spotlight on… sports development & coaching

We take a closer look at the Sports Development & Coaching course available for you to study here at Cowley Sixth Form.

We asked one of our students to give us a bit of insight into the course, what’s involved and what it’s like studying it here at Cowley Sixth Form College.


When did you first consider studying Sports Development and Coaching at sixth form?

I have played and enjoyed sport all through my time at high school and wanted to look at the possibility of doing it as a career. I noticed this course when I was in Year 11 after speaking with my PE teachers.

What was it that captured your interest in the subject?

I liked the titles of all the units that you do but also I like the fact that it is all assessed by course work meaning I can work as I go along and not be worried about a big exam at the end.

What has surprised you most about the subject?

It is really practically based. You get marks for how well you can perform tasks such as taking a small coaching session and performing well in mock interviews.

Taking a coaching session can be quite daunting for some people. How did you find the experience?

My tutors spent a lot of time building up our techniques and experience which helped us to gain lots of confidence. When it came to the performance on the day, I felt really prepared and I was so proud of myself when it was all over.

If you are struggling with a question/topic what support is available?

All of the study material is available on MS Teams so you can look ahead and see what topics are coming up. My tutors are really friendly and approachable and often they will use their spare time to go through things with me. They also let me know about any work experience or part time jobs that they have found out about in the Sports industry. 

What do you enjoy most about the lessons?

I like practicing things out on the field then looking back on what I did in the class room. It helps me to understand the concepts that we cover and gives me good experience for when I start to work.

What have you found the most challenging? 

You have to take yourself out of your comfort zone. Taking a coaching session was something that I was very nervous about but I found it really rewarding.

What advice would you give someone thinking of taking the subject at Cowley Sixth Form College?

Throw yourself into the course because the more you put into it the more rewards you will get. I feel really confident speaking in front of strangers and I’ve picked up lots of tips about how to perform well in job interviews.

If you had to pick your subjects again, would you still pick Sports Development and Coaching? If yes, why? If no, why not? 

I definitely would pick Sports Development and Coaching again. I learned loads and had a great time doing it.


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