Five Questions with… Coach Ben Gooden

In our new feature, ‘Five Questions with’ we interviewed our BTEC Tutor, Ben Gooden.

Coach Gooden is a highly qualified sports tutor with qualifications spanning a BSc in Sports Coaching & Performance, a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education and coaching include UEFA B, FA Youth Award, FA Coaching Goalkeepers L2, FA Coaching Futsal Level 2 amongst others. Today he talks with us about his role here at Moorland.

  • What is your role here at Moorland?

I am the BTEC tutor, my role is to teach the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development.

  • What else do you contribute to football here at Moorland?

As well as teaching the BTEC, I am also involved in coaching the junior school students. I am also in charge of organising the fixtures for school, together with the logistics that come with that.

  • What is the difference between the BTEC Extended and Combined courses?

The BTEC Extended is the equivalent to 3 A-levels. The combined study is be taken alongside other A-Levels. Students may want to take one or two other A-Levels and then we can find a course that fits around that and add that into a study plan.

  • What are the further education / career options that are available after BTEC?

After BTEC there are a number of options available for our students, that may be in education or straight into employment. If it was straight into education there is a number of programs that would be available to them, whether this is a foundation degree or straight into a Bachelors degree for three years. These could be in Sports Coaching, Sports Development or Sports Business.

This program lends itself to a number of higher education courses.

If it was a straight into employment, students could be looking at lead and assistant coaching roles, personal training or a number of administrative positions. This course is transferable to a lot pathways.

  • What is exciting about the future at Moorland?

There is a lot to be excited about at Moorland. Those things come with the lifting of the restrictions. Whether it is what we need to do as part of the BTEC course, or trips. Having fixtures back on is a huge thing we have missed out on this year. The additions of the BTEC means we have to be out in the community and offsite a lot more, so thats another huge thing to look forward to.

A huge thank you to Ben for taking the time to talk to us about his roles and responsibilities here at school. We look forward to what the next year brings with regards to BTEC and the return of fixtures.