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Academy - Premier Leaders at Derby College

Course description

The Premier Leaders Academy programme focusses on the development and leadership of sport. Learners need to have a passion for sport but need not be actively involved in playing sport.
Premier Leaders help to advance the organisation and delivery of sport and leisure activities across the College and into the wider community - from organising tournaments and fixtures to leading and promoting sports activities. The programme is an opportunity for them to develop these important skills while studying academic qualifications in Sport to enhance their career prospects.
The College‚Äôs commitment to health and lifestyle management - covering areas such as nutrition, stress and fitness - enables Premier Leaders to work with a diverse range of people. The programme is an excellent choice for learners wishing to work within sports promotion, sports development, leadership or facility management.

Course content

The course includes:
  • An extensive programme of sports leadership opportunities
  • Opportunities to engage with large local events such as the Ramathon, Derby 10k and health events
  • Guidance and job evaluation from the College's further education sports co-ordinator
  • Collaboration with sports facility managers and sports activators

All learners will study a full-time Sport qualification alongside the Premier Leaders Academy requirements. For further information regarding the content of these programmes, please see our Sports Coaching and Development course pages.

Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from individuals who are highly motivated to engage in the College's health agenda and who show a desire and willingness to develop their leadership, management and sports promotion skills.
Entry to the Level 3 Sport course requires candidates to have a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grades (including English and Maths). However learners with a grade D in one of these subjects may be accepted subject to screening results.


Learners will build a portfolio based around evidence generated by the various assessment methods in each unit.  They can expect to be assessed through:

  • practical demonstration
  • logbooks and performance records
  • written reports and essays
  • presentations
  • workbooks
  • discussions and vivas

Future opportunities

Further study
The course provides an excellent platform for progression to the:
  • BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness) (Year 2)
  • University of Derby Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching
You may also wish to train further or seek employment in the sports and active leisure industry as a sports leader, sports development assistant, PE teacher or health and wellness advisor. The skills gained on the course are, however, transferable to a wider range of job areas.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Derby College directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2016

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