Sixth Form Sport Students Enjoy Higher Education Taster Session

On Wednesday 6th December 2017, the Academy Year 12 and 13 BTEC Sport students visited South Devon College to take part in a Higher Education Open morning that the college laid on specifically for the Academy’s post 16 learners.

The session was designed to provide our students with the opportunity to experience a possible learning institution, that they could progress to after their level three programme of study, which provided great excitement for our pupils.

The boys took part in a tour of the college’s exciting sports analysis laboratory, where Year 13 student Callum Jones was asked to be used as a proverbial “Guinea Pig” and were assessed on his Body Mass Index, using the College’s high tech equipment.

The laboratory session also allowed the boys to familiarise themselves with South Devon College’s Sport and Adventure Programme Coordinator, Daniel Gaze, who talked the students through the expectations of  possible courses that our students could access if they decided to enrol on further educational study  at the College. This talk in particular provided our pupils with great inspiration for future possibilities, and certainly opened the eyes of a lot of our students with regards to the plethora of different courses available at South Devon College.

The next part of day saw the group take part in a talk about student finance, which allowed students to gain further knowledge about possible funding that they could receive on a Higher Education course, before they were presented with the opportunity to take part in a Psychology and Sport taster lecture led by one of the college’s top sports lecturers, Dave Gould.

The Psychology and Sport lecture allowed our students a 20 minute insight into the Jose Mourinho psyche and allowed them to understand the different parts of the brain that influence the Portuguese’ elaborate thought patterns and often questionable decision making. The boys found this session incredibly interesting and some, in particular Richard Guthrie, were also allowed to take an active role in the lesson, which was also a source of great enjoyment.

The morning closed with the students being presented with a free bacon sandwich and orange juice breakfast, which was a huge hit with our pupils, and brought to an end a highly enjoyable morning which provided the students with an excellent insight into an exciting next possible step in their educational journeys.

Year 12 student AJ Hayes was so impressed with the experience that he claimed he now had to “go back to school and focus on achieving his target grade” and I think this demonstrates what an excellent and unique learning opportunity the morning was for our pupils.

Special thanks to all of the staff at South Devon, who played such an integral role in engaging our students, and also Mr Godfree and Mrs Humphries, whose hard work in organising and facilitating the trip certainly didn’t go unappreciated.

Mr Smith

Here are the links for the two foundation degree courses we run in Sport & Exercise Science and
Adventure Leadership and the 1 year BSc top up exercise-science (FdSc Sport & Exercise Science) (FdSc Adventure Leadership) performance-and- development (BSc
Coaching – Sports Performance (1 year top up)) leadership (BSc Coaching – Outdoor
Leadership (1 year top up))
For details of all courses Post 16 follow the link

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