Sports case study

Calum Carson - BA (Hons) Applied Sports Coaching Science (Top-Up)

Why did you choose to study at Newcastle College?

I’d visited Newcastle a few times when I was younger and I really liked the city and the people. I wanted to experience something new and Newcastle stood out as the perfect place to me. I was unable to attend an Open Day so I used the website and the prospectus to get useful information on the course and the college.

Have you had the opportunity to go on a work placement as part of your course?

As part of my Foundation Degree I went on placement to South Northumberland Cricket Club and was part of a coaching team that worked with local children. It was great to be able to apply my knowledge to real life coaching and the experience I gained was vital in helping me to do well in my course.

My tutors were really helpful in helping me find my placement. I have a keen interest in cricket so I was given details of local cricket clubs which I then contacted.

What’s Newcastle like as a student city?

Newcastle’s a great city and there’s so much to do. Everything is so central and you find yourself mixing with all types of students. The nightlife is excellent too, with a great selection of bars and restaurants to suit all tastes. I have a keen interest in all sports so I often watch Newcastle United at St James’ Park which is a five minute walk from the college.

What does your typical week consist of?

During my Foundation Degree I was in college most days attending lectures and seminars, and working on assignments. One day a week was left free so that we could work on placement. This was a great experience as it meant we could learn theory and apply it to real life situations.

Now I’m on my Top-Up degree there’s much more emphasis on independent study. My tutors are really supportive and with their guidance I’m aiming to complete my football and cricket badges alongside my studies. This will give me additional skills that will help me once I graduate.

Did you live in student accommodation?

Before I started my course I was put in contact with an accommodation provider that was located really close to the college and the city centre. As I didn’t know the city too well, living in private accommodation meant that I was able to meet a good group of friends who were all in the same situation as me.

What plans do you have once you graduate?

When I graduate next year I plan to go travelling. I want to continue to use my coaching skills so I’m hoping to go to Australia and secure a coaching position.