New Virtual Academy

Want to start your Swim England Qualifications now?

Join our new BAT Virtual Academy and start working towards SEQ Level 1 Swimming Assistant and SEQ Level 2 Teaching Swimming or both with our Combined Offer!

What does this mean?

Enrol by 6th April for our blended approach to the SEQ Level 1 and Level 2 Qualifications. Start with an Induction lesson, followed by 10 weeks of live interactive lessons, an online classroom to submit tasks, share and access resources and receive feedback, coffee cohort catch ups, 121 support and then 2 days (or equivalent) of practical assisting & teaching at a later date available at a variety of venues or your own workplace.

If you have missed the first April 2020 cohort, don't panic you can join our next one! just contact us on for our next start dates. 

What is involved?

You will have an induction lesson to orientate you on the use of the classroom and online systems, the qualification and programme and access to all the how to guides and information to get started.

After your induction you will have 10 weeks of learning, each week will have:

  • 2 live lessons per week: lessons range from 1-3 hours depending on the topic, 70% live attendance is required, and all lessons will be recorded for playback as well as half a day each week for catch up questions/support

  • A mid-course ‘break’ for a 121-support lesson

  • Access to our virtual academy classroom to access resources, complete assignments & your portfolio, share resources and ideas with all the learners on the programme & your tutor

  • Practical preparation lesson and 121 support

  • 2 days full days minimum (or equivalent) at a later date for practical observation, assisting, teaching of lessons in one of our partner swim schools (or your own workplace*)

When will it start?

Induction week will start w/c 6th April with 4 available induction lessons. The live lessons and virtual academy will run through to the end of June (with a 1-week break) where we will then plan your practical days and attendance with you as soon as we are able.  A full timetable of all lesson times and dates are available on request.

How will I do the practical?

The practical sessions will primarily take place with our partner swim schools across the North West, North East, Midlands and South West (Glos & Bournemouth).

We will put together a practical timetable of these venues and dates once lessons are back up and running.

Practical sessions will run ideally over 4 x 0.5-day sessions on evenings and weekends but can also take place in intensive 2-2.5 days too.

Please note those only wanting to complete SEQ Level 1 Assistant will only be required to attend 2 x 0.5 days (1-day equivalent)

*We are also able to come to you, so if you have access to a swim school, lesson programme (Stages 1-7 or equivalent) then we can send our tutor to you to complete your practical intensively in your own workplace. (This would be arranged on a individual needs basis). 

What resources will I need?

The ideal resources you will need for this programme are:

Laptop(access to Microsoft word)

Phone/device for interactive quizzes

Internet/Wi-Fi connection


Microphone is ideal but not essential (most laptops/phones are built in)

Please note that it is still possible to access the learning through chrome books/iPad/phones, however functionality is not as effective, and we may need to send you a hard copy portfolio via Royal Mail.

What is the cost?

As a special price for our first ever Virtual Academy we are offering our combined course for 25% discount at just £710 (normally £950)

You can pay your balance in full on booking, or the great news is you only need to pay £142 deposit to get started with 5 x £113.60 instalments each month until September to pay off your balance.

For those only requiring the Level 2 qualification the cost will be £554 (normally £650) with a deposit of £110.80 and 5 x £88.64 instalments each month until September to pay off your balance

and for Level 1 assistant qualification only will be £295 (normally £350) with an initial payment of £59 and 4 x £59 instalments each month until August to pay off your balance.


Can’t wait to get started!

Then go to our Virtual Academy courses page and get signed up today!

(please note deadline for enrolment for April 2020 Cohort is 10am on Monday 6th April 2020. We will look to start a 2nd cohort from May onwards, please email us for information)


I still have some questions, who I can discuss these with?

Send us an email to with your name and number and we will email back or call you within 24 hours.