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WACC Sports Academy at Walsall Adult & Community College

Course description

WACC Pre-Apprentice Academies are designed with and by employers to get you ready for any apprentice oportunities.

A Pre-apprentice Academy programme offers 25 weeks of job-related training plus at least 4 weeks working with an employer in their company or on-site for work experience.

During the training you develop the basic technical skills in a specific job area as well as the wider skills employers want. This includes English, maths, ICT, time-keeping, teamwork, problem solving, prensentation skills and interview techniques to get you work ready.

If you are a school leaver or unemployed when you join our Pre-apprentice Academy Programme, you will continue to claim all benefits to which you are entitled. Plus fantastic incentives and additional financial support through a FREE travel pass, FREE lunch, FREE workwear, course equipment and a FREE Netbook.

All you need to do is have excellent attendance, work hard on developing your skills and attutude for employment.

Course content

This course offers you the opportunity to learn about Sport and will provide you with a foundation across all the areas involved in Sport. This course covers all areas from coaching a session to understanding the importance of leading a healthy and active lifestyle.

This course is a full-time course and you will get a training allowance to support you. You will also be given a bus pass to cover all transport costs and you will be given a notebook laptop on completion of the course subject to attendance and achievement.

This course is offered at our site at WACC Hawbush Centre Leamore, We will also use a range of practical facilities off-site which includes Walsall Football Club and Walsall Campus Sports Centre. You will have 2 full days of practical lessons during this course.

Depending on your progress, you will gain a level 1 Certificate in Sport, Functional Skills Level 1 in Maths and English and a Level 1 Award in Employability. Your Maths and English will be delivered in a Sports-based way. There may also be an opportunity for you to complete a Lifeguard qualification and a Level 2 Gym Instructor qualification depending on your ability.  


Entry requirements

To gain entry onto this course you need to be working at Entry 3 in both Maths and English. A basic level of swimming would also be an advantage. To succeed on the course you will need to attend regularly and actively participate in learning activities in class.


To apply for this course you will be assessed to attend an information day to find out more about the course. If you decide you would like to apply our helpful guidance staff will be on hand to support you through the application process.


Financial information

This course is FREE for anyone age 16-18 years old and 18 -24 years old if you are inreceipt of a means tested benefit.

There is also an attractive package of incentives and financial support available:

  • FREE travel pass
  • FREE lunch
  • FREE Workwear
  • FREE Netbook
  • Weekly allowance

Future opportunities

You may wish to progress on to an apprenticeship, further training or look to gain employment in the sports industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Walsall Adult & Community College directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Throughout the year
  • Duration: 25 Week Course
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  • Number of planned places: 18


  • More information
    • Walsall Adult and Community College provide learning that is local to you - only a walk, bus or bile-ride away. Out two main learning centres are at our Hawbush Centre in Leamore and our Whitehall Centre in Caldmore - both at the heart of the community.

      You will find at both centres a mature, warm and comfortable learning environment, well supported with ICT and specialist learning facilities to support your learning journey.