Sporting Excellence and Performance Extended Diploma Level 3 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

The sport sector is a fast-growing industry. It is currently worth £39 billion to the economy and continues to grow annually. To help drive the continued success of sport in the UK, there is a need for high quality training of sporting excellence and performance. This course will meet the needs of those who aspire to play sport at an elite level or those who wish to work within the professional sporting excellence and performance industry. In addition, it will also enable successful learners to progress to higher education. The broad study base will provide students to develop their knowledge and skills in a diverse range of subjects, while the vocational experiences will enable students the opportunity to directly apply this towards sporting excellence and performance. This course will also offer specific performance time to improve the technical, tactical and physical ability of the athlete, alongside competing for Team BTC. Alongside our exceptional performance programme we work with an array of professional and semi-professional clubs such as Bristol Bears, Taunton Titans, Bridgwater United WFC, alongside many more. Our partnership clubs provide excellent support services via their networks and also provide robust pathways for our current students into the clubs. Talented BTC sports students with a proven record of success in competitive sport at a regional or national level may wish to apply for a Bridgwater & Taunton College Sports Scholarship. The TASS Dual Career Accreditation Scheme recognises BTC’s commitment to dual career support for talented athletes who are in full time education. Colleges with the mark provide an enhanced level of academic flexibility and understanding which enables talented athletes to balance their studies with a hectic sporting schedule. Achieving the Accreditation formally recognises the institution’s commitment to supporting gifted student-athletes and subsequently giving them the potential to attract future talent.

Assessment Methods

The course involves a mixture of theory and practice relating to sporting excellence and performance. It includes work experience, residential opportunities in the UK and abroad. In addition, learners may have the opportunity to complete a range of NGB coaching and officiating qualifications; this will enhance their professional profile and knowledge of the elite sporting environment. Assessment for the course is through a variety of coursework-based methods including observations, presentations, case studies, assignments and synoptic assessments.

Progression Options

On successful completion, you will be equipped to continue your journey towards a career in elite sport. You may choose to progress into higher education by studying the Foundation Degree in Sports Science with Sports Coaching Education at University Centre Somerset. Alternatively, you could find employment within the sport and leisure industry or progress into a suitable Apprenticeship.

Course Summary

Course Title Sporting Excellence and Performance Extended Diploma Level 3
Entry Requirements

You need five GCSEs in the 9 to 4 range, must be inclusive of either English Language or maths, or a Merit profile in a relevant Level 2 qualification and must be playing sport at an elite level. If you have any queries regarding your eligibility for the course, this can be answered at interview. If not eligible, you will be advised of other suitable courses in the sport curriculum offer.

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