Sport Performance and Excellence (Elite Performance)

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Location Start Date Day Time Fees Duration
Moreton Morrell 05-Sep-2016 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu and Fri 09:30 - 16:15 * see below 2 Year(s)

What will I study?

Year 1 - Candidates will complete a Level 3 90 Credit Diploma

Students will continue onto Year 2 if they have successfully completed Year 1.

 Year 2 - Candidates will continue into the second year to complete a Level 3 Extended Diploma

The aim of thisprogramme is to develop your knowledge and experience of Sport and enable you to progress your skills in communication, problem solving, information technology and planning. The course focuses heavily on the development of sport (from participation level to elite performance), applied coaching principles, basic business principles and the fitness demands required for sports performance.

Students whose aim it is to be employed as an athlete, coach, trainer or work in a sport and fitness training environment. This qualification is equivalent to 3 A Levels and prepares students to go on to higher education or into the workplace.

What modules are covered?

Year 1

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.

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.

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.

Practical 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.

Sports Coaching
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.

Year 2

Profiling Sports Performance
This unit enables the learner to explore the role and function of performance profiling in sport and the application of profiling to the design, monitoring and evaluation of a sports performance action plan.

Sports Nutrition >
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.

Sports Injuries
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.

Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport
In this unit learners will examine the rules of a selected sport. The unit requires learners to understand the roles and responsibilities of all the officials who participate in a selected sport. Learners are also required to analyse the performance of officials in a selected sport, as well as officiate a selected sport themselves.

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

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

5 GCSE passes at GRADE A* - C, which must include 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 or individual discipline.
A Level 2 First Diploma in Sport with a Merit profile over the range of modules studied (this should include evidence of some distinction level work) plus GCSE in  English.

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?

Students must attend all aspects of the Study Programme, including Work Experience, non qualification sessions and enterprise weeks.

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 first year at college. There will also be a requirement to take GCSE Maths in the second year.  Students may not be able to fully participate in some league games, due to GCSE study.  Students may choose to attend evening class at an alternative centre at their own cost.

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 be organising community events, coaching local primary schools, participating in volunteering activities with National Governing Bodies, British Colleges Sport and other sporting groups. All of these activities will develop the students’ skills and experience for university or work progressions. 

Additional Qualifications: Learners will also 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 Level 1 Award in Coaching Football or Basketball. In year two learners study the 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 9.30 am to 4.15 pm Monday to Friday based on college terms. The course is delivered over 4 days, with the fifth day being a study day.  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.

Uniform: All clothing to be paid for by the learner. A College polo shirt is required for the course and is available to buy online. The polo shirt will be required to be worn for specialist units.  Students attending this qualification must wear suitable sports and fitness wear for practical activity and must wear trainers.  In addition, for health and safety reasons and industry expectations, students will be expected to remove jewellery during exercise.  Any facial piercings or earrings will need to be taped over or removed during practical activity.  Students are permitted to wear studs in the ears.

 Prices are subject to change up to the point of enrolment.

English and Maths

English and maths qualifications are vitally important for future employers and universities, so the government has made it a priority for students to improve these skills.

Entry Level / Level 1 and Level 2: We’re here to help you on your journey, so if you do not achieve grade A*-C in GCSE English and/or maths, then you will study English and/or maths as part of your college course.

Students who achieve a D grade will be placed on the relevant GCSE programme, while students who achieve an E or below will be assessed to ensure they are placed on the right study programme for their ability.

Level 3 programmes: You will need to meet the course entry requirements specified on the course information above. For the majority of our Level 3 courses, students will need grade A*-C in GCSE English and/or maths. If this is not specified in the course entry requirement, then you may be able to study English and/or maths as part of your college course.

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?

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Course tuition fees are free for UK students under 19yrs.

All students may be charged for materials e.g. equipment, clothing etc.

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.

Advanced Learning Loan

If you are 19 or over at the 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 could be as little as £7 per month. Call us on 0300 456 0049 for more information.

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