Basketball Academy - Sport Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate - City of Wolverhampton College

Basketball Academy – Sport Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate

Basketball Academy – Sport Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate

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Basketball Academy – Sport Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate

 Do you love basketball?  

Have you got the drive and ambition to reach your full potential?   

If so, why not combine your passion with learning by joining City of Wolverhampton College's Basketball Academy?     

You will study for the Level 2 extended certificate in sports, coaching and fitness, as well as Basketball England's Level 1 certificate in coaching and officiating.    

When you enrol on the course you will get the chance to take part in team trials and, if selected, will become part of the college's basketball programme in either the first team in League 1 or second team in League 2. You will have the chance to represent the organisation in local, regional and national competitions, as well as having a pathway to elite teams and university programmes. 

Each week you will receive six or more hours of on-court coaching - either on a one-to-one basis or with your team or the whole squad - and will focus on improving your technical, tactical and physical skills and abilities. In addition, to improve your on-court performance and basketball knowledge you will have weekly video analysis sessions of the team's games.  

By studying this course, not only will you improve your basketball skills, you will also work with other personal training students to develop a personalised weight training programme and have daily team strength and conditioning sessions to improve your strength, speed, power and overall physical fitness to enable you to compete at the highest level.  You will also develop your coaching skills and gain work experience by assisting at the Academy's holiday basketball camps for youngsters and at our under-13/under-15 development team sessions.  

Throughout the course you will be mentored and guided by the director and head coach of the basketball programme who has 21 years of studying, playing and coaching experience both in the UK and USA. As well as developing your basketball skills, you will learn about the effects of sport, exercise and fitness on the body and develop your communication, problem solving and teamwork skills, all of which will be invaluable when you progress to a higher level of basketball and education or move on to a career in the sports industry.  

We want you to be as proud to represent the college and, as part of the academy you will be provided with a branded tracksuit, short & long-sleeved t-shirt, hoodie, training kit, foam roller and sports bag, as well as a player handbook which outlines the team's philosophy and code of conduct for players.   

By enrolling on the course and being part of the academy, you will get the chance to improve your English and maths skills - activities include: 

  • Honing your speaking and listening skills by planning, delivering coaching sessions and giving and discussing feedback on yours and other sessions.  

  • Reading the latest sports journals on coaching/fitness to help you find and define your coaching style as well as research exciting new drills and practice plans to use in your practical-based sessions. 

  • Getting to grips with numbers by working with your team mates on stats of their performance, both in training and games 

  • Learning about space, shape and dimensions of the court to understand the space needed for teaching different drills in your coaching sessions 

  • Interpreting data by analysing and using fitness results to design appropriate fitness training programmes. 

  • Doing research for course modules and completing in depth written assignments 

We want you to take your studies as seriously as you take basketball - if you are selected for the academy and make the team you will be held to a high standard of excellence and with hard work and perseverance you will be guided to be the best that you can be as a, student, player, team mate and coach, as well as member of the academy and the local community. 


To access this course you are required to have: 

  • Five GCSEs at Grade D / 3 or above including English and, ideally, maths OR 

  • BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Sport  

  • Police declarations, DBS check and suitable references  

You will also be required to attend an interview with a member of the college's admissions team. 

During this course you will study the following modules: 

  • Fitness for sport and exercise external   
  • Practical sports performance internal  
  • Carrying out a sports-related project internal  
  • The mind and sports performance internal  
  • The sports performer in action internal  
  • Training for personal fitness internal  
  • Anatomy and physiology for sports performance  

Optional modules: 

  • Leading sports activities internal  
  • Promotion and sponsorship in sport internal  
  • Lifestyle and well-being internal  
  • Injury and the sports performer internal  
  • Running a sports event internal  
  • The sport and active leisure industry internal  
  • Profiling sports performance

By studying this course you will: 

  • Develop your understanding on key anatomical structure & function 
  • Learn how to develop training programmes for specific groups 
  • Develop your confidence in dealing with work related issues  
  • Understand how to apply your skills to areas of the industry  
  • Improve your knowledge and understanding within key training principles 
  • Gain valuable team working and communication skills by taking part in events such as the college Olympics  
  • You will also have the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills to make you more employable, including English and maths

A variety of assessment methods are used including individual and group presentations, case studies, role-plays, question and answer, producing display materials, time constrained assessments, work-based assignments and assessment. 

This will allow you to develop skills you currently possess and work on new skills that will help you progress, it will also allow you to build  a portfolio of evidence and complete other workpacks that are required for you to gain the qualifications in this programme. 

The skills you will learn from this course will enable you to: 

  • Progress directly onto the Extended Diploma as a year 2 option and then gain a place of study on our HNC Sport programme  
  • Pursue a career as a sports scientist, physiotherapist, sports coach, sports development officer, sports psychologist, PE teacher or leisure manager 


We have outstanding success rates on our sports courses and excellent feedback from students, many of whom have gone on to become sports coaches, personal trainers, sports development officers and teachers.  

You will train and play on our home court in our modern Community Sport Centre and, to enhance your learning, will get to visit  British basketball league teams and watch games, attend open days & skills sessions at university basketball programmes, visit leading fitness centres, fitness events across the West Midlands, employer roadshows and Active College events, as well as hear from guest speakers about their careers in the industry, including elite and professional basketball coaches & players and lecturers at leading sports universities.   


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