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Academy of Sport - Golf Academy at Dearne Valley College (DVC)

Course description

Learning Environment

You will be learning and training in some of the country’s best sporting facilities! This includes a fully commercial, on-site sports centre (DVC Sports), a FIFA 2-star accredited 3G Astroturf pitch, multisport cages, full-size grass football pitches, a sports hall and a state-of-the-art fitness suite.

We use a wealth of sporting equipment and technology used by professional sports clubs, including a sports GPS system, timing gates and various other technological equipment used to measure fitness and performance.

You will also be spending time at the Manvers Boathouse, making the most of the Manvers Lake, its surrounding landscape and its fantastic resources. Great for both team building and confidence building, you will experience the thrill of canoeing, open-water swimming, mountain biking, orienteering, windsurfing, sailing and raft building.

Sports Leaders UK

We are proud to have achieved Sports Leaders UK Leadership Academy status. This prestigious accolade is recognition for the College’s commitment to sport and young people working as sports leaders within the local community.

Sports Academy

Dearne Valley College has one of the longest running Academies of Sport in the UK. With state-of-the-art sports facilities on-site and professional coaches employed by the college to deliver training sessions, DVC is the place to be for aspiring young sports people.

The Academy gives you the chance to study at college whilst pursuing your sporting aspirations and currently includes Football, Rugby, Basketball, Netball and Boxing. All training and competitive fixtures take place during college time. The Sports Academy is available to all full-time learners.

The DVC Sports Academy offers:

  • Specialist training with professional coaches
  • Participation in local, regional and national leagues and competitions
  • The very best training facilities in the region
  • Strength and conditioning sessions tailored to you and your sport
  • Match analysis and regular personal reviews with academy coaching staff
  • Links with local amateur and semi-professional clubs
  • Academy training kit

Sports Maker

Dearne Valley College has one of the UK’s 153 Sport England Sports Makers – whose mission is to increase the number of 14 to-25-year olds who actively participate in sports.

Our Sports Maker organises a wide range of activities that all students can access, including:

  • Lunchtime and after-college sports clubs
  • Inter-college sports leagues and competitions
  • Opportunities for students to take a leading or managerial role in sport
  • Sports volunteering opportunities

Work Experience

Gaining experience in the workplace will give your portfolio a boost and will show employers that you have gained a broad range of work skills whilst studying for your qualifications. This is a great way to improve your confidence around both clients and colleagues.

Our Placement Officers will find you a suitable workplace, where you will undertake a work placement for a minimum of 30 hours throughout the academic year. Depending on which qualification you are working toward, this may be in a block or split over a number of weeks.

Upon successful completion of your work placement, we would hope that you would gain a glowing work reference for your portfolio. It is also an excellent opportunity to develop links with a business who may be interested in employing an Apprentice, or could lead to future employment.

Events and Trips

An important part of learning your trade is to gain inspiration from others, whether it’s a team building day at Alton Towers, or an excursion to a sports stadium, we endeavour to provide you with opportunities outside of college to broaden your knowledge of the industry.

In previous years students have enjoyed action packed visits to the Hollowford Centre, where you can try your hand at canoeing, kayaking, caving, hill walking, orienteering, raft building, rock climbing, rope courses or zip wire. Residential trips have included sampling the fantastic sports facilities and places of interest in Barcelona, and Skiing in Bulgaria.

We have excellent links with universities who specialise in sports courses. Previous students have enjoyed visits to the University of Huddersfield, Sheffield Hallam University and Teesside University.

English and Maths

Alongside your main programme you will also attend classes in English and Maths. Developing these key skills will not only help you with your college work, but will also prepare you for your future including employment or further education.

A future in Sport may involve mathematical tasks such as calculating sports related statistics, fitness testing results, organising numerical data relating to designing fitness programmes or calculating the costs of various sports products. Similarly, improving your English will lead to increased communication skills with employers, clients, event co-ordinators, etc.

Good written skills would be required to promote, advertise, complete risk assessments and communicate with other organisations. Efficient reading skills would assist you when locating information about key sporting events, applying for project funding or responding to requests for information about sporting activities/events.

Additional Qualifications

As well as your chosen course, you may also have the opportunity to undertake a variety of additional qualifications throughout your time at Dearne Valley College which will boost your CV and career aspirations! These additional qualifications include:

  • Level 1 and 2 Award /Certificate in Nutrition and Health (NCFE)
  • Level 1 Award in Nutrition for Physical Activity (NCFE)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Emergency First Aid
  • Community Sports Leaders Awards
  • Higher Sports Leader Award
  • NEW Bronze/Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • CYQ Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Learning in Physical Education and School Sport (1st for Sport)
  • Level 3 Sports Massage
  • Level 1 Football Coaching Award
  • Level 1 Football Refereeing Award
  • Level 1 Basketball Coaching Award
  • Level 1 Basketball Referee Award
  • Level 1 Basketball Table Officiating Award
  • British Canoe Union Level 1 & 2 Star Awards
  • Gear Mountain Biking Award
  • Level 1 & 2 Mountain Bike Activity Leadership


You will be required to wear appropriate clothing and footwear when undertaking practical sport.

Assessment Methods

  • Portfolio: You will create a portfolio or workbook of evidence such as practical work, presentations and case studies
  • Assignments: You will be given specific assignments or projects to complete
  • Practical and Group Work: Your tutor will assess you completing practical work in the workshop or workplace
  • Some courses also have one or two end-of-unit tests

Personalised learning Programme

As part of your main programme you will have the opportunity to select units to specialise within an area that you may be passionate about or that reflects your career aspirations. The Personalised Learning Programme is unique to Dearne Valley College which allows you to gain a qualification tailored to you.

There are a number of pathways to choose from including:

  • Performance and Excellence
  • Development, Coaching and Fitness
  • Outdoor Adventure

All of these pathways feature a number of specialist units which will enable you to develop essential skills required for gaining employment or furthering your qualifications to achieve your goals.

Course content

The Dearne Valley College Golf Academy will utilise the state-of-the-art facilities at The Waterfront Golf Course which is located less than a mile away from the College’s main Manvers Campus. Set in 170 acres of beautiful established parkland, the course offers breath-taking views of the surrounding Old 
Moor Nature Reserve and Manvers Lake. The Academy will benefit from the stunning 9-hole golf course which incorporates 18 different Tees, measures over 6500 yards and is one of the longest of its kind in the UK. With USGA specification greens, strategically placed bunkers & tight fairways, it is a ‘true test of 
your golf prowess!’Professional PGA Golf Coaches will work on improving your technique and help further enhance & improve your golf game.
You’ll benefit from:
• Private teaching bays
• Video & iPad technology
• Chipping & pitching area
• Practice putting green 

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements:

• 4-5 GCSEs grade A* to C

• Or successful completion of a full Level 2 vocational programme at Merit or above

• You will attend a college-based assessment for English and Maths, in which you will need to achieve a Literacy Level 1


Assessment Methods

  • Portfolio: You will create a portfolio or workbook of evidence such as practical work, presentations and case studies
  • Assignments: You will be given specific assignments or projects to complete
  • Practical and Group Work: Your tutor will assess you completing practical work in the workshop or workplace
  • Some courses also have one or two end-of-unit tests

Financial information

Money Matters

The College has a number of funds which are there to help support you if you find yourself in financial difficulties that are affecting your attendance at college or your studies.

16–19 Bursary

If you’re aged between 16 and 19 years and in full-time education or training, you may be eligible for a mandatory or discretionary bursary. Young people in the following groups are eligible to receive a mandatory bursary of up to £1,200 a year.

  • Young people in care
  • Care leavers
  • Young people claiming income support/Universal Credit in their own name
  • Disabled young people who receive both Employment Support Allowance/Universal Credit and Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in their own name

However, other students facing genuine financial difficulties may be awarded a smaller, discretionary bursary which is means-tested and allocated based on specific priorities and eligibility criteria.

College eligibility criteria are currently based on a maximum household income of £25,000, good standards of behaviour, and over 90% attendance.

The bursary can help with costs such as food, transport, books and other course-related equipment and/or essentials.

Learner Support and Welfare Fund

The Discretionary Learner Support Funds can be used to buy equipment, help with travel expenses, childcare, and other costs related to attending college to study. These means-tested funds are limited, and allocated based on specific priorities and criteria.

If you are 19 years old or more, have a good attendance and your gross household income does not exceed £25,000, you could be eligible for these funds. The College also operates a small discretionary Emergency Welfare Fund to help students in crisis situations. Funds are limited and are intended to help in the short term.

Support with Childcare Costs

The College may be able to provide support for your childcare costs if you are a full-time student, either for part of, or for the full year.

If you are 20 years old or more, the College receives funding which may contribute towards the childcare you require.

In addition, young people under the age of 20 with childcare needs may be eligible for childcare and travel costs through the national ‘Care to Learn’ scheme. Find out if you’re eligible by visiting:

16-18 Student Concessionary Bus Pass

If you are attending college on a full-time basis and you meet the qualifying criteria, you may be eligible for a concessionary bus pass for bus and tram travel, and halved fares on local Northern Rail services in South Yorkshire.

For more information and to apply online, please visit:

Free school Meals

If you are aged 16 to 18 on 31st August 2014, you may be eligible for free school meals if you or your parents are in receipt of certain benefits. Please visit the Student Services Centre for more information.

NUS Extra Card

NUS extra is the ultimate, must-have student card! It gives you access to hundreds of discounts exclusively for students – including ASOS, Amazon, Topshop, House of Fraser, National Express, New Look, JJB Sports, Pizza Hut, Superdrug and many, many more.

The card costs just £12 and can be purchased directly from the NUS website:

Future opportunities

Opportunities after the course:

• You may have the opportunity to progress onto an Apprenticeship or study sport at a higher level

• Depending on the UCAS points you have gained, you may wish to progress to a Higher Education course.

• Dearne Valley College offers a Foundation Degree in Sport and Exercise, validated by the University of Teesside

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 03 October 2016
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    • A 2014 Ofsted report officially commended Dearne Valley College as an overall ‘GOOD’ college, in fact all areas of the college that were inspected were commended as ‘GOOD’ too.  

      A full copy of the report is available at, however here are just some of the reports highlights.

      Why we are good:

      “Success rates for 16- to 18-year-old students are high”

      “Practical, vocational and employability skills are developed effectively”

      “Support for students is highly effective”

      “Much teaching is good”

      “The culture and ethos of the college promote mutual respect and positive attitudes to learning”

      “Leadership and management have effectively brought about significant improvement since the previous inspection”

      Outcomes for learners

      “Overall success rates have shown steady improvement over three years and are now well above the national average”
      Our success rate for 2012/13 was 90%, which is 6% above national average.

      “Achievement rates have also improved well and were significantly above the national average in 2013”
      Our achievement/pass rate for 2012/13 was 97%, which is 3% above the national average.

      “Students develop good practical and vocational skills” 

      “The culture and ethos in the college encourage students to recognise the importance of mathematics and English”
      All our 16 to 18 year olds learners work towards improving their study mathematics and English attainment.

      “Students enjoy coming to college and this is reflected in their high attendance rates”

      The quality of teaching, learning and assessment

      “Teaching, learning and assessment are good which is reflected in the high success rates for students”

      “Good support arrangements help those students with barriers to learning to achieve and make sustained progress”

      “Teachers use their industrial experience well to develop students’ vocational skills”
      Our staff refresh their industry skills via our thorough staff development programme.

      “Students with additional learning needs are carefully identified at an early stage and offered flexible bespoke assistance”
      The College proudly holds the Matrix Quality Standard for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance.

      “The college pays close attention to equality and diversity”
      The College is proud to have gained Investors in Diversity Status.

      “Students respect each other and their views are valued and taken seriously”

      “Students enjoy working in safe environments and understand the importance of safe working practice”

      What our students say:

      “I feel safe at College” – 98% of students asked agree

      “I know the kind of support I can get from College” – 97% of students asked agree

      “I am aware that English, Maths and IT forms part of my course” – 97% of those asked agree

      “I understand the rights of others to be treated with respect” – 99% of those asked agree

      “The College will not permit bullying in any form” – 99% of those asked agree

      “I feel I am on the right course” – 98% of those asked agree

      Source: 2013 Induction Survey


      Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They report directly to Parliament and are independent and impartial. They inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.