Full Time

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Sport and Public Services




16-18 Year Olds



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Who is this course for?

The Rugby Development Centre will give you the training and skills needed to improve your rugby ability while studying on a full time sports qualification.

We have both men and women squads studying together.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You will need to have a history of competitive achievement in rugby union or rugby league.

You will also need to have four GCSEs at a grade C or above to study a BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence) or you can choose three A-Levels if you meet the individual entry criteria.

What are the key things you'll learn?

This course will cover a range of areas involved with sports and exercise including:

  • Sports coaching
  • Fitness training and programming
  • Instructing physical activity
  • Physiology
  • Psychology for sports performance
  • Sports nutrition
  • Sports massage

The course content will support your development as an elite rugby player including free physiotherapy, strength and conditioning and nutritional advice.

How you will learn

This course is taught through a mixture of theory and practical lessons in our brand new Sports Academy at Bede Campus.

The Rugby Development Centre includes four hours of rugby training each week, video analysis sessions and strength and conditioning training. You will play in a variety of competitions against other colleges in both codes if rugby.

Where could this course take you?

After successfully graduation from the Rugby Development Centre you could progress on to a higher education course at Sunderland College or university including Foundation Degrees in Sports Coaching or Exercise, Health and Fitness.

The dedicated rugby coaching will also give you the training required to take your sport to the next level.

What costs will you incur?

If you are aged between 19 and 23 years old (on the first day of your course) and do not already have a full Level 3 of higher qualification, you will not have to pay course fees. This may be different for learners studying on a course in the workplace. 

If you are aged 19 or over, on the first day of your course, studying at Level 3 or above, you are able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs of your course, similar to arrangements for higher education students.