BTEC Cycling Performance & Development

Course Overview

We have tailored the Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport, which is equivalent to 2 ‘A’ Levels* and 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 own training programme.

Alongside your academic studies you will take part in sessions in the Velodrome and BMX Centre at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester and also on the quiet roads and lanes of the Peak District and Cheshire.

Not just aimed at the elite, the course caters for all riders especially those who want to progress onto University. Whilst we have an emphasis on endurance and track cycling, we welcome all disciplines, including road, track, MTB, BMX and Cyclocross. 

Course Content

The BTEC 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; application of fitness testing, 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 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 9 mandatory units of study, and we will use cycling as the core sport throughout the 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.

Put Your Knowledge Into Practice

Course Units

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

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, guest speakers and experts who will assist you to become the very best cyclist you can be.

  • 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
  • Social media
  • Application of Fitness Testing in Cycling

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

What you need to know

When does the course start?

September 2023

How long is the course?

Two Years

How many UCAS Points?

You can gain up to 108 UCAS Points

Which GCSE’s do I need?

5 GCSE’s at grade 4 or above including Maths and English

How many hours a week?

11 hours in class + 4 hours cycling developmental activity

Course Progression

Whether you want to be a professional cyclist, move onto be a performance coach or study sports science at University, this course aims to challenge and support your development to be the best you can be. Some examples of routes you can take once you have graduated from Manchester Cycling Academy are below.

  • Professional Cycling
  • Bike Mechanic
  • Sports Coach
  • University
    • Sports Science
    • Physiotherapy
    • PE Teaching
    • Sports Marketing
    • Sports Coaching
    • Sports Management
    • Sports Development
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