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Extended Diploma in Sport (Rugby Academy)

Course Code: C3103
Campus: Castlereagh
Week Commencing: 10 Sep 18
18/19 Academic Year End Date:
23 Jun 19

If you are passionate about sport and love rugby, then the Belfast Met Rugby Academy 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, teaching, or back-room support in sport or Rugby. It provides a unique opportunity to gain an internationally recognised qualification, whilst gaining access to top class coaching, training facilities and sport science support (Online video analysis, GPS statistics & access to physiotherapy).

Teaching, learning and assessment is fully contextualised to reflect the comprehensive coaching and sports science support programme that students have access to.

As part of the course and integrated learning, students will receive the opportunity to compete for the following teams:

  • The Belfast Met College U18 XV against a mixture of Grammar Schools 1st – 3rd XV’s, High Schools.
  • The Belfast Met Rugby Club U18 XV who play in the IRFU Ulster Branch League and Cup Competitions.
  • The Belfast Met College Student Sport Ireland (18yrs+) against the Colleges’ and Universities around Ireland.

Whilst there are many competitions, the ethos is around player development and individual performance rather than just competitive results, with all practical experience being used to complement the theory taught in the classroom and aligned to the continuous assessments.

This full-time academic programme is a two year programme which is equivalent to three A-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. Should you be selected to go on the annual performance tour there may be an additional surcharge added.

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


Career Opportunities / Progression

Entry Requirements

Requirements are pre-defined by the College’s admissions criteria which are outlined at http://www.belfastmet.ac.uk/full-time/entry-criteria-further-education/

In addition to achieving the relevant qualification, applicants must attend rugby screening days where their technical, physical skills and attitude will be assessed and used as an admission criteria. The academy is open to males and females (playing 15s and 7s rugby) athletes, who would like to improve their skills and understanding of the sport.

All applicants must attend a pre-entry guidance session.In addition to achieving the relevant qualification, applicants must attend rugby screening days where their technical, physical skills and attitude will be assessed and used as an admission criteria. The academy is open to males and females (playing 15s and 7s rugby) athletes, who would like to improve their skills and understanding of the sport.

All applicants must attend a pre-entry guidance session.

Cost

Tuition Fee

£300.00

Fees relate to year one of this two–year course

All fees are set in accordance with DfE regulations.

Important Information

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 asprofessional 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 Part-Time HND Sports Academy (Sports Coaching and Development) or the Full-Time 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

Contact: Department Secretary, tel: 028 9026 5332 or email: [email protected]

Rugby Academy Coordinator, tel: 02890265080 or email:  [email protected]