How the Yorkshire Cricket College can help students build their dream career

By Kate Greenwood

GCSE results day is coming up and many students are thinking, what next?

Sound familiar?

Whether it’s onto University or building a career in sport, the Yorkshire Cricket College provides the qualifications and skills needed to do just that.

The Yorkshire Cricket College is more than just your average college. It’s a unique opportunity to learn in world-class facilities and combine studying for a Level 3 BTEC qualification with playing cricket, work experience opportunities and volunteering.

In an increasingly competitive jobs market, employers don’t just look at qualifications. They also want employees who have transferable skills and work experience. The Yorkshire Cricket College helps students stand out amongst the crowd by providing the skills needed to succeed in the world of work.

Here’s how the Yorkshire Cricket College can help students to build their dream career…

Qualifications to get into university

Over the two years at the Yorkshire Cricket College, students will study for a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport. This qualification is the equivalent of 3 A levels and upon completion of the course, provides the UCAS points needed to go on to study a sport-related subject at degree level.

A variety of modules

The modules studied as part of the BTEC qualification are varied and cover a range of topics such as anatomy and physiology, sports coaching, sports injuries and organising sports events. This will allow students to gain a wide knowledge of the sporting industry that can be applied to a number of different careers.

Work experience and voluntary opportunities

At the Yorkshire Cricket College it’s not just about studying; students also have access to excellent work experience and voluntary opportunities. They get the chance to work alongside the staff at Yorkshire Cricket in a range of departments such as the ticket office, marketing, hospitality or coaching. Whatsmore, there are also opportunities to volunteer at match days or out in the community. All of these extracurricular experiences look great on a C.V and something which employers and Universities look for.

CV building and 1-to-1 support

Tutors really get to know students and support their career ambitions throughout the two years at the college. Unlike school and other colleges, students are treated as adults from the moment they arrive and class sizes are small, meaning more personalised support.  Advice about how to write CVs, cover letters and personal statements is also built into classes to help when applying for jobs or university.

Inspiration from the professionals

As students will be learning and training at Emerald Headingley Stadium, they will be walking in the shoes of the professionals and will often see professional cricketers around the ground. It’s an inspirational place to learn and we have a variety of professional guest speakers lined up to motivate students to achieve their goals.

Cricket coaching

6 hours of cricket coaching per week is built into the timetable to allow for development of the game and also development of skills that are valuable in the workplace. Many of the coaches are former cricketers who know what it takes to juggle training and education. Dedication to sport demonstrates commitment and integrity and, by playing in cricket matches, develops teamwork and communication skills: all of which will impress future employers.

At the Yorkshire Cricket College students don’t have to choose between their love for sport and their education. They will gain a useful qualification at the same time as gaining real-world work experience and developing skills that are valuable to employers.

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