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!

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. 

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

The course features a mix of practical and written assessments.


How I'll be assessed

The course is assessed by a combination of coursework and examinations. The coursework will involve essays, presentations, discussions and a portfolio of evidence.


Entry Requirements

To apply for a place on the Access to HE course, there are no requirements in terms of prior academic qualifications.

However, applicants must be over 19 and have been out of full-time education for a year. You are required to sit an initial maths and English assessment to determine if your level of literacy and numeracy is sufficiently high to cope with a Level 3 course. The outcome of this might be that an applicant is advised to complete maths and/or English at GCSE before being considered for the Access course.

On the other hand, if an applicant scores well on the initial test, it is possible to do maths and/ or English alongside the Access diploma, but please note that this is a substantial workload.


How to Apply

Applying for one of our programmes is easy.

You can apply for a vocational programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘Apply now’ on your chosen programme page. You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with 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 contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.