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Extended Diploma in Sport (Rugby Academy)

Course Code: C3103
Campus: Castlereagh
Week Commencing: 11 Sep 17
End Date: 17 Jun 18

If you are keen rugby player/sports person then the Belfast Met Rugby Academy course is the course for you. The Belfast Met Rugby Academy is the leading sports academy in Northern Ireland for post GSCE students who wish to pursue a career in playing, coaching or back-room support in Rugby. It provides a unique opportunity to gain an internationally recognised qualification, whilst gaining access to top class coaching and training facilities.

Teaching, learning and assessment is fully contextualised to reflect the comprehensive coaching and sports science support programme that students have access to. Students also get the opportunity to compete for the College team against a mixture of Grammar Schools, High Schools and Club opposition and the ethos is around player development and individual performance rather than just competitive results.

This full-time academic programme is a two year programme which is equivalent to three A Levels. Students may elect to leave after one year gaining a 90 credit diploma which is equivalent to three AS Levels. You will study a range of practical and theoretical units including: Technical and Tactical Skills in Sport, Physiology of Fitness, Sports Coaching, Fitness Testing, Practical Sport, Fitness Training, Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise, Sports Nutrition, Psychology for Sports Performance and Profiling Sports Performance.

There is an annual fee of £300 for training kit and the comprehensive coaching and sports science support programme.

This programme of study is likely to include enrichment units which are an additional component to enhance your employability.

This course session is currently closed for enrolment/applications – it may be offered at a later date – please continue to check our website for updates.

Career Opportunities / Progression

Entry Requirements

Requirements are pre-defined by the College’s admissions criteria which are outlined at the beginning of this document. In addition to achieving the relevant qualification, applicants must be selected at rugby screening days. The academy is open to males and females athletes who would like to improve their skills and understanding of the sport.


Tuition Fee


There is an annual fee of £300 for training kit and the comprehensive coaching and sports science support programme.

All fees are set in accordance with DfE regulations.

Important Information

Opportunities and Progression
Progression to year two of the extended diploma in sport programme is subject to satisfactory completion of year one.    Successful students have the opportunity  to seek employment in the sport, leisure and recreation industry in careers such as professional player, sports development assistant, fitness consultant, health and physical activity co-ordinator, sports coach or leisure centre assistant, or progress to higher education courses such as the HND in Sports Coaching and Development, HND in Sport and Exercise Science or the Foundation Degree in Health, Physical Activity and Sport, in addition to an honours degree at university.

Contact Information

Department Secretary, tel: 028 9026 5332 or email: