Ireland’s only full-time Boxing Academy has been developed to offer students aged 16+ the opportunity to gain a recognised academic and vocational qualification whilst confidently progressing their boxing fitness and skills. This exciting, innovative one-year programme will provide students the opportunity to gain both a vocational fitness industry qualification at level 2 whilst improving their academic achievement to the equivalent of 4/5 GCSEs Grade A – C. Successful applicants will cover a wide range of subjects including anatomy & physiology for fitness, planning training programmes, working in the leisure industry, instructing group exercise and skills for successfully entering employment. Students will also be given the opportunity to complete essential skills literacy and numeracy as well as gain an IABA Level 1 Boxing Coaches Award. There is also a mandatory requirement for learners to have access to employer engagement and work experience which will be facilitated and supported by the academic staff.
Students will also engage on a full time structured boxing training programme delivered by fully qualified coaches as well as being provided with training and sports science support. There may also be opportunities to travel overseas to compete against and train with other college boxing academies as well as represent Belfast met in intervarsity boxing tournaments.
Career Opportunities / Progression
Successful students can progress onto the Active IQ level 3 diploma in exercise referral as well as the BTEC Level 3 Extended diploma in sport or A-levels. Students can also progress into employment within the fitness and leisure industry as a personal fitness instructor, group exercise instructor or leisure attendant.
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/
The academy is open to both male and female students of all abilities, aged 16+, who are either currently involved within the sport of amateur boxing or would be interested in becoming involved either as an athlete/coach/judge/referee. Applicants for the course may also be required to attend a compulsory practical screening day in order to assess their interest and willingness to participate. Preference may be given to those with a keen interest employment in the fitness industry.
All applicants must attend a pre-entry guidance session.
There is an annual fee of £120 for training kit, trips and coaching support/facilities.
All fees are set in accordance with DfE regulations.