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									Advanced Apprenticeship in
   Sporting Excellence


Section 1   Welcome and Introduction

Section 2   Course Model – Where to?

Section 3   NVQ Qualification                 Pages 1 & 2

Section 4   BTEC Qualifications               Page 3

Section 5   Functional Skills                 Page 3

Section 6   Progress Tutor                    Page 4

Section 7   Careers Information               Pages 5 to 8

Section 8   The elite sport team              Page 9

Section 9   Course policy and procedures      Pages 11 to 20

The flexible learning programmes at Loughborough College have been uniquely
designed to allow you to perform at an elite level in your sport whilst continuing an
education programme.

This handbook aims to explain some basic facts about your course, and I hope that
you regard it as one of your resources whilst studying at Loughborough College.

Over the duration of the course we will give you the support and opportunities you
need to gain an impressive portfolio of achievements. However, you will get out of
the course what you put in. Success requires hard work and commitment. We hope
you will demonstrate these qualities, make the most of the opportunities you are
offered and become another of the Loughborough College success stories.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me us via the contact
details provided below.

I hope that you will have an enjoyable and worthwhile experience with us.

Matt O’Dowd                                Kerry Hearsey
Matt O’Dowd                                Kerry Hearsey
AASE BTEC Programmer Leader                AASE NVQ Programme Leader
Room: A308                                 Room: A308
(m): 07717782495                           (m): 07584 519 486
(e): matthew.o’          (e):
                          COURSE MODEL – WHERE TO?

We offer a variety of course models at Loughborough College and work closely with
you and your National Governing Body to decide on the best options for you as an
athlete. Look at the questions below to direct you to your specific course model:


Are you studying an NVQ and BTEC qualification at Loughborough College as part of
the AASE programme?

Yes   Go to pages 1 & 2
No    Go to Q2.


Are you studying an NVQ only at Loughborough College as part of the AASE

Yes   Go to page 1
No    Go to Q3.


Are you studying for a BTEC only qualification at Loughborough College as part of
the AASE Programme?

Yes   Go to page 2
No    Please ask your progress tutor for assistance.
                               NVQ QUALIFICATION

As part of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) programme,
you will be expected to complete a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Level 3 in
Achieving Sporting Excellence.

The NVQ is delivered over a one year period and had been designed specifically with
your National Governing Body in order to meet your requirements as an athlete. The
NVQ will be a series of workshops that will include the following sections:

   -   Technical, Tactical and Physical Fitness
   -   Nutrition and Performance
   -   Mental Skills and Performance
   -   Career Planning and Finance
   -   Communication and the Media
   -   Health and Safety

You will also complete a minimum of three 1:1 sessions with your coach,
psychologist and nutritionist.

During the workshops you will gather and complete work, also known as evidence,
that will build a portfolio of your knowledge and experiences. The evidence will show
how you are developing as an elite athlete and how your performance has improved
or changed over the one year period.

As part of the NVQ you will also be expected to complete 1:1 progress reviews over
a one to two year period. These will be carried out with your tutor either face-to-face
or over the phone every 8 to 10 weeks and look at all aspects of the course including
your athletic developments, NVQ and technical certificate (BTEC/A Levels).

The 1:1 progress reviews are essential in order to complete the course and you
will need to take responsibility in completing these with your tutor in order to
remain on the programme.

Unit certification
Once your assessor has decided that you have produced enough evidence to prove
your competence in a unit, they will sign the unit off and you will not need to collect
any more evidence for that unit. A unit certification can be claimed from the awarding
body at this point. This also means that if you drop out of your qualification and have
already completed a unit you will gain this certification.

In some situations parts of your evidence may involve confidential information, where
possible you can remove names, addresses. You can always ask your assessor if
you are unsure.

Internal and external verifiers
Throughout your course you may come across both internal and external verifiers.
Internal verifiers make sure that all assessors judge evidence in the same way and to
the same Assessor standard (this is called internal verification). The external verifier
is employed by OCR to monitor the quality of assessment and internal verification
decision’s at a centre

                               BTEC QUALIFICATIONS

To study Loughborough Colleges Elite Sport BTEC qualifications, learners do not
need to be based close to Loughborough as the vast majority of work can be
completed via distance learning using our online resources and assignments. The
main benefits of these programmes are that they can be scheduled around key
training and competition periods and normal completion dates extended, from normal
expected completion dates used with more traditional delivery at colleges, to allow
learners to succeed both in sport and education. The BTEC sport qualifications best
suit elite sport performers as there vocational nature compliment and aid learning
that takes place in sport. So as well as providing a spring board on to higher
education and second careers they also can provide underpinning knowledge to aid
sporting performance.

The BTEC qualification will take between 18 months and 36 months to complete
dependent on the level and course in which you are taking. There are various BTEC
qualifications that we offer, the time frame for completion given is a guide only and
may be adjusted to suit a learners requirements:

   -   Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma                    30-36 months

   -   Level 3 BTEC Diploma                             24-30 months

   -   Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma                  12-18 months

   -   Level 2 BTEC Diploma                             12-18 months

Your progress tutor will arrange an individual induction day with you at the start of the
year to cover all the key issues required for successful completion of a BTEC

As part of this day you will discuss with your Progress Tutor the best methods for you
to complete this qualification. However, in general, learners need to be available to
study work for at least 2 hours per week, with the exception of periods of important
competitions that may prevent this

                                FUNCTIONAL SKILLS

Integrated into the Level 2 BTEC Diploma are a range of Functional Skills which will
enable you to develop your skills in Numeracy and Literacy. These are essential in
the workplace and are required by all Universities as they represent the equivalent of
a GCSE Grade C in Mathematics and English Language.

Students who are working on functional skills will undertake a series of lessons in
order to complete a final exam.

Those who already possess a GCSE Grade C or above in English or Mathematics, or
hold any other equivalent Functional Skills Qualification (Level 2 Key Skills, Function
Skills or Adult Literacy/Numeracy) will be exempt from the tests.

                                PROGRESS TUTOR

Your Progress Tutor is there to help you pass the course and give you advice and
guidance on your progression into Higher Education or a career.

If you are struggling with your work, need help with an assignment or have personal
problems you should see your Progress Tutor.

Interim reports will be sent to your parents/guardians and NGBs, with any progress
problems being reported as and if required.

                             CAREERS INFORMATION

Your qualifications studied are designed to enable you to improve your sporting
knowledge and performance. In addition to this they are springboards in to
secondary careers, whenever these may be required. The basic information below
gives some ideas on typical career routes.

Your Progress Tutor will frequently discuss with you potential career routes that you
may be interested in so that they can guide you as effectively as possible.

If you are unsure of which career route you wish to go down then your Progress
Tutor will be able to advise you and give you options, including issues such as UK
and US university applications. The college also has various careers services that
you can utilise.

                         A CAREER AS A PE TEACHER?


a)    BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport

b)    The following additional qualifications:

       Sports Leadership and Officiating Awards, eg Football, Hockey, Basketball,
       ASA Swimming Teachers Certificate
       CSLA
       YMCA Assistant Fitness Instructor
       Hanson Higher Leadership Award
       Sports First Aid
       National Pool Lifeguard

Routes into PE Teaching:

After completing the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports Science you have 3

1)    You can do a degree at university in Sports Science or Sports Studies then do
      a one-year teacher training course.

2)    You can do a combined degree/teacher training course at university (BEd).

3)    You can do a HND or FD at Loughborough College followed by a top-up
      degree year (or in some cases two years) then a one-year teacher-training

Note: You must have English and Maths GCSE at Grade C or above.
      Universities will ask for a profile of Merits and Distinctions.



a)     BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport

b)     The following additional qualifications:

        Sports Leadership and Officiating Awards, eg Football, Hockey, Basketball,
        ASA Swimming Teachers Certificate
        CSLA
        YMCA Level 2 Gym Instructor Qualification
        YMCA Level 3 Personal Trainer Award
        Hanson Higher Leadership Award
        Sports First Aid

Routes into Fitness Instruction/Personal Training:

There are many openings for fitness instructors in private health clubs, corporate
fitness centres, educational establishments and leisure centre fitness centres.

If you intend to work your way up to management level in a fitness centre, a degree
in Sports Science is recommended.

Personal trainers can work at fitness centres or privately from home. You need an
outgoing personality. A degree/HND in Sports Science would enhance your

A professional qualification is essential if you want to work in fitness. The Central
YMCA Qualifications Personal Trainer Award can be taken at Loughborough College
but you need to be 18 and review the costs involved to enrol onto the course.

Note: Universities will ask for a profile of Merits and Distinctions.

                         A CAREER AS A SPORTS COACH?


a)     BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport

b)     The following additional qualifications:

        Sports Leadership and Officiating Awards, eg Football, Hockey, Basketball,
        ASA Swimming Teachers Certificate
        CSLA
        YMCA Level 2 Gym Instructor Qualification
        YMCA Level 3 Personal Trainer Qualification
        Hanson Higher Leadership Award
        Sports First Aid

Routes into Sports Coaching:

In order to be a sports coach you would need to take the full range of coaching
qualifications offered by the relevant National Government Body.

A degree/HND in Sports Science/Sports Coaching would be an advantage.

Note: Universities will ask for a profile of Merits and Distinctions.

                      INTERESTED IN SPORT BUT NOT SURE
                               WHAT CAREER?

If you are interested in sport but do not know what you want to do by way of a career
we recommend that you:

   a)      Arrange a 1:1 meeting with your progress tutor as quickly as possible to
           review your career plans and options.

   b)      Research potential jobs that you think you would enjoy doing and bring this
           information to your 1:1 session.

   c)      Complete your AASE or BTEC to the best of your ability to give you as
           many options as possible for your future career.

   d)      The following additional qualifications are always useful and will help you
           to seek part time and full time employment for the future:

         Sports Leadership and Officiating Awards, eg Football, Hockey, Basketball,
         ASA Swimming Teachers Certificate
         CSLA
         YMCA Assistant Fitness Instructor
         Hanson Higher Leadership Award
         Sports First Aid
         National Pool Lifeguard

The AASE or BTEC qualification in sport and the above range of additional
qualifications will equip you with the skills necessary to gain employment both within
and outside the sports area.

                      The Elite Sport Team – Contact Details

Michelle Favier                          Loughborough College
AASE Team Leader                         Radmoor Road
                                         LE11 3BT


Kerry Hearsey                            Loughborough College
AASE NVQ Programme Leader                Radmoor Road
                                         LE11 3BT

                                         07584 519 486


Matt O’Dowd                              Loughborough College
AASE BTEC Programme Leader               Radmoor Road
                                         LE11 3BT

                                         07717 782495


Chris McGeorge                           Loughborough College
Elite Athlete Welfare Officer            Radmoor Road
                                         LE11 3BT

                                         07814 490032


                    The Elite Sport Team – Contact Details

Tom Gayle                              Loughborough College
Elite Sport Tutor                      Radmoor Road
                                       LE11 3BT

                                       07825 060572


Rob Payne                              Loughborough College
Elite Sport Tutor                      Radmoor Road
                                       LE11 3BT

                                       07775 826499


Lisa Thorpe                            Loughborough College
Elite Sport Tutor                      Radmoor Road
                                       LE11 3BT


Anthony Morris                         Loughborough College
Elite Sport Tutor                      Radmoor Road
                                       LE11 3BT


                       COURSE POLICY AND PROCEDURES

1. Key Dates

Please ensure that you check your welcome pack for key dates or speak directly to
your tutor for your scheme of work.

2.     Communication

Communication is via e-mail and telephone.

If you are studying the NVQ only: You will receive lots of information during the
monthly workshops and these will give you opportunity to discuss how you are

If you are studying BTEC at the college: You will receive weekly emails and
telephone calls from your tutor to plan your weekly actions and tutorials. This will give
you opportunity to discuss how you are progressing.

3.     Progress Reviews

As part of this qualification you will be expected to complete progress reviews with
your tutor every 8 to 10 weeks for the duration of the programme (one, two or three
years). These are essential to meeting the criteria of the qualification, and if you fail
to complete your progress reviews, you will be withdrawn from the programme.

4.     Attendance / Sickness

If you are ill and cannot attend any of the workshops, tutorials or progress reviews -
please contact your tutor as soon as possible. It is expected that you will attend all of
the workshops, tutorials and progress reviews. Failure to do so may result in you
being withdrawn from the programme.

5.     Dates and Times

You will be provided a list of dates in which you are expected to attend or
communicate with your tutor. There maybe some date changes, predominately due
to facility availability or staffing issues. You will be notified immediately of any

Please ensure that you arrive on time to all of the sessions – workshops, tutorials
and progress reviews. If you are running late, please ensure that you contact your
tutor to update them of your situation.

5.    Student feedback

Your views are very important to us. You will be asked to evaluate each module or
workshop. You will also be asked to complete a questionnaire on the College
provision twice per year.

6. Group reps

Each group will have a group rep. Group reps will meet with the programme leader
twice a year. A response to all points raised will be e-mailed to all students.

7. Student complaints / Appeals

If you are unhappy about something to do with your course you should follow the
following procedures:

     1. Speak to your Tutor or Personal Tutor
     2. If the situation is not resolved or you don’t want to speak to your Module
        Leader or Personal Tutor speak to the Course Leader or Team Leader
     3. If you are still unhappy speak to the Elite Sport Co-ordinator – Michelle Favier.

Appointments may be necessary.


This procedure applies specifically to those learners who undertake an examination
or assessment that is within the control of Loughborough College. Where the
assessment is set and assessed by an external awarding body, the College will be
able to advise learners how an appeal to the awarding body can be made.

As part of the assessment procedure, learners will be asked to sign that they accept
and understand their assessment outcomes/grades. If a learner believes that they
have a justified grievance related to an assessment process or decision, then:

1     They should discuss the matter with the tutor concerned in the first instance.

2     If the matter is unresolved, the issue should be discussed with the Course
      Leader and formally logged as a grievance.

3     If no satisfactory conclusion is reached the learner should make an appeal in
      writing to the learner’s Team Leader within 5 working days of registering concern
      with the tutor.

4     The Team Leader will then arrange for an Appeals Panel to meet within 10
      working days to consider the appeal and will give the learner 5 days notice. The
      Appeals Panel will include:

       An independent Chair (Manager unrelated to the curriculum area)
       The Team Leader
       An academic member of staff not involved in the curriculum area

5   The following should be made available to the Appeals Panel at least 2 working
    days before the meeting:
     The written appeal from the learner
     Supporting documentation from the curriculum area
     Complete results for the cohort of the assessment in question
     Copy of the assessment

6    At the Appeal Hearing, the Appeals Panel will:

       Hear the appeal by the learner who may be accompanied by parents,
        employers or a representative. This may not be a legal or other professional
        adviser unless the college agrees, having been given notice before the
       Have representation from the curriculum team concerned
       Request the attendance of any party who may be relevant to the case
       Inform the learner and the curriculum team of the Appeal Decision within 2
        working days of the Appeal Hearing
       Report the decision to the Quality Manager and keep records on file for a
        period of two years.

The decision of the Appeal Committee is final.

8. Submission of work

Work should be submitted by the college turn it in system or email by 5.00pm on the
hand in date.

You must receive a receipt from the tutor, this is to acknowledge your work has
arrived safely.

For those athletes who are travelling in competition: Work can be submitted via
post, your work must arrive on or before the hand in date.

The address to send work to is:

A308; Elite Sport (insert tutors name)
Sports Science
Loughborough College
Radmoor Road
LE11 3BT

9. Student discipline

There are 4 stages to the student disciplinary procedure:

Stage 1: Informal warning
Stage 2: Recorded verbal warning
Stage 3: First written warning
Stage 4: Second written warning
Stage 5: Withdrawal

Module Leaders can issue informal warnings and recorded verbal warnings. In this
case the progress tutor will be informed

All stages of the disciplinary procedure will be recorded on your personal file

Warning will be issued in the following circumstances:

    First late piece of coursework
    Attendance issue (arising from attendance monitoring session). Less than
      80% with no explanation. Absences not notified
    Minor behavioural problem (e.g. persistent lateness, persistently unprepared
      for lecture, disruptive behaviour, verbal abuse)

Recorded verbal
   Second incident constituting an informal warning (Third mobile phone incident)
   Major behavioural problem

First written
    Third incident constituting an informal warning

Second written
    Fourth incident constituting an informal warning

    No improvement following second written warning

In the case of physical abuse the incident should be discussed with the team leader
and manager

10. Practical Sessions

Appropriate clothing should be worn for all practical sessions unless otherwise
advised. Please ensure that you check with your tutor for the requirements of the
each session so that you have the correct equipment and clothing.

                                Equal Opportunities
                                 Code of Practice

                      Equal Opportunities Policy Statement

Loughborough College is committed to the active promotion of Equal Opportunities
and positive regard for all learners. Everyone within the College will be expected to
work to these principles and promote its philosophy.

All Learners will respect Equal Opportunities and help to create an environment free
from discrimination and prejudice.

We expect all learners to:

1     Help create an environment which provides equality of opportunity and
      freedom from discrimination and harassment on the grounds of race, gender,
      class, sexual orientation, marital status, age, religion and belief, culture,
      mental health, learning difficulty, disability, ex-offending and any other factors.

2     Treat all members of the college community with respect and understanding.

3     Be considerate of the rights and diversities of other College users, e.g.
      learners, staff, visitors, etc.

4     Bring to the College’s attention any issues relating to discrimination, prejudice,
      harassment and bullying.


Additional Support services are available to students who have a disability, a learning
difficulty (including Dyslexia), a medical condition, mental health difficulties or English
as an Additional Language. A wide variety of assistance is available, including:

      Specific equipment/ software
      Large print/ Braille transcription
      BSL interpretation/ note taking
      Help with reading/ spelling/ math’s
      Extra time and support to get used to the College
      Other support according to individual needs

If you would like to know more, please get in touch with Matt O’Dowd, E-mail:


If you are stressed about your college or personal life, you can make a confidential
appointment with a college counselor. This will give you an opportunity to talk your
problems over and clarify your feelings. With the support and understanding of a
trained counselor, you will be encouraged to identify and make the changes that are
right for you.
You can contact the Counseling Service in any of the following ways: book an
appointment     at    Reception,     telephone    (01509)    215831    or   E-mail A member of staff, or friend can also make an appointment
on your behalf with your permission.

                   Health and Safety Information for all Students

                                  General Safety Rules

   1) It is the duty of every person to take reasonable care of themselves when at
      work and of others who may be affected by their work activities

   2) No person shall carelessly or intentionally interfere or tamper with anything
      provided for the purposes of health, safety or welfare that the law requires

   3) All staff, students and visitors must co-operate with Loughborough College on
      all health and safety matters as required by law

   4) All persons on Loughborough College premises have a duty to report to a
      manager or other responsible person, any equipment, conditions or behaviour
      that are deemed to be unsafe, faulty or breaching relevant health and safety

   5) No persons must operate equipment or machinery unless authorised and
      trained to do so.

   6) All Personal Protective Equipment and clothing must be worn as required in
      workshops, on track and other designated areas.

   7) Eating and drinking are only allowed in designated areas i.e. cafeteria/outside

                                 Emergency Evacuation

If the fire alarm sounds, leave the building via the nearest fire exit and make your
way to your fire assembly point, await further instructions from your tutor or from the
fire marshals. Do not go back into the building to collect belongings. Always stand
back from the road, as this must be kept clear for emergency services vehicles. For
safety, remain in the car park area of your assembly point.
You will only be allowed back into the buildings when the fire brigade have given the
all clear.

If you discover a fire, leave the building immediately; closing doors and windows local
to where the fire is if possible and sounding the fire alarm via the red call point boxes
situated on all escape routes. Pass on any information about the fire to Estates staff
at central control, reception staff or directly to the fire brigade. Activation of the fire
alarm will automatically call the fire brigade.

Do not attempt to tackle a fire with an extinguisher unless it is safe to so and you are
not putting yourself at any risk.


    Know the emergency evacuation procedure

    Learn where all your fire exit routes are.

    Learn where your fire assembly points are (a plan is located in this leaflet).
     Read the fire action notices located in classrooms and corridors.

    Do not use lifts during a fire evacuation

    The fire alarm is of the continuous siren type

If you are disabled or unable to use the stairs, both A Block and B Block have fire
refuges for persons with disabilities. The refuges are situated at the end of the
corridor behind fire resisting doors and are located on each floor of A Block and B
Block. Ask your tutor or another person to inform central control of your location.

Emergency Assembly Points

FIRE ASSEMBLY POINT 1 – Car Park 1 (Left Side) is designated for-
All persons on the Ground Floor of the Main Block, Floors 1,2,3 of A Block, and 1st &
2nd floors of L block.

FIRE ASSEMBLY POINT 2 – Car Park 1 (Right Side) is designated for-
All persons on floors 4,5,6 of A block.

FIRE ASSEMBLY POINT 3 – Car Park 2 (Foden/Laser Centre) is designated for-
All persons from B Block, plus the Radmoor Centre and The Foden Building

FIRE ASSEMBLY POINT 4 – Community Workshop Car Park is designated for-
All persons from Workshop 1, plus the Cafeteria and the Boiler House

FIRE ASSEMBLY POINT 5 – Car Park 5 (Workshop 2) is designated for-
All persons from Workshop 2 and C Block

FIRE ASSEMBLY POINT 6 – (Loughborough Sport Car Park) is designated for-
All persons from Loughborough Sport

                               If you have an accident

If you require medical treatment as a result of accident or illness, either go to
reception or contact them on Ext: 555, they will arrange for first aid assistance.
Alternatively, inform a member of staff who will organise a first aider to attend.

All accidents, however minor must be reported immediately to your tutor or to your
course team leader, and an accident report form completed (available from reception
or on the intranet). Completed forms must be returned to reception.

First aid kits are located around the college within the vicinity of a first aider.
The medical room is next to the lecture theatre and can be accessed by contacting

Near misses and dangerous occurrences must also be reported using the relevant
college forms, available from reception or on the intranet.


Smoking is only permitted outside of college buildings. Please dispose of used
cigarette butts safely in the metal bins provided.

                            Personal Safety & Security

To help ensure your personal safety when on (and off) campus, we recommend you
follow these guidelines:

      Always secure your vehicle and hide valuables from view.
      Look after your personal belongings and valuables when in college
      Always consider your personal safety when walking alone (particularly at
       night), always try to carry a mobile phone or consider a personal attack alarm.
      Report any suspicious persons or activities to reception

                            College Mobile Phone Policy

The use of mobile phones is prohibited in all areas of the College with the exception

Mobile Phone Go Areas:

      Staff Rooms
      Staff Lounge
      Student Common Room
      Cafeteria
      Exterior of the College
      B Block Student Entrance

Mobile Phones must be switched off in all other areas

Persistent use of mobile phones in ‘no-go’ areas will result in the college disciplinary
system being invoked.

Mobile phones will not be permitted in workshops or teaching sessions and therefore
we would ask that you switch your phone off during these sessions.


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