Sport case study

Dannika Purdham - FdSc Applied Sports Coaching Science

What were you doing before you joined the College?

I was doing an apprenticeship in coaching at the Excelsior Academy.

Why did you choose to study at Newcastle College?

My friend was studying at the College and loved it, so I decided to come to have a look around campus and I was really impressed with what was on offer. I met course tutors who were very friendly and spoke to me about opportunities that would be available to me such as work placements and residential trips which really sold the course.

What did you choose the course?

Sport has been a big part of my life from a very young age so I always knew I would end up making it my career. I hope to become a PE teacher in the future so getting a sport degree is the first step. I chose to study this course in particular as the modules looked really interesting and there were lots of practical elements to the course so I knew I’d get plenty of opportunities to develop my coaching skills.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

The range of modules that you get to study, as well as the opportunities to take short courses in coaching. As a result of studying my Foundation degree I’ve been able to undertake my Level 1 in Basketball and Football which have proven really useful to me in my part time job as a sports coach.

Did you get the opportunity to go on a work placement as part of your Foundation degree? What skills do you feel you gained?

I undertook a placement last year at a primary school in Kenton as part of one of my modules. I organised this placement myself and loved it. I also currently volunteer at a local primary school in as a sports coach which is great fun. This experience has really helped to increase my confidence in dealing with a range of people including teachers, support staff and pupils. It’s also helped me to develop my organisational skills as planning sports sessions for the children is a key part of the role.

What are you most looking forward to studying this year?

I’m really looking forward to studying the Sport and Exercise Psychology as I’m keen to learn more about this area.

How would you describe the staff at the College?

The tutors are amazing, they’re really passionate about what they do and motivate you to acheive the best that you can. You feel like they really care about your education and want you to succeed.

What has been your highlight of studying at Newcastle College?

As part of the Personal and Professional Development module we were given the opportunity to go to the Lake District on a residential trip which was great fun. We did lots of team activities including orienteering which was lots of fun. The great thing about the trip was that I got to know people outside of my group of friends.

What’s Newcastle like as a student city?

Newcastle is a great place to study – it’s really lively and there’s always something to do whatever your interest.

What are your plans after your course?

I hope to go on to study the BSc (Hons) Applied Sports Coaching Science (Top-Up) at the College. I’ve really enjoyed studying for my Foundation Degree so it makes sense for me to stay here to gain my Top-Up.

Any words of advice for any student considering studying at Newcastle College?

Do it, go for it! It’s a really great place to study and the level of support you get from tutors is amazing.