King’s College is one of the sports powerhouses of the West Country and enjoys a national reputation for sporting excellence in a number of different games. The facilities are first-class, with ambitious plans to extend them further still in the coming years. All this in a school with a strong tradition of academic success and which provides well for a wide range of other activities such as music and drama. The boarding at King’s is excellent, and pupils enjoy a vibrant and supportive social life.
The Course – BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sport
This is an exciting new opportunity for 16 or 17 year olds who are looking to pursue a different style of learning and education.
This qualification is suited to pupils who have a passion and enthusiasm for sport and are interested in pursuing a career in the sports industry. Pupils have the option to study an additional A level alongside their BTEC Sport studies.
With the introduction of the Diploma as well as the Extended Diploma, many pupils may find this a more manageable option if they are keen to take an additional A level. The Diploma is equivalent to studying two A levels.
This qualification is assessed through external examinations, with some units being assessed through internal assignments that can be in the form of written assignments, presentations or practical assessments. Pupils recently finishing the two-year programme have gone onto university to study courses such as Sports Science, Sports Coaching and Sports Rehabilitation.
King’s offers a positive and creative learning environment with excellent facilities, including a designated fully-equipped IT suite. Pupils studying BTEC Sport also get opportunities to visit professional sporting environments and meet those who work in the sports industry, whether performance analysts, nutritionists, sports therapists or current/ex players, in order to enhance their learning experience.
What's Your Sport?
Some pupils wish to specialise in a particular sport, and are supported to do so through various internal and external training opportunities. We have had some pupils go on to sign professional contracts with county cricket teams.
If you do not wish to specialise in a particular sport, you will still have access to the wide range of King’s sports and be able to work with passionate and experienced coaches to develop your skills and opportunities.
- The course is equivalent to three A levels (Extended Diploma).
- The Diploma is equivalent to two A levels.
- This is a full time two-year course.
- The course incorporates six to eight hours of sport per week, including training and fixtures.
- Some units are mandatory, as part of the course: anatomy and physiology; business in sport; development and provision of sport; and skill acquisition.
- Pupils can to choose optional units: outdoor education; sports psychology; injuries in sport; and sports massage.
- Some bursarial fee assistance and a limited number of scholarships will be available.
- We welcome applications from any pupil aged 16 to 17 years.
Aimee joined King's in 2015. Educated locally, Aimee studied at the University of Southampton where she completed an undergraduate degree and a PGCE. Aimee is planning to study for a Masters degree in the next academic year.
Brendan is a teacher of GCSE PE and the BTEC Level 3 Diploma course. He is also coaches our rugby, football, cricket and golf teams. Prior to joining King's he taught at a local secondary school for 10 years.