BTEC Extended Diploma
Coaching, Fitness & Development

Duration: 2 Years
Level: 3

What are the entry requirements?
5 GCSE's at Grade A* - C including Maths and English or BTEC First Diploma at Merit Level plus a successful interview and satisfactory references.

Assessment is by a combination of coursework and external assessment.  

University degree.

Why study this subject?
This programme is equivalent to 3 A Levels and provides direct access to university.
Learners cover a variety of different topics, which include:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Exercise & Physiology
  • Sports Coaching
  • Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Psychology for Sports Performance
  • Sociology of Sport

FA Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Football

Course Description:
This course introduces you to the first technical step on the coaching ladder and includes theory on the use of different coaching styles, understanding players’ nutritional needs and planning and preparing coaching sessions for both adults and children.
The Certificate offers an opportunity for potential football coaches to be supported in developing the knowledge of how to effectively plan, conduct and evaluate football coaching sessions. It will also introduce the candidates to an appreciation of the principles of the game, both attacking and defending, and how to utilise this knowledge for invasion games.

The practical elements of the course will provide the candidate with understanding of the principles of attacking and defending, as well how to coach basic techniques of Passing, Ball Control, Dribbling, Running with the ball, Turning, Finishing and Heading
In addition candidates will have the opportunity to undertake two observed practical coaching sessions with their Tutor and receive feedback based on selected criteria.

Course Pre-requisites
This is a bolt-on course and is run in conjunction with all other courses available in the 6th Form prospectus. Entry to this course is entirely at the discretion of the Director of Football.

Prior to certification, learners are required to:

  • Hold as minimum a current FA/HSE Emergency Aid Certificate and must have attended The FA Workshop 'Safeguarding CHildren in Football' (both these courses are run in-house at a cost to the candidate of approximately £40)

Level 2 Diploma in Health, Exercise and Fitness Studies

Duration: 1 Year
Level: 2

Why study this subject?
This qualification is aimed at the learner who wants to pursue a career in the health and fitness industry as a fitness instructor in the context of gym-based exercise.

Entry requirements:
A good level of physical fitness and a keen interest health related studies is desirable. Also 4 GCSE's at D or above including Maths or English, plus a successful interview and satisfactory references.

Multiple choice written exam, practical observation and written work products.

Level 3 certificate in personal training.

Learners will cover:

  • Anatomy and physiology including; the heart and circulatory system, the respiratory system, structure and function of the skeleton, musculoskeletal system, postural and core stability, the nervous and energy systems and their relation to exercise.
  • How to maintain health, safety and welfare in a variety of fitness environments, including the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults.
  • How to programme safe and effective exercise for a range of clients, the health benefits of physical activity and the importance of healthy eating.
  • How to communicate with clients effectively, and motivate clients to adhere to exercise.
  • The skills and knowledge required to plan and prepare a gym-based exercise programme with apparently healthy adults - both individuals and groups. This may include young people in the 14-16 age range, provided they are part of a larger adult group. Client groups also covered are older adults, ante and postnatal clients and disabled clients provided the relevant contraindications and key safety guidelines are observed.

Sixth Form - A Level Options

It is possible to study traditional A Levels, such as Business, English or Science, and still play for the football academy.  Students who opt for this pathway will be required to follow the Sixth Form timetable rather than the separate football academy schedule, therefore forsaking some of the benefits that football academy students receive.  Students who select the main Sixth Form option will still train and play matches with the rest of the academy.   For more details on the wider selection of A Level courses on offer please visit http://www.sandwich-tech.kent.sch.uk/128/sixth-form-prospectus