Sports Performance and Excellence

Reaseheath Ladies’ and Men’s Football Academies

Leading to a Level 2 or Level 3 Diploma

Based at Reaseheath College, you’ll train for up to 8 hours a week with coaches developing your technical and physical skills through strength and conditioning sessions.

You’ll explore industry specific theory modules and undertake invaluable industry based work experience.

This course is supported by Crewe Alexandra Ladies FC.

Level 3 Diplomas

What will I study?

Depending on your level of study (Extended Diploma, Diploma or Subsidiary) you will study all or some of the following modules:

  • Principles of anatomy and physiology (1/2 unit)
  • The physiology of fitness (1/2 unit)
  • Assessing risk in sport
  • Fitness training and programming
  • Fitness testing for sport and exercise
  • Sports nutrition
  • Psychology for sports performance
  • Technical and tactical skills in sport
  • The athlete’s lifestyle
  • Sports coaching
  • Exercise, health and lifestyle
  • Instructing physical activity and exercise
  • Sports injuries
  • Analysis of sports performance
  • Sport and exercise massage
  • Organising sports events
  • Sport as a business
  • Work experience in sport
  • Research investigation in sport and exercise sciences
  • You will have the opportunity to work towards additional qualifications
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 2 years (Extended or Diploma), full-time
  • 1 year (Subsidiary Diploma), full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

Extended Diploma

  • At least 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above to include English, Maths and Science, or
  • Level 2 Diploma in Sport at Distinction grade or equivalent Level 2 Diploma

Diploma

  • At least 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above including English, Maths and preferably Science or PE, or
  • Level 2 Diploma in Sport at Merit or Distinction grade or equivalent Level 2 Diploma

Subsidiary Diploma

  • At least 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above including English and Maths, or
  • Level 2 Diploma in Sport at merit grade or equivalent Level 2 Diploma

You must be able to demonstrate a good level of football playing ability, this will be assessed if needed through a trial or reference.

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

  • Degree in a sports related area (Extended Diploma and Diploma)

Career options

  • Nutritionist
  • Gym instructor
  • Coach
  • Physio’s assistant
  • Referee
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Personal trainer
Level 2 Diploma

What will I study?

  • Fitness for sport and exercise
  • Practical sports performance
  • The mind and sports performance
  • The sports performer in action
  • Training for personal fitness
  • Leading sports activities
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Injury and the sports performer
  • Running a sports event
  • Carrying out a sports related project
  • Designing exercise programmes
  • Work experience in sport
  • You will have the opportunity to work towards additional qualifications
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 1 year, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • 4 GCSEs at grades D or above including English and Maths, or
  • Foundation Level 1 in Sport and Active Leisure
  • You must be able to demonstrate a good level of football playing ability, this will be assessed if needed through a trial or reference

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Working in sports shops, leisure centres and gyms
Additional qualifications

We offer the following qualifications at a discounted cost:

  • FA Level 1 Football Coaching
  • Sports Leaders
  • Level 2 Gym Instructors
  • Others are available
Team sports and the gym

Sports teams at Reaseheath

As a member of the Reaseheath Football Academy you will represent the college throughout the year in the Association of Colleges (AoC) Sports Leagues. This year our ladies football team finished 2nd in the league, just missing out on the title by 1 point.

There will also be opportunities for you to trial with the Crewe Alexandra Football Club.

The college also offers recreational sports including Tough Rugby, Indoor 24 crickets and badminton. To find out more about these sports and our college teams visit the sports teams pages on our website.

The College gym

This state-of-the-art facility is fully equipped with top specification machines including an Olympic lifting platform, free weights area and Technogym cardiovascular and resistance machines.

To find out more about our gym and how to become a member visit the College gym pages on our website.

Duke of Edinburgh

We are now offering the Gold Duke of Edinburgh award across college to all students.  So if you are between the ages of 16-25 you can sign up to Duke of Edinburgh here at Reaseheath.

Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2017 the tuition fees and exam costs are free for our courses. If you are aged 19 or over you may have to pay a fee.

You may also be required to pay costs associated with study tours or additional qualifications.

For more information on fees and to find out about what financial support may be available to you visit the student finance pages on our website.

Transport

Our college buses pick up over 1,000 students each day from a wide area. The cost of daily transport is subsidised if travelling on the College bus service. To find out the cost of transport and a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.

Accommodation

At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for 785 students. If you are aged over 16 and studying on a full-time course you may apply for a residential place. Visit the accommodation pages on our website for more information.

How do I apply?

If you have found a course you are interested in and are in Year 11 or above you can apply now online. For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find out more information about this course on our FAQs page.

Student Success
George Cooper

Crewe Alexandra FC forward

Reaseheath College

Age: 18

Talented Crewe Alexandra FC forward George Cooper has been crowned ‘Apprentice of the Year’ for League 1 in a national competition ‘run by the League Football Education (LFE).

The first team player was chosen over entrants from clubs nationwide for the outstanding progress he made in both his sport and academic studies while he has been an apprentice at the famous Crewe Alex Football Academy.

George, 18, was put forward for the competition after impressing Reaseheath College Lecturer in Sports Performance Lauren Goff, Head of Education at Crewe Alex Dave Whiteside and Regional Officer for the LFE Keith Leighton with his progress both on the pitch and with his college studies. His selection, over ten other football apprentices, was announced at The Football League Awards earlier this month.

George, who lives in Warrington, was offered a three year professional contract by Crewe Alex last April and has played and scored in several League One matches. As well as continuing his football training with the club, he has been studying sports related topics and key skills at Reaseheath College in Nantwich, with fellow Academy members.

Read the full story here.