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Level 2 Extended Certificate in Sport with Rugby

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Course Description

This sports performance academy is for those who have a talent for rugby league. The academy is delivered alongside one of the educational qualifications opposite and places are subject to maintaining the required academic standard and attendance.

A ‘work hard play hard’ ethos is expected of all students and a balanced approach to the sporting/academic demands of the programme is essential.

Hopwood Hall Rugby Academy are the reigning National Colleges Champions having won the title in both 2016 and 2017.

Join our winning team

Our rugby academies have produced a numerous sports stars, both on and off the pitch. With ex-professionals employed to teach and coach, Hopwood Hall students have a unique opportunity to learn from the very best.


Pearsons BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Sport QCF (Rugby Academy Pathway)

Entry Requirements

In order to begin this course, learners need to have achieved a minimum of 4 GCSEs grade D/3 or above to include English and mathematics. If the required English and maths GCSE grades are not reached there are opportunities to study these subjects at college alongside the course to help achieve them. This is a government requirement but also needed by many employers for any numbers of careers.


The rugby academy is run by qualified, highly respected and well-known professional coaches who have developed a unique training programme which includes specialist advice on nutritional, sports therapy, sports psychology and skills development.

Topics on this course include:

  • Principles of anatomy and physiology in sport
  • Sports coaching
  • Practical team sports
  • Sports nutrition
  • Psychology for sports performance
  • Fitness training and programming
  • Sports leadership
  • Organising sports events
  • Injury in sport

Work Experience

There is no specific work experience required or undertaken for this course however, students obtain the skills and knowledge that they need in order to progress into a career in the rugby/sports industry.


Following the completion of this course, learners are able to progress onto the Level 3 Diploma in Sport with Rugby Academy or into employment.

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