Sports Inclusion Academy (In partnership with Wolverhampton Wanderers) - City of Wolverhampton College

Sports Inclusion Academy (In partnership with Wolverhampton Wanderers)

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Our Futures curriculum intent is to:   

  • Celebrate independence, employability and inclusion  

  • Ensure each young person has maximised opportunity to progress to independent adult lives  

  • To build upon each young person's strengths and character so they're ready to play a valued role in their community and economy  

The Sport Inclusion Academy (in partnership with Wolverhampton Wanderers) is ideal for young people who have an interest in Sports Coaching or future employment in the Sports retail, leisure and hospitality industry.    

During the course, each student will have the opportunity to undertake vocational-related learning to enhance their employability skills and to enable them to transition to vocational study Sports qualification where this is a suitable progression route.   

Each learning package will be tailored to the student's aspirations, strengths and needs. This will be based on advice, guidance and initial assessment prior to the start of the programme. 

Students should have achieved at Entry level 2 as a minimum.   

All students will be expected to take part initial review tasks in order to be confirmed as a suitable candidate for this programme of study.  

All students applying for this programme are expected to identify as having a disability under the Equality Act 2010 and therefore recognises as having 'a physical or mental impairment which has a substantially adverse and long-term effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities'. 

At the start of the programme students will undertake an initial review which will inform the learning programme, assess their starting points and identify any gaps in learning.    

Students will play a key role in planning, facilitating and striving for success by playing a key part of our Inclusion Academy Football team competing against other sides across the Football season.   

Students will also work towards English and Maths qualifications in accordance with their skills, abilities and prior learning.    

Students will be expected to play an active role in their study programme, working closely with their Tutor to make choices about their learning and work towards personalised outcomes which will enable them to progress to a role in the Sports industry. For some learners these choices can involve parents/carers and other professionals working with the student. 

By the end of the programme each student will have had an introduction to Sports Coaching, along with a range of other Sports industry job roles which will enable them to make an informed choice about their future learning programme.   

On this course students will:    

  • Develop their personal motivation, confidence and resilience to achieve 

  • Develop problem-solving skills and self-regulation strategies  

  • Develop and awareness of health, safety and hygiene 

  • Develop skills in decision making, communication, organisation  and team work 

  • Develop communication and independence skills   

  • Develop essential employability skills including timekeeping, following instructions, problem solving, working independently and as part of a team  



At the start of the programme students will have an initial assessment to review their starting points, aspirations and personal goals, and will be assessed on an ongoing basis against their baselines.    

Tutors will agree targets with the student to enable them to work towards meeting any Educational, Health Care Plan outcomes that they might have. They will be assessed against a Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement (RARPA) framework and, along with parents/carers where appropriate, will meet with their tutor on a termly basis to review progress towards personal outcomes, and to look forward to advancing towards the next steps.   

Some students will take part in English and Maths assessments which will enhance their ability to progress academically. Such assessments will be considered when appropriate for each individual learner.  

Most students will work towards the Gateway Qualifications Entry Level Certificate In Skills for Sport and Active Leisure qualification, providing them with the accreditation needed to move to a Level 1 Sports programme.  


Completion of this course will enable students to:  


  • Progress to a Sports Level 1 course or alternative further education learning programme 

  • Progress to a 'Progression to' course such as Progression to Work or Progression to Vocational Studies programme  

  • Progress to a Supported Internship programme (subject to suitability review) 

  • Apply for jobs in a relevant field  

  • Carry out voluntary work  


The programme is taught in small groups (between 6-10 learners) with at least one specialist tutor and one learning support assistant always present in the classroom.    

Dependent on the individual level of need support can include:   

  • Opporttuniy to engage with Wolves Foundation Programme
  • Dedicated support worker providing one-to-one support at all times   

  • Assistance from support workers during breaks and lunchtimes to help with buying snacks and meals  

  • Personal support to keep vulnerable young people safe during breaks and lunchtimes  

  • Assistance in the classroom - eg with reading or the use of communication aids  

  • Personal care if required  


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