About The Course
This qualification is ideal for learners who are interested in pursuing a career in the sports industry. This unique programme will give you the opportunity to tailor your course to your area of interest where you will have the choice of one of two sports pathways: Sports Coaching or Sport, Exercise and Fitness.
You will study core modules as well as modules specific to your pathway and have the opportunity to gain a specific additional qualification which will enable you to access employment in this area.
You will learn in dedicated classrooms equipped with interactive learning technology, with access to high-quality facilities including a full-sized Sports Hall, a fully-equipped fitness centre and a separate strength and conditioning facility. You will also learn through a range of relevant trips, visits and guest lectures.
Five GCSEs or equivalent at grade 4 or above including English, maths and preferably PE and science. A Level 2 Diploma in Sport at Merit/Distinction grade (or equivalent) and GCSE English and maths at grade 4 or above will also be considered. All applicants must successfully complete an academic interview.
At BCA we have:
- 100% pass rate across all sports programmes
- 95% of our students go on to full-time employment or further higher education
- Excellent links with local sports clubs including our Football Academy partnership with Maidenhead FC.
The full two year programme is the equivalent to 3 A levels, preparing the students to progress onto Higher Education studying a range of subjects at University such as Sports Therapy, Sports Management, Sports Science & Coaching, Sports Teaching, and many more.
Alternatively, this course is perfect preparation for students wishing to go into employment or an apprenticeship in sport and/or fitness industry.
Over the duration of the two year course you will study a wide variety of modules developing your skills and knowledge in a range of sports related disciplines.
Students must study all of the following core modules:
- Health, Wellbeing and Sport
- Applied Coaching Skills
- Research Project
- Sport Development
- Sport Psychology
- Nutrition for Physical Performance
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Sporting Injuries
- Functional Sports massage
- Fitness Testing
- Fitness training
- Technical and Tactical Skills
- Influence of Technology in Sport
Plus a selection of further modules including:
- Sports Massage
- Sports Injuries
- Instructing Physical Activity
- Sport as a Business
- Physical Education and the Care of Children & Young People
- Talent ID
Learners will begin on a one-year Foundation Diploma, equivalent to 1.5 A-Levels. Successful completion of year one will lead to progression onto the second year where they will study an additional 90 credits to achieve an Extended Diploma, equivalent to 3 A-Levels. Students will also have the opportunity to gain further qualifications in leadership, coaching and fitness instructing.
The course will develop individuals’ knowledge and skills across a range of disciplines which develop an in-depth understanding of how optimum sporting performance can be achieved. This is designed for individuals who are keen to develop their own sporting performance or those who want to pursue a career developing elite athletes.
This course is fully internally assessed which will be via a variety of methods including:
- Written reports
- Practical observations
1 week of external work placement in the sports industry is required in each year of study.