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Rugby Studies - BTEC Level 3 Diploma (options in Rugby Union and Rugby League) at Myerscough College

Course description

The new Level 3 Diploma qualifications (formerly National Award and National Certificate) are popular options for school leavers and young adults. They combine practical-based skills, coaching and competitive fixtures with academic theory and classroom study. The Subsidiary Diploma is a one-year, six-unit, course broadly equivalent to one A Level, whilst the two-year, 12-unit, Diploma is equivalent to two A Levels and is ideal for progression to Higher Education. Students who successfully complete the Subsidiary Diploma can, if they wish, progress directly to the second year of the Diploma.

Course content

In year one, students will learn how to assess risk in rugby (health and safety requirements and checks), the principles of anatomy and physiology and the physiology of fitness and fitness testing. Additional units cover fitness training and programming (designing and delivering training routines), rugby coaching and psychology for rugby performance.

Students who choose the two-year Diploma route can further their interests in the subject during the second year of their programme. Core units include sports nutrition and the technical and tactical skills associated with the game. Students also examine the lifestyles of professional sports personalities, focusing on public appearances, media interviews and financial management. Further units cover analysing sports performance, instructing physical activity and exercise (designing, planning and leading an effective training session) and rugby and exercise massage.

In addition to obtaining the Level 3 qualification, students on the Diploma programme undertake the NCFE Level 1 Award in Exercise Studies. By gaining a valuable insight into coaching and training techniques, students learn the skills needed to examine their own play, along with that of their team, to ensure they improve as a player during their time at College.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade C or above (including English Language and Maths or Science), or an Intermediate Level course (e.g. Level 2 Diploma at Pass including at least one Functional Skill at Level 2), or equivalent qualifications.


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

Future opportunities

Successful completion of the Level 3 Diploma will enable students to progress to Higher Education if desired, although students seeking a more academic course should also consider the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Rugby Studies which contains an additional six units compared to the Diploma.

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

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 19 October 2017
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