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Course specifics

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language
  • Must successfully complete a trial



100%Sport & Basketball! Theory & Practicals!

This programme has been designed to identify and develop talented Basketball players, both male and female, who have a passion for Basketball and provide pathways for players into clubs. The programme is unique in that its primary focus is one of ‘Academics First’ allowing students to develop as a player, whilst preparing themselves for either Higher Education, further training or employment. 

We operate an education first ethos, ensuring students fulfil both their academic and basketball potential.

Students study the BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport (equivalent to 3 A-levels) alongside their basketball provision. 

Basketball training takes place 4x per week within college hours, with fixtures taking place on Wednesday afternoons in English Colleges League/Cup.

The Basketball Player Pathway Programme is designed to...

1. Identify and develop talented basketball players.

2. Provide playing pathways for players into clubs.

3. Support students pathway into the sports industry into careers such as coaching, personal training, sports therapy and sports development etc 

4. Provide a pathway into higher education at University.

Course Content

Year 1:

1. Anatomy and Physiology (exam)

2. Fitness Training and Programming... (exam)

5. Application of Fitness Testing

7. Practical Sports Performance 

17. Sports Injury Management 

18. Work Experience in Active Leisure 

25. Rules, Regulations...

Year 2:

3. Professional Development in the Sports Industry

4. Sports Leadership

8. Coaching for Performance 

9. Research Methods in Sport

19. Development and Provision of Sport... (exam)

22. Investigating Business... (exam)

23. Skill Acquisition in Sport

How to apply:

If you would like to apply to be part of the St Brendan's Basketball Academy, click on the pink APPLY NOW button at the bottom of this page and complete the application form.

In the section headed YOUR SUBJECT CHOICES select in the Subject 1 dropdown: Basketball Elite Academy Sport Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma.

You do not have to select a course from any of the other dropdowns as this course is the equivalent of 3 A-levels.