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Access to HE: Sports Studies Level 3 Diploma

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Do you want a professional career in the sport, exercise or coaching industries? Learn skills and apply them in our Sports Studies Access to HE course!

An Access course is for mature students (19+) who have been out of full-time education for one or more years and would like to go on to higher education but do not have the formal qualifications needed.

The aim of an Access to HE pathway is to equip you with the right skills, knowledge and confidence to enable you to successfully advance to university level study the following year. Access is perfect if you don't have the grades at A Level required for university entry but it is also great for people returning to education or looking to change direction in their career after some time out from learning.

Our Access to HE Sports Studies pathway will equip you with a fundamental understanding of sport, where you will study topics like skeletal and muscular systems, coaching and fitness, health and lifestyle and nutrition. 

Scroll towards the bottom of the page for details on the entry requirements and how you'll learn.

What I'll learn

The course will be assessed via internal and external assessments.

Examples of course units include:

  • Fitness for sports and exercise
  • Anatomy and physiology for sports performance
  • Practical sports performance
  • The mind and sports performance
  • The sports performer in action
  • Training for personal fitness
  • Leading sports activities
  • Promotion and sponsorship in sport
  • Lifestyle and wellbeing
  • Injury and the sports performer
  • Running a sports event

 

How I'll learn

Teaching will take the form of lectures, discussions, group work and self-directed learning. Credits are gained for a variety of tasks such as quizzes, case studies, essays, research projects, oral presentations and timed assessments.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will agree performance targets with you and support you to achieve these targets. Your tutor is also the first port of call for any pastoral issues.

Our committed team of staff and careers specialists will also guide and support you with your higher education choices and applications. Almost all our Access to HE students' progress to higher education.

You will benefit from socialising in an educational environment and working collaboratively on projects. All of this is excellent preparation for higher education.

 

How I'll be assessed

Assessment on this programme is through a combination of exams (approximately 30%) and coursework (approximately 70%).

The coursework will involve:

  • essays
  • presentations
  • examinations
  • discussions 
  • a portfolio of evidence

 

The Access course has given me the opportunity to enter a career and a degree that I never thought I would be able to achieve. It's made me also realise that I have academic skills and that you can retrain at any point in your life."

Andrew, Nursing and Midwifery

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be over 19 and have been out of full-time education for a year.

No specific qualifications are asked for, however a GCSE grade 4 (C) in English or maths would be beneficial.

You will have a numeracy and literacy assessment to check your suitability to study at Level 3.

If you are successful at your initial assessment, you will also be invited in for an interview where you will need to bring with you a portfolio of your work to date, demonstrate that you have a realistic career goal in mind and the motivation to achieve.

Some degrees require that you have some relevant paid or voluntary work experience and this will also be checked at interview. Applicants are strongly advised to check degree entry requirements with prospective universities before applying.

There is a wide range of support available at the college for students, including financial support.

 

How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs).
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.