training programme.
Days of Attendance: Timetables will be between the hours of 9.30am to 4.15pm Monday to Friday based on college terms. Students are not normally expected to take holiday during term time. Lessons will be taught at our Henley in Arden Centre with access to a gym, sports science laboratory and extensive outdoor/indoor sport facilities.
Length of Course: 2 years full time
Learners aged 19 and over pay full fees.
Materials fee: All learners pay a materials fee of £75. Materials include gym membership and sports fees. These fees are non-refundable on commencement of the course. A £30 book deposit is also payable which will be refunded on successful completion of the course. Prices are subject to change up to the point of enrolment.
Uniform: All clothing to be paid for by the learner. A College polo shirt is recommended for the course and is available to buy online.
Prices are subject to change up to the point of enrolment.
What can I do after this course?
Teaching Physical Education, The Armed Services, Health Related Fitness Appraisal, Sports Coaching, Sports Nutrition, Psychology Management, Leisure and Recreation Management and Sports Development are all possibilities. Some of these will require further study at degree level. In addition, for those ‘elite’ performers who make the grade, there will be opportunities to advance into playing careers at a higher level.
Degree or Foundation Degree at University/College. Warwickshire College offers a Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching with an opportunity to top up to the BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Performance.
NB Students who wish to undertake physiotherapy should consider if this pathway is suitable for the Higher Education Institution of their choice.
Got a question about this course?
Telephone: 0300 45 600 49
Course tuition fees are free for UK students under 19yrs.
All students may be charged for materials e.g. equipment, clothing etc. All students pay a book deposit of £30 which is refundable at the end of the course.
UK students aged 19 and over will need to pay tuition fees as well as any materials, registration and exam fees. Some adults may be eligible for free tuition. Please contact us for more fee information.
The 24+ Advanced Learning Loan
If you are 24 or over at start of this course, you can apply for a new loan to cover the course fees. There are no repayments until the course is completed and you are earning £21000 or more. Therefore if you earn up to £21000 a year there’s nothing to pay back. If you earn £22000 a year your loan repayments would be as little as £7 per month. Call us for more information.
We make every effort to ensure that these course details are accurate. Warwickshire College reserves the right to make alterations. Fees may be indicative at the time of publishing.