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Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE)
Level 3 Diploma in Sporting Excellence and Performance
What does the course involve?
The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with employers and professional bodies. The units provide the underpinning knowledge, skills and behaviours needed for working in the sports industry.
You will undertake a personal audit after developing your understanding of the structure of the industry and of the wide range of organisations in it.
You will explore positive and negative lifestyle factors that affect health and wellbeing.
You will investigate the technical, tactical, physiological and psychological requirements of performing at the highest level.
You will undertake a performance analysis while investigating the coping and management strategies required for engaging with top-level sport.
This will allow you to actively develop and hone both the skills and behaviours required for working in the performance environment.
The Professional Sports Performer unit is 180 guided learning hours and enables a holistic delivery where you will bring together a range of knowledge, skills and behaviours and apply them to a practical environment, mirroring a real working environment.
The most important thing you need in order to undertake this qualification is an enquiring mind, an interest in the sport and active leisure industry, a willingness to explore new ideas and an ability to communicate your ideas effectively.
It is not a requirement for you to have previously completed a sport specific qualification, but it would be appropriate for you to have previously demonstrated the ability to effectively manage and work at Level 3.
It is also intended that this qualification be taken by learners who are training with, or affiliated to, a recognised National Governing Body (NGB) and/or have contract links with professional sports bodies, where the programme of study involves performance in regular organised competitive sport, with the intended purpose of progression to employment as an elite performer, or in elite performance.
Sessions are taught as a mix of individual and group sessions. We adopt different teaching styles to meet your needs, with specialist coaches who have considerable experience working with athletes who have visual impairment.
The RNC Sports Academy works alongside a number of key partners in disability sport including The FA (Football Association), Goalball UK, British Judo Association, England Golf and BBS (British Blind Sport). These links have been instrumental in the success of the RNC Sports Academy, allowing unique access for our students to train alongside other elite athletes, working closely with national team coaches.
At the RNC Sports Academy, we have a range of Sport England’s TASS (Talented Athletes Scholarship Scheme) students and are proud to have achieved TDS (TASS delivery site) status.
Regular tournaments in national and domestic leagues, including goalball (novice, intermediate and elite), football (blind and partially sighted league) and cricket (South West league).
The RNC Sports Academy has links to national programmes and we provide opportunities for you to attend talent identification days for a range of sports. In addition to increased fitness and excellence in sport, our students gain increased confidence, mobility and spatial awareness, social and communication skills, leadership, team work and self-discipline.
One to three years. The Sports Academy is accessible to every RNC student, Sports Academy sessions are flexible to fit in alongside your individualised academic / vocational timetable. Students can receive between one and 10 hours of Sports Academy sessions per week, depending on the individual student.
Where will it take me?
This qualification is aimed primarily at those wishing to pursue a career as a professional sports performer. It may also be suitable for a performer whose second career choice is to work in the performance sport industry. The qualification is likely to attract UCAS tariff points (pending application approval) and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to entry requirements for many related courses. When combined with other qualifications in a two year, full time study programme, learners can progress to higher education degree programmes, such as a BSc(Hons) in Sport Performance Analysis and a BA(Hons) in Sports Studies.
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