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Birmingham Academy of Rugby

All scholars on the Birmingham Academy of Rugby will enrol on a Programme of Study which is aligned to their Qualifications on Entry. Scholars will have 10-14 hours of Rugby Specific Training and Match play combined with Tutorial, Purposeful Work Experience, Maths* or English* (Subject to QoE) alongside their selected Academic Pathway.

Pathway 1
This course develops skills and knowledge by studying a wide range of topics. These will enable the learner to understand key elements and components within the Sport Industry. On this programme, you can develop your knowledge using examples from specifically the Rugby Industry but generally across the Sports Industry. Units that you will study may include:
– Anatomy
– Physiology of fitness
– Sport Psychology
– Fitness Testing
– Fitness Training
– Assessing Risks
– Sports Legacy
– Technical and Tactical Demands of Sport
– Practical Sport
– Sports Coaching
– Rules and Regulations in Sport

Pathway 2
Scholars may opt to study on an A Level Programme. Scholars can take a suitable A Level Subject Combination e.g. Business, Geography & Science subject to availability, subject location and timetabling. This pathway will require further discussion during an interview prior to an offer of a place on the programme.

Pathway 3
Scholars who do not meet the Level 3 Entry requirements can still gain a place on the Rugby Academy but will have to Study a Level 1 or 2 qualification in a College Tutor Group which is not exclusive to the Club Academy.

Course Info

Level 3 - Advanced
Subject Area
Sport & Exercise Sciences
Course Type
16-19 Full-Time
Sutton Coldfield College
Next Start Date
Course Length
35 weeks

Entry Requirements

To study on Pathway 1 or 2, scholars are required to gain 4 GCSE’s at Grade 4 (equivalent to Grade C) or above which should include Maths and English. Scholars who do not achieve Maths or English will be required to retake whilst on the Programme. Scholars who do not achieve the 4 GCSE’s will be required to study for Pathway 3.

Delivery and Assessment

Delivery will be split between Sutton Coldfield College and Walsall Rugby Club. This will normally be in Morning or Afternoon blocks in order to minimise the travel between the college and the club. The Programme of study utilises the club indoor and outdoor facilities for the practical elements of the programme, whereas the College has the IT and Specialist Fitness, Massage and Classroom Resources for many of the taught units. Assessment will be varied and will include a portfolio of practical activities, case studies, projects, reports, presentations and written presentation. In addition, scholars will have externally-assessed work identified in the chosen pathway.


On completion of the Level 3 Foundation Diploma you have the opportunity to progress onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport the following year if you have a) achieved and b) attended well. Alternatively, you may like to consider a career or apprenticeship within the sport or fitness industry. Scholars who have progressed onto the Extended Diploma use the course to gain entry to Higher Education; with many going into careers in teaching, coaching, sports therapy, sports analysis, fitness or nutrition. All students on the Rugby Academy have opportunities to further Personal, Social and Employability Skills. All students have the opportunity to complete their Introductory Coaching Awards (Rugby Ready and Scrum Factory), First Aid and Child Protection qualifications as a mandatory part of the Club/College Offer. There are then progression opportunities to complete any of the following courses: Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Rugby Union; VTCT Sports Massage; Gym Instructing and Personal Training alongside further academic, vocational or under-graduate courses.