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BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sporting Excellence

Equivalent to one A Level

The Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE) programme is run in partnership with Worcester Warriors Women's Academy.The DiSE is a qualification specifically designed for learners with an opportunity to be assessed on their ability to work towards and fulfil the role and requirements of an elite sports performer.

The purpose of the DiSE is to confirm competence within the elite sports arena, specifically the training environment of the learner’s chosen sport, for both the practical and theoretical elements underpinned by a range of competency-based evidence. DISE recruits players of potential to achieve the stated successful outcomes.

What does the course involve?

Students will be timetabled for a minimum of 12 hours of rugby related activity and be required to follow a personal rugby development programme. The DiSE will include the following aspects:

Overview:

  • Season Aims & Objectives
  • Minimum of 1200 playing minutes (RFU Guidelines)
  • Detailed IDP 
  • Quarterly Reviews carried out & documented

 
Strength/Conditioning Recovery

  • Understanding all principles
  • Understanding of Micro & Macro phases of the season
  • Understanding of Prehab requirements and Balance proprioception applications
  • Recovery Strategies
  • Rehabilitation strategies and support through long periods of recovery

 
Technical & Tactical Individual positional

  • Game understanding – Analysing of own and opposition game plans
  • Study into own choice i.e. "importance of momentum swings” – “possession / territory” studies
  • IDP requirement understanding – Aiming at making ‘self-reliant’ players
  • Weekly individual (1:1) review
  • Each athlete to build highlight CV - Video

  
Off-field theory sessions

  • Individual Mentoring
  • Drugs & Supplement Use
  • Agent Awareness
  • First Aid
  • Rugby Qualification
  • Managing Expectations
  • Financial Advice / Education
  • Personal Planning
  • Agent & CV – Contract advice

 
Team Preparation

  • Team meetings / discussions
  • Tactical discussions
  • Strapping
  • Walk through routines
  • Individual psychological preparation

Year One

  • Developing and Understanding Technical Skills 
  • Developing and Understanding Tactical Skills
  • Developing and Understanding Physical Skills
  • Developing and Understanding Nutrition
  • Managing and Understanding Lifestyle 
  • Communicate effectively
  • Understand communication 
  • Culture and Values

Year Two

  • Developing and Understanding Technical Skills 
  • Developing and Understanding Tactical Skills
  • Developing and Understanding Physical Skills
  • Developing and Understanding Psychological Skills
  • Developing and Understanding your own Career Path
  • Working in Heath and Safety

What can you do after the course?

The DiSE will prepare students to progress to a career as an Elite Rugby Player. Our dedicated and specialist staff will work with the student to discuss options on how they transition through the pathway and provide support for the students to decide what is best for them. There is a range of options, including further opportunities with Worcester Warriors or general currency for access to higher education courses.

Trips

Field trips are arranged as part of the course and include trips to the Worcester Sixways Stadium.

For additional information on our partnership with Worcester Warriors, click here.