The Sporting Excellence programme offered by The Harefield Academy is designed to:
• Provide young sportsmen and women with the opportunity to continue to develop their sporting ability to an elite level within their chosen sport.
• Provide opportunities for training alongside their chosen academic studies.
• Provide additional support and guidance to enhance their sporting performance in terms of nutrition, sports therapy, sports psychology, fitness and conditioning.
To this end the courses offered are:
Year 1: Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Sport (Performance & Excellence) Equivalent to 1 ‘A’ level – on appropriate completion of the first year:
Year 2: Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Sport (Performance & Excellence). The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma can be completed in 2 years if the student is prepared to accelerate their workload.
Equivalent to a further ‘A’ level – on appropriate completion of the second year and target grades being met:
Leading to: Year 3: Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma (Performance & Excellence) Equivalent to 3 A level’s.
In addition to the specific courses outlined above, The Academy offers a range of AS and A level courses throughout the two/three years, which can be studied alongside the vocationally based BTEC Diplomas. The majority of sports students generally opt for the BTEC Diploma course and often select an additional A level course to supplement their academic profile and point score in preparation for a university place.
The courses offered are accessible to students developing ANY SPORT, as training schedules will be devised on an individual basis for those whose focus is not catered for by our coaches and the specific sporting academies outlined below.
The Football Academy
Students selected for this academy will train and play alongside the lines of those Scholars training with Watford FC’s Development Centre. The partnership between The Harefield Academy and Watford FC provides opportunities to be trained by professional coaches and play matches against Watford FC’s Youth team. In addition, players are entered into the British Colleges Football League, English Schools National Cup, Middlesex County Cup, Tactic League and Hillingdon Sixth Form League. Sporting Excellence Scheme
The Basketball Academy
Students selected for this academy will benefit from the partnership between The Harefield Academy and London United Basketball Club. Training is provided by professional coaches and programmes are individually tailored to enhance specific skills required for the game. Representing London United – Harefield Academy, players will play in the U18 National League and in addition may have an opportunity to play in the Men’s EBL Division 2 and 4 League, U19 British Colleges AASE League and if appropriate, even BBL through Surrey United. Why not visit our web-site link at www.londonunited.eu to learn more.
The Gymnastics Academy - Acro
For those students with a passion for acro gymnastics, our state-of-the-art facilities and expert coaching from Harefield Gymnastics Club will provide the opportunity to complete the amount and intensity of training required to reach an elite level within this sport. Gymnasts will not only work towards national competitions but also strive towards national representation in European and World Championships. Find out more about our partnership at
The Cricket Academy
Applicable to both male and female sports students, The Academy’s partnerships with Harefield Cricket Club and Middlesex Ladies Cricket Club provide ample opportunities to develop prowess within this sport. Coaching from international players is a feature of this programme and the facilities provided at The Harefield Academy allow for extensive winter training prior to the summer match season. Opportunities to play in the Home Counties and Thames Valley leagues are available through Harefield Cricket Club and for senior ladies; the Liverpool Victoria County Championships provide the competition. Visit The Harefield Cricket site to find out more – www.harfieldcc.hitscricket.com
The Golf Academy
Batchworth Park Golf Club is the venue utilised by The Harefield Academy golfing students to improve their game. The partnership with this golf club provides junior membership and thus, invaluable access to a high quality golf course which, in turn, supports the demand for practice time required to reach an elite level within the sport. Expert coaching is also available through the club and students are encouraged to play at an appropriate competitive level.
All sports can be catered for and students’ individual needs are discussed to ascertain appropriate needs. Last year students completed the Level 3 Diploma in Sport and were supported to achieve excellence in Tennis, Cricket, Olympic Gymnastics, Golf, Table Tennis, Basketball, Rowing, Archery to name just a few.
Additional A Level’s
Additional A level’s are offered to support students’ academic profile and the most up to date list of these can be found in the sixth form prospectus through the school website. These will help enhance a student’s application to Universities particularly with our partner universities of Brunel and New Bucks.
Entry Requirements for the Sporting Excellence Scheme
• Attain 6 GCSEs A* - C grades including English and Maths.
• Attend a practical assessment/trial
• Provide evidence of levels already achieved within his/her focus sport
• Attend a formal interview
|Course Content for BTEC Diploma Courses||Examination Board: Edexcel|
|Year 1||Year 2|
Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Sport
(Perofmance and Excellence)
Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Sport
(Performance and Excellene)
|In addition to the above, students will be given 8 to 10 hours per week of Coaching/Contitioning/Technical and Tactical Awareness for their chosen sports.|
Year 3 – The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma can be completed in 2 years if the student is prepared to accelerate their workload.
Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence)
Organising a Sports Event
Sport as a business