Ideally suited to students who would like to gain a qualification whilst continuing to develop their performance levels, this course provides you with the theory-based principles that relate to practical activities. Throughout the course you will gain an understanding of sports coaching, fitness training, be able to analyse sports performance and learn how to organise professional sporting events.
A Sports Team and CACT Football Academy Course:
This course is linked to our Sports Teams and represents an exciting opportunity for aspiring sports professionals. Working with respected organisations, including Charlton Athletic Community Trust, our Sports Teams offer competitive fixtures, professional coaching and the opportunity to develop your skills further.
Extended Diploma - 2 years.
90 Credit Diploma - 1 year.
Five days a week, 34 weeks per year plus work experience
Year 1 Extended Diploma and 90 Credit
- Fitness training and programming
- Sports coaching
- Sports development
- Practical team sports
- Sports injuries
- Sports nutrition
- Principles of anatomy and physiology in sport
- The physiology of fitness
- Assessing risk in sport
- Fitness testing for sport and exercise
- Functional skills/GCSE - English and Maths (90 Credit Only)
Year 2 Extended Diploma
- Work experience in sport
- The athletes’ lifestyle
- Exercise for specific groups
- Talent Identification and development in sport
- Psychology for sports performance
- Organising sports events
- Physical education and the care of children and young people
- Sports facilities and operational management
- Sport and exercise massage
Students will be assessed throughout the course using assignments, tests and practical observations.
180 Credit Diploma
Minimum of 5 GCSEs grades A*- C / 9 - 4 or equivalent (Level 2 Diploma at Merit), which must include GCSEs in English AND maths A*- C / 9 – 4 Grade
90 Credit Diploma
Minimum of 4 GCSEs A*- C / 9 - 4 Grade or equivalent (Level 2 Diploma at Merit), which must include GCSE in English OR maths A*- C / 9 – 4 Grade
- Progression route: 180 Credit Diploma level 3
Extended Diploma - Successful students can progress into higher education or into employment.
90 Credit Diploma - Successful students can progress into the 2nd year of the Extended Diploma or into employment.
Additional Learning Opportunities:
Students may have the opportunity to undertake additional short qualifications as part of their course. These are designed to support future careers.
Specialist Equipment Needed:
In addition to standard college equipment, students will need appropriate sports clothing for practical activities.
Although I had completed my A-Levels at school, upon leaving, I still felt I wasn’t quite ready for university. I did however, want to stay in education. This qualification, alongside the opportunity to improve my football skills through the Tonbridge Angels’ Football Academy, seemed an ideal way to bridge that gap and enhance my knowledge at the same time. The facilities here are excellent. The pitches we play on are of a really high standard – probably one of the best in the league – and the coaches are really knowledgeable. I have really enjoyed playing in the Academy team and the course overall has helped me to develop a better understanding of sport. This will really help me when I’m at university next year studying sports coaching.
- Linkage with Charlton Athletic Community Trust
- Football pitches prepared to FA competitive league standard
- Gymnasium and sports hall
- Outdoor netball and tennis courts
- Treatment room
- Fitness testing equipment
Students benefit from close ties with Charlton Athletic, Tree-Jumpers and other local organisations.
Please note that all programme specifications and course modules are subject to annual change.