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Rugby Studies - BTEC Level 2 Diploma at Myerscough College

Course description

The Level 2 Diploma qualification (formerly First Diploma) is an excellent introductory course for students wishing to further their knowledge of Rugby Studies. It is extremely popular with school leavers and provides practical skills and techniques, combining this with an academic study based around the theories of rugby. The course is designed to give you a broad understanding of the sport, with a view to progressing to one of our Level 3 Diploma courses, or to start work in the industry.

Course content

Students undertake three core units, covering fitness testing and training (designing and programming exercise as well as instruction), practical sport (skills and techniques, rules and regulations, scoring methods, roles and responsibilities of officials and reviewing performance) and anatomy and physiology (structures and functions of organs and body parts and energy and nervous systems in relation to exercise). Additional specialist units cover the planning and leading of sports activities as well as nutritional requirements for rugby performance.

In addition to obtaining the main Level 2 Diploma qualification, students also undertake the NCFE Level 1 Award in Exercise Studies and the Sports Leaders UK Level 2 Award in Sports Leadership.

Entry requirements

Students are normally aged 16 or over and have some level of achievement in GCSE or relevant Further Education qualifications and have gained a minimum of grade D in two or more subjects, including English Language.


A wide range of assessment methods are used during the course, to give all students
the opportunity to maximise their success.

Future opportunities

Progression to Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Rugby Studies.

During the last few years, various players from the Academy have represented Lancashire, England Colleges, and RFU England Squads at Under 18 and Under 20 level. In 2012, there were more Myerscough College Rugby Academy players selected for the England College Elite Squad than any other College in the UK. During this season, seven Rugby Academy students were named in the Sale Sharks Under 18 squad, with the likes of Tim Jeffers, Will Fairclough and Sam Bedlow subsequently signing Academy contracts, following in the footsteps of Mark Jennings, Billy Emmerson, Nathan Fowles, Lee Imiolek, Ally Sutherland, Will Cliff, Chris Leck and Tom Brady.

Additional career opportunities include: Leisure and Recreation Assistant, Fitness Instructor, Sports Coach, Sports Retail, Sports Development, Armed Forces, Sports Instructor.

Further information

The Myerscough College Rugby Academy is a joint venture in partnership with Sale Sharks Rugby and is the accredited RFU Elite Player Development Centre for the North West. Our relationship with Sale Sharks and the RFU allows us to offer students a unique opportunity to train as professional athletes and secure a dream job in professional Rugby Union. It also provides an unrivalled platform for students to demonstrate their talent to one of the leading clubs in AVIVA Premiership Rugby and the chance to break into the Sale Sharks youth or senior squads.

We provide players of all abilities with an unrivalled rugby education. Our team of specialist teaching and coaching staff focus on developing students; as players, coaches, referees and administrators, as well as providing elite training and coaching – on a day-to-day basis – before encouraging students to represent club sides at weekends.

In order to maximise student’s skills development, Academy players are given the opportunity to train at the highest level in professional Rugby with Sale Sharks at their Carrington training ground, coached by the likes of Pete Anglesea and David Wilks.

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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: 14 October 2016
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