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Sutton Coldfield Rugby Academy

All scholars on the Rugby Academy 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.

This vocational sport specific pathway develops skills and knowledge by studying a wide range of sports related 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 Golf Industry but generally across the Sports Industry. Units that you will study may include:

Key Modules for Sports Science include:
– Anatomy & Physiology
– Sports Nutrition
– Sports Psychology
– Fitness Testing

Key Modules for Sports Coaching and Development include:
– Careers in The Sports & Active Leisure Industry
– Health, Well-being and Sport
– Developing Coaching Skills
– Sports Psychology
– Self-Employment in Sport

Key Modules for Fitness Development include:
Modules are the same as the Coaching Route except for the Coaching Skills Module is replaced by Fitness Development & Fitness Training Modules.

1. Sutton Coldfield College
2. Variety of Rugby Locations including BVGS; Lichfield Rugby Club

Course Info

No Level - Recreational
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 the Rugby Union Programme, 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 meet the Level 3 Entry requirements will 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.

Delivery and Assessment

Delivery will be split between Sutton Coldfield College and Rugby specific training sites. 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 local community 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 and leisure industry. Those studying at Level 1 or 2 will progress to the next level if they meet the progression criteria. 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.