This elite basketball course is a player development programme for learners aged between 16-19, which combines top-level basketball training and academic education. If you have a passion for basketball or have ambitions of going far in the game, this is the course for you.
The BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport (Basketball Elite Performance Route) is a sport-based qualification (equivalent to 3 A Levels) with a heavily basketball focused element. Aimed at students who demonstrate a high level of skill in basketball, the course aims to give learners a good overall grounding in sport and exercise theory (linked to basketball wherever possible), whilst at the same time allowing them to further develop their basketball skills through coaching, training and practical experience.
Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
Explore the structure and function of the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems and also learn the fundamentals of the energy systems linked to basketball performance.
Gain an understanding of fitness testing and the importance of health screening and health monitoring tests. Complete basketball related fitness tests tracking your progress throughout the year.
Training and Programming
Plan fitness training sessions and design fitness training programmes to improve basketball performance.
Outdoor Adventure Activities
Participate in exciting activities in the outdoors, learning and applying practical skills and techniques, further developing your leadership skills and qualities that will help you on and off the court.
Safe and Effective Sport Coaching
Gain knowledge of the roles, responsibilities, skills and techniques of a basketball coach and how to apply them whilst coaching and/or leading basketball sessions.
Study what makes a good leader, the different capacities of this role, and the leadership skills and techniques necessary when leading activities in different roles.
Gain an overview of injury prevention, identification and basic treatment. The unit also explores differing rehabilitatory interventions for common basketball injuries.
Gain a broad understanding of the importance of nutrition and hydration to a basketball performance.
Develop your understanding of how psychology can be applied to basketball performance and exercise environments.
Tactical and Technical Sport Skills
Assess your own and others technical and tactical skills, and plan your own basketball development.
Practical Team Sports
Explore the skills, techniques, tactics and rules of basketball (and one other sport) through practical participation.
5 GCSEs at grade A* - C / grade 4 or above (or acceptable alternatives) including English Language.
BTEC Sport courses are assessed mostly by coursework and practical assessments, however there will also be some exams.
Successful students may progress to our Foundation Degree in Sport & Exercise Coaching or other university/higher education courses in areas such as:
Areas of progression could include:
Will the course suit me?
You must have a passion for basketball. You will also need to have good time management skills in order to manage coursework, meet assignment deadlines and attend all basketball sessions.
You will need to purchase the college training kit and tracksuit (available at a discounted price of approx. £50) and you will need to bring appropriate kit for indoor and outdoor activities.
On occasion students will be invited to attend trips and visits as part of the course - students will be expected to contribute towards the costs of these trips.
Students in financial hardship may be eligible to apply to the Learner Support Fund for assistance with course related expenses.