BTEC in Cycling Performance and Development

It is a vocational course that we have tailored so that cycling is at its core.
Photo (C) Ellen Isherwood.

We have tailored the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport, a nationally recognised qualification equivalent to 2 ‘A’ Levels which will prepare you for a career in cycling or professional sport. 

There are 15 hours of study per week; 10 classroom hours, 1 hour of tutorials and 4 hours of cycling specific practical sessions in addition to your cycling training programme. Wednesdays are devoted entirely to training, racing and bespoke sessions and will often feature longer rides, visits to the Manchester Velodrome or races against colleges and universities.

Your cycling training will fit around your academic studies and will usually take place in the mornings. A typical Junior rider who competes regularly will train for around 12-15 hours per week which means that your college course and training will add up to less than 30 hours per week, giving you plenty of time to find a job and to socialise.

Whilst Manchester Cycling Academy will have a road, endurance focus, we will welcome applications from BMX, Track Sprinters and Mountain Bike riders so that you can continue with your development towards high level performance.

Our academic partner is a further education college based in South West Manchester and has a long and proud history of providing high class education and in its most recent Ofsted inspection, it received an excellent rating meaning that you will receive an excellent education.

Alongside its partnership with Manchester Cycling Academy, our partner supports a number of other leading sports academies in the region.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the course are 5 GCSEs at grade 9 – 4 including maths and English. As it is a course aimed at people who cycle competitively, it is obviously useful for you to have a good level of fitness and to be willing to develop your skills into being a performance athlete.

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Course Information

The course is a combination of theory and practical learning which will give you an in-depth understanding of what is needed to move onto either University or into Industry. Examples of practical sessions are; anatomy and physiology, learning how to deliver, record and analyse training sessions, developing your coaching skills and of course, developing your cycling skills.

All of the practical sessions will involve you working closely with your teammates. We have designed the course so that you can get the best out of the course and so that you can put your knowledge into practice in a real-time environment – while you are on your bike!

It is a vocational course that we have tailored so that cycling is at its core. There are 12 mandatory units of study, and we will use cycling as the core sport throughout the two year course to ensure you have a thorough understanding of what it takes to be a full-time cyclist and what knowledge is needed to get you through the course.

Course Content

The course will consist of the units below, plus a block of work experience. 

– Anatomy and Physiology

– Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Wellbeing

– Professional Development in the Sports Industry

– Sports Leadership

– Practical Sports Performance

– Coaching for Performance

– Work Experience in Active Leisure*

– Investigating Business in Sport and the Active Leisure Industry

– Skill Acquisition in Sport

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The modules listed below will be delivered in addition to the BTEC course and are unique to the Manchester Cycling Academy programme. They will be delivered in partnership with leading Universities and will assist you to become the very best cyclist you can be.

– Application of Fitness Testing in Cycling

– Sports Psychology for Cycling

– Sports Injury Management in Cycling

– Sports Performance Analysis in Cycling

– Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Cycling

– Technical and Tactical Demands of Cycling

– Nutrition for Cycling

– Social Media  

*You will need to arrange your own work experience. Ideally this would be in the cycling industry so that you can apply the theory you have learned in a practical situation. We may be able to arrange this for you, make sure you speak to the management team about what opportunities we have.  

The Assessments are specifically designed to ensure that you get the best out of your time with us. There are a range of assessment types which include: Exams, Course Work and practical assessments.

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